Vision: A Healthy population in Fiji that is driven by a caring health care delivery system. Mission: To provide a high quality health care delivery services by a caring and committed workforce working with strategic partners through good governance, appropriate technology and appropriate risk management facilitating a focus on patient safety and best health status for the citizens of Fiji.

Career Orientation 2011


Ministry of Health embarks on a Strategic Plan to provide a Career to young professionals and paraprofessionals in Fiji.

The orientation will enable younger practitioners to identify a career pathway with progressive landmarks, measurable achievements with a 5 and 10 year plan in their areas of professional interest.  Within the system multiple entry and exit will exist, with a 8-10 year period to achieve consultancy status.


1.       Areas of Need (Psychiatry/Pathology/Radiology/O+G)

Areas of clinical practice which a devoid of adequate staff have been notified. Young graduates at internship exist interview should make their areas of interest known to the medical superintendent at base hospitals.  This will be recorded on the HRIS with HQ.

Having completed one year of rural service the candidates may opt to change career path by choice.  Those who aim to continue will return and work for one year as trainee registrars.  Their commitment, standards and professional character will be assessed.  In the 2nd year they will be allowed to progress into a poor graduate diploma program whilst continuing clinical work.

The candidate will proceed if successful into the Masters program for a further two years.  Effectively at the end of the 6th year post internship they will have become holders of a Masters degree.  Within the next three years they will proceed to consultancy within their chosen discipline.

2.       Public Health/Primary care

A similar program will be carried after a years work in rural medicine.  DFL can be offered in due second year along with Field Epidemiology, Health Management, Public Health, Health Promotion etc.

The 3rd year will be based at Subdivisional Hospitals with entry to the PG diploma in public health/primary care for two years.

Thereafter a Masters program offered over two years with a clear career line into a consultancy in the 7-9th year per internship.

3.       Clinical Disciplines (Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Anaesthesia and Paediatrics)

These candidates also undertake one year of rural medicine.

In the second year the option of DFL is on offer from their rural posting.  In the third year those practitioners are attached as Registrars in their discipline of choice.  Two year programs of PG diploma followed by Masters Program will be offered.

Effectively 7-9 years later they will have the offer of consultancy, as and when positions become vacant.


A career orientation with a multiple entry and exit strategy to enhance productivity, professional challenges and a clear career path.  This will also serve the purposes of nurturing professionals and enhance professional retension within the Fiji Health Services.

Dr Neil Sharma


Comments (33)

Amrish Krishnan
Said this on 24/11/2010 At 04:19 pm

This is an excellent skill retention strategy Dr Sharma. I personally feel that representatives of the ministry should make a point to meet with every medical/paramedical graduate immediately after graduation and see what their career plans are. The Ministry of health/PSC needs to become a competitive employer and candidates should be given a prospective of what they should expect as employees and what MOH expects from them. Incentives such as housing, promotions after certain number of years of service or after completion of further studies, and ongoing training should be discussed early. At every level attempt should be made to identify future specialists/ subspecialists, heads of sections etc (succession planning). I think we lose many graduates because the right people are in the wrong stations. Matching the ideal officer to the ideal station/field will bring about most productivity. It is indeed encouraging to have a minister who deeply understands the health care system and is sensitive to the concerns of the younger professionals who I believe make a remarkable proportion of the ministry’s employees.


Dr Amrish Krishnan

(Young Health Professional)

Said this on 29/12/2010 At 07:57 pm
i agree,however how about the frontline public health professionals who are out there in the field,like the environmental health officers. i feel thats the most important field that should be strengthened because once the community are aware of the public health and its importance as well as the negative effects for not adhering to policies and regulation , than there will be reduction in out patient. the EHO 's around the country are trained by FSM ,however all that training is practically of no use since the resources are not present in subdivisions.

i suggest the EHO' and the public health sector should be improved and strengthened like other developed countries rather focusing on Hospitals
Said this on 24/02/2011 At 06:06 pm

Hey, this is great news as I am a graduate going down this career path. Fiji sounds better than where I am at the moment as well :).

Will get in touch with the medical superintendent at base hospitals. Thanks

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This is really good news for graduates! I'm sure this strategy will play a big role in nurturing professionals.

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This is good strategy coming from the top. Thanks Dr Sharma. The problem in the MoH are the implementors of these plans in Health HQ and Divisional offices.  

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