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Educators Meet For Health Professional Education

About 30 health professional educators from around the Pacific are attending a three-day meeting which started at The Westin in Nadi. The meeting is a collaboration of various health institutions
25 Sep 2014 08:36
Educators Meet For Health Professional Education
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Eroni Mawi (fourth from left), Osea Waqa (fifth from left) and Mosese Voka (sixth from left) with Fijian fans in London on November 14, 2019. Photo: FRU Media

About 30 health professional educators from around the Pacific are attending a three-day meeting which started at The Westin in Nadi.

The meeting is a collaboration of various health institutions towards health professional education (HPE) in the Pacific aimed at improving training.

Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, dean, Professor Ian Rouse called on participants to discuss, share and exchange ideas on how Pacific island countries and territories can address challenges.

Professor Rouse said the collaboration would ensure training professional of various institutions to care for all the people in the Pacific region.

“It is a very exciting meeting for us as professionals as we are in a critical time in terms of the education of professionals in the Pacific,” Prof Rouse said.

“In Fiji, we have the challenge of the burden of NCDs, so as education providers, what are we training is the kind of professional in Fiji and across the region.”

He said there was a need to work together in a collaborative way to find out solutions.

“Usually when different people from Pacific islands get together, we have similar problems as we have less resources and health professionals,” he said. He highlighted the important links between old institutions and the new ones in the region.

“The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will be 130 years old next year. Other medical institutions are less than 10 years old, there is an incredible diversity,” he said.

“What are our challenges and how we can work together as none of the institutions has the resources to teach the whole of the Pacific. We need to understand the challenges of health and the need for training.”

The meeting is funded by the FNU and Australian Aid and ends tomorrow (Friday).

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