A brief update – March 2016

Established in 1980, the Pacific Paramedical Training Centre [PPTC] is a not-for-profit incorporated organization located on the  Wellington Hospital campus, New Zealand. The PPTC is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Region, and its mission is to provide training in the appropriate Medical Laboratory Sciences, external quality assurance programmes and its development related assistance for the clinical laboratory and blood transfusion services. Particular emphasis being placed on the developing countries of the Pacific  Region.

The teaching and development aid programmes offered by the PPTC are governed by one principle: ‘They must be appropriate, affordable and sustainable for the health care setting in which they will be used’. The emphasis is on appropriate and practical short-term training,  that will ensure immediate benefit for the trainees in their work setting. In 1990 the PPTC was designated a WHO Collaborating Centre for External Quality Assurance and is now the leading provider of EQA Programmes to the Pacific Islands.

In 2006 the PPTC commenced a Distance Learning Programme in conjunction with WHO and now provides courses in the majority of the Medical Laboratory Science disciplines in addition to the teaching and training courses provided in-country and at its Centre in Wellington.

The PPTC has extensive experience working in laboratory strengthening throughout the Pacific and it is well respected by Pacific Governments for its ability to understand and work within Pacific cultures.

Through the continued support of the New Zealand Overseas Development Programme, the PPTC  has been granted a new five year contract (2016 – 2020) in order to deliver it’s Pacific Laboratory Quality Accreditation Programme.

The  activity design on which the five year contract is based, was formulated through  a comprehensive analysis of the issues and state of laboratory services in the Pacific.  As a result, it has been decided to target investment to four specific countries as being more likely to achieve sustainable, transformational development than spreading services too thinly across the region.  Countries selected for specific investment include Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

This activity aligns itself with the New Zealand Aid Strategic goals to improve the health of the people in these Pacific countries as a key achievement focus area and  investment priority.

This initiative will improve the health of our Pacific people and the regional health status against infectious disease outbreaks and enable early detection of chronic diseases through improved medical laboratory diagnostic services. It will improve Pacific Health through quality improvement measures established within the medical laboratory services. Such measures will ensure that the services are appropriate, affordable and sustainable to support diagnostic health services and treatment options.

 This will be achieved by

  • Increasing the workforce capability and capacity of Pacific laboratories.
  • Strengthening the infrastructure and expanding the scope of testing within laboratory services.

This programme to be delivered by the PPTC will:

  • Develop an accreditation framework for each selected Pacific Medical Laboratory, that enables it to be measured against international ISO15189 standards;
  • Support laboratories in the four selected countries to continue the progress towards the development and achievement of internationally recognised accreditation standards.

This will be achieved in the following way:

  • Improve laboratory capability and capacity for the detection and management of infectious diseases, their diagnosis  and the monitoring risk of non-communicable diseases and associated safe management of blood transfusion products.
  • Increase the quality of laboratory sensitivity testing and antibiotic advice to clinicians to ensure that the most appropriate antibiotic is used. This will contribute to international endeavours to address the rise of anti-microbial resistance.
  • Increase the sustainability of laboratory services by increasing the range of tests able to be performed in-country, thus increasing the timeliness of results and reducing the reliance on expensive off-shore referral testing;
  • Provide an external quality assurance programme and regional benchmarking for laboratory performance and associated risks.
  • Provide foundational courses for Pacific laboratory technicians through in- country centre based training and distance learning.

Greetings to you all,

Wellington based training courses 2015. 


The Haematology course for 2015 which commenced on the 2nd March and concluded on the 27th March once again was an excellent learning opportunity for the students who attended. The five students included, Epitani Vaka (Tonga), Stephen Able and Terry Kalorib (Vanuatu), Maud Faumuina (American Samoa), and Barieti Itaaken (Kiribati)

Phil Wakem the PPTC’s CEO and Haematology specialist was the principal lecturer for this course and the PPTC is very grateful to Elizabeth Tough (Chief Morphologist, Haematology Dept, Wellington Hospital,) for sharing her expertise and experience in blood – borne parasitology with the students. Elizabeth was also our guest speaker and presenter to the students on graduation day.

