Monday 30th September, 2019
Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Noa’ia e mau’ri and Assalamo-alikum.
Blessed final week of September to you all. Thank you for all the hard work you have done this week in your respective disciplines. First and foremost, we as the medical family would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Dr Maung Maung Mon’s family. The good Doctor Mon was called to rest recently. He has served diligently with longevity in both the Public and Private sectors. In addition to providing services as a Private Practitioner, he was the consummate advocate for health and worked closely with several organizations to help bring about change for people who had challenges to accessing health care. We wish his family finds solace in the knowledge that we as a profession are grateful to Dr Mon for his outstanding contribution to the Health and Welfare of the people of Fiji, especially in the community of Tavua where he practiced.
The Executive Council of FMA is working hard in updating and bringing up to speed the financial resources of the Fiji Medical Association. This includes a significant investment with the Unit Trust of Fiji. The current signatories to these are from 2004. They were the executive council members elected at that time who have no longer part of the FMA executive council. Therefore, we are in the process of updating the signatories to reflect the current secretariat. We also have investments in the form of shares with RB Patel Group Ltd and FMF Foods Ltd. We are currently in the process of evaluating the merits of keeping these investments versus reinvesting in more profitable ventures. We are also in the process of updating our records with the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service. This involves updating names of 3 trustees to reflect the current executive secretariat.
I am pleased to inform that our members can now lock in the dates 4 th September 2020 to 7th September 2020 as confirmed dates for our Annual Scientific Conference in 2020. We currently have two working title themes which are “Collaboration for Health” and “Collaboration is The New Innovation”. The theme and sub-themes will be worked on and finalized in due course by the Education Committee arm of FMA and this theme will also be reflected in our Mini-Conferences that will precede our main conference. The dates for the Mini-Conferences will be finalized in due course as well.
Finally, the Welfare Committee headed by Dr Myrielle Allen has been working hard in identifying potential areas where FMA can be of assistance to its members. The main categories identified and not limited to are Health and Personal issues, Medico-Legal issues, Financial Issues, Addiction Issues, Peer Support, Counselling Services and Financial Issues. One of the fortes that FMA will help develop is in the field of Conflict Mediation and conflict Resolution. We want to be at the forefront in working together with our members to resolve conflict and disputes in a pro-active manner with a view to minimizing avoidable situations being highlighted at the level of MOHMS. We have a lot of executive members ready to combat on your behalf and enable you to be the best version of yourself so that you can serve our beloved nation with gusto.
Vinaka vakalevu, Daniyabaad, Fa’eksia and Khuda Hafiz.
Dr Basharat Munshi
Fiji Medical Association