2010 saw several changes being introduced at the Fiji School of Medicine, one of which is the merger into the Fiji National University.  Under this banner, the Fiji School of Medicine and the Fiji School of Nursing merged to be collectively known as the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. Both institutions strive towards Excellence in Training and Education of Health Professionals in the South Pacific.

As the premier medical institutions in the South Pacific, both FSM and FSN have been educating Health Care Professionals since their establishment in 1885 and 1893 respectively. The Schools have produced many motivated and skilled health care professionals who are now serving in key positions in the South Pacific and overseas.

The schools provide training in health science disciplines including medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography, laboratory technology, public health, dietetics and environmental health.

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 Youth empowered to fight against AIDS

‘We can be strong enough to show a person that living with HIV does not define who we are or what we may have done in our pasts’ were the opening words delivered by Joeli Colati, a HIV survivor at the School of Nursing World Aids Day celebration. 

Art, song and Dance fight NCDs

Education through art is the focus of the Sokota art.health.wellness exhibition which is an initiative of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences [CMNHS]. Speaking that the exhibition launch last week, Dr. Tukana – National NCD Advisor, Ministry of Health said that ‘with the rise in non-communicable diseases [NCDs], we just cannot be treating people so what better way to educate than through art’.

Health collaboration to improve quality of life

The need for a cleft lip / palate database was the main focus at discussions during the Cleft Program Workshop that was recently jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and the Dental department of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. 

Korean Government funds workshop to combat NCD crisis

The rise in deaths resulting from Non-Communicable Disease [NCD’s] is a growing concern in Fiji and the Pacific. To address the problem of NCD’s, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the ROK-PIF Cooperation Fund from 2011 – 2013.

Open environment for medical students

Studying away from home may be challenging but for third year Bachelor of Dental Surgery student Rachel Gladys of Solomon Islands, this builds her character. Rachel was busy attending to patients at the Fiji National University's Wellness Village at the Hibiscus Festival, when we caught up with her.