Dean’s Message

The Fiji National University’s College of  Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has played an integral role in the history of training medical professionals from Fiji and the region!

We were developed in 1885 to answer the country’s initial disease outbreaks. We started with limited resources and have today turned into state of the art learning and teaching facility not only answering the health questions of Fiji but also the region.

A big Bula from the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at the Fiji National University!

With a combined teaching experience of over 260 years, we provide up-to-date, industry-relevant and internationally recognised programmes to meet the health needs of Fiji and the South Pacific.

Our graduates have moved on to take significant leadership roles in their countries. A leading example is the Minister for Health and Medical Services of Fiji, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

The College has some of the most advanced training facilities in the region and boasts a comprehensive collection of health training opportunities. These include medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health and most of the allied health sciences.

Here you will not only receive top-notch medical education but also be part of the legacy that is rooted deep within the historic and humble beginnings of Fiji

At CMNHS, we aim to graduate highly proficient, reflective, ethical, compassionate and adaptable leaders who are dedicated to the improvement of health outcomes, particularly in the people of the Pacific.

In 2019, we achieved the highest of standards and received impeccable recognitions such as:

  • World Health Organisation designated our research centre (Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases) as the WHO Collaborating Centre.
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (BMLS) programme was accredited by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).
  • The College’s Department of Medical Imaging & Anatomy has been declared a Centre of Education by the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology.
  • Our staff, Dr Oripa Waqa, recently graduated with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry majoring in Oral Surgery, becoming the first female oral surgeon in the Pacific.
  • The College Health Research Ethics Committee received an accreditation certificate by the Fiji National Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • We developed a virtual Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research (FIPHR) to further enhance the research activities at the College.
  • We are the only College at the University which has an Associate Dean Regional’s Office.

Within the College, you will see a focus on higher education which sees the development of teaching and learning and applied research in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Ministry Education, key donor agencies and other regional Universities.

This year will be 21 years of postgraduate programmes at the College, and from Semester 1, we will be offering two brand new graduate-level programmes.

  • Master of Medicine in Family Medicine.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation).

Not only do we develop new programmes to meet the national and regional needs, but we also continuously amend our existing programmes to stay updated with national and international practices and changes. This year we are also offering a revamped Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner).

To all our new and continuing students, we warmly welcome you to our quintessential College in this new year and look forward to you achieving your dream of making a difference in our region.

Dr William May

Dean – College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences