THE Health Department is working closely with training institutions to improve their capacity and quality of nursing, community health workers and midwifery workforce, says Health Secretary Pascoe Kase.
Following support to the midwifery schools which commenced in 2010, 315 new midwives have been registered – effectively doubling the number of trained midwives.
Mr Kase said Nursing and CHW schools are also advancing.
Following an audit in 2012, the school principals convened in Port Moresby last week to set the vision for the future CHW and nursing workforce and commit to specific strategies for its realisation.
Mr Kase said with funding support through the Health Department and the government of Australia, there would be an implementation of a comprehensive program of infrastructure rehabilitation, curriculum review, textbook and essential equipment procurement, and quality improvement.
This would result in significant increases in the number and quality of our CHWs and nurses.
Last week also saw the ground-breaking ceremony for a new nurse training school in West New Britain.
At the ceremony Mr Kase reminded training providers of the importance of undergoing the appropriate accreditation processes before training programs can begin.
He said health worker training providers must be accredited through the PNG Nursing Council and Medical Board.
"This is a legal requirement for the graduates to practice in the PNG health sector and ensures that our health workforce continue to be highly competent in their roles and be responsive to the needs of our people."