15 December 2016
Australia Awards alumna, Luciana Mamats, is determined to help improve health care services in the country with her newfound midwifery skills.
From the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Luciana recently graduate with a Bachelor of Midwifery from Divine Word University’s St Mary’s School of Nursing in East New Britain.
“Papua New Guinea needs a qualified health work force to increase health care services throughout the country and reduce the high maternal morbidity rates,” she said.
Luciana has always had a burning passion to improve health care services and is now one of the few qualified nurses to work fro the Vunapope Hospital in East New Britain province.
Luciana felt it was her calling to teach and empower more women and men to become qualified health workers and this commitment led her to join the teaching staff of the St Mary’s School of Nursing.
“I am so privileged and honoured to have received an Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship and I’m even more determined to make a difference in my community,” said Luciana.
Looking ahead, Luciana plans on going back to her home province in Bougainville to utilise her skills, where more qualified midwives are needed to help save the lives of mothers and babies.
The Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships are a unique scholarship program funded by the Australian government and delivered in partnership with Papua New Guinea. Since 2012, more than 1,800 scholarships have been awarded to Papua New Guinea.