Haematology Class

Haematology Class 2015 Students and PPTC Staff

Stephen Able and Elizabeth Tough

Stephen Able and Elizabeth Tough

Health and Safety and Infectious Diseases

The Health and Safety and Infectious Disease course provided by the PPTC, commenced on the 13th April and concluded on the 8th May. Russell Cole, the PPTC’s Laboratory Quality Manager and Microbiology expert, was the principal lecturer for the duration of this course and must be congratulated for its success especially as it was a new course introduced this year. The five students who attended this course were as follows:

Mr Semisi Lenati from Tonga ;  Elaine Hevoho, Pamela Umbu, and Fova Naoka from Papua New Guinea; and Makerita Ieremia from Samoa.

The PPTC wishes to thank Manisha Morar (Quality Assurance and Occupational Health Administrator, Aotea Pathology), Ricky Benn (Med Lab Scientist, Wellington Hospital Biochemistry Dept)  and the staff from ESR  for donating their valuable time to our students over the duration of the course.

Health and Safety 2015 : Students and PPTC Staff

Health and Safety 2015 : Students and PPTC Staff

Health and Safety 2015 : Students and PPTC Staff
Health and Safety 2015 : Students and PPTC Staff

The three remaining courses for this year which are to be offered at the Centre in Wellington include:

  • Microbiology: 31st  August – 25th  September 2015
  • Phlebotomy: 5th  October – 23rd  October 2015 [Cancelled]
  • Blood Transfusion Science: 2nd  November – 27th  November 2015

The PPTC Regional External Quality Assessment Programme

The PPTC has great pleasure  in welcoming  Max Reed  to the  PPTC in the capacity of joint co-ordinator for the PPTC’s REQA Biochemistry programme. Max is currently HOD of Biochemistry and Haematology at Aotea Pathology Ltd in Wellington.  She is a fellow of the NZIMLS, a Member of the AACB and is the NZ representative on both the AACB Education committee and Harmonisation Working Group.

She has worked in both hospital and private laboratory settings and has a particular interest in education in all areas of laboratory medicine, having been involved in moderating the NZ university courses in Medical Laboratory Science, as well as tutoring and mentoring Scientist, Technician, Phlebotomy and Specimen Reception candidates in both their examination and continuing education goals.

Filipo Faiga is currently  the  Biochemistry  Section Head  at Wellington Hospital, a PPTC Board member and an experienced Biochemistry consultant who has worked with the PPTC for many years now.

Now that the  PPTC’s  REQA programme has expanded to 65 Laboratories Pacific wide, both Maxine and Filipo have agreed to share the Biochemistry Coordinators role now that Clare Murphy  has retired, and we are very grateful to them both.  Maxine will oversee the Cambodian programme, and Filipo will oversee the Pacific programme.


Overseas travel


On the 18th May, Susan Evans ( Supervising Scientist – Wellington Blood Bank, New Zealand Blood Service) travelled to Tonga at the request of the  PPTC as a consultant for Blood Transfusion Services and carried out teaching and training at Vaiola Hospital in Blood Banking. This visit was of great benefit to the laboratory in terms of Sue’s wealth of experience and expertise, and there is a strong possibility that a return visit will be made nearing the end of the year to assess and evaluate the progress of good practise that she was able to initiate during her visit.


Between the 25th and 29th May, Phil carried out a Laboratory Quality Management visit to Apia’s National Hospital primarily for the purposes of process improvement within the Haematology Laboratory.

Filipo is scheduled to visit Apia’s National  Hospital for two weeks in July-August to carry out Biochemistry training. During the two weeks, Filipo will also visit Savaii, to assess the laboratory overall in terms of its quality systems.

 Marshall Islands

Both Phil and Russell visited the Marshall Islands from the 15th - 19th June to facilitate further implementation of principles and  concepts of the Laboratory Quality Management  programme and monitor its progression since the last visit in June 2014.

