PNG Buddy Leadership Program Engages UNICEF Papua New Guinea

PNG Buddy leadership Program engages UNICEF Papua New Guinea

Over the last four days midwives from Australian have been in Papua New Guinea as part of the second group of the PNG Buddy Leadership program which is a joint initiative between Rotary Club of Morialta, Australian College of Midwives, Papua New Guinea Midwifery Society and Rotary Club of Pt. Moresby.

Read more about the program here 

On the final day Paula Kongua, Health Officer, UNICEF Papua New Guinea joined in the workshop and did a brilliant presentation and demonstration of the use of the Non Pneumatic Anti Shock Garment (NASA). 

At the end of her presentation and demonstration, Paula generously presented each PNG Midwife with a NASA for their workplace. 

Here is what she had to say about her involvement and the program:

Dear Colleagues

Thank you so much for the opportunity to participant today.  It was a great moment to meet with old friends and make new ones.   With a common goal to improve and support midwifery care in PNG and for best outcomes for mothers and babies and that no Mother should die will giving life.

Thank you to our colleagues in Australia for your continuing support and we will try our best here to improve our maternal and newborn outcomes in areas where we have control over and influence where we have opportunity to do.

It was a day of learning as well as sharing resources as Paula, who is also a midwife along with the PNG Buddy midwives were all presented with beanies knitted by the Australian group Beanies for Babies in the Pacific. Carmel Walker, founder of the initiative reached out before the midwives left Australia and they were able to take them in their luggage. We look forward to being able to do the same again for the 3rd workshop which will be held in late 2020.

In the words of Paula – Carmel is the champion in delivering beanies to PNG and we are all grateful for her continued support of the women and families in PNG!

If you wish to engage with Beanies for Babies by knitting or any other form of support such as taking beanies to Pacific Islands when you travel, please reach out to Carmel via the Facebook page where you can find full contact details 


Additional information
The Australian College of Midwives (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