A total of thirty five doctors from around the Pacific graduated with Masters Awards from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in 2016. Read more
Operating room nurses from 14 PICs met recently to learn how to effectively implement perioperative standards that were developed especially for the PICs. Read more
The Palau Biomedical Services Department recently contributed towards financial savings for the Ministry of Health through maintenance. Read more
Emergency Medicine (EM) in the Pacific has taken a momentous step forward with the first ever regional Leadership Workshop held in Fiji less than two weeks ago. Read more
This year the annual regional biomedical meeting/workshop will be held from 6th – 10th June at CWM Hospital, Suva-Fiji. A major part of the meeting is a technical workshop on understanding and servicing anesthetic machines, run by Mr Steven Threlfo of John Hunter Hospital, Australia.
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.
Perioperative services have been highlighted in various reports from visiting medical teams to the Pacific Islands, as an area of concern. There have been several attempts to address perioperative nursing training from various interested groups but these have been conducted in isolation and in an ad-hoc manner. Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP) is working with stakeholders to improve the delivery of perioperative services in PICs.
The Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific Program (better known in the Pacific as SSCSiP) was established in 2010, with funding support from the Australian government, in response to Pacific Island Country’s request for support towards strengthening their capacity to plan, manage, and improve their access to, specialised clinical services. Part of the mandate of the SSCSiP program also involved strengthening coordination of the support provided for specialised clinical services in the region.