June 13, 2017
Thirteen Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship recipients graduated with a Certificate in Community Health Work at the St Gerard’s Community Health Worker Training School today. The graduation marks an end to a two-year course and will see them return to their provincial districts with the goal of addressing shortages in trained health workers around rural parts of the country.
The graduates will become front-line health workers, attending to critical health cases as well as proactively contributing to lowering high infant and morbidity rates in some of the most rural parts of Papua New Guinea.
Thompson Tomiye was delighted to be among the graduating cohort.
“This achievement means a lot to me. I am very excited to be able to graduate, return to my community to help, care and serve my people .This is not my achievement alone, but theirs too”, says Thompson.
The Australian Government, in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea, offer the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships to eligible Papua New Guineans interested in taking up studies within the country, especially in health-related courses. Over 300 Community Health Workers have gained a Certificate in Community Health Work under the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships since 2014.