September 29, 2017
A fresh lot of Australia Awards alumni, recently returned from their studies, have shared their Australian experiences and plans for Papua New Guinea’s future at workshop and special networking event at the Stanley Hotel & Suites today, highlighting their organisational plans and expectations of the workforce and the country.
The event included a panel discussion with a group of elite leaders from various sectors in PNG including Dame Carol Kidu, Lady Winifred Kami, Mr Richard Kassman, Mr Mark Mom and Mrs Jane Ravusiro who shared their expertise and insights with the alumni on topics such as ethical practices in the work force, reenergising of their career initiatives and embracing new ways of professional and personal branding for career advancement.
The Australia Awards Scholarship awardees have mostly been studying Masters and Doctorates at Australian universities, and are now re-integrating into PNG life and learning how to capitalise on their learning experiences to develop ethical leadership skills and effectively contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development objectives.
Janlyn Kemoi – Kumbu, a medical lab scientist at the Central Public Health Lab from Arawa in Bougainville studied a Master’s in Public Health at the James Cook University. She says that she’s now more focused to bring change to the public health sector in her province.
“After returning I wasn’t exactly sure about what where to start, but this session has really enlightened me to revisit my purpose and mission upon returning to the labs at the Central Health Department and also discover ways in which how I can bring about real change in my area of work”
“I find it a real struggle to motivate people in the public sector to come to work, but I’ve learned today that setting an example is not a way of influencing others, it’s the only way and I am keen to lead by example, so that others can follow” she adds.
The cohort will be ably supported by the Papua New Guinea Australian Alumni Association and encouraged to build strong linkages between Papua New Guinea and Australia.