October 2010

Friday 15 October 2010

CMNHS Library Regulations

These regulations have been formulated to safeguard the interests of the library clientele and to assist the Library to efficiently and effectively serve CMNHS. They apply to all users of the Library.

Valid user ID cards must be presented in order to borrow library items.

 All books loaned out shall be deemed to be borrowed by the owner of the ID card under whose name books have been issued. 

Items borrowed must be returned by the date specified.

Borrowing privileges shall cease immediately an item is overdue.

All users shall use their own library ID cards to borrow library items 

No library item shall be loaned to a member using someone else’s ID card.

Borrowers are responsible for all items held in their charge and shall be required to pay for the replacement cost of the item if reported lost or damaged. The replacement cost includes the cost of the book plus a $25.00 processing fee. A book is considered lost after 30 days. A lost and found book can be returned within the first 30 days. Patron will pay penalty cost of $50.00 plus accrued fine. The cost of the book minus the processing fee will be refunded.  Books found after 30 days cannot be returned.

Fines – users will be charged 10 cents per item per day on all overdues from the general collection up to a maximum of 30 days, after which an overdue penalty of $50.00 per item will be levied in addition to the fines incurred.

Overdue items from the Reserve collection shall incur a fine of 50 cents per hour.

The library is under no obligation to notify borrowers when items are overdue. It is the responsibility of the patrons to return/renew books on time.

Failure to return or renew a book shall be treated as a disciplinary matter and may result in withdrawal of privileges/membership.

High use items required by students will not be lent out to external borrowers and staff.

Items borrowed may be recalled by the Librarian and must be returned within the time specified. Non-compliance may result in loss of library privileges.

All staff and students leaving FSMed  are required to obtain clearance from the library

Library staff must record all items borrowed.

Computers are to be used strictly for study, research and academic purposes. Failure to comply attracts the following penalties; $50.00 first offence, $100.00 second offence and $150.00 third offence and may result in referral to disciplinary committee. May also result in withdrawal of privileges and membership. 

Mobile phones are to be put on silent mode when in the library. Designated areas are to be used to answer emergency calls only. Failure to comply will result in fines imposed ($10.00) and after 2 warnings; it shall be treated as a disciplinary matter and may result in withdrawal of privileges and/or membership.

Handbags, bags, briefcases etc must be left in the lockers provided in the teaching block.  Bags are strictly not allowed to be left outside the Library. Such bags will be confiscated and a $10.00 fine imposed on the patron’s account. After 2 warnings it shall be treated as a disciplinary matter and may result in withdrawal of privileges and/or membership.

TheCollege of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences shall not be held responsible for the loss of personal belongings in the library.

Library staff reserve the right to check patron’s books, folders and bags that are allowed into the library. Upon request to check bags and books patrons must comply.

The Librarian may terminate membership immediately if any aspects of the library regulations have been breached.


CMNHS Library Rules

Silence is to be maintained in the Library except in areas designated for group discussions. Discussions are to be kept at a low volume so as not to disturb others.

Mobile phones are to be put on silent mode when in the library. Designated areas are to be used to answer emergency calls only

Computers are to be used strictly for study, research and academic purposes. Entertainment movies and video clips are not allowed. Playing games of any kind is not allowed.

Food items, beverages and eating utensils are not to be brought into the Library.

Smoking is prohibited in the library.

Laboratory coats are prohibited in the library.

Handbags, bags, briefcases etc must be left in the lockers provided in the teaching block, except computer bags that contain computers and small purse bags (size displayed at the security booth)

Handbags, bags, briefcases etc must not be left in the care of the library security guard.

Valuables must not be left unattended in any area in the library or in the locker area.

Library workrooms, staff service areas, staff tearoom and staff toilets are restricted to Library staff only.

Library furniture must not be moved around and the Librarian’s permission must be sought for any special arrangement that maybe required from time to time.

Library telephones are for office use by the library staff with the exception of clinicians and FSM staff.

The library shall not provide staples, staplers, pens, pencils, paper, clips, rubber and other stationery to library users.

The Librarian may terminate membership immediately if any aspects of the library rules have been breached.

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Thursday 07 October 2010

Distance Flexible Learning (DFL)

This mode of undergraduate and postgraduate learning is challenging because whilst it provides opportunities to upgrade skills and knowledge at the same time it allows work to continue.  The Fiji School of Medicine has embarked on this mode of delivery (DFL) due to the growing need for health care professionals to upgrade their skills and knowledge but cannot afford to leave their workplace due to cost and inconvenience.                                

Distance & Flexible Learning (DFL) means:
Whereby the learner and the teacher are separated by geographical boundaries and courses of programme of study are set within a time frame.  There is flexibility of courses in terms of content and method of delivery.  Delivery mode range from: face-to-face, audio/video conferencing, teleconferencing etc”
(Tuisawau and PWah R, 1999: 4-5).

The Department of Public Health has an increasing number of courses developed for DFL.  The demand for such courses is increasing and we hope to continue developing the range of courses to cater for diverse requirements.  The Department of Public Health has basically covered the whole Pacific region to deliver courses.

