Primary Care Medicine in Cuba with the RACGP

8 - 19 Nov 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

There is only one Cuba. This vivacious tropical island with music throbbing through its veins and a unique character kept intact by a half century of economic isolation has a vivid history and a unique healthcare system. Cuba has universal healthcare with a strong focus on primary care, preventative medicine and home health, with basic healthcare for all a national priority. Cuba has long made wide use of traditional and herbal remedies, from necessity as much as anything.

This tour follows in the footsteps of previous successful medical tours to Cuba, providing real insight into Cuban society and health care.

Your tour leader

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Dr Matt Young

Dr Matt Young has been a GP for over 25 years. His practice at Medeco Inala won the RACGP Australian GP of the Year in 2018 and acts as the home base for his mobile Hep C eradication crusade, the Hep C Kombi project, which he co-founded.

As well as medicine, Matt loves travelling the globe and has visited over 100 countries across all seven continents. He has a deep fascination with foreign cultures and loves immersing himself in their stories. He is most at home rafting rivers, climbing mountains and hiking through jungles.

Having completed an Archaeology Degree (UQ) and History Diploma (UQ), his areas of special interest are Australian WW1 history and ancient civilisations. Matt finds these studies significantly enhance all his intrepid travelling experiences. Matt writes for the AMAQ’s 'Doctor Q' magazine and worked on 4BC as the 'Ocker Doctor' on radio talk back. He loves a yarn, a laugh and writing poetry for fun.

He has been South's Rugby Union club doctor for 17 years and has captained Brisbane’s Ned Flanders Cricket Club for over two decades, leading the team to international victories against national teams on every continent.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Havana (Mon, 8 Nov)
    Arrive Havana and transfer to the Parque Central Hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Day 2: Havana (Tues, 9 Nov)
    Walking architectural tour of Old Havana, including the Taquechel pharmacy, learning about the restoration of Havana and hearing tales of the city. At leisure in the afternoon. Welcome dinner at Dona Eutima Paladar in the Havana Cathedral.
  • Day 3: Havana (Wed, 10 Nov)
    Visit to Hermanos Ameijeras Hospital. Partner Programme: Explore Havana’s artistic heritage. Visit Fusterland, a living art gallery. Visit to Latin America Medical School.Optional visit to ‘Legendarios del Guajirito’, a Buena Vista Social Club inspired show.
  • Day 4: Havana/ Viñales (Thurs, 11 Nov)
    Drive to Sierra del Rosario Reserve and visit the commune of Las Terrazas. Lunch at Casa del Campesino, visit the local artist’s houses and have a coffee at Maria’s house. Continue to Viñales. Dinner at a local paladar.
  • Day 5: Viñales (Fri, 12 Nov)
    Morning visit to a local GP practice before exploring Viñales Valley. Walking tour of a Vinales village taking in a bodega and pharmacy. Take a cave boat trip. After lunch at a local farm visit a tobacco farm. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 6: Viñales / Cienfuegos (Sat, 13 Nov) Drive to Cienfuegos with lunch en route at the beach.Visit Museo Playa Giron and the Bay of Pigs. Arrive in Cienfuegos and check into the your hotel.Dinner at Palacio de Valle.
  • Day 7: Cienfuegos (Sun, 14 Nov)
    Walking tour of Cienfuegos.Visit Centro Especialisador Ambulatorio Victoria de Giron (an outpatient unit). Rest of afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 8: Cienfuegos / Trinidad (Mon, 15 Nov)
    Drive to the Sierra del Escambray Mountains. Visit Topes de Collantes National Park with a naturalist guide, examining medicinal plants.Spit roast pork lunch. Continue to Trinidad. Dinner at Esquina 373.
  • Day 9: Trinidad / Ancon (Tues, 16 Nov)
    Visit a local polyclinic. Explore Trinidad, including Plaza Mayor and Holy Trinity Church, along with the Romantic Museum.Return to the hotel or continue to explore Trinidad. Dinner at a local paladar.
  • Day 10: Trinidad / Havana (Wed, 17 Nov)
    Drive to Santa Clara and visit the Che Guevara Museum and Memorial. After lunch drive back to Havana.
  • Day 11: Havana (Thurs, 18 Nov) Take a tour around Hemingway’s Havana, taking in his farmhouse on the outskirts of the city, the Ambos Mundos Hotel, and the Floridita Bar where he created the daiquiri. Afternoon at leisure. Drive by 1950’s US classic cars to La Guarida for a farewell dinner.
  • Day 12: Havana (Fri, 19 Nov)
    Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport.

Extension 1 - Varadero Beach Extension

  • Day 12: Havana / Varadero (Fri, 19 Nov)
    Transfer to the hotel in Varadero at at leisure.
  • Day 13: Varadero (Sat, 20 Nov)
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 14: Varadero (Sun, 21 Nov)
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 15: Varadero (Mon, 22 Nov)
    At leisure in Varadero or Havana before afternoon transfer to airport

Extension 2 - Tulum

  • Day 12: Havana / Cancun / Tulum (Fri, 19 Nov)
    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cancun. Arrive in Cancun and transfer along the coast to Tulum. Check into your hotel and at leisure.
  • Day 13: Tulum (Sat, 20 Nov)
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 14: Tulum (Sun, 21 Nov)
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 15: Tulum/ Cancun (Mon, 22 Nov)
    Transfer back to Cancun for your onward flight.

Tour cost

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