New training for PNG TB response

By Stephanie Main

A specialised training course led by Burnet Institute is helping to develop the capacity of health workers and institutions in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to conduct tuberculosis (TB) operational research to strengthen the national response to the disease.

Twelve participants working in the TB field from seven provinces in PNG recently completed the first and second stages of the course aimed at building capacity through structured training, mentorship and jointly conducted research.

The participants have had their research protocols approved by PNG Medical Research Advisory Committee and are now engaged in data collection, validation and analysis before reconvening in mid-2018 to write their research papers.

Based in Daru, the capital of Western Province, the course is being run in collaboration with Australian Aid, PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), PNG’s National Department of Health, Western Province Provincial Health Office, and The University of PNG.

Senior Principal Research Fellow Professor Steve Graham, Dr Suman Majumdar, Geoff Chan, Dr Lucia Gonzalez, Stephanie Main and Liz Comrie-Thomson represented Burnet on stages one and/or two of the course, alongside facilitators from Menzies School of Health Research, NSW Ministry of Health, PNGIMR, and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

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