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Two Fijians awarded Greg Urwin Award

February 10, 2016 5:54 pm

Five Pacific Island professionals have been awarded this year’s Greg Urwin Award – two of them from Fiji.

40 year-old Dr Laila Seduadua is a Medical Doctor with postgraduate qualifications in pediatrics.

Her area of focus is improving comprehensive care for children with cancer. She will serve her placement with the Christchurch Hospital Oncology Department.

“Working with children with cancer, there are certain challenges, my going across will give me that opportunity to work first hand with specialists, in Fiji we do not have any specialists that deal with cancers and likewise blood disorders, so with that experience I’ll be able to bring back a lot of knowledge to help see these children through”.

26 year-old Melino Bain-Vete is an Environmental Consultant and will be based in the office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), Majuro, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Bain-Vete hopes to broaden his expertise in natural resources and to review the PNA’s partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council.

Funded through the Australian-funded Pacific Leadership Programe, each of them receives almost thirty eight thousand Fijian dollars for their field of work.

The Greg Urwin awards were established in 2008 with more than 20 emerging leaders from the region have completed placements under the Awards.