SURGEONS in the Pacific through the Pacific Islands Surgeons Association have to maintain, reinforce and improve clinical decision-making through a collaborative approach.
This statement was made by NZ Acting Head of Mission Mark Ramsden at the conference at Holiday Inn.
He said during this biennial meeting, Pacific Island surgeons had the opportunity to build their clinical knowledge and to experience new techniques under supervision.
"Coming together in this way also allows for discussion and planning on Pacific-wide issues and promotes the growth in Pacific-owned and delivered surgical capacity," Mr Ramsden said.
The theme of the 2014 meeting is "Pacific Surgical Training: Outcomes and Future Directions-Building Bridges."
Within this theme there will be a particular focus on disaster preparedness and non-communicable diseases.
"Tackling NCDs is an area of focus for the New Zealand Aid Programme.
"We know that over two thirds of deaths in the Pacific region are attributed to non-communicable disease.
"Our leaders have called for action to combat what they have described as a NCD 'crisis'."
Mr Ramsden said Pacific governments were being helped to prevent NCDs in Pacific communities and to strengthen early detection and response at the community level.
He said another focus for the New Zealand government was disaster risk management, preparedness and response were also key areas of focus for the New Zealand Aid programme.
"We are supporting a number of activities through Pacific governments, non-government organisations and regional or multilateral organisations to build PICs resilience and their capacity to respond to natural disasters."