 Cambodia and the PPTC’s regional External Quality assessment programme

WHO Cambodia have requested that the PPTC provide  four  weeks of teaching and training  in Cambodia to enhance the REQA performance of the Cambodian laboratories currently registered on the PPTC’s REQA programme. Phil and Navin Karan (PPTC Programme Manager) will provide the first workshop in July and a second workshop will be provided by Phil and Russell later in the year.


Russell and Navin are scheduled to visit Vanuatu between the 6th and 10th July to assess progress of Laboratory Quality Management implementation in the laboratories of both Port Vila and Espiritu Santo. Visits to Vanuatu have been placed on hold in past months due to the devastation of Cyclone Pam and the disruption to services within Vanuatu. The country is beginning to recover slowly and the PPTC can now continue its valuable work in promoting quality throughout each of the laboratories diagnostic processes.

 The desperate need for Pathologists in the Pacific

Most Pacific laboratories do not have the luxury of recruiting and financially supporting full time Pathologists. With reference to a very small number of Pacific Laboratories that are supported by a general Pathologist, Medical oversight of the diagnostic services has proved to be extremely valuable in terms of relationship development between Hospital Clinicians and the Laboratory, critical diagnostic interpretation, service accountability, and assistance given to the PPTC in its pursuit of Laboratory Quality Management throughout all laboratory processes.

In 2016 the PPTC will consider the establishment of a scheme to recruit NZ Pathologists on a temporary/rotational basis to visit laboratories in the Pacific region offering clinical/diagnostic and managerial expertise. In defining a Pathologist, the PPTC refers to discipline specific specialists including  Haematologists, Cytologists, Anatomic Pathologists, Microbiologists, Chemical Pathologists, and  Immunohaematologists. The main advantage of a rotational system is that a selection of Pathologists (as above) who are specialists in their own field could be commissioned if possible by the PPTC at different times throughout the year. The consultancies could vary between one week and four weeks and the duration of stay would be dependent on the current need each country’s health system has identified.

Dr Julia Phillips ( Resident Haematologist, Wellington Hospital) will accompany Phil on visits to Tonga, and Samoa in the second half of this year, and possibly Vanuatu later in the year for the purpose of Haematology training in blood film examination, cell recognition and clinical interpretation. Julia will also interact with clinical staff to identify Haematological issues and strengthen diagnostic processes.

For Pathologists who are interested in short term consultancies in the Pacific Islands, please contact Phil Wakem at the PPTC for further information. ( .

Phil wishes to sincerely thank all Medical Laboratory Scientists who have forwarded their names and CV’s to be considered for future short term Haematology consultancies in the Pacific. He now wishes to compile a list of Biochemistry , Microbiology and Blood Banking Medical Laboratory Scientists who have had at least 5 – 7 yrs experience in their chosen discipline as well as Laboratory Quality Management and who would be interested in future short term projects for the PPTC.

Greetings to you all,

 Wellington based training courses 2015.

This year the PPTC is offering 7 courses and these include:

  • Haematology and Blood Cell Morphology: 2 March – 27 March 2015
  • Health and Safety and Infectious Diseases: 13 April – 8 May 2015
  • Laboratory Quality Management Systems: 25 May – 19 June 2015
  • Biochemistry: 13 July – 7 August 2015
  • Microbiology: 31 August – 25 September 2015
  • Phlebotomy: 5 October – 23 October 2015
  • Blood Transfusion Science: 2 November – 27 November 2015

 New Centre Based courses for 2015

 Health and Safety and Infectious Diseases

 a)            Health and Safety Component:

Implementing a laboratory health and safety programme, hazard identification, risk assessment, laboratory premises and design, biohazard waste and disposal of contaminated material; Personal protection; Code of conduct; Staff health and medical surveillance; Administrative procedures; Chemical and dangerous goods storage; Material data safety sheets; Major incident response; Laboratory emergency planning; and Laboratory biosecurity concepts.

 b)           Infectious Diseases Component:

Notifiable diseases; Role of public health; Surveillance and monitoring disease outbreak; Workforce occupational exposure; Communicable diseases; What makes an epidemic; Vaccine availability; Bacterial causes of infectious diseases: Isolation procedures to identify and confirm major bacterial pathogens associated with gastrointestinal infections, seafood poisoning and marine environments, food and water contaminating organisms; Bacterial agents of pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis; Agents of sexually transmitted infections. Viral causes of infectious diseases: a selective summary of disease specific viruses such as gastrointestinal viruses; respiratory viruses; parasites of infectious disease and mycology review.


