Saturday, May 26, 2018

Australia funds Lae School of Nursing new academic building

Australian High Commission
Students of the Lae School of Nursing in Morobe Province will greatly benefit from the new infrastructure support provided by the Australian government.
Opening of the academic building at the Lae School of Nursing by Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu
Secretary for Health Pasco Kase and Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis opened the new academic building at the Lae School of Nursing on Tuesday, May 8.

The major infrastructure upgrade support valued at approximately K25 million is part of the Angau Hospital redevelopment project, an initiative under the Joint Understanding between the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Delegates with students in front of the new academic building at the Lae School of Nursing

Developments include the renovation of the administration building and construction of a new academic building complex. 

The new building complex includes tutorial rooms, a computer lab, library and student mess.
Tour inside the training facility at the Lae School of Nursing

The new facilities, which have the capacity to cater for over 300 students, will deliver a conducive teaching and learning environment for both staff and students.

Security lighting has also been installed to enable students to access school facilities and Angau Hospital for clinical practicals in the evenings.

The project, which was completed late last year and provided job opportunities and skills development for an estimated 90 local  construction workers, who were involved in the construction of the facilities.

The Lae School of Nursing was established in the 1960s and has a longstanding relationship with Angau Hospital, which continues as the school’s teaching hospital.

Through Australia’s partnership with Papua New Guinea, this assistance to the Lae School of Nursing will help to ensure the ongoing provision of adequately trained staff for the expanded facilities at Angau  Hospital, as well as addressing potential shortages of skilled health workers throughout the country. 

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