Surgical professionals meet to deliver emergency care

Karl Storz Endoscopy Australia Pty Ltd representative Jayne Thompson (right) showcasing the various surgical instruments to Dan Daly and Tilly Anderson during the GSA and PISA 2018 Combined ASM Emergency Responses and Humanitarian Aid Conference in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

AS many as 340 surgical professionals from 18 countries are in Nadi this week for an emergency responses and humanitarian aid conference organised by the General Surgeons Australia (GSA) and Pacific Islands Surgeons Association (PISA).

According to one of the organisers, Professor Glenn Guest, the landmark meeting was the first time for the two organisations to work together.

Prof Guest is also part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

“For the first time the two organisations have come together to bring surgeons to sit in one room and talk about problems and to raise awareness of the issues that are facing us in the Pacific and how Australia might then be able to help put a handout and help,” he said.

“We have 340 participants which is very pleasing because normally a conference of this nature in Australia might have 200 to 250 and the PISA conference might attract 50 to 70 so the combination of the two has shown a lot of interest and the increased numbers really demonstrate we have participants from 18 countries.”

He said the focus of the meeting was about delivering emergency care and also global humanitarian aid work.

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