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Papua New Guinea

Angau to boost manpower

BY NATALIE CHOLOHEI

The management of Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae will be reviewing the number of doctors and nurses it currently has to meet requirements to deliver level six health care services.
The review is planned to happen after the Angau redevelopment projects are complete.
Hospial chief executive officer Grant Muddle said the upgrades will make Angau a ‘true’ level six facility and a provincial referral hospital after the physical infrastructure development is complete.
He said a major review will take place on staff strength to improve the services provided at the hospital.
Mr Muddle, who took up the post as the hospital’s boss just last month, said the plans are already in place and he will ensure it is implemented.
“Once the physical infrastructure is built, we are going to do a whole review of our manpower, what is our manpower requirement in health care, that is nurses and doctors to improve our health service,” he said.
The manpower review plan is in line with the hospital’s human resources plan which is yet to be tabled.
The human resource plan also captures a medical exchange program which will be in partnership with the Australian college of physicians and surgeons.
Mr Muddle hopes to acquire an Australian health care accreditation for the hospital so that Australian doctors can come to Angau to do training and also learn about the health care system.
“There is no reason why Angau cannot have Australian accreditation in three years time. If we have an Australian accreditation, doctors who are doing work experience training can come to Angau so we have a knowledge transfer of skills, knowledge to our PNG doctors and vice-versa,” Mr Muddle said.
“Some medical cases seen at Angau are not the same in Australia and it would be rewarding for doctors to learn from each other.”
He said it will take time to acquire an accreditation but it would be a way forward to improve the referral system in urban clinics as well.

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