The Department of Health Sciences has also provide some courses on DFL in the following programmes, Bridging in Diploma in Physiotherapy and Bridging in Bachelor in Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Imaging Science.      

What are the benefits of studying via DFL?     

When studying via this mode, you have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge without:

  • Having to take study leave
  • Leaving your family and friends behind and coming to take courses on campus it should be noted that the same type of assessment that applies to “students on campus” also applies to DFL.            

What are the Modes of Delivery?     

There are some differences in the way learning will take place via DFL compared to your counterparts’ on-campus.  Face-to-face courses are taught with some contact hours by the convener and will be enhanced by the use of teleconferencing, audio-video tapes and group tutorials.

DFL is centered on the notion of flexibility, which may involve short, face-to-face and intensive courses, e.g. “summer school”.  

What do I need to be aware of when enrolling as a DFL student?    
You must meet the enrolment criteria specified in your programme of study. This is to ensure that you will be able to tackle the content and at the same time ensure that your learning will be positive and rewarding.  The following are some points of consideration:

  • Be aware of when the courses are advertised and send in your applications
  • Courses will be advertised when it is available
  • The enrolment criteria will be mentioned in the advertisement.

Programmes offered by DFL?

Undergraduate Programs         

  • Certificate in Public Health
  • Diploma in Public Health
  • Bachelor in Public Health
  • Bachelor in Environmental Health (Bridging)
  • Diploma in Physiotherapy (Bridging)
  • Bachelor in Pharmacy (Bridging)
  • Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science (Bridging)
  • Bachelor in Medical Imaging Science (Bridging)

Post Graduate Programs            

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service management
  • Master in Public Health –Coursework (selected courses)
  • Master in Public Health- Research (selected courses)          

Tuition     -               Tuition fee is the same as on-campus students.  Other costs may be incurred and charged to corporate sponsors.

Scholarship -           Interested applicants are advised that possible sponsorship for postgraduate Public Health programs (as advertised) can be obtained from WHO-POLHN- more information is available in their website-www.polhn.org

General Information- The Distance and Flexible Learning Unit is under the Director Academic Services.
How to Apply?       Details would be mentioned in the advertisement.  However, you may apply via email or the postal services.  Enrolment forms can also be obtained from the   FSMed website or http://www.fnu.ac.fj  or contact:
Mere Ravunibola
Academic Office Manager
Hoodless House
Brown Street
Email       -               mere.ravunibola@fnu.ac.fj
Phone      -               (679) 3311700, ext-1305
Fax         -               (679) 3303469

For other support services you may contact:                  
Mere Tupou Diloi (Admin Coordinator)
Phone No: (679) 3311700 ext   3276 or 3233276
Fax No:      (679) 3321919
Email:      mere.diloi@fnu.ac.fj   

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Tuesday 05 October 2010

Related Links



Country OPIC Fiji report with cover FINAL.pdf

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May – July 2010

  • TROPIC Team presented their report on policy and research to the Minister for Health [Captured by Fiji Sun 24th June 2010].
  • Selected stakeholder presentation of the OPIC data presented by Dr. Peter Kremer from Deakin University Australia on the 6th of July 2010 in Tamavua Fiji School of Medicine.
  • Gade Waqa -Oral presentation at EASO (European Association for the Study of Obesity)
    Topic: Reducing unhealthy weight gain in Fijian adolescents: results of the Healthy Youth Healthy Communities Project.
    Date/Venue: 10th July 2010 at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Gade Waqa- Oral presentation at ICO (International Congress on Obesity).
    Tropic: Societal and religious influences impact body size and eating: perceptive of adolescents from four cultural groups.
    Date/Venue: 11th – 15th July 2010 at Stockholm, Sweden.

August - September 2010

  • Gade Waqa - Dieticians Continuous Education Program at Studio 6, Fiji
  • Wendy Snowdon – Speaker at Fiji Medical Association Conference at Studio 6, Fiji ( Media coverage in Fiji Times dated 13th September
  • 3 Focus group discussions with leaders (principles, religious leaders) with Boyd and Marita from Deakin University Australia.
  • Brief Presentation of TROPIC to Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation
  • Policy brief meeting conducted at Ministry of Health

October – November  2010

  • Gade Waqa & Wendy Snowdon – presented OPIC Report to Ministry of Health that includes the Minister for Health and presented to Ministry of Education high level staffs.
  • Policy brief meetings with MPI and MOH group.
  • Wendy Snowdon, Gade Waqa, Jimaima, Helen Mavoa, Graham Roberts- Speakers at the Presentation of Launch of OPIC report at Pacifica campus Fiji National University (12th November)
  • Gade Waqa – Interview done/activities captured and presented on GET SET,Nibula and radio interview over the NCD week reporting of OPIC project and its launch of OPIC report in November
  • Publication on Fiji times/Sun on OPIC report (November)
  • Brown bag lunch with the Ministry of Women participants with the minister and high level managers
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Contact Us

TROPIC Coordinator – Mrs. Gade Waqa

Ph: +679 3233254

Email: gade.waqa@fnu.ac.fj


Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Disease (C-POND)

Research Unit, Fiji School of Medicine, Tamavua

Private Mail Bag, Suva, Fiji Islands.

