25 Jul 2006

Draft plan for Pacific nursing school now being considered by officials

7:04 pm on 25 July 2006

A regional nurse training school is a step closer as Pacific Islands Forum officials work to implement the Pacific Plan.

There is an ongoing demand for nurses from the islands, both within their home countries and from the United State, Australia and New Zealand.

The Pacific Plan calls for advances in region wide vocational training and several projects underway.

Australia will unveil more details of a vocational training school for the region at this year's Forum meeting, while the ADB has been working on identifying the gaps that exist in skills training.

The Forum's secretary general Greg Urwin says a school for nurses will probably fold into what comes from the Australian and ADB proposals.

"it's a draft proposal that is with the range of stakeholders now for their comment which will look at this whole business of maintaining a nursing capacity that is adequate in the region while at the same time continuing to supply those markets that seem to have a need for them - we will be expecting that in the next couple of months."