Fiji Time: 12:22 AM on Monday 3 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Access to private rooms

Shayal Devi
Saturday, March 15, 2014

PATIENTS in need of counselling at Lautoka Hospital will have access to private and proper rooms after the building of an Australian Aid-funded $150,000 counselling centre.

Empower Pacific board chairman Vishnu Deo said because of the lack of space, staff had to counsel clients in the linen or storerooms when privacy was particularly needed.

Mr Deo said Empower Pacific, formerly known as Pacific Counselling, has been providing specialised counselling services in various sub-divisional and divisional facilities of the Health Ministry.

"In 2008, the services were formalised under a memorandum of understanding," he said.

"Previously the counselling services were delivered from a portion of the waiting area with makeshift cubicles. This, combined with overcrowding was not conducive for providing counselling services.

"The construction of this new facility has made it a problem of our past and it is equipped with four rooms, inclusive of a family or group counselling room, training room, staff room and matron's office and convenience facilities."

Mr Deo said they were grateful for the Australian Government help.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said civil society organisations were key partners in delivering their aid programs, playing a vital role in improving the lives and livelihoods of the poor.

"But what these organisations have told us is that the lack of transportation, communication and infrastructure make it difficult to deliver services to the communities that they serve," he said.

"We see this challenge as particularly urgent with such organisations working outside the Suva area, with communities in remote, often inaccessible areas.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61530.5963
JPY 59.284856.2848
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.43260.4206
NZD 0.72270.6897
AUD 0.65180.6268
USD 0.47520.4582

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Commander resigns
  2. Chaudhry at helm
  3. School bullies
  4. LMS sets Deans title defence plot
  5. Ryan eyes veteran Bobo to join sevens team
  6. Woman dies in road accident
  7. Draunidalo remains NFP president
  8. Party queries protection of landowners' resources
  9. Call to remain active
  10. Seaweed farming grows

Top Stories this Week

  1. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  2. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  3. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  4. Flying Fijians spoil Samoan celebrations Monday (27 Jul)
  5. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  6. Truck sinks into town road Monday (27 Jul)
  7. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  8. Final goodbye Wednesday (29 Jul)
  9. Unrealistic airfares Monday (27 Jul)
  10. No say over lease Friday (31 Jul)