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Hainaut Vigilance Sanitaire: Training and specialisation for health care professionals in environmental and health medicine

Training and creating awareness of health professionals are essential for adequate monitoring, treatment and knowledge improvement. Furthermore, there is growing concern about the impact of health care sector itself on environment and health.

The project “Training and specialisation for health care professionals in environmental and health medicine” funded by the Belgian national cell on environment and health has been defined in the context of the Belgian NEHAP.

The project aimed to: (1) Define the contents of information concerning the environmental health and environmental medicine to be included in the basic and continuous trainings of healthcare professionals; (2) Propose a protocol to set up a specialisation in environmental medicine in Belgium and; (3) Define, list, and develop the most adequate tools for healthcare professionals in the field of environment and health.

The feasibility was explored by means of literature, documentation on procedures, interviews and round tables with environmental specialists in medical education and with stakeholders (including professional associations).

The results of the project which will be presented in Brussels on 28 January will pave the way for further actions within universities, superior schools and professional associations, but also within institutions for the recognition and teaching of the subject of health and the environment.

Last updated on 16 December 2013

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