First cohort of ACM Midwives in the PNG Midwifery Buddy Program announced
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is excited to announce it has filled all volunteer buddy positions for 2019’s first PNG Midwifery Buddy Program workshop in Port Moresby.
Maternal and Perinatal outcomes in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are amongst the worst in the world and there are currently not enough midwives to meet demand. There are unofficially 773 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, meaning PNG has one of the highest Maternal Mortality Ratios (MMR) in the world. In comparison, the MMR in Australia in 2015 was just 6 in 100,000.
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) has partnered with the Rotary Club of Morialta, the Rotary Club of Port Moresby and the PNG Midwifery Society to implement a Buddy Program. The aim of the program is to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in PNG by strengthening midwifery leadership and training so that all women have access to safe maternity care.
In March the first cohort of ACM Buddy Midwives will travel to PNG to meet their counterparts, be immersed in local culture and gain an understanding of current midwifery practice in PNG. They will spend time with their PNG Buddy Midwife, developing a solid relationship aimed at providing support and mutual learning.
Facilitator Helen Hall will lead the team of six ACM Buddies Lesley Brown, Bridget Ferguson, Jane Menke, Vanessa Page, Monica Scott and Michelle Mitchell.
Hall said, “PNG midwives play an essential role in achieving optimal infant and maternal outcomes for their country. The Buddy program will help to address some of their challenges by cultivating meaningful relationships that support midwifery leadership.”
“I'm delighted to be involved and I look forward to meeting all participants and sharing our collective wisdom, imagination and passion for progressing quality maternal and infant care in PNG,” she concluded.
With commitment and nurturing, the relationships of these buddy pairs will endure for years to come, with the potential for lasting impact on the lives of mothers and babies in PNG.
Contact Midwifery Advisor Ruth King for comment on 08 7129 4431.
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM): ACM is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The ACM’s position is that women be attended during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by a midwife who is registered with the NMBA.