A Forum of Doctors of Pakistani descent was held at the High Commission of Pakistan, Canberra on Monday which was largely attended by doctors from various states of Australia.
High Commissioner Babar Amin while welcoming the delegates, lauded the services of Pakistani diaspora in Australia to their country.
He especially praised the Pakistani doctors for their contributions in the health sector and projecting a positive image of Pakistan through their high-quality professionalism.
The Agenda of the meeting included Pakistan – Australia collaboration in joint medical research, Linkages between the Medical Universities of the two countries, opportunities for Pakistani nurses, paramedics and allied health workers, export prospects for Pakistani pharmaceutical, surgical and dental products and medical camps/ relief works in Pakistan and Australia’s South Pacific neighbors.
The High Commissioner informed the participants about existing potential in these areas and the various initiatives already taken about some of the Agenda points. He urged the Pakistani doctors to advise and assist the High Commission in achieving these objectives.
Presentations were made at the Forum by Dr. Khizar Tauseef Ashraf (Sydney) on Joint Research Potential, Dr. Yousaf Haroon Ahmad (Victoria) Nurses and Allied Health, Dr. Majid Gondal (Melbourne) on Family Medicine, Dr. Shahbaz (Melbourne) on Relief Work, Dr. Ishtiaq (Gold Coast) on Follow up Methodology, while Dr. Nadeem Siddiqui (Canberra) and Dr. Ahmed Khan (Bendigo) also made presentations about their medical charity and voluntary work in Pakistan.
The diplomats of the High Commission, Consul General Sydney and Consul General Melbourne also participated.
Sardar Adnan Rasheed CG Melbourne also made a presentation on the scope for cooperation in the field of Nuclear Medicine.
All the delegates actively participated in the discussion session after the presentations. They appreciated the conduct of the Doctors’ Forum which provided an opportunity for brainstorming and deliberation on various issues in a structured manner and draw practical and workable suggestions.
The delegates opined that the Forum helped galvanize the Pakistani doctors’ community for developing a road map and a Plan of Action. The outcome and recommendations of the Forum were formulated on the basis of the views expressed by the participants.