Friday, 28 February 2014

Visit to the Department of Health

The SPHPM's Sri Lankan Trainees (Dr’s Supun Wijesinghe, Thilanga Ruwanpathirana, Irosha Nilaweera, Buddhi Lokuketagodaand Bhanuja Wijayatilaka) visited the Victorian Department of Health on Friday, 20th of February.

Key departmental personnel, including Dr Mike Ackland, Gary Smith, Dr Mihaela Ivan, Sandra Falconer and Dr Brett Sutton presented on a number of Public Health topics.

This visit provided an opportunity for the trainees to understand how preventive issues such as non-communicable disease (NCD), HIV/AIDS and food handling are being dealt in a developed country. Furthermore, they found the information on preparation and management of heat related issues in mitigating the severity of a disaster very insightful  (a concept quite unfamiliar to them).

As employees of the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka, this was also an opportunity for them to share best practice with the department personnel.

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