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Using data and evidence to improve maternal and newborn health in PNG

Project Member(s): Homer, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT - Australia-Indonesia Institute)

Start year: 2014

Summary: The overall objective of this program is to deliver new knowledge that will improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in PNG and provide evidence that will have relevance in similar countries. The three phases of this program are to: 1. Undertake an analysis of the RMNCH status, needs and the production, performance and policy framework of the midwifery workforce in Papua New Guinea. In particular: o collate key information related to maternal and newborn health (MNH) status o collate key data on maternal and newborn health care needs o examine the composition (stock, skill-mix and functions) of the midwifery workforce across the reproductive, maternal and newborn health (RMNH) continuum of care. o examine the enabling factors, barriers and bottlenecks in the pathways from entering education to becoming (and remaining) an employed health professional o examine the policy environment supporting midwifery including education, regulation and association. 2. Use an internationally developed modelling activity to predict the potential maternal, fetal and neonatal deaths averted and the costs under different scenarios of coverage of midwifery in PNG from 2010-2025. 3. Integrate qualitative and quantitative findings to provide the evidence-base for the government to develop a medium to long 10 year plan for the midwifery workforce (2015-2025). This would include human resources for health data and future projections - number of midwifery teachers, the number of midwifery graduates, and a continuing education program. This will include a series of policy options to be considered to scale up RMNCH human resources for health to improve quality of care.


Moores, A, Puawe, P, Buasi, N, West, F, Samor, M, Joseph, N, Rumsey, M, Dawson, A & Homer, C 2016, 'Education, employment and practice: Midwifery graduates in Papua New Guinea', Midwifery, vol. 41, pp. 22-29.
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Yoshida, S, Martines, J, Lawn, JE, Wall, S, Souza, JP, Rudan, I, Cousens, S, neonatal health research priority setting group, Aaby, P, Adam, I, Adhikari, RK, Ambalavanan, N, Arifeen, SE, Aryal, DR, Asiruddin, S, Baqui, A, Barros, AJ, Benn, CS, Bhandari, V, Bhatnagar, S, Bhattacharya, S, Bhutta, ZA, Black, RE, Blencowe, H, Bose, C, Brown, J, B├╝hrer, C, Carlo, W, Cecatti, JG, Cheung, P-Y, Clark, R, Colbourn, T, Conde-Agudelo, A, Corbett, E, Czeizel, AE, Das, A, Day, LT, Deal, C, Deorari, A, Dilmen, U, English, M, Engmann, C, Esamai, F, Fall, C, Ferriero, DM, Gisore, P, Hazir, T, Higgins, RD, Homer, CS, Hoque, DE, Irgens, L, Islam, MT, de Graft-Johnson, J, Joshua, MA, Keenan, W, Khatoon, S, Kieler, H, Kramer, MS, Lackritz, EM, Lavender, T, Lawintono, L, Luhanga, R, Marsh, D, McMillan, D, McNamara, PJ, Mol, BWJ, Molyneux, E, Mukasa, GK, Mutabazi, M, Nacul, LC, Nakakeeto, M, Narayanan, I, Olusanya, B, Osrin, D, Paul, V, Poets, C, Reddy, UM, Santosham, M, Sayed, R, Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, NE, Singhal, N, Smith, MA, Smith, PG, Soofi, S, Spong, CY, Sultana, S, Tshefu, A, van Bel, F, Gray, LV, Waiswa, P, Wang, W, Williams, SLA, Wright, L, Zaidi, A, Zhang, Y, Zhong, N, Zuniga, I & Bahl, R 2016, 'Setting research priorities to improve global newborn health and prevent stillbirths by 2025.', Journal of Global Health, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 010508-010508.
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Moores, A, Catling, C, West, F, Neill, A, Rumsey, M, Kilio Samor, M & Homer, CSE 2015, 'What motivates midwifery students to study midwifery in Papua New Guinea?', Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 60-67.
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Moores, A, West, F, Puawe, P, Buasi, N & Homer, CSE 2015, 'Developing 'super' midwives - Motivation to become a midwife in Papua New Guinea', WOMEN AND BIRTH, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. S24-S24.
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Dawson, A, Homer, C & Brodie, P 2014, 'How should we collaborate to build midwifery capacity in low income countries?', 30th ICM Congress, Prague.

FOR Codes: Nursing, Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)