Partnership trains nurses

Youth & Careers

THE partnership between Australia Awards and Newcrest Mining continues to yield positive results for service delivery in Papua New Guinea’s health sector.
Ten Newcrest-funded awardees are currently studying for a diploma in general nursing qualification through the Australia Awards scholarships at the Lae School of Nursing.
Second year students Yolanda Som and Steven Johnson, from Morobe, said the combination of theory and practice was a welcomed challenge and highlight for them as they develop their clinical knowledge and skills.
They said they were working hard to do their best and learn more.
Som described her fascination and enjoyment in learning about the development of a baby throughout pregnancy as part of their obstetrics and gynaecology study.
“What amazes me is how babies are formed and how they stay in their mother’s womb for nine months before they are delivered,” she said.
“It’s just amazing and I enjoyed learning about it.
Som hopes to work at a hospital or health centre to give back to the community by using what she has learned.
“That’s what nurses do, we save the lives of patients,” she said.
Fellow Newcrest-funded awardee and first year student, Joshua Kamrai, said he always wanted to be a medical practitioner and was excited to study nursing as a step towards that goal.
Apart from learning nursing concepts, Johnson had the opportunity to develop other skills such as computing.
“Computing was one of our subjects last semester,” he said.
“I didn’t know how to use a computer and I am very happy that through my studies I am now much more proficient.
“Starting with the most rural areas of this nation, I plan to give health education and educate mothers on women’s health.
“Not only that, but also how to look after themselves and their children,” he said
Looking beyond their studies, the awardees agree that giving back to communities, in a practical way, will be a priority.
Australia Awards has partnered with Newcrest Mining since 2017 to contribute to improved service delivery in the health sector through provision of scholarships.

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