The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at UTS welcomes PNG nurse educators
The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology Sydney (WHO CC UTS) recently hosted the AusAID Australian Leadership Awards (ALA). This time round they were working with educators from nine nursing and midwifery schools and the National Department of Health in Papua New Guinea, to boost midwifery and nursing teaching capacities in that country.
The WHO CC UTS has had 73 Fellows from across the Pacific through the AusAID ALA program since 2009. In this most recent Round, 18 Papua New Guinean Principals, Deputy Principals and tertiary educators attended a program of intensive workshops, drawing on the expertise of the UTS Faculty of Health.
The central focus was the development of specific action plans which target the most critical needs for each institution. While working on their projects the Fellows received crucial mentoring and support from nursing, midwifery and education experts at UTS. The program also featured a ‘train the trainer’ component, exploring a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies including the use of simulation and role play.
The next and most important stage of the program is the implementation of the action plans in their respective schools, with the continued support of the UTS team.
"This ALA program is designed to complement the existing work that AusAID is conducting in PNG's educational institutes for nursing and midwifery," says Michele Rumsey, WHO CC UTS Director of Operations and Development. "We hope to enhance the skills and knowledge of PNG’s nursing and midwifery educators and ultimately help bring about improvements in maternal health care in PNG."
Also attending the event as a Visiting Scholar was Professor Lidia Gomes. Professor Gomes is the Director of Midwifery Studies at the National University of Timor Leste, with whom UTS has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Two guests from the Samoan Ministry of Health also attended for a specialised simulation laboratory attachment.