CMNHS Health Symposium to Help Improve Healthcare Education

Press Release Posted On: June 29, 2023

Participants of the Health Professional Education Symposium

Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences’Health Professional Education Symposium is currently underway at the Holiday Inn.

With the theme “Innovate and Rejuvenate: The Transformation of Pacific Health Professional Education”, the symposium aims provide a platform to explore evidence-based strategies, novel approaches, and cutting-edge research that will shape the future of healthcare education and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

The symposium was officially opened by the Minister of Education, Honourable Aseri Radrodro, yesterday (28.06.23).

While addressing the attendees the Minister reminded them of the global havoc caused the COVID-19 pandemic and how the theme is befitting the theme is in order to address the devastating experience.

“The theme encapsulates our shared vision for the future to improve our healthcare system in Fiji and in the region. This theme serves as a timely reminder to focus on improved health facilities and conduct research for effective awareness programmes to promote wellness, as you all know that health is wealth.”

“Your roles as health professionals with a body of knowledge and skills should save the future of our health and medical services not only in Fiji but regionally,” said the Education Minister.

FNU’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, during her welcome address acknowledged the continued and valuable efforts of the educators in the preparation of graduates for the professions of dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, as well as allied health, and public health professions using methods of learning and teaching that are innovative and rejuvenating.

“The University applauds your genuine aspirations to learn and network with your colleagues and education experts in the health profession.”

The Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr William May highlighted that the world around us is changing at an unprecedented pace, and health professional education must adapt accordingly.  

 We must strive to cultivate an inclusive and diverse learning environment that reflects the rich tapestry of our regional community. By harnessing the power of diversity, we foster creativity, cultural competence, and the ability to address the unique needs of each patient we encounter. Through education, we can bridge gaps, break down barriers, and promote health equity for all.”

The Dean encouraged participants embrace this opportunity for shared learning, collaboration, and inspiration.

“Let us forge new paths, ignite the flames of curiosity, and collectively drive the evolution of health professional education. Together, we can lay the foundation for a brighter, healthier future for generations to come.”

The 3-day symposium will conclude on Friday, 30 June.