Longer term in-country Australian volunteers


Ongoing mentoring support is supplied in the areas of Administration, Governance, Surgery, Surgical Education and Departmental Management through AusHEAL personnel who remain in D.R.Congo for months at a time to share their experience and expertise with senior Congolese staff at HEAL Africa Hospital, Goma, D.R.Congo


Dr Neil & Gwen Wetzig

Gwen & Neil Wetzig

Gwen & Neil Wetzig

Dr Neil Wetzig MB BS FRACS FRCS is a senior Australian General, Breast & Endocrine Surgeon and examiner with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He first visited HEAL Africa Hospital in 2003 and then developed the charity AusHEAL. He first brought an Australian health team to the hospital in 2006, returning yearly since.

In association with his wife Gwen, they have continued to organise TEAMS of medical, nursing and allied health personnel from Australia to visit and resource HEAL Africa Hospital throughout every year in their capacity as Manager & Administrator respectively of the AusHEAL CONGO PROJECT.

Neil is intimately involved with the teaching of Congolese specialist staff surgeons particularly in complex & difficult cases. He has helped establish the basic essential and emergency training of rural Congolese doctors at HEAL Africa Hospital in association with COSECSA. (The College of Surgeons of East, Southern & Central Africa)

Gwen provides regular ongoing English tuition to hospital staff. The official language of D.R.Congo is French, together with the local Swahili language. HEAL Africa Hospital has made English a priority language for its health personnel.

Gwen teaching English


Paul Bakes

An Australian, born in DR Congo of Australian parents, has been deeply & repeatedly involved in resourcing the logistical needs of HEAL Africa Hospital since the first ‘AusHEAL’ team visit in 2006. His particular skills in IT, communications, and holistic healthcare continue to help HEAL Africa Hospital make significant advances towards improved healthcare, increased capacity and sustainability.