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First visit to Fiji – November, 2015

Fiji Islands

Fiji Islands

The team at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital welcomed me to visit them in November to meet and talk together about their efforts to develop palliative care in Fiji. Dr Fong, obstretician gynaecologist and Chairperson of the National Oncology Clinical Service Network, is highly motivated to develop palliative care as part of his focus on ensuring primary care and health-promoting cancer care networks are in place across Fiji. The Ministry of Health is developing a new Fijian Cancer Action Plan and have palliative care within its sights as an integral part of this, but are looking for international support to determine best practice suited to the Fijian setting. Clearly, training needs are high on the agenda.

It was great to meet the team of hospital and community based nurses who are passionate about improving palliative care services.

We plan to continue our discussions in 2016 and collaborate on education initiatives, hopefully with the support of other international agencies already working with the Fijian MOH, universities and hospitals there.

- Odette Spruyt

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Dr Fong, team members from CWH and community nurses, Suva, Fiji

Hippocratic film screening in the Macedon Ranges, at Baringo, Gisborne, Saturday 21st October

APLI joins other host organisations across Australia in hosting Dr MR Rajagopal and Hippocratic, the biographical documentary about the life and work of this inspirational leader in palliative care.

We are hosting this event at Baringo, a local cinema and restaurant complex, Gisborne, as a fund and awareness raising event for Pallium India.

Tickets are limited to 30 people due to the size of the cinema.

Odette Spruyt, Hamrahi Coordinator, APLI.

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