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The Minister for National Planning, Hon. Richard Maru today accepted by invitation by the Medical Society of PNG, to be patron of the 2019 Medical Symposium.

The PNG Medical Symposium is an annual event on the academic calendar of the Medical Society of PNG which provides an opportunity for nationals and international doctors, academics, researchers of medicine and surgery with all other health workers to gather and present papers, discuss issues of national interest in medicine that supports health care standards and the latest development of health practices.

Some of these presentations ensure appropriate rapporteurs are proposed with resolutions and recommendations made to the National Department of Health to enable appropriate Health Policies are strategizing and formulated to improve Nation’s Health Standards and Practices.

This year the symposium will be held in Port Moresby from 1st – 6th September with the theme: “HEALTH EDUCATION”. The objective is to address the poor health indicators by, transforming the PNG Health workforce training to meet excellent standards and hence meet PNG vision 2050.

Up to 1000 speakers and participants have been invited from PNG and around the world, including world renowned experts like the President of the World Federation of Medical Education.
It will cost up to K1 million to host this significant Conference that has the potential to change the future of the Medical professional training and services in PNG in line with the Government’s policy of improving health services.

The Minister assured the Medical Society of the support of the Government towards the hosting of this year’s Medical Symposium. This Symposium is important because health is a priority of Government and although the poor health indicators are improving, more work needs to be done around the country and the Government is looking forward to the recommendations of the Symposium.