Stories from Papua New Guinea

The purpose of my trip to Brisbane was to attend the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine (ASHM) Conference 2015. This conference is made up of two parts. The first part is the World STI & HIV Congress 2015 and second part is the Australasian HIV & AIDS conference 2015.

This was the second time I attended ASHM; my first experience with this conference was in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia in 2013.






To attend an international conference like ASHM 2015 in Brisbane for the first time was an evolution in my life. What changed me? I came to appreciate that HIV is very complex and ’empathy’ was the word I learnt at the 2015 ASHM. Additionally, to hear, know and meet professionals associated with the HIV pandemic was such an exposure that I personally embraced.






The Oil Search Foundation announced its support to the 51st PNG Annual Medical Symposium by presenting a cheque of K10,000 to the Medical Symposium’s organising committee as part of a bronze sponsorship. By sponsoring the 2015 Medical Symposium with the theme of ‘Advancing Women’s Health Through Innovation’ the Oil Search Foundation captures a great opportunity to support women’s health and empowerment in PNG.






After an exciting and fully-packed week, the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne drew to a close last Friday afternoon with a call for uniting HIV, global health and human rights at its closing session. Oil Search’s engagement with the AIDS 2014 conference has been intimate yet visible; bringing a slice of Papua New Guinea to Melbourne and emphasising the need to increase the role of the private sector in the global HIV response.






At the beginning of this month a range of high-level international stakeholders gathered in Sydney to attend Malaria 2012: Saving Lives in the Asia-Pacific. Among the attendees were Asia-Pacific country representatives, international donors, research institutions, the private sector, and civil society, to explore the regional challenges and possible solutions.






The Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, part of the Australian National University in Canberra, kindly invited Ross Hutton last week to speak at their Forum on ‘Engaging Business in Development’. On Wednesday 17 October he joined an interesting mix of attendees from international business, non-government organisations, social enterprises, health and agricultural research enterprises, and international aid agencies to discuss the recent experiences at the Health Foundation in addressing some of the practical issues faced in engaging with both the public sector and the donor and development community.