From 11 to 15 March 2024, 48 health care professionals participated in a Primary Trauma Care (PTC) course at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH).

This training aimed to equip doctors and nurses primarily from the VCH in Port Vila, with essential trauma care skills.

The week-long training also extended invitations to staff from health facilities on Efate Island, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing in frontline trauma care.

A Trauma is defined as occurring when a person is exposed “to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence”. Trauma can come in many forms and from many shocks, such as crimes, accidents, and natural disasters.

It leaves traces not only in one’s memories but also in bodies—within muscles, neural circuitry, and even immune systems.

Participants of the primary trauma care training receive their certificates.

With the last primary trauma care course held in 2018, this recent training served as an essential refresher for healthcare professionals, strengthening their abilities to provide optimal care to trauma patients.

The training included theoretical knowledge with practical scenario-based learning.

Participants appreciated the training’s efficacy, particularly the emphasis on teamwork between nurses and doctors in trauma care settings.

The interactive teaching sessions, punctuated by skills stations and scenario practices, were praised for their effectiveness in enhancing understanding and skill acquisition.

Moreover, the incorporation of Bislama in instruction further facilitated comprehension for some attendees.

Junior members of the training expressed confidence in their approach to trauma cases following the course, while senior practitioners from smaller health facilities noted the reinforcement of their existing practices through the structured PTC approach.

This successful training was supported by the Ministry of Health, particularly the Hospital and Curative Services Department, the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), and the St Vincent’s Pacific Health Fund.

External facilitators, including Dr Desmond Aisi, Dr Trina Sale, and Dr Ilikini Naitini, contributed expertise and guidance, while the Vanuatu College of Nursing Education provided the teaching facilities.

This initiative reflects the commitment of healthcare stakeholders in Vanuatu to continuously enhance the quality of trauma care services, ultimately benefiting patients and communities across Vanuatu.