Roselyn Can now do the Work that Required Qualification, Thanks to Australian Awards in-PNG Scholarships
Roslyn John is one of 13 Community Health Workers (CHW) in Hela who was fortunate enough to receive training in midwifery, obstetrics and gynaecology skills through the Hela Provincial Health Authority health worker training program. The training included advanced midwifery, maternity care and antenatal care skills to assist mothers and babies in the rural health centre.
“Now I am able to do the work that previously would require a qualified midwife or doctor when a mother is having complications during labour, but in consultation with a specialist” says Roslyn who has been working for over 20 years at the Kopiago Health Centre.
“I am very happy that the new knowledge and skills I learnt from the training have been put to good use and I get a sense of satisfaction seeing all these mothers listening and following our health advice to maintain the health of their babies and themselves.”
The health worker training and upgrading of health infrastructure in the province has resulted in an increase in antenatal clinic visits by pregnant women and supervised births at health facilities. According to new National Health Information System data, Hela saw a 20 percent increase in supervised births and antenatal clinic first visits in 2020.
These improvements have come about through the support of the PHA, Tari-Pori DDA, Koroba Kopiago District Development Authority, Komo-Magarima DDA, Oil Search Foundation and the #PNGAusPartnership working together with Susu Mamas Papua New Guinea Inc., Burnet Institute and Christian Health Services PNG under the Wok Bung Wantaim initiative.
Article and Photos By Australian High Commission
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