The first Pacific Symposium on Radiology Across Borders three years hosted at Lautoka Hospital
The Aspen Medical-managed Lautoka Hospital hosted the prestigious
Radiology Across Borders (RAB) Pacific Symposium earlier this month. This
two-day symposium featured leading speakers from across the Pacific
including Australia and Canada.
The RAB provides extensive education programs and hands-on training to
clinicians to support local expertise and training. This year’s event was held in
Fiji after a hiatus of three years due to the global pandemic.
The Chief Medical Officer of Lautoka Radiology Department Dr Sylvia
Defensor said, “The symposium served as a refresher of knowledge
previously gained and provided useful insights with respect to the current
and future practice of body imaging.
“Confidence in the practice of body imaging is developed through these
educational activities and also presented new imaging techniques (MRI and
Nuclear Medicine) which will soon be available at Lautoka Hospital as part of
our ongoing program to improve healthcare for all Fijians.”
Dr Defensor said these symposiums help maintain their Radiology
certification which is an essential part of the annual practising license with
the Fiji Medical Council.
Four new state-of-the-art Philips X-ray machines have been recently installed
at Lautoka and Ba public hospitals. The new machines will provide the
radiology teams with more precise reporting and elevate the level of service
to the public.
Health Care (Fiji) Pte Ltd is a Public-Private Partnership formed between the
Fiji National Provident Fund and Aspen Medical to manage both Lautoka and
Ba public hospitals are under a contract with the Government of Fiji.