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Turning the Tide with Carol Wallan

Carol Wallan previously worked as an administration officer at NASFUND before deciding that a life on the high seas was her calling. Today, the proud mum of two is a Chief Officer and second in command aboard KEERA, a blue water tug vessel within the Pacific Towing Marine Services fleet which pulls and guides larger vessels through the Port Moresby Harbour.

Male midwife trainee is ready to champion safe motherhood in PNG

“Being a midwife is to make a difference in a woman’s maternal health. People often think it is all about labour and delivery, but it’s also about advocating and caring for the mother.”

STEM teacher leads by example

In observance of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the
achievements of educators like Paula Niandros Polume.

Biologist-Turned-Educator

Rachel Koralyo is a biologist-turned-educator at Wapenamanda Four Square Secondary School in
Enga Province.

Surviving the tsunami and became a teacher

Gethrude Amunti survived the tsunami that swept away the whole Sissano village in West Sepik Province 25 years ago. She obtained a Diploma in Primary Teaching through an Australia Awards Scholarship and is now teaching at Olbrum Primary School. The school currently sits on land that was a place of refuge for Gethrude and her family when fleeing from the tsunami that claimed more than 2,000 lives.

The legacy continues for Mary Roroipe

For most coastal people, the sea is part of their way of life – this is true for 29-year-old marine engineer Mary Roroipe. From an early age, Mary was exposed to seafaring through her late father’s small craft business, chartering passengers across the maritime province of Milne Bay. So, it comes as no surprise that Mary followed in her father’s footsteps by becoming a marine engineer after completing a marine cadetship, supported by an Australia Awards PNG scholarship.

Profession for all

Despite being a male nurse in a profession often seen as traditional for women, Issac is proud to break stereotypes and serve his community with compassion and excellence. “Nursing is not just a profession for women, it’s a profession for all,” says Issac. “I want to make a difference in the lives of my patients, regardless of their background,” says Issac with empathy.

Commemorating Seafarer’s Day: Celebrating Women in Maritime

Today, on Seafarer’s Day, we appreciate the extraordinary women who are part of the maritime industry, paving the way for aspiring women seafarers. These remarkable individuals are part of the Australia Awards Maritime Scholarship Program for women, an initiative established through a partnership between Australia Awards PNG and Steamships Trading Company. This program goes beyond addressing the global shortage of female seafarers—it is a catalyst for gender equality and empowerment.

Breaking through cultural barriers

Gaining an additional educational qualification means ‘breaking through a cultural barrier’ for Muhaveso Bathsheba Korano.
 Holder of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science, Muhaveso says she decided to pursue a qualification in teaching so she could “contribute to educating more women and girls in math and science.”

Passionate to educate

Joshua Yowani saw the lack of teachers in his village as an obstacle to a better future for his people. “I wanted to be a teacher so I could educate students in my society, and they could contribute to developing our province.” Apart from teaching the children, he also wanted to be a role model, opening their eyes to more possibilities for the future.

Career path chosen at crossroads

Career path chosen at crossroads

“Back in 2017, I was at a crossroads in my life where I honestly did not know which career path to choose. The advertisement for the Australia Awards PNG Scholarship for Women in Maritime was a sign which led me towards choosing my career pathway,”

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Love and value what you do

Love and value what you do

“Being a midwife is perhaps one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers,” says Obert Kisava. “I love and value my job.”
Obert dreamt of working in health care at an early age when he felt helpless as his mother laid bed ridden in the hospital. “As a child I could not do

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Midwife’s promise kept

Midwife’s promise kept

Fainny Bepi's journey to become a midwife began with a heartbreaking experience. In 2020, she was working as a nurse at Bililo Health Centre on an island off the south coast of Kandrian-Glouster when a mother with an abnormal fetal presentation was brought in. Fainny...

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Midwife inspired to serve by her mum

Midwife inspired to serve by her mum

Macdeel Kai thinks the best thing about being a midwife, “is being the first to be there for women who are about to bring forth a new life, and the first to share the joy and happiness with the women”.
Macdeel almost didn’t become a midwife although she knew she wanted to work in health.

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Resilience rewarded with diploma

Resilience rewarded with diploma

Ruth Puluwa was determined to educate herself. She was knocked back three times by different institutions but never gave up on her dream of furthering her education. With resilience and determination, she overcame the challenges and earned a Diploma in Primary Teaching with an

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Proud to serve

Proud to serve

Elsie Meiki, a midwife serving at Sehulea Village, Duau LLG, Esa’ala District, Milne Bay Province, has dedicated her life to serving the mothers and children of her community. Her passion for her profession and her natural affinity with mothers and children drew her to midwifery.She applied for a Bachelor in Midwifery through the Australia Awards and studied for her degree at Pacific Adventist University. Today, she serves her community as a midwife.

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