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Grant provided for ISIUM Conference, Bangkok 2020 – October 2019

The Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation is proud to announce we are providing a grant to support the inaugural ISIUM Conference, Bangkok 2020.

The International Society to Improve the Use of Medicines (ISIUM) is an Australian registered charity which was established to raise awareness and promote the best use of medicines throughout the world to improve health and the management of disease in human beings, including all situations that involve or affect health and the use of medicines in the wider environment.

The conference theme is: ‘People Improving the Use of Medicines: What We Know & Don’t Know’ and will be held in partnership with the Drug System Monitoring and Development Centre (DMDC), Chulalongkorn University, and the Thai RDU Subcommittee of the Thai Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

With a focus on sharing knowledge and experience on improving the use of medicines, the main objectives of the conference are:

  • To understand rational use of medicines and therapeutic practices in terms of new knowledge and perspectives.
  • To share experiences in peoples’ education and empowerment in improving the use of medicines and therapeutic practices.
  • To explore what governments and other stakeholders should and could do to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines, and how they may be held to account.
  • To define priority areas for future ISIUM work on improving the use of medicines and its promotion, with a focus on people’s empowerment.

The ISIUM conference will held in Bangkok, Thailand from 26 to 28 January 2020. For more information, see www.isium.org/isium-conference-bangkok-2020/.

Donation of Therapeutic Guidelines resources to hospital in Kerala, India – July 2019

Therapeutic Guidelines regularly provides health professionals and students living in low and middle-income countries with free access to eTG complete and Therapeutic Guidelines books.

Earlier this year we provided access for practitioners at the Believers Church Medical College Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Kerala, South India who have really appreciated these resources:

‘I have logged into the eTG complete successfully and am marveled to see how good and user friendly the contents are. This is for sure an asset in our practice and I have already started using it. One of my doctors once told me that the Australian guidelines will be the best to adapt and refer to, as the contents will be extremely reliable because of the critical evaluation and translation of various available, up to date literature. I am extremely happy and moved to see that you have made such an effort in bringing up various developing countries to set higher goals in terms of evidence based practice’

Dr Grace Mary John, clinical pharmacy coordinator.

 

To find out more about our complimentary access program see our article on Complimentary access to Therapeutic Guidelines or to discuss free access to Therapeutic Guidelines resources contact the International Program.

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

Therapeutic Guidelines CEO Dr Sue Phillips and International 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.

To find out more about the Guideline Host apps, see tgfl.org.au/news/guideline-host-app/ or email [email protected]

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