Improving Specialised Clinical Services in Pacific Island Countries

On 26-27 February 2019, health leaders from 15 Pacific Island Countries met in Suva with representatives from World Health Organisation (WHO), European Union, World Bank, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Nossal Institute and The Pacific Community (SPC) to discuss subregional collaboration for specialised health care services.

The results and findings of a joint study between the Nossal Institute, WHO and SPC - Mapping of OMRS and VSMT in Pacific Island Countries: A pathway for Regional Collaboration, were presented at the meeting.

Health leaders including the Fiji Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete  and Republic of Palau Minister of Health Hon. Emais Roberts discussed challenges faced in Pacific Island countries from the rise of non-communicable diseases, the increasing costs of overseas medical referrals and rising demands for specialised clinical services. Options for better planning, co-ordination, collaboration and partnership to help manage the provision of specialised clinical services were also explored.

Pacific Islands healthcare collaboration

Photo: Delegates from Pacific Island Countries and development agencies in Suva, Fiji, 26 February 2019