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UTS and AusAid build leadership in the pacific

ALA Fellows, the WHOCC Advisory Board and
UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health staff.

The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development at UTS (WHOCC) has successfully provided a skills development program for nursing and midwifery leaders in the Pacific.

Thirty participants from ten Pacific countries completed the three-month program from May to July 2009, as part of AusAid’s Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships.

The Fellows completed components of the program in their home countries before attending a two-week workshop at UTS. The workshop included face to face networking and final Action Plan development with formal input from WHOCC and Faculty staff.

Feedback from the Fellows was very positive, with many reporting greater awareness of health system and nursing and midwifery issues, new knowledge and skills, establishment and participation in new networks and exposure to new and relevant resources.

They have now returned to their home country to implement their projects with support from their in-country mentors, facilitate skills-transfer workshops with their colleagues and to continue to network with regional counterparts.

Many mentors have commented on the enthusiasm and effectiveness of Fellows in reporting to senior in-country stakeholders and other colleagues about the program experience and their Action Plan. They have also mentioned the Fellows’ new knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation.

Action Plan implementation has focused in the short term on instigation of a communication and reporting strategy with some outputs produced in the forms of survey tools, ministerial briefings and funding applications.

The program was developed in response to a request from the SPCNMOA for support in meeting challenges related to leadership, human resources, policy development and implementation, regulation and data literacy.

The Fellows were leaders or mid-career professionals from the Asia-Pacific region who have the potential to assume leadership roles both in their own countries and the region.

Read more about the UTS AusAid Australian Leadership Awards program.

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