Burnet working for better health in Tibet

Burnet Institute

13 September, 2013

Tony Lai outside Burnet's Tibet Autonomous Region of China office.

Twelve months into implementation and Burnet’s Tibet Health Capacity Building Program is already showing results of health system strengthening.

Tony Lai, Program Team Leader, based in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, has visited Burnet’s Melbourne office to update staff on the Program’s progress as well as plan for the next 12 months.

The aim of the Program is to improve the health of the people of Tibet by improving the health management, technical and clinical practice skills of Tibet’s health agencies. The Program is funded by AusAID, and managed by Burnet Institute in association with the Australian Red Cross.

Mr Lai said that many health agencies in Tibet have sufficient infrastructure and equipment but need additional capacity building so they can use the government-funded resources in a more efficient way.

“We are training and working with health agencies to build models to learn better approaches to healthcare and sustainable management in what is a low capacity setting,” Mr Lai said.

“For example we are working with a large Tibetan medicine hospital which has a brand new building but has poor nurse management, hospital infection control procedures, cost management, no effective performance appraisal system and poor hospital information systems.

“Our Program will help improve this situation so the hospital can work more efficiently and provide better quality health services for its patients.”

Mr Lai said it can be difficult attracting high calibre staff to work in a high altitude place like Tibet but the current Burnet team is incredibly strong. “I am very proud of the team we have, it’s certainly the strongest team I have ever worked with,” Mr Lai said.

The Tibet Health Capacity Building program will run for an initial three year period, CLICK HERE for more detail.


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