Upskilling push

Fiji Pharmaceutical Society (FPS) participants recieve gift packs from Rajiv Gopal at the Holiday Inn. Picture: JONA KONATACI

CONTINUOUS professional development is an obligation that we made to society and the country we live in, says Fiji Pharmaceutical Society (FPS) president Reshnika Sen while speaking at a mini seminar on travel health held at the Holiday Inn Suva on Sunday.

Ms Sen said they had made the commitment to never stop upskilling from the moment they decided to become healthcare professionals.

“So it is not from graduation or registration and certainly not when the board tells us to.

“We agreed to always educate ourselves when we filled out applications back in high school and chose our career paths.”

She added the mini seminar gave participants six CPD (continuing professional development) points which were now mandatory requirements for pharmacists for renewal of their annual practising licence.

“FPS is very proud that we have become quite consistent with CPD programs, annually organising a conference and a mini seminar,” she said.

She said when people travelled, they put themselves at a lot of health risks.

“From the simple motion sickness to gastrointestinal infections and sometimes contracting endemic diseases such as yellow fever, or more common to the Pacific, malaria and dengue,” she said.

“To keep these risks in check, the focus is to prevent illness and manage infectious diseases.”

James Cook University Associate Professor and travel health specialist Dr Ian Heslop spoke on the importance of travel medicine.