Australia Awards Papua New Guinea provides long-term scholarships for Papua New Guineans to study in Australia and access ongoing professional development opportunities through alumni networks.
Scope Global is contracted by Coffey to manage the In-Australia Support Services component of the program. This aims to increase the number of awardees who achieve their qualification and graduate on schedule, and to ensure awardees are well prepared to achieve their reintegration plans after they return to Papua New Guinea.
This year our support team delivered half-day briefings for new awardees in major cities around Australia, and assisted in the delivery of reintegration workshops and pre-departure training. Several on-award enrichment activities were implemented in partnership with Coffey, including awardee participation in the Women of the World Festival, the 34th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo and the Canberra Good Governance and Effective Leadership Program.
In response to an emerging need, the team participated in training in Mental Health First Aid to better engage in mental health discussions with awardees and improve the capacity to effectively refer awardees to support services.