Papua New Guinea
Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
James Cook University
Lomot is a midwife educator at St Mary’s School of Nursing and active member of PNG and East Britain Midwifery Societies. She is passionate about respectful maternity care and access to equitable basic health services. Given the high rate of maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea, Lomot runs community engagement programs with girls and women on issues such as domestic violence, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and family planning.
Lomot is hopeful that the skills and networks she develops through the Women’s Leadership Initiative will assist her to educate women and girls about their rights to health care. She hopes to review existing domestic violence referral pathways and address challenges in the accessibility of family planning services.
Dr Miriam O'Connor
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, QLD
Miriam has almost 30 years’ experience in Public Health and the education of health workers. She has provided consultancy services across the Pacific and Asia, working primarily in Papua New Guinea since 2002 as an advisor on several health-based programs. She has a particular interest in supporting contextualised Sexual and Reproductive Health training for Primary Health Care workers.
Miriam was heavily involved in the development of the PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit as part of a DFAT supported activity designed to address the country’s poor maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Her other teaching interests support the training of medical and midwifery students, as well as HEOs, Nurses and post-graduate Obstetrician and Gynaecologist specialists in all aspects of Sexual Reproductive Health.