Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, opened a new midwifery training facilities at the Pacific Adventist University yesterday.
The facility consists of new classrooms, computer laboratories and student and staff accommodation.
When opening the facility, Minister Bishop said the facility gives an opportunity to train and increase the number of skilled supervised births, and use of family planning to save lives. Ms Bishop added that the facility will also train 500 additional midwives for PNG by 2015.
The project cost K7.5 million and is the partnership between Pacific Adventist University, PNG Government and the Australian Government. Throughout PNG, Australia is also refurbishing 4 midwifery schools and building a fifth school to expand capacity to train qualify midwives in quality conditions.
Midwife facilitators have received support in funding to work with teachers in schools to improve teaching quality and produce confident graduates.
Currently, 19 women are undertaking midwifery studies at PAU, while up to 500 men and women receive scholarships to study in Australia between 2011 and 2015. More women have been urged to study this field and save more lives in communities.
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