Trustee Alan Goodey facilitates the Pacific Anaesthetic Assistants course in Fiji

Braemar Charitable Trust Medical Trustee and Anaesthetist Alan Goodey, has just completed facilitating the third Pacific Anaesthetic Assistants course in Fiji. Raj Chand, the Head Anaesthetic Technician at Braemar Hospital accompanied and Alan and also assisted with this training. Alan said "The Anaesthetic Technicians in Fiji have no formal training, but a lot of responsibility. Raj is in this photo teaching the Anaesthetic Technicians how to check the Anaesthetic "Machine correctly in Labasa Hospital " and noted that "incredibly no one has done basic teaching like this here before".

The third Pacific Anaesthetic Assistant Course (PAAC) was completed in Fiji last week and seeks to address the critical need for skilled Anaesthetic Assistants by providing comprehensive training and fostering mentorships through collaborations. The training aims to enhance the quality and safety of anaesthesia services across the region and is being attended by Anaesthetic Assistants and Nurses from intensive care units and operating theatres. This training is facilitated by New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists with funding support from Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As well as the Fijian Technicians, PAAC was attended by two nurses from Kiribati and two nurses from Samoa.
In addition to Raj Chand, who was provided with some funding to cover travel costs by the Braemar Charitable Trust with similar training in 2023, there were 5 other NZ based and one Australian Anaesthetic Technician, who provided the teaching.

We are really proud to see members of the Braemar team share their skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes across the Pacific, as we know this know this capability building will have sustainable positive impact in the Pacific region.


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