PORT Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), as part of its capacity building, has sent a group from the oncology unit to New Zealand for training.
The group, made up of medical physicians and radiation therapists (RTTs), will undergo training in advance procedures and technologies applied in cancer treatment.
The team included medical physicists Glen Sindik and Luwis Gabriel and radiation therapists (RTTs) Firman Dunstan, Richie Pumi and Tonny Sula.
Consulting radiation oncologist Dr Priya Baskaran said the set up would be on Halcyon Linear Accelerator (Linac), TrueBeam Linac and High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy unit with a Computerised Tomography (CT) simulator.
Baskaran said this mainly would focus on acquiring relevant knowledge and skills centering these machines.
“The team is attached on an observer position and will observe how procedures are done with some hands-on experience,” she said.
She said after that, the team would become familiar with the workflow of a clinical oncology setup and would be able to dispense their duties confidently. In case there’s any further delay in construction, Dr Karthik and I will try to engage them in a few other centres so as to sustain their newly developed knowledge and skills.”
Baskaran said the RTTs had a similar setup where they would have to understand how to immobilise a patient, position them in the CT simulator and acquire images, how to position patients on the treatment couch for Halcyon and TrueBeam and take online images and match them for image guided radiotherapy.
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