Monday 23rd September, 2019
Bula Vinaka, Namaste, Noa’ia e mau’ri!. I would like to thank all the members for all the hard work you have done this week in your respective disciplines. We had a total of 123 registrants for our Annual Scientific Conference this year. Considering the FMA members that attended this was perhaps one of the most well attended conferences. As you may recall, in the past our attendance has been boosted by participation from FNU staff and students. Unfortunately, this year, this did not eventuate due to FNU having other workshops in the week preceding. Their absence was more than made up for by our own members attending in droves. We did have a net loss at our conference this year as we absorbed the meal costs for members’ spouses and children. This enabled you all to enjoy the conference with a clear conscience that your loved ones were fed and watered while you were engaged in the scientific sessions. Also, they were able to mingle during the dinners and it provided an opportunity for our loved ones to get to know each other and network. Certainly the feedback we have received has highlighted this as a strong point.
The Executive Council of FMA is in the process of embarking on a journey that is designed to make FMA processes more efficient. As alluded to in my previous address, we now have 18 members in the executive council and that means that we have more heads working together for your benefit and welfare. With our boosted numbers, we can now concentrate on a few key areas that we have identified. These are:
1. Education – this will involve CME opportunities in multiple forms. We will be running 3 mini-conferences in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa and the annual scientific conference in September. We have our online CME portal that we encourage you to use. We also have the Fiji Medical Journal where we encourage you to send your original research for publication.
2. Member Welfare – we will set up and continually strive to strengthen our mentoring program. We now have a renowned Psychiatrist Dr Myrielle Allen in the executive council who will lead the charge in terms of member welfare and she will no doubt be an excellent resource for our members to utilize if they have a need to access counselling.
3. Finance – we will be more proactive and smart in trying to grow our funds. Our ultimate aim is financial consolidation which will enable FMA to, in the future, subsidize the costs incurred by its members during registration process for conferences.
We are also pleased to announce that the FMA representative to the Fiji Medical and Dental Council will be our immediate past-president, Dr Luke Nasedra.
Finally, we will endeavor to work closely with the Fiji College of General Practitioner’s so that we can help in addressing issues of all Doctors in Fiji.
Vinaka vakalevu, Daniyabaad and Fa’eksia
Dr Basharat Munshi
Fiji Medical Association