Category Archives: Training

Medical Officers Graduate From New Programme

BY : The National

 

HE St John Ambulance has graduated its first batch of officers from its new paramedic programme.

Chief officer Dr Matthew Cannon said three groups graduated – three from paramedic, 14 level-one ambulance officers and seven emergency medical technicians.

He said the paramedic and technicians would address six core areas:

Improve overall patient outcomes through quality pre-hospital care;
reduce maternal and infant mortality through advanced pre-hospital obstetric training;
improving healthcare for persons in police situations;
provide effective care to trauma patients, especially road-related trauma;
reduce death and disability from treatable conditions; and,
Deploy paramedics to health centres to help clinic staff manage patients with serious medical emergencies.

“The majority of healthcare in PNG is delivered in rural health centres by dedicated nurses and community health workers. This environment is still arguably considered pre-hospital,” Cannon said.

“The paramedic programme is specifically tailored to filling the gaps in the health system between the place the patient becomes sick and a major hospital.

“The result of this gap is often unnecessary death and disability, especially for the one in 20 women who die from pregnancy, often because they are
unable to reach a major obstetric hospital.”

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop congratulated St John Ambulance for initiating the programme which would help meet the needs of the population.

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Village Court Officials Training Vital

BY YOMBI KEP ( Post Courier )

 

Village court officials training are important in the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Papua New Guinea.

Under a new roll-out project called ‘Strongim Justis, Strongim Komuniti’ (Stronger Justice for Stronger Community) initiated by the Department of Justice and Attorney General and ChildFund Papua New Guinea with support from the European Union (EU) trainings will be provided to village court officials and how they will deal with cases in regards to the new Acts and Policies about child protection.

“The Protection of children and Lukautim Pikinini is at the community level where the children are,” said Director, National Office for Child and Family Services, Mr Simon Yanis.

Nearly all village court officials in PNG don’t know the Lukautim Pikinini Act and policies which were introduced in 2013 to 2015, hence more awareness and training is required for them to perform to their fullest potential.

“Village Courts play a central role in PNG’s justice system. However, village court practice needs to reflect modern rights-protecting domestic laws and policies that the government has established in accordance with its international commitments in the past 5 years,” Said Country Director, ChildFund PNG Mr Manish Joshi.

“There is a need to equip stakeholders from the village courts with knowledge about women’s and children’s rights as part of efforts to reverse current trends,” said Training Coordinator, Village Courts Secretariat, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Ms Kerri-May Kulanawi.

DWU final year Students set for Missioning

BY FRANKLIN KOLMA ( Post Courier )

About 353 final year undergraduate students will mark their completion of studies at Divine Word University’s Madang campus on Friday when they partake in the ninth annual missioning ceremony.

The ceremony will be witnessed by over 700 parents and guardians, and is the university and its students formal way of appreciation for the support given by parents and guardians during their time as members of the DWU community.

During the event, each student will be given a DWU pendant in the shape of a cross which has been blessed. The cross symbolises students’ readiness into the workforce as professionals who possess Christ-like principles promoted through DWU core values.

The values are integrity, academic excellence, community service/engagement, respect, diversity, hospitality, learning for life and social responsibility.

About 40 per cent of the final year undergraduate students who have completed studies are from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).

Majority of the students from this faculty are from rural health program, which produces health professionals to work as rural health officers formerly known as health extension officers.

The Faculty of Business and Informatics will have over 120 students participating. Out of this, 47 students are from the business accounting program. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will have over 60 students.

Pacific Islands Forum secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor will give the parental address on behalf of parents.

Govt Confident in APEC 2018

BY LEONNIE WAYANG ( Post Courier )

Chief Secretary to the Government Isaac Lupari says he is satisfied with the preparations for APEC 2018.

Mr Lupari said last week that PNG is on track in terms of security, accommodation and logistics for APEC 2018.

“We are very much on track, and we are pleased with the efforts undertaken by our police and our security forces in collaboration with bilateral countries like Australia; big support coming through Australian Government, also the US,” Mr Lupari said.

“We’ve also had the same with New Zealand but the new inclusion in the security operation is now the Indonesian Government.”

He said the Indonesian government will bring forth “an extensive wealth of experience” as they have also hosted the APEC meeting.

