What we've been working on
2023 and beyond - more dermatology specialists for the Pacific
In 2022, four doctors undertook the second year of the Master of Medicine in Dermatology. The education program continues in 2023, with the support of local and remote specialist dermatology educators.
Progress - more specialist skin doctors for the Pacific
Since opening the Pacific Dermatology Training Centre in 2019, a number of Pacific doctors have completed their Diploma in Dermatology and some are now undertaking the Masters of Medicine in Dermatology.
Introducing our teaching programme coordinator
Dr Janice Yeon is a Dermatology Research Fellow at The Skin Hospital doing clinical research and assisting with clinical work - she also is the Programme Coordinator for Pacific Dermatology here in Australia. During the COVID19 pandemic, Dr Yeon helped adapt the Pacific Dermatology Training Centre teaching program to a largely online format.
First skin clinic for Samoa
When Dr Va‘a-Fuimaono returned to Samoa, with her Postgraduate Diploma of Dermatology, she started the first skin clinic for Samoans at the main hospital in Apia, Samoa.
Enhancing skin health in Kiribati
Dr Temea Kibae Bauro was born and raised in Makin, the northern island of Central Kiribati. In 2019, he was among the first four students to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology from Fiji National University.
Expanding treatment of psoriasis in Fiji
PJ Twomey Hospital was the site of celebration with three nurses and a pharmacist trained to be the first practitioners to use donated specialised equipment from Australia.
Dermatology Training Centre leadership
Dr Meciusela Tuicakau, Fijian dermatologist and Dr Margot Whitfeld, Australian dermatologist, led the development of the Pacific Dermatology Training Centre. The training centre opened in February 2019.
Dermatology Diploma Fiji National University
The Dermatology Diploma, offered via Fiji National Uiversity and run at the Pacific Dermatology Training Centre emphasises the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease with a focus on conditions seen in the Pacific region.