9 January 2017
This year, Ms Ruline Pokote Ketauwo and Mr Stanley Raka were announced as the Allison Sudradjat Prize recipients by Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Mr Bruce Davis.
Each year, six outstanding Australia Awards Scholarship recipients (four from Indonesia and two from Papua New Guinea) are awarded the Allison Sudradjat Prize.
This Award is given in memory of Allison Sudradjat a senior Australia Government staff member who passed away in 2007. Allison was deeply passionate about education as one of the pillars of development. Allison served at both the Australian Missions in Indonesia from the early- to mid-1990s and from 2005-2007 and in Papua New Guinea from 1996-2001.
Ms Ketauwo is from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and works with the Department of Health in the Health Management, Planning and Research Sector in her home province. She will be pursuing a double degree program; the Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration at James Cook University, Queensland.
Ms Ketauwo aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of managing health programs within the Bougainville Health Department. Recognising the many systems and process that are currently in place, Ms Ketauwo is confident that her scholarship will equip her with the qualification and skills to enhance better management practices and assist with established monitoring and evaluation systems.
“After successfully completing my studies, I will be in a better position to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of managing health programs within the Bougainville Health Department which is very important in ensuring health care services are delivered throughout my region,” said Ms Ketauwo.
Ms Ketauwo also added that as a female officer to gain such a double degree qualification, she hopes to inspire and promote gender equity amongst the senior management workforce in the Bougainville public service.
Mr Raka from Central Province, works with the Law and Justice Sector Secretariat in National Capital District. He is a Monitoring and Evaluation Practitioner and will be pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory.
“I hope to venture further into policy development, particularly the macro policy development associated with sub-national service delivery to advance the drafting of policy documents similar to the General Orders and the Public Finance Management Act of Papua New Guinea,” said Mr Raka.
Mr Raka is determined to implement and validate the Policy M&E Framework currently advocated by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring as the standard and prescribed practice for the whole public service in terms of Performance M&E.
Upon the successful completion of their studies, Ms Ketauwo and Mr Raka will return to PNG with new knowledge and skills that will contribute immensely to improving the systems and processes used in the public sector that will increase equitable service delivery across the country.