Welcome to my blog. I am a medical doctor from Papua New Guinea. I am currently working as a General Physician in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Most of the articles will be about issues in Papua New Guinea but I think it also applies to other pacific island nations. From time to time, articles about other pacific island countries will be published. Hope you find the articles informative.

My email address is: rodneyitaki@yahoo.com


Amazon author profile: https://www.amazon.com/author/rodneyitaki

Google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=CulBLtoAAAAJ

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9031-7711

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodney-itaki-676996225/


57 Responses to About

  1. David Hagan says:

    Hello Rodney,

    My name is David and I’m new to blogging. First let me say I enjoyed browsing your blog. I hope the one I’m working on is as well done as yours when I finish it.

    I’ve been asked to write articles about telehealth in the deaf community, along with articles on independent living. I was wondering if you have any information you could share about the impact telehealth is having on families in the pacific? I would like to know if you have any resources that you could refer me to.

    Thank you in advance for any information you can share.


  2. rodney itaki says:

    Hi David, thank you for the compliments. I myself only started blogging this year and still learning the ropes.

    With regards to telehealth/telemedicine in the pacific, I have to admit I have very little information of my own. In fact, I only learnt about telemedicine and telehealth when researching for my articles for my blog. However, I can refer you to someone who helped set up a telemedicine portal for Solomon Islands.

    Here is the link to the Solomon Islands Telemedicine Network site. You may find information there helpful. And maby you can also contact someone there who might have first hand information on telemedicine in the pacific.

    Here is an article about the system – http://ipath.ch/site/node/254

    The Solomon Islands Telemedicine portal is maintained by the University of Basel. You can also follow this link to get in touch with Kurt Brauchli who may help you. He helped with the Solomon Islands telemedicine network and has first hand experience.

    I hope these helps. Let me know about your blog so I can visit too.


  3. rodney itaki says:

    David you can also visit this internet group site and be a member and be on the mailing list to recive updates, news, etc regarding telemedicine in developing countries.

    dgroups internet group: http://www.dgroups.org/groups/telemedicine/

    email: telemedicine@dgroups.org

  4. John says:

    Hi Rodney … just put a post on your page ‘Telikom PNG Monopoly in PNG Must Stop!’. Look forward to hearing from you. Em tasol! John.

  5. Andrew says:

    Dear Rodney,

    Thank you for visiting and leaving your request at The Melanesian. Yes you are welcome to use the pieces that I write there on the condition that you profile The Melanesian in your blog too.

    I really enjoyed reading through your blog.

    Keep up the good work and keep writing!


  6. Jessie Henry says:

    I was looking around in WordPress.com and found your blog today and I came to appreciate what you have here. I have added you to my Health Blog blogroll and was wondering if you might add me to yours? Either way, thanks for the great experience of visiting your site and hope you enjoy mine. Thanks Jessie

  7. Maria Zmuda says:

    Dear Rodney Itaki,

    we are a German publishing house specialized in the publication of material for educational purposes.

    At the moment we are preparing a publication called Unterrichts-Konzepte Englisch topic: “Mr Pip” which will be published in spring 2009 with a print run of 1700 copies (distribution: German-speaking territories). The price will be about € 20,00, about 96 pp. It is a subscription only for teachers, not available in book-trades. Besides we are offering an online-version on our homepage to be downloaded by teachers only and then be used in their lessons. These version is only accessible for subscribers of the print-version (for free, password protected).

    In the online-version only we would like to use your text “Was Bougainville Worth Fighting and Dying for?”.

    We kindly ask for the permission to use this material in the publication mentioned above.
    Please tell us your publishing conditions in advance and let us know the copyright you want us to use.

    Since the edition is used for educational purposes, we are permanently trying to keep the price at an affordable level. Therefore we would be very grateful if you could take this in consideration while deciding on the reproduction fee.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours faithfully,

    Maria Zmuda
    Rights and Permissions Manager
    Stark Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
    Lilienthalstr. 2
    85399 Hallbergmoos

    Fax: +49/8 11/ 6 00 04 -766

    Commercial Register: München HRA78578
    Managing Director: Dr. Detlev Lux

    Please let us know if it is possible to pay per credit card (visa). If not please let us know which payment method you prefer (crossed check or remittance).
    In order to make our payment in accordance with the guidelines for money transfer please note the following details that have to be included in the invoice:

    the full name of our company: “Stark Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG”
    the full name and address of your company
    the date
    our reference number
    the invoice number
    the material in question
    the amount and the currency
    your bank details (if payment by credit card is not possible)

    Thank you!

  8. rodney itaki says:

    Sorry for the delay in replying. will send you the details. please send me your email address.

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    Do you think the Class Act ( long term care insurance ) portion of health reform will remain in the Senate bill, or has it already been made a part of it? SOrry if I am a little off topic here.

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  11. Hi, I applaud your blog for informing people, very interesting article, keep up it coming 🙂

  12. Darren says:

    Very nice post. I agree with all of your points, thus I read this blog and not other blogs!

  13. I’ve been a reader of your blog for a while now, Never left a comment though. Anyway, thanks for your hard work. You’re awesome.

  14. Mari says:

    Hi Rodney,

    Love your post. I was surfing the web for information on Dr Malau when I came across your blog. I too have a blog on WordPress using Mistylook by Sadish as a theme.

    I really admire your photographs and photographic skills. what sort of camera do you have?

    Have a great day.


  15. rodney itaki says:

    Thanks for the compliments. All the photos were taken using a hand held Nikon Digital camera with 8 megapixels.

    When taking photographs, I use 3 principles;

    1. Locating a good subject to photograph.
    2. Placing the subject in the frame using the rule of thirds to help composition.
    3. Try and tell a good story.

    I hope this tips may help you too.

  16. Hi Doc,

    I came across your blogg while using the Google search engine. Your articles and comments are worth reading. I for one will be unfortunate because I live and practice in place where important advances in terms of mass media like the internet is non-existing. The only chance I get to surf the net and come across such sites as your blogg is when I get into town.

    Anyway, keep up the good work and I will encourage other colleagues to get to your site because all the articles on your blogg are genuine and a must read.

    Thanks and cheers……….Lucas Kondi

  17. I am one of the docs serving at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Western Highlands. I found your blog when searching for info on cervical cancer in PNG. We have a screening/pap smear program in partnership with Meripath (Australia). Hoping to start a mobile clinic in September.
    BTW, great blog! I appreciate your passion for the women and children of PNG.

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