Over 30 Medical Match Day and Support Staff from around the region have spent the past week updating their skills and knowledge ahead of the 2018 season by attending a number of World Rugby Medical Courses run in Nadi, FIJI this week.
Throughout the course participants will be introduced to aspects of medical care as they relate to rugby including planning for emergencies, initial injury assessments and basic life support. The courses included Trainer CPD, Medical Trainer Course, Immediate Care in Rugby and a Medical Educator course ending with a FAIR (First Aid in Rugby) Course.
Kristine Lilidamu who attended the Immediate care in Rugby (ICIR) course from Fiji said “coming from a medical background this course has shown that it is completely different when dealing with injuries first hand. I have learnt so many new techniques and more importantly – same process practiced by medical professionals throughout the globe. The course has really helped enhance my knowledge and helped me to grow as a medical professional.”
Course participants completing one of the theory modules
Dr Dyxon Hansell, from Samoa attended the week-long courses including the Medical Educator course, and said, “the course is brilliant, I would advise anyone interested in rugby and would like to spread the word on training people to be more familiarised with player welfare to come and do this course for the future and betterment of rugby.”
“There is the potential to develop people to be more equipped in doing First Aid for Rugby (FAIR) and to develop clubs within our Unions. I think we need to champion this in our Unions to filter FAIR down to grass roots clubs, so that people are more aware, well informed and equipped to do what is necessary to save a life and prevent further injury to players” Dr Hansell added
Hendriella Vilosi, a physiotherapist from Papua New Guinea said, “the knowledge I have gained here will help PNG Rugby Union as a physio managing injuries for the teams and by completing the Educator course I will be also to assist in delivering courses to our unions in PNG”,
Demonstration during practical model of the course
Oceania Rugby and World Rugby are working closely with Member Unions to develop the Medical Workforce in the region. This week’s courses have seen Union medics trained by trainers from Fiji, Tonga, PNG, Australia and Singapore this workforce, which will be bolstered by the additional 12 Medical Educators be accredited at the end of this week, will continue throughout 2018 to deliver FAIR to Rugby Clubs, schools and communities within the region.
Talemo Waqa, Regional Training Manager for Oceania noted “that the ICIR Course is necessary for our Oceania Team Medics to be trained ahead of World Rugby and Oceania Rugby events particularly for regionally qualified teams before the Sydney 7s in the HSBC Sevens World Series leg. We now have trained Physios and Doctors from PNG, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji who will be sending teams to Regional and International tournaments in the first half of 2018”.
Further courses are planned for June and November in which Medics from all Member Unions from across the region are encouraged to participate in. Any interested medical personnel are encouraging to contact their National Union for further information on the proposed course dates and click here for more information on World Rugby Medical courses.