ESR hosted six very special visitors in their health labs as part of a Pacific Islands programme to provide training in appropriate medical laboratory technology.
Since 1990 the not-for-profit organisation, Pacific Paramedical Training Centre (PPTC) has sponsored students to come to New Zealand to undertake training in medical laboratory science as part of providing developmental assistance for clinical laboratories and blood transfusion services of Pacific Island countries including those of South East Asia.
Laboratory Operations Manager at ESR, Angela Brounts, is a Board member for PPTC and in addition to providing laboratory instruction runs management training classes for the various visiting groups.
“It is rewarding to support the students to work towards ISO Accreditation Standards for Laboratories and great to spend time with them and hear about their challenges.”
Since its establishment, the PPTC has been supported with assistance from the New Zealand Aid Programme. In 1990 the organisation gained the status of ‘collaborating centre’ for the World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region, and has steadily developed this relationship through providing External Quality Assurance Programmes, consultancy and teaching courses in the Medical Laboratory.
“Obviously the laboratory conditions the students work in at home are very different to what they see here and our lab staff enjoy the opportunity to show them around.”
(l to r Ismael Barreto – Timor-Leste, Aralai Tuione – Fiji, Angela Brounts, Russell Cole - PPTC, Vichet Khieng – PPTC, Domingas Campos – Timor-Leste and Peter Tosul - Vanuatu