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Presenting the Guideline Host app to senior health leaders in the Pacific – May 2019

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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New guidelines for Fiji and Solomon Islands apps – February 2019

In exciting news, the Fiji and Solomon Islands Guideline Host apps have just been updated with new content!

Eight new guidelines have been added to the Fiji app including two recently published guidelines: Fiji Guidelines for Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Diagnosis, Management and Prevention and Fiji Guidelines for Sore Throat and Skin Disease.

These guidelines are particularly important as rheumatic heart disease (RHD) affects 1% of the total Fijian population and is a leading cause of premature death. RHD is a preventable disease caused by repeated cases of acute rheumatic fever which results from an autoimmune response to group A streptococcal (GAS) infection. Therefore good management of sore throats and skin infections (which are commonly caused by GAS) is an important component of primary RHD prevention.

Dr Sainimere Boladuadua, technical advisor to the Fiji RHD program, was eager to see these guidelines added to the app, saying that ‘having clinical guidelines on this app means that they’ll reach the users they’re meant for … which in turn helps to ensure improvements in standard treatment and management of ARF and RHD across the country.’

     

The Solomon Islands app has also just been updated and now includes the latest Essential Medicines List and 10 additional guidelines, such as the WHO Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children. This book is critical as it is the primary clinical guideline used in both inpatient and outpatient care of children in Solomon Islands’ hospitals.

     

For both countries, the addition of new guidelines across a variety of clinical topics means that these apps will be even more useful for health practitioners by giving them point of care access to the best treatment information for their patients.

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Therapeutic Guidelines – an essential resource for pharmacy education – February 2019

Fiji National University (FNU) is the only institution which offers a degree level qualification in pharmacy in Fiji – and one of only two universities in the region – meaning that a large proportion of pharmacists in Pacific Island countries are FNU graduates.

Through the Developing Countries Program, TGL provides institutional access to eTG complete, the digital version of Therapeutic Guidelines, for all staff and students at FNU studying nursing, medicine and pharmacy.

The pharmacy lecturers have been particularly keen to promote this resource in their teaching. They use eTG complete not just as a reference but as an integral component of the clinical therapeutics course. Case-based learning is an important part of the curriculum, with students expected to source and apply information appropriately to real-world scenarios and eTG complete often contains the information they need. The teaching staff find that this style of learning improves students’ critical thinking and helps to prepare them for practice.

For further information on institutional access to eTG complete for universities in low or middle income countries, please email [email protected].

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