Mr Ian Holten and Dr Sam Kemuel in Vanuatu

Medic with a Mission

Geelong plastic surgeon Ian Holten looks forward to the day he can enjoy a cocktail on the beach in Vanuatu.

And goodness knows he’s earned a few.

But when Mr Holten heads to the tropical island each year, it’s not to work on his tan, it’s to train local doctors so the country can one day be self-sufficient.

On his recent trip with medical charity Interplast last week, Mr Holten was forced to call on skills he hadn’t used in 20 years after a 14-year-old boy was run over by a speedboat.

Mr Holten Interplast

Saving lives in Vanuatu

Mr Ian Holten volunteers in Vanuatu through Interplast Media Release. September 5, 2016. Unfortunately two things are common in Mr Holten’s job: children and burns.  The Geelong Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon is in Vanuatu with volunteer organisation, Interplast.  His laptop is full of images of horrific burns and people scarred beyond recognition. Mr Holten keeps […]