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Since 2014, Rocketship has been collaborating with Fiji National University to help establish and implement the first postgraduate Family Medicine specialty training programme in the Pacific region. This partnership was formalised with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2017. Rocketship is currently supporting doctors from Tonga and Vanuatu training towards their Diploma and Master of Family Medicine qualifications through a combination of clinical teaching visits, assessments, remote mentorship and continuing professional education.
Rocketship has been working with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services, AVI and Solomon Islands National University since 2019, helping to design a new Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Medicine. With Rocketship having played an instrumental role assessing the programme’s feasibility, the programme is scheduled for launch in 2023.
Rocketship partnered with the Timorese Ministry of Health, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e to design and deliver the country’s first postgraduate Family Medicine Programme, which commenced in 2015. This collaboration led to the establishment of Rocketship’s Trainer Team model, whereby experienced rural generalist volunteers provide remote medical education, mentorship, clinical teaching visits and assessments to trainees living and working in their own country. This same model has since been successfully used by Rocketship to enable similar programmes to be established in Tonga and Vanuatu.
Rocketship has been a proud partner of the Tongan Ministry of Health since 2017, working together to strengthen the Kingdom’s health system with a focus on training primary care specialists. The inaugural cohort of Tongan doctors were enrolled in the Diploma of Family Medicine programme at Fiji National University in 2018 and – through the support of Rocketship’s Trainer Team – were able to stay living and working in Tonga while completing their training. This pioneering initiative was the first time a remotely delivered model of postgraduate medical training had been delivered in the Pacific region, and has continued successfully since then.
Rocketship has been active in Vanuatu since 2015, when the Ministry of Health requested emergency medical assistance following Cyclone Pam. Since then, Rocketship has assisted with postgraduate medical education and clinical workforce support, particularly focusing on supporting rural communities through volunteer placements and training rural generalist doctors. Over twenty Rocketship volunteers (‘Rocketeers’) have worked in clinics and hospitals across Vanuatu, providing essential medical care and capacity-building services. Rocketship is now proudly supporting the first cohort of ni-Vanuatu doctors undertaking Family Medicine specialty training at Fiji National University, while remaining living and working in Vanuatu, with the assistance of the Rocketship Trainer Team.
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