Committed to building the capacity of emergency medicine programs for countries within the Asia-Pacific region, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fiji National University.
The MoU agrees to encourage and promote collaboration in the areas of research, education and faculty development.
ACEM President Dr Simon Judkins and Professor Nigel Healey, Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University, signed the MoU this afternoon at the DevelopingEM Conference being held in Fiji. The event is being attended by delegates from Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), The Pacific Community (SPC) and ACEM.
“As a founding member of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), ACEM is committed to promoting access to, and leading the development of, the highest quality of emergency medical care for all people,” Dr Judkins said.
“This agreement, through activities such as building and developing staff capacity and sharing of teaching resources and curriculum, will enable ACEM and the Fiji National University to work towards the common goal of promoting the creation and growth of the specialty of emergency medicine.”
ACEM also announced at the DevelopingEM Conference that Dr Deepak Sharma had been awarded the Mika Ah Kuoi Award for Excellence. Funded by the ACEM Foundation, the award is presented to the highest performing student in the Master of Emergency Medicine program in Fiji. It came about after Fiji National University made a request to ACEM for an award. Dr Sharma is the second recipient of the award, following Dr Shivani Shailin taking the honour in 2016.
As set out in the ACEM Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021: The Next Phase, ACEM has committed to advocating for and delivering programs and projects that focus on improved access for all populations to quality emergency care in Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island communities and developing countries utilising strategic partnerships.
ACEM is the peak body for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand, responsible for training emergency physicians and advancement of professional standards. www.acem.org.au
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