Four registered nurses from across Fiji have been awarded the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship (AAPS) to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery at the Fiji National University (FNU) this year.
On Thursday 25 February, the nurses attended their pre-departure training at the Australia Awards office in Suva. This pre-departure training is compulsory for awardees to attend prior to commencing their studies.
The training prepares awardees for their academic program so that they maximise learning outcomes. It covers key topics related to leadership and communication skills, which are important qualities of an Australia Awards ambassador.
The event was opened by Development Counsellor at the Australian High Commission, Ms Joanna Houghton and Fiji National University representative, Ms Radhika Sharma.
Two Australia Awards alumni, who previously completed the postgraduate diploma and are now practicing midwifery at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, spent the afternoon with the new awardees, answering questions and providing practical advice and guidance.
Upon completing their studies, the awardees will join the Fiji-Australia Alumni Association and continue to engage with professionals and together drive change in their sector.
We wish our 2021 Fiji AAPS awardees well on their scholarship journey and look forward to the positive contributions they will continue to make to Fiji’s health sector.