Associate Professor Chris Curry, who serves on the ISTIH’s Medical Advisory Committee, and a group of emergency medicine specialists, surgeons and anaesthetists have this week delivered the first Myanmar Emergency Medicine Introductory Course (MEMIC) to doctors at Yangon General Hospital (formerly Rangoon).

ISTIH is delighted that Ms Bronte Moules our Australian ambassador to Myanmar has given her support to this imitative by saying “The Australian embassy is very pleased to be able to support this important initiative. It will help meet critical capacity development needs in Myanmar and comes at a time when Australia and Myanmar are expanding our bilateral engagement.”

This week’s intensive short course in emergency medicine will assist those doctors participating to become leaders in the next phases of the program, and will be involved in the establishment of a Masters in Medical Science program specialising in Emergency Medicine, with international guidance where required. The final phase will extend emergency medicine training programs to other clinical practitioners and allied health workers, including general practitioners, ambulance officers and emergency nurses.

ISTIH ongoing support will contribute towards assisting doctors in Myanmar to devise a system best suited to their own working environment, with invited assistance from international specialists such as the IEMSIG group, in addition to several of Dr Curry’s colleagues in Perth.

ISTIH is proud to be supporting both Dr Curry’s work in Myanmar, and that of his colleagues.