The PPTC is offering a three week training course on Phlebotomy. The course contents will address the following topics:

The role of a phlebotomist in the medical laboratory diagnostic process; Anatomy and physiology of specific human tissue (This will take into consideration sites of blood collection, and overall discussion with reference to the circulatory system and normal Haemostasis/Blood coagulation). Patient safety and safety of procedure; The practise of Infection control; Adverse incidents with the application of first aid; The Laboratory and its sample collection policy with reference to laboratory collection forms, Patient identification, Post collection requirements, Tests profiles and Test requirements; Medical abbreviations and medical terminology; Pre analytical variables such as patient status, Collection techniques, Sample storage and transportation; Blood collection (venous and Capillary); Patient assessment and preparation including considerations for both elderly patients and neonatal patients; Site preparation; Sample collection devices and equipment in terms of antiseptics, dressings, evacuated blood collection equipment’s, needles and syringes, tourniquets and sample collection tubes; The Collection process and post collection process for both venous and capillary samples; Blood culture collection; Specialised collection procedures, collection and handling of non-blood specimens (Urines, faeces, sputum, saliva, swabs, mycological samples and seminal fluid, in terms of equipment, collection, specimen stability, sterility, storage, transportation and handling; The handling and transportation of aspirates, Histology and Cytology samples; Specialised test procedures such as Bleeding time, Mantoux test and skin prick testing.

 In country teaching and training

Short term in-country teaching workshops have proven extremely valuable and have made an immediate and significant impact in terms of capacity expansion and up skilling personnel, however on-going consolidation programmes are essential if such a difference in the development or enhancement of skill is to be further advanced and maintained.

The PPTC is currently compiling a potential list of technical consultants who would be prepared to travel the Pacific region on request to assist with capacity building and strengthening  of Pacific Island laboratories.

The PPTC has labelled the situation in the Pacific in terms of Haematology and Biochemistry  as requiring intense corrective action and therefore it plans to intensify its presence through in – country training in 2015 recruiting additional Haematology and Biochemistry expert consultants to increase both frequency and coverage of visits across the Pacific. Consultancies are generally 1 to 2 weeks in  duration  and dependent on PPTC funding availability.

If you are a qualified NZ registered Medical Laboratory Scientist with at least 15 yrs experience in Haematology , Biochemistry or Laboratory Management and would like to be added to our list of consultants we would like to hear from you.

If you could forward a copy of your current CV  to the PPTC  it would be most appreciated.

Teaching resources

Depending on the availability of funding, the PPTC intends to supply appropriate learning material (text books, journals, etc) to Pacific laboratories that are desperately in need of educational resources so as a reference centre can be established within the laboratory as a promotional way forward in terms of professional development.

Can you help?

If any New Zealand medical laboratories have a surplus of teaching resources in terms of wall charts, Haematology stained blood films, projector slides, textbooks, journals etc, the PPTC would be most grateful if they could be donated through its Centre to Pacific Island laboratories where there is an exceptional need.

Overseas Travel:                                   

January 2015: Phil Wakem and Navin Karan both attended the PIHOA (Pacific Island Health Officers Association) meeting in Guam. The theme of this meeting focused on the enhancement of  quality with reference to the public health laboratory services in the US affiliated Pacific Islands through regional capacity building.

Russell Cole, the PPTC’S Laboratory Quality Manager carried out his first LQMS visit to Kiribati and during his stay also visited the Marine Training Centre to assess the laboratory’s quality programme.

