A team from the Royal Perth Hospital are currently delivering a two-day course in Toxicology in Yangon as part of the series of intensive short courses providing the core training for the first generation of doctors in the program to develop the specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM) in Myanmar.

This program includes the rapid training of junior specialists for EM, the establishment of formal specialty training, and finally the introduction of EM systems. These will include pre-hospital and emergency nursing care for the benefit of the whole country from the metropolitan to the rural areas. The three-phase program is being implemented with the full support of the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Myanmar Medical Association, in addition to local clinical specialists partnered with international associations including the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

ISTIH has provided sponsorship for doctors travelling to Myanmar supporting the EM development program, such as those who delivered the Emergency Life Skills short course in February and the Teaching on the run course in March this year.