Asia Pacific Medical Sector News

Asia Pacific Medical Sector News

6th Apr 2017

Exciting Plans in Waikato


Ambitious plans for a new medical school in Waikato look set to be given the green light - as New Zealand attempts to deal with its shortage of primary care doctors.


The development will be a joint venture between Waikato University and Waikato District Health Board, under the current plans ‘The Waikato Institute of Medicine and Health’ is set to be based at the University, with further space being allocated on the hospital campus itself.


If the proposal is approved by the Government it will become the third medical school in New Zealand, and second on the North Island, with the well established duo of The University of Auckland and University of Otago already offering medical degrees.


What the new development does show is the need for more medics to move to the country. Job opportunities are widespread for Western trained physicians, making a move ‘down under’ a very realistic one for anyone looking for a more relaxed, laid back, lifestyle.


Calls for Action on Suicide in Australia


Mental Health action groups in Australia are calling on the government to set suicide reduction targets - as the number of mental health issues in the country continue to rise.


The call comes just a fortnight after the Australian government announced the creation of the country’s first national suicide prevention plan.


Statistics released last year showed that one person took their own life every three hours in the country, with over 3000 suicides reported over the course of 2016. Australia’s suicide rate is now the highest it has been for over a decade, whilst it remains the biggest killer of people between the ages of 15 and 44, and the second biggest behind Ischaemic heart disease in those between 45 and 54.


Previous attempts to create a set target to reduce suicide numbers by were rejected in 2015.


Health Screening in Singapore


Around one in every four people who had a medical issue flagged up at a screening session in Singapore, don’t return for professional help according to one of the island city state’s biggest providers.


‘SingHealth’ have given a range of reasons for this, ranging from busy lifestyles to a belief that individuals can better manage their symptoms on their own.


Recently the country’s Ministry of Health introduced a scheme whereby Singaporeans aged 40 and above are able to get screened for four diseases – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes as well as cervical cancer – for just S$5 (£2.88). On top of this those over the age of 50 can be screened for colorectal Cancer free of charge


Healthcare in Singapore is currently undergoing a massive restructuring process, in an attempt to make it even more efficient and successful.


If you are a highly motivated and ambitious medic then the country could be the perfect place in which to further enhance your career. For more information, and job alerts simply register on our website today.


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