Pacific Infectious Substances Shipping Training (ISST) -Nadi, Fiji , 9- 11 February 2015,

Navin attended the above  training workshop provided by WHO in Nadi  Fiji . The training addressed shipping requirements for all potentially infectious substances, focusing particularly  on highly infectious materials.  He also presented a paper on “Using New Zealand Laboratories for Diagnosis and Confirmation of Emerging Infectious Diseases” as part of the training session on “Strengthening Laboratory Preparedness to Emerging Infectious Diseases”.

ISST Fiji 2015

Farewell to Clare Murphy

Clare M


Clare is a NZ graduate from the Australian National University. She started her career in Laboratory work at what was then Gisborne Hospital, becoming a specialist in Clinical Chemistry at Wellington Hospital working mostly in Quality, initially in quality control, and latterly in quality management where she became the Laboratory Services Quality Manager for Capital and Coast DHB. Clare performed this role for many years.

Since 1987 and for nearly three decades on, Clare pioneered and managed the  PPTC  Clinical Chemistry External Quality Assessment Programme for laboratories across the Pacific and South East Asia. Clare initially began as a volunteer and took responsibility for 12 Pacific participating laboratories using Wellington Hospital QC material. From this, the programme has now expanded to 58 participants which now utilises RCPA QAP material and statistics allowing the programme to monitor a large variety of analytes. Clare has worked closely with the RCPA QAP, and their support and generosity is greatly appreciated by the PPTC.

It is of great sadness that we are to say farewell to Clare as the PPTC Regional External Quality Assurance Co-ordinator for Biochemistry. She has given total dedication and commitment to this programme and has contributed greatly to the education and capacity strengthening of Clinical Laboratories throughout the Pacific and South East Asian regions. The PPTC is very fortunate however to retain Clare as a consultant and as such, she will continue  to  offer support to the Centre and to Pacific Laboratories  in terms of  guidance and expertise in such areas as Laboratory Quality Management and REQA.

Apart from PPTC responsibilities, Clare continues to hold the position of  Point of Care Testing Coordinator at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand.

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2015-2016 POLHN PPTC Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science Programme – Applications Open

The PPTC in conjunction with POLHN is now accepting applications for PPTC POLHN Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science course starting in March 2015.

The modules on offer for the 2015 – 2016 Diploma Cycle will be:

2015 Outline:

  • Laboratory Technology               March – May 2015
  • Haematology                                 July – September 2015
  • Biochemistry                                 November 2015 – January 2016
  • Examination Part 1                       February/ March 2016

2016 Outline:

  •  Microbiology                                                           March – May 2016
  • Transfusion Science                                            July – September 2016
  • Laboratory Quality Management System        October – December 2016
  • Examination Part 2                                                   February/ March 2017

Please submit the POLHN APPLICATION FORM  (click to download)and your staff have until 31 December 2014 to submit your enrolment forms to POLHN office and PPTC –

Please encourage your eligible staff members to enrol for this Diploma programme, and ensure that your staff meet the Selection Criteria for POLHN Courses (click to download) requirements before applying.

Selection of students will take place on 30 January 2015, and the announcement will be made a week later to confirm if your application has been successful.

About the PPTC POLHN Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences Programme: 

Each module is divided into six sections to cover the basic principles and theory of that laboratory science with emphasis on the ‘how and why’ and the importance and relevance of accurate and reliable laboratory testing in both the initial diagnosis of disease and the monitoring of treatment. At the end of each section there are a series of multi-choice questions which must be completed and returned to the PPTC for marking. There is also an associated log book with each module (except Laboratory Technology and Laboratory Quality Management System) which the student must complete.

The content of each log book is based on routine procedures currently employed within each discipline and as each log book task is completed, signoff by the charge technician or head of department is required until the log book is fully completed. Each log book not only details the practical tasks to be carried out, but also contains a comprehensive theory section associated with each procedure and therefore acts as an information resource once completed by the student. Each log book will be returned to the student once completed and marked by the PPTC so as it can be used by the student as a reference.

On successful completion of each module which includes theory and practical requirements, successful students are awarded a certificate of achievement in the discipline studied.

