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.
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:
Photo > L-R Dr Rebecca Mitchell, Senior Registrar, Obstetrics and Gynaecology with Bridging Interns Dr. Dennis Maniolo, Dr. Culwick Sigoto and Dr. Adam Wyndam. Credit: Nick Sas.