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From left: Dr Cynthia Kuanch (final year dermatology registrar), Dr Joicey Otmar (Dermatology Registrar), Dr Niyati Sharma (visiting Dermatologist to PNG), Prof John Vince, Deputy Dean at University of PNG, Port Moresby General Hospital.

Donation to Papua New Guinea- October 2016

The Developing Countries Program donated a set of Therapeutic Guidelines books for use in the library of the Medical School of the University of PNG in Port Moresby, where they are much appreciated by staff and students in the program.

Dr Niyati Sharma ( pictured ) was a member of Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd’s expert group for Dermatology 4. In October 2016, she travelled to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to teach dermatology registrars at the Port Moresby General Hospital and University of Papua New Guinea Medical School.

This was a significant contribution as the medical school library resources were very depleted and these Therapeutic Guideline books will make a real difference to students and staff – and then to future patient outcomes in PNG.

Internal Medicine Conference attendees.

Internal Medicine Conference, Fiji – August 2016

Therapeutic Guidelines Medical Advisor, Professor Rob Moulds, presented at the Internal Medicine Organisation of the Pacific meeting in Fiji in August 2016.

Erin Nunan, the Developing Countries Program Manager also attended the meeting on behalf of the TG Foundation, and together they presented a workshop on Guidelines in Pacific Island Countries.

This was an important opportunity because they were able to share how the TG Foundation is able to assist with the development, promulgation and evaluation of local guidelines.

The meeting presented an excellent forum for the internal medicine specialists to consult with their colleagues, share experiences and hear about new advances in medicine relevant to their work in isolated, and often very resource poor environments.

The meeting was invaluable because the internal medicine specialists in the Pacific Island countries were made aware of the Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation and Developing Countries Program (and Erin received valuable feedback on how the physicians viewed the place of guidelines, and the barriers in each different country to guideline development and implementation).

Erin Nunan (centre) pictured with other award recipients.

Erin Nunan wins PSA Early Pharmacist of the Year Award – July 2016

We congratulate our Developing Countries Program Manager, Erin Nunan, on receiving the Early Career Pharmacist of the Year award at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 2016 Excellence Awards.

The award is based on significant achievement in an area of excellence within the year or a recent period. The Early Career Pharmacist of the Year receives the PSA Excellence Awards Medal.

This is well earned recognition for Erin’s amazing work in developing countries – she left Australia in 2008 to improve the lives of thousands of people working in difficult, remote communities across the world.

Erin has worked in the Solomon Islands where she supported the development of the Solomon Islands Adult Standard Treatment Guidelines and Children’s Standard Treatment Guidelines.

She subsequently worked with the World Health Organisation to draft the Solomon Islands’ National Medicines Policy, and after a brief stint as a pharmacist with Aspen Medical in Timor-Leste, worked on HIV programs in Swaziland, which has the highest HIV rate in the world.

We are very proud of Erin’s achievements and congratulate her on this prestigious award, and we are reassured this background and experience is a wonderful asset for the TG Foundation, particularly in our Developing Countries initiatives.