Indonesian Health Officials visit Royal Darwin Hospital

2 February 2011

A sister hospital program between Royal Darwin Hospital and Sanglah General Hospital in Bali will be the major agenda item when senior Indonesian health officials visit Darwin this week.

Representatives from Sanglah General Hospital in Bali have been invited to tour the hospital and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre to discuss training and educational opportunities, along with emergency and critical care services.

Talks are also expected to focus on providing extensive advice to the delegation surrounding Australian Standards of Health Care Accreditation.

The Sanglah General Hospital played a key role in the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings and has a long association with Royal Darwin Hospital, as well as staff from the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.

The senior managers from Sanglah General Hospital will meet with the Chair of the RDH Board Mr Colin McDonald QC, General Manager Ms Liz Stackhouse, and NCCTRC Executive Director Dr Len Notaras AM today and tomorrow.

The invite is an initiative of the Royal Darwin Hospital Board's Regional Engagement Committee chaired by Mr McDonald QC and aims to explore opportunities between the two hospitals.

Royal Darwin Hospital General Manager Liz Stackhouse said the hospital was excited to host the senior health representatives on their visit.

"Royal Darwin Hospital looks forward to building stronger relationships in emergency and critical care, as well as disaster response," Ms Stackhouse said.

Dr Notaras also expressed his enthusiasm for "a worthwhile and mutually beneficial initiative".

During their visit the Indonesian health representatives will tour the facilities at Royal Darwin Hospital and the NCCTRC, discuss standards of care in trauma services and examine the idea of sharing research.

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