Lecture Series 3 -

Author:

Dr Victor Mansberg

Attendees:

  • Dr Michael Crowley
  • Dr Colin Styles
  • Dr Glenn McNally
  • Dr Victor Mansberg

Running from 24th – 26th July, the 3rd Annual Port Moresby General Hospital radiology RAB lecture series was recently completed by Michael Crowley, Colin Styles, Glenn McNally and Victor Mansberg, accompanied by Julie Mansberg.

Dedicated tutorials for the radiology registrars were held in the university lecture theatre, within the department of surgery conference room, and "Live" CT cases were reviewed with the registrars and radiologists at the workstation.

All staff appreciated the education opportunities on offer. There were 20 attendees at the lectures including radiologists, registrars, radiographers, surgeons, obstetricians and emergency staff. The department heads of surgery and obstetrics were also in attendance, and complimented the speakers and RAB support.

n the typical "island way" the hospital department remains a mixture of old, unrenovated x-ray rooms and offices, and brand new air-conditioned CT department with state-of-the-art workstations. The only internet connection is in the office of the Department head, Dora, who makes it available for on-line tutorials for her staff.

Another example of the typical "island way" was the modern office chairs we delivered in 2013 at our first visit. We discovered that they are in daily use, but still wrapped in the original plastic!

Despite the administrative hurdles that form part of Island bureaucracy the radiology department is slowly progressing, with the new siemens 128 slice CT scanner performing 10-15 cases a day with contrast utilisation.

The 1.5 Tesla MRI however, due to be commissioned last month for the Pacific games, is still at the concrete slab stage and once commissioned will need expert skills support.

And the voyager PACS, on the ground since last October is still not connected, and will be further discussed with in-put from all the participants, as part of the needs assessment at the AGM.

Although there is increasing Government subsidy of healthcare, it is still not free, except in the case of an emergency where the hospital administrator can waive the costs.

I look forward to the next PNG visit, probably 22-24th July 2016 (TBC) and 
I’d like to finish off by congratulating the team for providing first class lectures, tutorials and a quiz.