CHSM-NU together with La Trobe University and Laplae DHS organize Joint Seminar on Primary Health Care Management

The College of Health Systems Management (CHSM), Naresuan University (NU) in partnership with La Trobe University (LTU) and Laplae District Health System conducted a seminar on Primary Health Care Management: Thai and Australian Experiences on the 3rd of October 2017, at Laplae District Hospital, Laplae District, Uttaradit.

Mr. Somsak Mee-ard Secretary of the Laplae District Health Board, Uttaradit who presided over the seminar welcomed the participants. The seminar was attended by Laplae district health executives, primary care providers, international students of the College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University. There were more than 50 people who participated in the said seminar.

The seminar was conducted to exchange learning experiences on the primary health care management between Australia and Thailand.

The sharing of experiences started with the presentations of Mr. Boonlert Chan, Assistant to the Chief of Laplae District Health Office and Dr. Thawatchai Nakhasuphan, Head of the Family Medicine and Primary Care Department, Laplae Hospital for the Thai primary care management under the Primary Care Cluster Policy experiences.

Adjunct Professor Dr. Zhanming Liang, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, LTU, Australia and President of the Society of Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE) presented the Australian Primary Healthcare Systems and Management.

NUCHSM conducted the activity as an integration between teaching and academic service to the society. It also aims to provide students and faculty members with first-hand learning experiences from the health system administrators in the field and exchange knowledge with international experts. It also seeks opportunities for cooperation in academic development and research in the area for future collaborative effort.

In addition, the event provided an opportunity to collect preliminary information for a joint research between LA Trobe University and Praboromarajchanok Institute (PBI), Ministry of Public Health to understand Thailand’s District Health Systems and the challenges district health managers are facing and how they respond in order to sustain the accessibility and quality of services to their population equitably. It is a project that aims to explore the required competencies for district health managers in managing their primary health care under the policies of “Primary Care Cluster” and “District Health Board” which serve as a mechanism to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The activity was coordinated and facilitated by Dr. Phasuk Kaewcharoen of Laplae Hospital.