Pacific ENT specialists map out development plan

EAR, nose and throat (ENT) medical specialists from six Pacific island countries met in Nadi this week and mapped out a plan for the future development of ENT & Audiology services in the region.

The third Pacific Ear, Nose, Throat and Audiology Group (PENTAG) created a platform that allowed dialogue between 12 ENT surgeons, nurses and other ENT specialists from the six PICs.

Ear disease and hearing loss are significant public health issues and their global importance is recognised by the recent World Health Assembly Resolution (WHA70.13) for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss, agreed in 2017.

PENTAG came about in November 2015, at the request of PICs with assistance from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Pacific Community facilitated the PENTAG meeting in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Pacific Islands program (PIP), the Audiology and Global Health Program, at the University of Auckland and interested New Zealand based ENT Surgeons and Audiologists, with ENT doctors and nurses from Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

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