There is an examination based assessment for the DipMLS programme as well. The examination will be divided into two parts, part 1 covering the theoretical contents from the first three modules namely Lab Technology, Haematology and Biochemistry and will be held at the end of the year 2013. Part 2 will cover the theoretical contents from the second year modules; Microbiology, Transfusion Science and Laboratory Quality Management Systems and will be held at the end of the year 2014. The examination booklets for part 1 and part 2 will be presented to students by the charge technician in the respective laboratories. The charge technicians will be expected to supervise these exams at the end of the respective year, and these examinations will be conducted in the strictest examination environment.

Students who successfully complete all six [6] modules, and the respective end of the year examinations will be awarded a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science granted by the PPTC.

Unfortunately, in the past a number of enrolled technicians have registered for these courses but have not made any attempt to start these modules. Due to this, all participants will be closely monitored by our team and students may be involuntarily withdrawn from a module if there is no commitment shown in completing the assessments. Remember these courses are made available to laboratory technicians for their benefit free of charge from the WHO. These courses enable technicians to be updated in the current laboratory practises, and is for their benefit alone.

For further information please see: or Contact: Navin Karan, Programme Manager, PPTC, PO Box 7013 Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 644389 6294 Fax: 64 4 389 6295 Email:

PPTC Wellington Based Training Courses for 2015

The Pacific Paramedical Training Centre is pleased to announce its Wellington based training courses for 2015.  

Please start your applications earlier prior to the start of the course as funders and international organisations who offer scholarships usually require 3 months to process applications.

For the Charge technicians, Laboratory Managers, Human Resource Teams and Programme Managers, please advise your laboratory staff accordingly and assist them in securing financial sponsorship to attend this course. Be aware that there are limited spaces available for these courses and it’s never (almost) too early to start the application process.

 PPTC 2015 Centre Based Training courses:

Venue: Pacific Paramedical Training Centre, Wellington Hospital Campus, New Zealand

 Haematology and Blood Cell Morphology - 2 March – 27 March 2015

 Health and Safety and Infectious Diseases - 13 April – 8 May 2015

 Laboratory Quality Management Systems – 25 May – 19 June 2015

 Biochemistry - 13 July – 7 August 2015

 Microbiology - 31 August – 25 September 2015

 Phlebotomy – 5 October – 23 October 2015

 Blood Transfusion Science – 2 November – 27 November 2015

Click to download 2015 Course Information Flyer and PPTC Course Application Form, or please refer to for detailed course information.

For further information contact: Navin Karan, Programme Manager, PPTC, PO Box 7013 Wellington, New Zealand Telephone: 6443896 Fax: 64 4 389 6295 Email:


Greetings from the PPTC.

Laboratories are an essential component of public health systems, particularly for disease surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.  Health laboratories in Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) have identified multiple challenges to effective performance, including financing, qualified and skilled workforce, information, medical products and technologies, service delivery and leadership and governance.

 The PPTC is recognised internationally as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in terms of teaching and training programmes provided to National Health Laboratories of Pacific Island Countries. The PPTC is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating centre. It offers excellent training programmes both in New Zealand and Pacific Island settings. These short term in-country teaching workshops have proven extremely valuable and have made an immediate and significant impact in terms of capacity expansion and up skilling personnel, however on-going consolidation programmes are essential if such a difference in the development or enhancement of skill is to be further advanced and maintained.

 The goal of the PPTC is “to assist national health laboratories of the Pacific region to develop a laboratory service that is appropriate, affordable and sustainable and will provide immediate benefits to the healthcare settings in which they are used”.

 New Zealand  based courses provided by the PPTC at the Centre this  year were as follows:

Haematology and Blood Film examination   4 August – 29 August

Haematology continues to be weak in performance in Pacific Island Laboratories and this is due to a devastating lack of expertise in “Blood film examination and interpretation” throughout the region. The PPTC offered a 4 week training course in August of this year at its Centre in Wellington and four students attended: June Teiti  from the Cook Islands, Nerisa Faumuina from American Samoa, and Bridgit Kavana and Niam Pokale both from Papua New Guinea. The course was a great success and the students gained a great deal of knowledge and skill over the 4 week duration.

