07 Apr 2016 12:30
Etihad Airways Medical Centre, the UAE’s first aeromedical facility, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Ireland’s oldest post-graduate medical training body, have announced a pioneering new partnership to provide the airline with educational, training, research and operational excellence opportunities in the field of Occupational Medicine.
The collaboration, which is the
first of its kind in the Middle East, will enable Etihad
Airways to enhance the medical and broader wellbeing services it provides,
whilst also marking a significant step in the airline’s vision to be the global
leader in Aviation Medicine.
The partnership will form a key
part of the airline’s commitment to ensuring the highest safety standards for its
crew and passengers, in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 to develop a
robust, world-class healthcare system in the Emirate. Etihad Airways Medical
Centre, the Faculty and RCPI are committed to raising the understanding and
role of Occupational Medicine within the airline industry, and across society
as a whole.
As part of the innovative
agreement, the Faculty will hold specialised training courses and educational
programmes to optimise and develop the skills of Etihad Airways’ staff and the
medical services offered by the airline. A ‘visiting expert’ programme will be
introduced to allow both parties to exchange and transfer field experts to
enhance knowledge-sharing. Research
findings and medical scientific inventions, where applicable, will also be
exchanged under the new agreement.
The Faculty will
develop a programme to prepare Etihad Airways Medical Centre to become an
accredited training centre of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and
RCPI. A training programme will also be created with the aim of
qualifying the first occupational health nurses in the UAE.
Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services at Etihad Airways, said: “Today is indeed a remarkable day for Etihad
Airways Medical Centre and the field of aviation medicine. It is with great pride
that we announce our partnership with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Etihad Airways is leading the drive to raise standards in aviation medicine
globally. It is therefore a natural step for us to join with the RCPI, a
world-renowned training body, to ensure that we continue to innovate across our
business and the industry as a whole.”
Dr Declan Whelan, Dean of the
Faculty of Occupational Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
said: “We are honoured and delighted
to collaborate with Etihad Airways on their occupational health strategy. Our
agreement with them represents international recognition by a world-renowned
airline of the high quality of Occupational Medicine in Ireland.
“We must commend Etihad on recognising the value of engaging with a
professional body such as ours to ensure that its employees have access to the
best possible occupational health services. We look forward to working with
them on their mission to safeguard employee health and well-being.”
Etihad Airways’ Abu
Dhabi based employees already have access to world-class medical care at the
Etihad Airways Medical Centre. The facility provides full laboratory services,
physiotherapy, radiology, dental care, nutrition counselling, ear, nose and
throat services, primary care, and aviation health services.
In 2015, Etihad Airways received accreditation from the UAE General Civil
Aviation Authority (GCAA), which gave the Etihad Airways Medical Centre
authority to issue initial medical certificates to pilots, air traffic
controllers and other professional aviation licence holders, significantly improving the medical
experience for the airline’s members of staff.
As part of the new agreement, the
Faculty will provide Etihad Airways with a detailed needs assessment of its
catering, cargo and support services in addition to the airline’s recently
opened Etihad Medical Services Centre.
established in 1654, is the oldest medical institution in the Republic of
Ireland. The college is dedicated to post-graduate medical education and
training and the continuous professional development of healthcare specialists
in Ireland and internationally.