Dr Miriam O’Connor
Miriam has lived and worked in PNG since 2002, previously having worked in Australia as a clinical Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Since arriving in PNG she has worked mainly in the public health aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Health including health worker CPD. She developed the PEmOC® program (for RANZCOG/PSRH) which is the basis of the EmOC course used by the RHTU. Her main roles include driving the RHTU concept, overseeing resource development and course delivery systems, plus engaging with colleagues in Provincial Health Authorities and Administrations to establish MOAs under which the RHTU provides assistance.
Christine is a Clinical Nurse/Midwife with qualifications in Rural and Remote Health, Family Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Neonatal Special Care Nursing and has for many years worked in remote and rural areas of New Zealand and Australia and has twice before worked in Papua New Guinea in capacity building and health system strengthening programs. Within her role as an Educator with RHTU Christine is very happy to be part of a team which is delivering essential and emergency obstetric training courses to health workers across PNG who provide reproductive health services from their facilities, many of which are very remote and with acknowledged challenges in service delivery. Within these courses the health workers will develop confidence to use their skills and knowledge to improve maternal and child health in their communities and through their enhanced education and skills development will be able to positively contribute to lowering the maternal mortality rate in PNG.
Peiru joined the PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit as an Administration Assistant at the beginning of 2013. Although she has no background in medical and health services, she learns medical terms every day from the team. Her responsibilities are to provide logistical and administrative support to the RHTU. Peiru is excited that the training the team provides to provincial health workers will potentially save millions of lives of women and children in Papua New Guinea.
Athaliah is a Nurse and Midwife and has a Diploma in Health Teaching, Gender Issues & Bachelors in Nursing. She enjoys teaching in-service and facilitated most of the NDoH approved Reproductive Health, Gender Issues, Youth & Adolescent and HIV/AIDS curriculum. Apart from conducting inservice trainings she stills likes clinical work and wants to continue to maintain her clinical skills updated in that area. Athaliah is greatful in joining RHTU and will contribute meaningfully to promote and improve safe motherhood. Athaliah.Bagoi@rhtu.org.pg