Wellington Centre Based Training Course  Back L-R - Russell-PPTC, Niam-PNG, Nerisa-American Samoa, Phil-PPTC, Linda-PPTC. Front L-R - June-Cook Islands, Bridgit-PNG.
Back L-R: Russell-PPTC, Niam-PNG, Nerisa-American Samoa, Phil-PPTC, Linda-PPTC.Front L-R – June-Cook Islands, Bridgit-PNG.

Microbiology 1 – 26 September

The PPTC also offered a 4 week training course in Microbiology in September at its Centre in Wellington and three students attended : Senisaleti Pasikala from Tonga, Felix Kokoa from Tuvalu, and Bernard Tatireta from Kiribati.

This was also a great success in terms of the learning experience the students received. The PPTC also facilitated two visitng lectures from the WHO Collaborating Centre for STD and Neisseria Reference Laboratory, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney who updated the students on N.gonorrhoeae identification and antimicrobial sensitivity testing over three days.

Back L-R: Russell-PPTC, Bernard-Kiribati, Felix-Tuvalu, Ratan-Sydney Visiting Lecture, Pinati-Samoa. Front L-R: Rodney-Sydney Visiting Lecture, Seni-Tonga
Back L-R: Russell-PPTC, Bernard-Kiribati, Felix-Tuvalu, Ratan-Sydney Visiting Lecture, Pinati-Samoa.Front L-R: Rodney-Sydney Visiting Lecture, Seni-Tonga


Laboratory Quality Management 29- 24 October

The third course offered for this year is the Laboratory Quality Management course. Three students attended this course and they were Ravendra Prasad – CWM Hospital , and Asena Bukadua – Labasa Hospital, Fiji and Tekaibeti Taratake from the DOTS TB Laboratory,  Kiribati.

L-R: Sharon-Kenepuru Hospital, Ravendra-Fiji, Asena-Fiji, Tekaibeti-Kiribati, Russell-PPTC
L-R: Sharon-Kenepuru Hospital, Ravendra-Fiji, Asena-Fiji, Tekaibeti-Kiribati, Russell-PPTC

Blood Transfusion Science  3 – 28  November 2014

This will be the final course in Wellington for this yea, and this currently is in session at this moment. We are pleased that the New Zealand Blood Service will once again be offering their expertise in terms of teaching and training to our nominated students. Three students are attending this course and they are: Tejal Chauhan from Princess Margaret Hospital, Tuvalu, Puaseiesi Pila from LBJ Tropical Medical Centre, American Samoa and Nabiri Tiaon from Tugaru Central Hospital, Kiribati.

Overseas Travel:                                     

In July of this year, the implementation of Laboratory Quality Management Systems (LQMS) continued with visits carried out in Tonga (Navin Karan), Kiribati (Russell Cole) and Samoa ( Filipo Faiga).

Navin then travelled to the four Federated States of Micronesia in the northern region of the Pacific and delivered teaching and training in Microbiology as a commitment to our in-country teaching programme.

Rob Siebers visited Samoa in September to assess progress in LQMS as did Clare Murphy in Vanuatu.

 Phil Wakem travelled to the Cook Islands in late September to meet with the staff and to assess LQMS, and in October, Phil, Navin and Rob will travel to Fiji to attend the Fiji Medical Laboratory Science Conference which is to be held on the 9-11 of the month.

Navin will then continue on to Kiribati and later to American Samoa to complete his LQMS visits for this year.  Towards the end of October, Rob is scheduled to visit Tonga, and Russell will visit Samoa which will also complete their travel for this year.

 Phil returns to Manila in November to attend an international forum of World Health Organisation Collaborating  Centres. The PPTC is a registered Collaborating Centre of WHO,  and Phil will attend this forum  along with 200 participants from 124 WHO Collaborating Centres  located in the Western Pacific Region.