Naresuan University’s Faculty of Nursing and the College of Health Systems Management (CHSM) in conjunction with the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health successfully organized the 2018 National Conference on District Health Systems Management Development towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held on 20 – 21 November 2018, at the Convention Hall 1, 5th floor, Topland, Phitsanulok, Thailand.
The conference aims to provide the participants a platform to acquire knowledge that is beneficial to the health of the people and can improve the peoples’ quality of life. It also gave the participants a venue to share their ideas and research works while learning also from others during the research presentations.
Through the research presentations, participants acquired the needed information in the application of empirical evidence, research, and innovation; and benefits in the cooperation with other network partners, which can lead to further academic collaborations in the future.
The end-goal of the conference is focused on the development and strengthening of district-level health systems management to attain sustainable disease protection goals for the achievement of SDGs.
Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, Executive Director of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) honored the conference with his presence and presided the formal opening together with the other honored guests.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wareerat Kaewurai, Naresuan University Vice President for Academic Affairs and new Acting Director of CHSM welcomed all the participants on behalf of Naresuan University.
There were two distinguished Keynote Speakers invited to share their expertise with the participants of the conference. Professor David Briggs, an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England, Australia and Dr. Jonathan David Flavier, Chairman of the Board of the Cooperative Movement for Encouraging NSV (No-Scalpel Vasectomy).
On the first day of the conference, Prof. David Briggs shared about the ‘Australian Primary Health Network: Innovation in Improving Patient Care’ while Dr. Jonathan Flavier’s topic is about ‘The Roles of Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) in Improving Health Promotion and Financing: The Philippine Experience’ on the second day.
Aside from the Keynote speech, the organizers have invited some health experts to share their knowledge and experiences in their fields and discuss pressing health issues relevant to the theme of the conference during the two sets of panel discussions.
The first – panel discussion was about the ‘Development of District Health Systems in managing health promotion and disease prevention for the achievement of the Sustainable development Goals (SDGs)’. The panelists were Dr. Prasitchai Mungchit, Director of Khaeng Khoi Hospital, Saraburi Province; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chomanard Wannapornsiri, Dean, Faculty of Nursing, Naresuan University; Dr. Sopon Iamsirithawon, Director, Bureau of General Communicable Disease, Department of Disease Control, MoPH; and Asst. Prof. Phudit Tejativaddhana, M.D., DHS StartUP Project Manager and former Acting Director, CHSM, NU with Asst. Prof. Dr. Somsak Thojampa, Deputy Dean for Administration, Faculty of Nursing as the Moderator.
The topic of the second – panel discussion was ‘The role of Nursing in the development of District Health Systems’. The panel discussants were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chomanard Wannapornsiri, Dean, Faculty of Nursing, NU; Dr. Phasuk Kaewcharoenta, Nursing Professional, Laplae Hospital, Uttaradit Province; and Khun Chanya Wattanaban, Nursing Specialist at Sung Noen Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Dr. Amaraporn Puraya, Lecturer from the Faculty of Nursing, NU moderated the panel discussion.
In addition, the organizers have also invited Assoc. Prof. Wilawan Senaratana from the faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University to talk about the ‘Roles of Nursing in the community and in the development of district health systems: from practice to national policy’.
The 2-day National Conference of District Health Systems Management towards SDGs Achievement is also under the DHS StartUP project funded by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth / สสส.).
About 130 District Health Officers from Kamphaeng Phet’s Kosamphi Nakhon District, Saithong Wattana District, Pang Sila Tong District; Ban Tak District of Tak Province; DHS StartUp project Academic Consultants; Lecturers and Academics from the Faculty of Nursing; Nursing Professionals; and public health academics and researchers from the Department of Disease Control, MoPH joined and actively participated in the 2-day national health conference.