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Vanuatu for the first time trained six World Medical Rugby Doctors

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The six Medical Officers, four Medical Doctors and two Physiotherapists, are now Certified as World Medical Rugby Doctors after completing the World Medical Rugby course. This means they are the qualified to carry out the medical sports injury management of high risk games.

Last week, medical doctors Dr Richie Ala, Dr Donald Tangis, Dr Nilani Tari from Northern District Hospital in Santo joined Dr Sale Vurobaravo, and two physiotherapists, Mr. Albert Kaipam and Mr. Manu Tamata from the Vila Central Hospital, for a 2-day World Medical Rugby training in Port Vila.

The World Medical Rugby Doctors Training is funded by Van2017 under the requirement of the World Rugby Federation, to undertake training targeting doctors and physiotherapists.

Van2017 Medical Coordinator Ms. Maturine Carlot explained that the Ministry of Health selected 4 doctors and TWO physiotherapists to be trained as Certified World Medical Rugby Doctors.

“There are only three World Rugby Medical trainers in the world who are authorised to run those kind of trainings – one from Australia, one from England and one from New Zealand. So Van2017 hired the New Zealand Trainer, Dr Stephen Kara from World Rugby, who was available to do so for the Mini Games,” said Ms Maturine Carlot.

The initiative to provide such training was a requirement from the Rugby Technical Delegate who was in Port Vila when it was noticed that Vanuatu has now one of the best sporting complex in the region, but it lacks competent and certified people in specific areas such as Medical Rugby to look after the international rugby tournaments.