Therapeutic Guidelines CEO Dr Sue Phillips and Developing Countries Program Manager Mieke Hutchinson-Kern travelled to Fiji last month to present on the Guideline Host at the 9th Pacific Directors of Clinical Services meeting, hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The meeting provides a forum to discuss issues that impact regional health policy and included senior health leaders from 12 Pacific Island countries and territories along with regional and international health professionals. From these discussions the country delegates made recommendations to the Pacific Heads of Health meeting which was held later in the same week.
Local and international partners presented on services to Pacific Island countries and territories from a wide range of areas. Some of the topics discussed were the status of regional nursing and the need for nursing specialisation and training; the need for oncology and palliative care/end of life services; a review of overseas referrals for treatment and the need for more transparent processes due to the financial burden this imposes; the status of emergency care and the current lack of pre-hospital care including first responders; and progress on the Healthy Ageing Fiji project (the most rapidly ageing Pacific nation) and implications for health service planning in Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific.
Sue and Mieke’s presentation on the Guideline Host app was received well, with health leaders and partners alike recognising the potential for the apps to improve the dissemination of important documents such as standard treatment guidelines, essential medicines lists and drug information resources to health practitioners in their respective countries.
The meeting was held on the 1st and 2nd of April 2019 and was organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) and World Health Organization (WHO) with support from the Government of Australia, the Government of New Zealand and the World Bank.
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