SSCSiP’s Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG) Meeting

SSCSiP’s Stakeholders Reference Group (SRG) Meeting

The SSCSIPs SRG (Stakeholder Reference Group) was held on the 24th and 25th of April, 2016 in Suva which was held just before the SPC Heads of Health meeting (26th and 27th of April) at the same venue.

The theme of this year’s meeting was Specialized Clinical Services (SCS) in Totality; The Way forward included topics such as: the FNU and RACS contribution to SCS, Regional Initiatives, Natural disasters and the role of SCS during disasters, Biomedical, Nursing Specialization, the contribution of Pacific Clinical Organisations and Development Partners and the Way Forward.

The keynote speaker, the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Professor Watters reported on the meeting of the World Health Assembly 68/15 which extended Universal Health Coverage to include Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care; directing a new focus on surgical services as an integral part of health care. The Assembly declared that “universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthetic care when needed” was a global priority.
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