Medicine in Parks
Medicine in any wilderness setting is challenging, requiring a specific set of approaches. Nowhere is this more true than in Parks, with its combination of remote setting, environmental, climate and animal challenges, and very limited skills and equipment on the ground. Add to this complex relationship dynamics and logistics, and conservation and Planetary Health considerations. We think this is worthy of its own field of study, and have named it Parks Medicine. Watch this space for more on Parks Medicine, online learning opportunities, volunteer-based courses and more.
“It’s difficult to provide healthcare in parks. The environment is austere and resource-poor, help is far and timelines are long… but the flip side is that even just a little competent care can make a huge difference. “
– DR SIMON KING, FOUNDER, PARK DOCTOR
When it comes to medical, what works in urban areas doesn’t work in parks. There are many challenges including harsh conditions, inadequate infrastructure and resources and medical insurance deficiencies.
In the 1870’s Dr Peter Shepherd got serious about teaching civilians real medical skills. He recognised that to make a difference in low resource places you need to use whoever you have around you.
There are many strategies that work when it comes to medical in various situations. Parks are unique in that they require a very strategic healthcare plan for rangers, park staff and tourists visiting the parks.
Military Medicine, Remote Medicine, and Wilderness Medicine have all contributed invaluable lessons in developing medical infrastructure in parks. Find out more about austere medicine and how it influenced medical in parks.