Mental Health

Topic: "Mental Health Issues for frontline health care workers and the Covid 19 Pandemic”

Start Time : Jun 4, 2020 05:47 PM

Meeting Recording:

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Webinar Speaker

Jan Rice (Wound Consultant ) has been heavily involved in wound care since she undertook her 12 months Plastic Surgical Nurse Training program in 1979 in Melbourne, Australia.

After 15 years in plastic surgery, Jan tried her hand at dialysis however the call of surgery and wound care saw her work with Monash University and Wound Foundation of Australia in  1994 through to 2007 and then in 2008 take up a position at LaTrobe University working with World of Wounds.

 Jan has served on Advisory Boards, Key Opinion Leader Groups, Wound Committees both local, National and International. Jan has authored many papers, mostly common sense personal approach to wound problems.

 Jan Is most comfortable with the approach of principles of care and what can be done in the current situation with what is available.

This approach comes from years of work in resource poor communities abroad and working in aged care, as well as running her own primary health care clinic Melbourne.

O & G

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is hosting a series of online webinars on COVID-19 and O&G for Pacific O&G specialists, trainees, midwives and others working in women’s health in the Pacific. These webinars are being organised with the support of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) and the Pacific Community (SPC).

Link to recording of the first webinar held on Tuesday 26 May 2020 @6pm Fiji time.

Webinar Topic: COVID-19 and O&G

Presentations included:

  1. An Introduction to COVID-19 in Pregnancy for Resource-Limited Environments by Dr Rebecca Mitchell (Chair), O&G and member of RANZCOG Global Health Committee
  2. COVID-19 – The Impact of the Virus and the Fear of the Virus on Women’s Health in Papua New Guinea by Professor Glen Mola, Head of O&G Department, UPNG SMHS
  3. Safeguarding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the Face of COVID Pandemic by Dr Pulane Tlebere, RH Technical Advisor, UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office

The aim was to share how COVID might impact SRH access and outcomes and what the Pacific is doing to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on SRH. Should you have any queries regarding this webinar please contact Ms Carolyn Poljski, Senior Coordinator, Global Health, RANZCOG via email: [email protected] or phone +61 3 9412 2926.


Pacific Paediatric Webinar


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Pacific Paediatric Webinar: COVID 19  (Presented by Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with Secretariat of the Pacific Community) May 5, 2020 11:45 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney ID: 955-4099-1462, 


PISA & RACS - Online Support Forum -  Surgery


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RACS & PISA Covid-19 Online Support Forum for surgeons across the Pacific next week. Chaired by Mr Kiki Maoate, Director of the RACS PIP. Panel were   

  • Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete – Minister for Health and Medical Services Fiji & PISA president
  •  Dr Viliami Tangi – previous Minister for Health Tonga & surgeon
  •  Ms Annette Holian – RACS Global Health Chair

Suggested topics were: -  

  1. Surgical response to COVID-19
    1. What alternatives to open surgery are available for emergencies in different surgical fields?
    2. What safe elective surgery is possible if any
    3. How to manage Covid suspected or confirmed people who must have emergency surgery?
  2. Country responses to Visiting medical teams