“STORIES from the field: facts, fallacies and the future” was the theme of a meeting between Papua New Guinean nurses and midwives and their lecturers from the Monash University, Australia.
The meeting at Crowne Plaza last Friday was to touch base with the 150 alumni and to see where they were now and how they were doing with their work.
Sadly,only nine of the alumni turned up for the meeting while the others could not made it due to family and work commitments.
Head of the school of nursing and midwifery Prof Wendy Cross said this meeting was to touch base with the students and to see what they will be doing after graduating from Monash with their degrees and masters.
The masters course was offered in Monash while the bachelor course was offered in PNG.
The programme started in 2000 and stopped in 2006 when the last lot graduated and this meeting was to see the best way to move forward.
Head of bachelor in the midwifery programme, Dr Kay McCauley-Elsom arrived in PNG two weeks earlier to spend time at the Goroka Base Hospital with two of her current students and to work with her past students there.
Dr Elsom said working with staff there was good and they had all gotten along with the locals in the hospital, the health centre and aid posts.
UPNG Medical School midwifery tutor Lilian Temo said since taking the masters course at Monash, she had really benefited from it because career opportunities had really opened up for her.