Foundation members of the Atoifi Health Research Group from Atoifi Adventist Hospital and James Cook University (JCU) recently signed a new Momentum of Understanding (MoU), building on joint teaching and research projects that have been ongoing for over a decade.
The new MoU recognises the strong partnership between the institutions and provides a formal statement of intent to continue mutual teaching and research partnerships for a further three years.
Associate Professor David MacLaren, who represented JCU at the signing ceremony, explained, “This new MoU provides us with confidence to further progress our joint work, in medical and dental education as well as our collaborative grass-roots health research”.
Several staff from Atoifi Hospital and Atoifi College of Nursing staff are currently studying or have been visiting scholars at James Cook University. Atoifi Hospital also hosts final year clinical placements for JCU medical and dental students and partners with JCU on numerous tropical public health research projects.
Dr Jason Diau, the Medical Director of Atoifi Hospital and signatory of the MOU said, “This MoU will support our strong research collaborations and will help us to discover new knowledge to improve health in communities the hospital serves.”
The new MoU between Atoifi Hospital and JCU is valid until September 2022.
Front (L to R): Fraser Alekevu (Hospital Board Member - Finance) Dr Jason Diau (Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer). Back (L to R) Chief Esau Kekeubata (Cultural Liaison), Assoc Prof David MacLaren (JCU), Mr Lester Asugeni (Atoifi College of Nursing), Assoc Prof Peter Massey (Adjunct JCU), Mr Maasafi Alabai (Environment and Health Liaison).
Photo supplied by David MacLaren.