Internationally accredited Three-days intensive care course organized at
Pacific International Hospital
Tuesday, Jan 14, Port Moresby – The Pacific International Hospital (PIH) hosted a three day
“Basic Assessment & Support in Intensive Care [BASIC]” course designed to present an
overview of intensive care medicine and covers essential & fundamental aspects in the
treatment of severely ill patients.
Dr. Ross Freebairn, Associate Dean Hawke’s Bay School of Medicine, University of Otago
& President of Asia Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Michael
O’Fathartaigh, Consultant Intensivist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide and Dr. Aamir
Siddiqui, Consultant Intensivist & HOD of Acute & Critical Care Medicine, Pacific
International Hospital, conducted and supervised the course.
“This course provides an excellent opportunity for doctors and senior nurses interested in
intensive care medicine and are devoted in the treatment of seriously ill patients to uplift their
skills to international standards and best practice”, said Dr. Ross Freebairn.
The course will help doctors to efficiently diagnose and treat seriously ill patients, gain an
insight and develop the knowledge & acumen to encounter major events related to critical care.
“In recent times technological advances have expanded the scope and practice of critical care
practitioners. First-of-its-kind courses such as these not only help doctors & nurses expand
their knowledge about the field of critical care medicine but also hone their skills and strengths”
added Dr. Trevor Smal, Medical Director, PIH.
Col. Sandeep Shaligram, CEO said, “Our endeavor is to improve healthcare service in PNG.
Similar to many previous Private-Public Collaboration programs, this initiative proves our
dedication towards bridging the skills & service gaps amongst the healthcare professionals &
institutions in addressing the evolving need of patients. All expenses for conducting the course
have been borne by PIH and the participants were not charged any course fees.”
The course was attended by more than 35 participants representing a wide range of healthcare
facilities in Papua New Guinea, including intensive care enthusiasts from Port Moresby
General Hospital, Gerehu Hospital, Tari Hospital, and specialists from International SOS, Port
“The course was designed specifically for a small group to ensure that each and every
participant received personal attention into the nuances of critical care medicine. Many of
attendees are expected to later assist, as instructors, to conduct similar courses in future, that
would focus mostly on public healthcare centers,” said Dr. Aamir Siddiqui.
Dr. Siddiqui, who also happens to be the BASIC course director in Papua New Guinea, added
“this critical thinking & skill developing course would highly aid in sharpening one’s ability
to make sound decisions and improve the critical care service in Papua New Guinea.”
This first baby step in development & nourishment of critical care service in Papua New Guinea would not have been possible without the support and active participation shown from
colleagues from International SOS & Post Moresby General Hospital, emphasized Dr.
Dr. Duncan Dobunaba, acting Deputy Secretary, National Department of Health (NDH) said,
“NDH appreciates this initiative taken by PIH, and we look forward to extend this program to
different parts of the country, strengthening the overall critical care service in Papua New
Guinea.” He added that the advantage of such continued learning platforms is that it expands
knowledge, capabilities and commitment of individuals involved or planning to be engaged in
the healthcare sector, and reflects the partnership with the private medical industry in
developing overall health services.
BASIC is a short course, usually held over 2-3 days, which covers essential and fundament
aspects of Intensive Care. It is primarily designed as an introduction to intensive care for
doctors coming to work in the ICU for the first time, but has also proved popular with senior
ICU nurses, Emergency department doctors and other doctors who look after severely ill
The course has been run in over 50 countries to date and approximately 200 courses are held
each year and is endorsed by-
- Asia Pacific Association of Critical Care Medicine
- College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia & New Zealand
- Emirates Critical Care Society
- European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
- Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
- International Pan-Arab Critical Care Society
- World Federation of Societies of Intensive & Critical Care Medicine