“We’re pooling all these countries to making sure that we are ticking all the boxes that are required in terms of making sure that the security arrangement is as good as any other organisation in terms of APEC meetings around the world,” Mr Lupari said.

He added that various ministerial meetings like the recent APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting will provide the opportunity for PNG to test its security preparedness leading up to the APEC 2018 summit.

“One of the opportunities for us to try and test the security readiness that we’ve put in place is the regular meetings that we’re going to have at the ministerial level,” he said.

He said that although he is satisfied with the progress, there is still more to do.

“We will deliver APEC in a truly Melanesian way,” he said.

“We are going to deliver APEC given within our constraints and our government is very focused. The public service is focused. Our partners like UNDP, Australia and New Zealand, the rest of the world who are coming on board to help us; they are giving all their support. They know what it means to have an APEC 2018 Meeting in this country, for Papua New Guinea and the region.”

 

Ten Students Complete 12 Weeks of Training

By : Post Courier

Students on a 12 weeks practical in Parliament House have been challenged to equip their knowledge with positive attitude.

This is the message from acting secretary for parliament Danny Puli.

Mr Puli told 10 students from a Port Moresby based private institution who have just completed their job training to use valuable knowledge and be self reliant as well.

“Knowledge without attitude is a misguided missile. It is destructive.” Mr Puli said.

He said a lot of educated people have bad or destructive attitude but he warned the young people to change.

Director for Asia Pacific Institute of Applied Social, Economic and Technical Studies Thomas Pillar said the institutions’ school agenda plays a bigger role to help bridge the 80 per cent gap of grade 12 drop outs yearly.

The institution’s theme is “no dreams shall be shattered” and that theme is the reason why the institution has accepted students that have dropped out of the education system and given them a second chance at education.

The students are from the institution’s diploma program in the school of business.

The students received their job training certificates and were farewelled by parliamentary services staff at a luncheon yesterday.

 

Secondary Schools be brought under Office of Higher Education – Czuba

Staff Reporter – PNG Today

Plans are underway to have all the powers of secondary schools throughout the country transferred to the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology.
They currently come under the Department of Education.
Acting Secretary of Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology Father Jan Czuba told NBC News, this is part of the department’s plans for the future.
“The full idea is to make sure that we maintain the quality of education.
“We are very much concerned that the high education sector cannot perform well if the primary and secondary are not doing well.
“We would like to implement a NEC decision of 1995.
“Teachers are very important in primary schools, but teachers coming from our colleges, the quality of education is lower and lower.
“We would like to implement new curriculum for teachers in teachers’ colleges, and we would like to focus too on centres of excellence in different provinces and regions.
“This will help them improve the curriculum, rehabilitate the current infrastructure and improve the learning and teaching environment,” Fr Jan said.

NBC News
Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/05/secondary-schools-i n-png-to-be.html#ixzz4iQqVJO8D

Australian Academics To Visit UNRE

May 25, 2017 – Post Courier
Three Australian academics will be at the University of Natural Resources and Environment campus this week under the kina-for-kina (K4K) program, an innovative and collaborative new program established by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to improve quality in higher education in PNG.

Professor Paul Gadek, Dr Rob Brown and Emma Kill will carry out a teaching quality assurance systems audit.

The review is a follow on from the external academic audit conducted at UNRE in 2013 by a group of academics from Australia and PNG, who identified a number of important areas that the university needed to improve.

These included how the university tries to control the quality of its teaching, how it regulates the content of its courses and carries out teaching and assessment.

UNRE vice-chancellor Professor John Warren said in addressing the problems, the university’s administration systems were reviewed and refreshed and a number of new teaching administration systems were introduced.
“If we are to genuinely make progress and improve it is important that we know if these new systems are working,” Prof Warren said.

He said this would be the task of the visiting academics – to determine if the new teaching administrations system are understood and are being used effectively so that further improvements could be made to increase quality.

Divine Word University and the University of Technology will also receive grants under the K4K program. One will improve its business programs while the other is targeting training for the development of teaching and learning.

Prof Warren said he believes K4K will support more highly skilled graduates as well as lecturers.
“The government of Papua New Guinea truly appreciates the K4K initiative because it is aimed directly at assisting the areas of education that will lead to good outcomes for students,” he said.

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