Category Archives: Pacific Island nations

PNG Antibiotic Guidelines on the way!

After quite some planning and with the support of WHO and Burnet Institute,  last week saw the convening of a Guideline Writing Committee in Port Moresby. The committee membership includes many senior PNG clinicians, co-chaired by Dr Goa Tau (NDOH) … Continue reading

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COVID-19 update and the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine – Dr Ian Marr

Guest posting from Dr Ian Marr –MBBS FRACP FRCPA Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist This is a recent lecture provided under the auspices of PRIDA to Samoan physicians and students.   Samoa COVID Marr July 2021 Please add questions to Dr … Continue reading

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Spinal tuberculosis update (Pacific Region)

A recent seminar on orthopaedic infections took place organised by the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association.  Here is the presentation: Zoom tutorials – Spine TB Ferguson 2020 final_cb.    References are within the presentation.   Some take home messages:  Epidemiology High burdens of latent … Continue reading

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STIs in the Pacific and elsewhere: some essential research papers to review

Most of these have free text available via the PUBMED link and come from projects lead by PNGIMR and the Kirby Institute.  Remember as well to use the WHO STI Laboratory Manual as your microbiological study reference for these diseases … Continue reading

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Infection control guidelines – Pacific Nations

PPHSN Infection Prevention and  Control Guidelines –  2010  These are likely to be updated before too long.  They are produced by PICNet – Pacific regional Infection Control Network. Updated PNG Infection Control Guidelines are expected soon.

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Blood transfusion standards and resources – Australia

There has been much effort to rationalise the use of blood products and ensure patient safety. The current Australian national standard is available here and perhaps serves as a useful guide for countries like Nepal, PNG and the other nations … Continue reading

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