The PNG Midwifery Leadership Buddy Program starts today

ACM is excited to announce that we will officially launch the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Midwifery Leadership Buddy Program in Port Moresby, PNG tonight (26th March).

Today, seven Australian midwives along with team leader and midwife Judi Brown from Rotary Morialta in Adelaide, departed Australia for a week long workshop in Port Moresby where they will share their expertise and experiences with their PNG midwife peers. PNG Midwives have travelled to Australia for past midwifery development programs however it has been recognised that to get true learning, ongoing traction and support, the PNG midwives need to be able to share their lived experience on their home ground.

Facilitator Associate Professor Helen Hall (Monash University) will lead the team of six ACM Midwife Buddies Lesley Brown, Bridget Ferguson, Jane Menke, Vanessa Page, Monica Scott and Michelle Mitchell. The Australian midwives will initially meet their midwifery colleagues Nancy Geregl, Marina Paike, Julie Maso, Ellie Mano Korave, Fabiana Menem and Jacinta Felix Basil at the evening opening ceremony to be held at the Lamana Hotel, Port Moresby. Over the next four days they will embark together on a Leadership program hosted primarily at the Lamana Hotel. An immersive experience on day two will see the midwives travel out to local health facilities to gain a greater understanding of the realities of midwifery practice in PNG.

Over the last eighteen months there has been a hive of activity behind the scenes to get this, first of three, workshops off the ground. The amazing team at Rotary Morialta (Tim Mee, Judi Brown, Peter Mayer, Paul Haylock, Dr Afzal Mahmood (University of Adelaide) and Brenton Summers) have led the way with assistance from Rotary PNG (Ernest Lohberger), PNG Midwifery Society (Jennifer Pyakalyia & Dr. Julie Kep), ACM (Ruth King, Ann Kinnear and Rachel Smith) and the Program Facilitator (Dr Helen Hall, Monash University) to complete the development of a practical curriculum that provides opportunity for immersive learning and skill sharing. Along the way a midwifery champion community has been established where achievements are shared and celebrated and an underlying hum of excitement has been building.   

The opening ceremony will see an impressive host of dignitaries, managers and people of note attend the official launch including Honorable Dr. Puka Temu, Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS, Prof. Glen Mola, Head of Obs. & Gynaecology, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, UPNG Dr. Edward Waramin, Family Health Manager, National Department of Health, Dr. Madline Salva, WHO, Maternal & Child Health,Mrs. Jessica Yaipupu, WHO, Maternal & Child Health, Dr. Titi, Country Representative  for UNFPA, Dr. Ghanashyam Sethy, UNICEF, Dr. David Mcloughlin, Country Representative, UNICEF, Dr. Nina Joseph, Registrar, Nursing Council of PNG,  Ms. Jacqueline Herbert, Second Secretary, (DFAT),

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Contact Australian College of Midwives Acting CEO Ruth King for comment on 08 7129 4431.


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PNG Midwifery Leadership Buddy Program

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. 

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
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.



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