Online Interactive Learning for the Pacific Islands

June 12, 2018| Our Community /

Last month distance interactive online learning sessions for Pacific Islands physicians, surgeons and nurses commenced with the support of Epworth Geelong Gastroenterologist, Associate Professor Chris Hair.

As a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association (ANZGITA), Assoc. Prof. Hair has spent close to a decade assisting the development of endoscopy and gastroenterology through teaching and advocacy in many lower middle income countries in the Pacific.

pacific-islands-learning-800x450.jpg

In his most recent project, Assoc. Prof. Hair has championed the use of digital technologies to provide more teaching opportunities and better immediate patient care when it comes to in gastroenterology and endoscopy across the massive Pacific region.
Through collaboration with Dr Payne Perman (Pohnpei) and Ms Christina Higa (University of Hawaii), Assoc. Prof Hair hosts GI tele-health education sessions using internet video conferencing. Around 15 clinicians, from over 12 island nations including Pohnpei, American Samoa, Ebeye, Palau, Samoa, Fiji and Marshall Islands have participated in conferences to date.

Being interactive in nature, the online sessions provide participants with an opportunity to present relevant cases that they have been involved in.

Assoc. Prof Hair spoke of the practical benefits of the education sessions “in the first conference, one provider generated strong discussion amongst the group after presenting a video recording of a difficult endoscopy that he had performed just hours earlier.

“After the session, the doctor went back to the case and performed a successful biopsy that very afternoon, which indicates the immediate impact that the conferences can have on clinical outcomes in these areas.”

My vision is to continue to provide high quality education that is respectful to the resource limited way that medicine and surgery is practiced in the Pacific Islands.
— Assoc. Prof. Chris Hair, Gastroenterologist, Epworth HealthCare

The ongoing sessions will be held on the third Friday of every month, with Gastroenterology and Hepatology focused topics to be decided upon by the participating nations.

Epworth physicians, nurses and educators with experience in Gastroenterology are encouraged to get involved in the interactive conferences. All that is required is a short case study PowerPoint presentation, access to a computer and internet. To find out more about this initiative or the work of ANZGITA, contact Assoc. Prof. Chris Hair at Epworth Geelong or visit www.anzgita.org.



Epworth

Join the conversation on The Village



August 21, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

A Proactive Approach to Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight

We know that staying on top of your weight can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Here’s some things to consider when trying to maintain a healthy body weight.  

August 19, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

Heart Smart Watches

If you look closely, you will see them on people’s wrists everywhere. Smart watches or fitness trackers claim to count your steps, measure your sleep, calculate calories, document your heart rate, and now, some even test your heart function with an ECG.

August 16, 2019| Health and Wellbeing/

10 Tips to Improve Your Health at Work

Trying to keep on top of your health at work can be a trying task. Here’s some tips we suggest so you can perform at your best.

August 12, 2019| Epworth News/

2019 Epworth Gala Ball Raises Funds for Innovation

London called and it called loudly at the Epworth HealthCare Gala Ball on Saturday 3 August.

August 12, 2019| Epworth News/

Excellence in Food Service

Serving up more than 3,000 meals a day with a culinary experience you’d expect at a luxury hotel, it’s no surprises that Epworth Richmond has been recognised for excellence in its room service program.