Led by Prof Peter Stone, a one-week training workshop was conducted at the Honiara Referral Hospital for local doctors.
Preparations included pre-trip communication and planning, with national counterpart Dr Leanne Panisi identifying training needs and participants. Prof Stone adapted the workshop structure and schedule to suit local situation.
The training included both basic and advanced sessions in line with the experience of health professionals in O&G ultrasound scanning. Participants were very enthusiastic and there was evidence of immediate use of newly gained knowledge and skills. Working in resource scarce settings, it was not surprising that the main challenges with upskilling ultrasound skills revolved around outdated ultrasound equipment and unavailability of tissue diagnoses for abdominal masses identified on ultrasound scans. Procurement of such equipment is something the local team could discuss with the government. A follow up course with a focus on clinical problem-solving ultrasound is being recommended by the visiting team