Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) this project aims to develop the supervisory capacity of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services to manage large numbers of foreign-trained medical graduates (FTMG) returning to Solomon Islands.
Key partners: Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), DFAT and AVI.
Country: Solomon Islands
Duration: Two years
Solomon Islands' health sector currently has 150 medical students training at Universities abroad. The majority of these “foreign trained medical graduates” (FTMG) are studying across Cuba and some in Fiji.
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services acknowledged concerns about its capacity to provide adequate supervision for FTMGs as they return to Solomon Islands. They requested DFAT assistance to develop and supplement this capacity until it could be managed locally.
AVI is responsible for developing and implementing this project. It utilises both Australian volunteers and select paid personnel.
- Place skilled medical professionals in Solomon Islands to help the MHMS supervise, train and assess new medical graduates through their bridging programs and internships
- Provide additional clinical and health workforce management support to MHMS as required
- Provide recruitment and technical support for the health professional roles by formalised strategic partnerships between AVI and Australian Partner Organisations (APOs).
APOs are central to the functioning of this project, most of which already provide support to the development of Solomon Islands' health sector and include:
- Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM; Melbourne)
- Centre for International Child Health (CICH; Melbourne)
- James Cook University (Townsville)
- John James Foundation (Canberra)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG; Melbourne)
- Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA, Sydney)