Steering Committee


Governance and decision-making at the RHTU is in the hands of a Steering Committee. Through quarterly meetings, the Steering Committee will guarantee adequate technical oversight across the implementation of RHTU activities and contribute to the strategic direction of the RHTU, by:

  • Ensuring the best possible coordination across the stakeholders and partners;
  • Ensuring that the RHTU activities are in accordance with the National Health Plan;
  • Prioritising projects to achieve optimal utilisation of resources, through:
    • assisting prioritisation of reproductive health training packages for development and delivery;
    • assisting  strategic prioritisation of target recipients of training packages;
    • ensuring a coordinated approach in relation to other key partners involved in delivering reproductive health training in PNG.

Accordingly, the Steering Committee ensures that courses are developed to a high standard and appropriately targeted to the local context. Equally, the selection of provinces, prioritisation and targeting of participants and observers for RHTU courses will be decided by the Steering Committee. At the same time the Steering Committee is also tasked with facilitating the engagement and development of good working relationships with relevant Provincial partners.

The Steering Committee reports directly to the Health Sector Partnership Committee prior to its quarterly meetings. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Steering Committee outlines the role and responsibility of the Committee, which are reviewed periodically.

The Chairperson of the Steering Committee rotates between a National Department of Health (NDoH) representative from Family Health Services, the President of the PNG O&G Society, and the President of the PNG Midwifery Society. Membership of the Steering Committee includes the following individuals and representatives of organisations, with the possibility of additional members with observer status.

Inaugural Steering Committee (2015)

Member
Representing
Chair: Dr Lahui Geita National Department of Health
Members: Dr Ligo Augerea Obstetrics & Gynaecology and National Department of Health
Prof. Glen Mola University of PNG, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society
Dr Nancy Buasi Midwifery Society
Mary Kililo National Department of Health
Ms Ingrid Glastonbury Oil Search Health Foundation
Ms Christine Sturrock Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ms Lara Andrews Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ms Daisy Raburabu Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Mr Maarten van de Reep Marie Stopes PNG
Ms Peiru Buluke RHTU (administration)
Dr Miriam O’Connor RHTU and RANZCOG
Ex-officio: Dr Gilbert Hiawalyer

United Nations Population Fund

Inaugural Steering Committee (2012-2014)

Member
Representing
Chair: Dr Lahui Geita National Department of Health
Members: Dr Ligo Augerea Obstetrics & Gynaecology and National Departmetn of Health
Prof. Glen Mola University of PNG, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society
Dr Nancy Buasi Midwifery Society
Prof. Pat Brodie World Health Organization/AusAID support for Midwifery training
Mr. Ross Hutton Oil Search Health Foundation
Ms Penny O’Connor/ Annette Peck Oil Search Health Foundation
Dr Geoff Clark AusAID
Ms Carmel Ryan AusAID
Ms Gertude N’Dreland AusAID
Ms Peiru Buluke RHTU (administration)
Dr Miriam O’Connor RHTU and RANZCOG
Ex-officio: UNFPA representative

United Nations Population Fund



Public-Private Partnership

The Reproductive Health Training Unit is a partnership between the Oil Search Health Foundation, the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health, and the Australian Government's aid program.