University offers training based on regional needs

Specialist trainers from Australia and New Zealand with Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, who shakes hands with Dr Anthony Smith from ANZGITA. Picture: Supplied

THE Fiji National University (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) offers training based on national and regional needs, says Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Speaking at the opening of the 12th endoscopy training program at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) yesterday, he said intervention in terms of safe surgery, anaesthesia, obstetrics and endoscopy had come to the fore and FNU started its postgraduate courses based on the needs of the Pacific.

CMNHS School of Medical Sciences postgraduate diploma and Masters students are among 18 participants in this four-week training program.

“Over the years the training by FNU has become value added and some of the value added things that have come on to it is the gastroenterology training,” he said.

According to the former academic, organisations such as Australia and New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association (ANZGITA) had an important role to play in the delivery of such training.

Meanwhile, assistant professor at CMNHS Dr Mai Ling Perman said the training was important because it strengthened knowledge and skill levels in endoscopy for both doctors and nurses.

“The participants are able to manage patients better and this improves the delivery of their services through procedural skills development and diagnostic capabilities in gastro-intestinal disorders.”

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