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The following organizations  have committed to participation and are partners to TROPIC :

  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)
  • Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • Consumer Council of Fiji (CCOF)
  • Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS)
  • Ministry of Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation (MOW)



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Our Team
TROPIC Coordinator - Ms Gade Waqa     Ph: 3233254  Email: gade.waqa@fnu.ac.fj
TROPIC Consultant - Dr Helen M Mavoa  Ph: +61 3 9251 7741   Email: helen.mavoa@deakin.edu.au
TROPIC Research Assistant – Ms Astika Prasad Ph: 3233256       Email: astika.prasad@fnu.ac.fj






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Monday 04 October 2010

MBBS Program


The Fiji School of Medicine (FSMed) offers an exciting undergraduate program of study which prepares you for being a doctor.  In FSMed, the MBBS Program is a six-year (6) program of study with enrolment of candidates who have completed at least a Form 7 or Foundation year of studies.  The program has been described as intensive but interesting and exciting by the students.  The program is based on adult learning principles and is problem based.  This means a lot of hard work but you get to learn things in a way that best prepares you for your career as a doctor.

In the first three years of the program, the students learn the fundamentals of the basic and clinical sciences by way of  problems that simulate real life situations.  The students are guided by tutors in small group tutorials to learn how the human body functions normally, and what happens during illness.  Students are taught how to examine, diagnose, and treat patients. A considerable part of their study time is spent learning public health and commuity medicine concepts.  The major subject disciplines include anatomy, physiology, public health, pathology, biochemistry, clinical skills and much more.  The first 3 years provide the building blocks for the future.

In the following 2 years (ie years 4 and 5), the students train in the hospitals and in the community.  They assist in diagnosing and treating patients, join the doctors on their ward rounds, and learn to do simple procedures like blood-drawing  etc.  They attend tutorials to learn about the different diseases and how to treat them.  They learn the basics of being a health care provider.  During these years they are assigned evening and night duties with the doctors whilst studying.  They not only learn how to treat diseases but also how to prevent them.  They learn about how different sections of a health system work towards improving the health of people and also learn how to conduct research.  The major subject disciplines include medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, public health, and psychiatry. 

The final year is what is termed the trainee internship year.  Here they are given a lot more freedom to work under supervision as they would when they become newly trained doctors.  Half of the year is spent in the hospital and the other half in a peripheral health centre or subdivisional hospital.  This is the year where students ‘put things together’, consolidating all they have learned and metamorphosing from being medical students to young doctors ready to serve the community.

Entry into the program.

We have a selection process based on academic performance and also on a structured interview.  Currently our minimum entry requirement is 280 marks out of 400 in Form 7 with English and the best 3 science subjects added together.  In general, students accepted into the MBBS Program have much better Form 7 marks than that, and rarely does anyone with Form 7 marks less than 290 pass the first year of the course.  However, we also find that students who are mature in their outlook towards study and those who really want to become doctors do well in the program.

Dr Joseph Flear (Ass.Prof), Senior Lecturer (Paeds)

MBBS Curriculum Coordinator

MBBS 1-3 Program Coordinator

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Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fiji School of Medicine. Keeping in mind the Vision of Fiji School of Medicine, our mission is to improve the lives of women in the South Pacific Region through education and training  with  excellence in  Obs/Gyn health care services. 


The first exposure to Obs & Gyn starts  during years 4/5 , when the medical students are taken through their Clinical learning in a 9 weeks block.

They have  hands on learning once again during the final year MBBS6 , when attachment as Trainee Intern at Lautoka Hospital gives them much more first hand exposure to clinical work for 5 weeks.

Method of teaching adopted at FSMed is PBL ( Problem Based Learning). The Clinical rotations during this period includes Labour Ward, Antenatal Ward and Clinic, Postnatal Ward, Maternity ICU, Gynaecology Ward and Clinic, Operating Theatre and Family Planning Clinic. The various topics in the subject are complied in 20 modules which are discussed and completed during the 9 week block.   


A Masters in Obs/Gyn is a four year-long full time program.  Year one of the program is the Diploma in Obstetrics or its equivalent.  A “B grade pass” with 65% marks in Diploma examination is required in order to proceed to subsequent years.  The objective of the program is to equip the graduate with adequate knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice OBS/GYN as a specialist.

The clinical teaching is largely achieved by working at registrar and senior registrar level at the hospital. The theoretical training is delivered in different formats.  The departmental teaching consists of weekly  topic discussions which have a series of objectives and resource material developed for them.  This is in the form of pre-reading the resource material and participating in a progressively revealed problem based tutorials. 

Formative Assessment is done by continuous assessment of all the activities, which include presentations (case, seminar, and audit meetings), assignments, module discussion and log book record, and by a mid-term examination consisting of both written and practical portion.  At the end of the course the summative assessment will be by a three hour written examination, a long clinical case and a viva and a research project.





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