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Lark Force Jungle Medicine

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Departure Dates - See our online Calendar for details.

 

Med-XPD Jungle/Tropical Medicine

 

This track near Rabaul, PNG is a reminder of the little-known yet significant experiences of an Australian military unit in WW2 known as the Lark Force. The Lark Force totaling 1200 men, the majority of whom were from 2/22nd Battalion, were sent to defend Rabaul against a Japanese invasion.

Lark Force not only was routed from Rabaul by a superior Japanese force on 23rd January 1942, but it was informed by  Australian authorities that there was to be no reinforcement,  no further support and no evacuation. Literally and realistically it became “Every man for himself” for Lark Force personnel retreating from Rabaul.

Totally unfamiliar with the local environment and in the context of thorough mayhem, these Australians fled from the invaders along the contemporary Lark Force Track. Faced with diseases, starvation, disorientation and climatic rigors approximately 250 returned to Australia. More than 160 personnel were massacred by Japanese at Tol, after responding to Japanese re-assurances of support. Another 850 personnel who were captured by Japanese were embarked on the “Montevideo Maru” which was sunk with total loss of life.

Today’s Lark Force Track is over 60km, traversing an extremely pristine jungle environment incorporating a few small villages. The current beauty and ruggedness of this track belies the horrors, struggles and bravery of those who fled on this track  in WW2. Nevertheless there are significant challenges and experiences for today’s trekker on this Track.

The Lark Force Track presents an adventure into unsurpassed environmental beauty, diverse cultural experiences, history and personal challenge beach.

This environment is perfect to learn hands on jungle and wilderness expedition medicine skills as we make our way through this unforgiving yet beautiful terrain.

 

Topics Covered During This MEDXPD Training Adventure

Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
General Gear Selection
Leave No Trace Camping/Hiking
Backpacking skills
General Field Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Purification Methods
Foot Gear and Care of the Feet
Vector Control and Barriers
Homeostasis and Fluid Resuscitation
• Traveller’s Diarrhoea
Malaria
Overview of Immunization for Travel
Fever in the Returned Traveller
Overview of Haemorrhagic Fevers
• Overview of Tick-borne Illness
Parasites and Protozoal Infections in the Traveller
Training for Wilderness Adventures
The Interpersonal Features of Group Travel
Improvised Splints, Litters and Carries
Management of Spinal Trauma in the Wilderness - 1hour
Travel Medicine for Volunteer Physicians in Developing Countries – 1 hour
Management of Common Ankle, Knee and Foot injuries in the Wilderness

 

Our Itinerary

DAY 1 - Travel to Rabaul and overnight in hotel in Kokopo.  Here we conduct our pre adventure briefing and packing.

DAY 2 - After spending the morning preparing for our adventure after lunch we travel by 4x4 to Vunga village then enjoy a relaxing afternoon with local villagers from Vunga and meet our local team

DAY 3 - Today we trek from Vunga to Baram village for our first full trekking day on our adventure.

DAY 4 - From Baram village we walk about 3.5 hours to Reangi village or 5.5 hours to Rogus campsite depending on how we are travelling. At our night stop we are treated to a cultural performance from the locals that evening

DAY 5 - Today we trek for about 6 hours from Renagi village to the Adenam River and may continue on a further 30 minutes Qilot River for our night location.

DAY 6 - Today we leave Adenam River or Qilot River and trek to Mondrabet village, again an amazing opportunity to check out the terrain and to stay in a working village.

DAY7 - Today we travel by 4x4 from Mondrabet to Mevelo River ramp where we board banana boat vessels and begin our river expedition down in to Wide Bay. This will take approximately 4 hours depending on the tide but this journey allows us to enjoy this widely untouched environment filled with crocs, sharks, black bass and an amazing foray of birds and majestic trees. At the mouth of the river, we will cross over to Tol to visit the memorial plaque and pay our respects.  From there we have a 10-minute journey across the bay, where we will be welcomed by Karlai Plantation villagers and treated to an enjoyable local lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

DAY 8 - This morning we travel by boat to Rabaul at dawn (4 hours) and check in to Hotel in Kokopo; A land tour around Kokopo and Rabaul is arranged for the afternoon so be sure to bring your swimmers for a swim at the end of the day at the Hot Springs

DAY 9 - Today we take a charter and day tour to the Duke of York Islands

DAY 10 - After an early start we head to the airport for our return flight to Brisbane via Port Moresby.

 

Price

Contact us for pricing.

 

Inclusions:

Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program for interstate trekkers.

International flights Brisbane to Port Moresby and internal domestic flight to Rabaul from Port Moresby return.

Hotel accommodation in Rabaul

Personal travel insurance.

Restaurant meals in Rabaul.

All transfers and transport in Rabaul.

Accommodation on trek in a village hut, tent or bush camp.

All food during the trek.

Most personal camping and cooking equipment.

Local PNG porters for group equipment.

Trek gear including trekking shirt and cap.

A trip to Tol memorial.

 

Exclusions:

Personal expenses such as phone call costs, beverages at the hotel.

Domestic flights to and from Brisbane.

Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing.

Personal porter/carrier charges if required (50K per day per personal porter).

PNG Visa.

Any tips to local porters.

Inoculations and anti-malarial medication.

Connecting flights to and from Brisbane.

 

*Trekkers also have the option of upgrading flights or staying in a single room which in Rabaul. We can advise the extra costs associated with these options at the time of booking.

 

 

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