Twelve senior managers within the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) including one from Susu Mamas were certified after completing the Elevate Leaders’ Program last week boosting their leadership skills to support the management of the health system.
Through the Elevate Leaders Program, all twelve senior managers (five women and seven men) were provided virtual training, individual and group coaching to develop their skills and competencies.
The Elevate Leaders Program is equipping the senior managers with specific skills and technical knowledge that they would need to confidently lead others and drive the performance of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Western Highlands PHA Ms Jane Holden was present in the closing of program to present the senior managers with the certificates.
Ms Holden during the presentation of certificates thanked the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership for the support given to progress the PHA’s succession plan.
“The program developed in partnership is in line with the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) succession planning. We believe that that the program will equip the participants to be strong applicants for the substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) when it is advertised later this year,” Ms Holden said.
The program was funded through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership and was delivered remotely through virtual platforms by the Australian Indigenous leadership organisation Ninti One Limited, in partnership with the University of Queensland and the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
The sessions were delivered through 48 individual and 7 group coaching sessions through certified coaches, with additional skills training workshops in finance for non-finance managers and health sector knowledge and governance.
“This program learnings have also provided a real boost not only to morale amongst senior managers but has increased the depth of discussion and debate at Senior Executive Management and Directors only meetings,” Ms Holden further added.
On behalf of the twelve participants, Medical services Director Dr. Jonah Kurubi thanked the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership for the funding support to carry out the training.
Dr. Kurubi also thanked the Western Highlands PHA Chief Executive Officer and the Board of management in recognising the need for capacity building among members of the senior management and middle managers within the organisation.
“We are now able to see our roles coming together and are equally prepared to step into the next chapter of our careers to be part of the growth for WHPHA. This means bringing others along with us to build a stronger, healthier and productive team,” Dr. Kurubi said.
Deputy Director for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention unit Mrs. Fredah Pyanyo reiterate the same sentiments and appreciated the value of the elevate leaders’ program.
“This program is vital for any organisation like Western Highlands PHA and I would like to emulate a better leadership style with my team and put into practice what I have learnt from the coaches,” Mrs. Pyanyo said.
The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority is currently implementing the strategic plan 2019 – 2023 with the primary objective of providing safe, appropriate, efficient, and effective health services for all.
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