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Over a decade providing healthcare support to AFP and ADF personnel in Solomon Islands

PROJECT

Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

"[The patient] has personally expressed to me his gratitude, specifically commenting on the efficiency of the medical evacuation, and the high standard of treatment provided by Aspen Medical medics during his evacuation at the Aspen Medical facility."

High Commissioner, Solomon Islands

BACKGROUND

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was a partnership between the people and Government of Solomon Islands and fifteen countries of the Pacific.

RAMSI arrived in Solomon Islands in July 2003 at the request of the Solomon Islands Government. Since then, much has been achieved and Solomon Islands is continuing on its path to recovery.

The Australian Government provided a range of support services to restore law and order to the Solomon Islands. This support covered military, policing and other Government aid. Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel were based in Solomon Islands as part of RAMSI.

In 2004, Aspen Medical was contracted to provide complete medical, dental and environmental services, including the establishment of a complete hospital, to RAMSI personnel and other Australian government employees in the Solomon Islands.

Aspen Medical’s facility was located at a military-style base, called the Guadalcanal Beach Resort (GBR). The hospital consisted of four buildings which include a 10-bed ward, pharmacy, primary healthcare services, dental service, pathology service, resuscitation bays, environmental health, administration offices and store facilities. Aspen Medical also provided aero-medical evacuations services across the islands and back to Australia.

We also deployed a mobile surgical unit with radiology, an operating room and an intensive care/recovery unit.

RAMSI concluded on 30 June 2017.

CHALLENGES

  • remote, challenging and under-resourced environment
  • high-quality comprehensive medical services required
  • culturally diverse environment
  • limited local medical resources.