PAUs’ SOHS is in the process of completing two new curriculums being developed in consultation with Dr. Alan Gibbons, a Curriculum advisor and a former senior lecturer and coordinator of Post Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Nursing and Health at Avondale College, Australia.
The School of Health faculty under the leadership of the previous dean Mrs. Esther Pelly Batia have worked closely with Dr. Gibbons over the last three years to develop the curricula.
The curricula are (1) the Masters in Public Health (2) Bachelors of Paediatrics. The Masters in Public Health curriculum is being developed under the advice of the South Pacific Division Health Director Pr. Kevin Price and Associate Director Dr. Chester Kuma.
Both curricula are ready for review by stakeholders in the up-coming months under the leadership of the current dean Mrs. Nina Pangiau and Senior lecturer Mrs. Rachael Tommbe.
After review, the curricula will be taken to senate for final review before it is endorsed to PAU council for approval. The implementation of the curricula in either 2013 or 2014 will depend entirely on the endorsement and approval of the senate and council committees.
The current 2005 Bachelor of Nursing curriculum is being phased out this year 2012. The New Nation- al Midwifery and 2009 revised bachelor of nursing curricula are now being implemented with few adjustments and modifications.
This year 20 midwifery students studying at PAU are under PNG/AusAID scholarships for 1 year. By next year 2013, PNG/ AusAID scholarships will be made available for Nursing BA and the BA Midwifery students/programs. Furthermore, BA Nursing students who are encountering school fees problem will benefit from the Henrietta Fund. This year at least 5 students will be recipients of this fund and it is hoped that others will benefit from it as well in the future.
Staff development plan 2011- 2015 to upgrade lecturers to Masters and PhD level under the support of PAU Administration is very much appreciated.
Last year 2011, Mrs Nina Pangiau completed her PhD study at New Castle University, Australia and is still waiting for final examination on her thesis. Mrs Aketa Tiaon-Ientake graduated from Avondale College with Masters in Clinical Nursing. In 2012 Lester Asugeni to complete Master in Philosophy at PAU, Diane Kono commences online Master in Nursing at Avondale College and Esther Batia Pelly leaves at the end of this month for overseas study at James Cook University in Australia.