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David MacKintosh

I work as a staff specialist in palliative medicine in New South Wales on the Central Coast. Having previous experience in paediatrics, clinical pharmacology and general practice I have now worked full time in palliative care for nearly 17 years and have covered all areas of care, community, inpatient – hospital and hospice – and inpatient consultative services. Explaining why I want to become involved in developing palliative care in a resource poor country is difficult without sounding either condescending or evangelical; it is simply something I want to do. I have an emotional attachment to India through my father who travelled in India in the 1940’s. As a young man from the north of Scotland he was deeply affected by his experiences there and often spoke warmly of India and the people he had met. I am also at a time in my life (close to retirement age) when it feels right to contribute something to a part of the world lacking some of the comforts I enjoy.

David MacIntosh

Hippocratic film applauded across Australia

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With only one city remaining in the Australian launch of the biographical documentary, Hippocratic, it is clear that the film has had great impact here.

One important feature has been the opportunity for Q&A after the movie, where audience members have a chance to delve deeper into the issues raised in the film, such as trying to understand the distressing ongoing shortage of morphine, an essential medication in pain management, a shortage that affects over 80% of the world’s population.

This issue alone should galvanise us to action, to demand change and accountability. However, long time advocates in this field know only too well how difficult it is to bring about change and improvements here.

Films such as Hippocratic are too few and APLI thanks Moonshine Movies for their commitment to contributing to change in a creative and positive way.

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