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FNU Partners With Royal Australasian College Of Physicians

An agreement between Fiji National University (FNU) and Australia’s Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) will further enhance the delivery and quality of post graduate programmes offered by the University’s
23 Jan 2018 11:00
FNU Partners With Royal Australasian College Of Physicians
Staff of Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences with Royal Australasian College of Physicians executives pose for a group picture after a meet and greet at Hoodless House Campus. Photo: Fiji National University

An agreement between Fiji National University (FNU) and Australia’s Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) will further enhance the delivery and quality of post graduate programmes offered by the University’s medical college.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed yesterday at Nasinu Campus, will look at staff capacity building and development and exchange of academic and administrative staff among other areas.

FNU Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Healey said the university’s goal is to ensure that Fiji and the South Pacific have the medical practitioners we need to sustain our growing health care sector.

“This new partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians is designed to support FNU as we expand the range of medical and clinical specialisms. This MoU is an affirmation of our intention to foster genuine and mutually beneficial collaboration in the area of ‘Human Resources Development in the Health Sector’,” Prof Healey said.

He said FNU was grateful to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for the initiation of this partnership.

Associate Professor in Internal Medicine at the University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS), Dr Jioji Malani said the agreement was ground breaking which will greatly assist the postgraduate programme in Internal Medicine.

“Our postgraduate programme in Internal medicine was established in 1998 based on the RACP programme and was constructed by members of the RACP (through the AUSAID programme) with our local counterparts,” Dr Malani said.

Dr Malani said there has been no official RACP involvement for the past 20 years although there has been continuing presence in the running and evaluation programmes on an individual basis.

“This agreement will assist our programme at many levels including curriculum review, running of the programme, assessment, manpower assistance, Continuous Medical Education (CME), post graduate candidate placement abroad for further training and subspecialty training,” Dr Malani said.

He said RACP is expected to strongly influence the delivery and quality of teaching and training based on their resources and experience.

Speaking after the ceremony, RACP President Dr Catherine Yelland said the MOU will see doctors from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji working together to develop specialist medical training expertise and education.

“Internationally, our focus is on health education and research and building capacity among educators, academics, physician specialists and their institutions in our region,” Dr Yelland said.

“This MOU will also enhance many activities undertaken by our own physicians, Australasian medical colleges, individual medical colleagues, and organisations working in the region.

“We look forward to building stronger ties with FNU’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and working together on post graduate education, training and research opportunities.”

The MOU is effective immediately and will remain in place for five years.

Source: Fiji National University

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