OSF scholarship recipient samples work life in Hela

OSF staff in Hela, Hela PHA CEO Dr. James Kintwa (second from left) and Jasmine Tom (third from left) at Hela Provincial Hospital.

OSF staff in Hela, Hela PHA CEO Dr. James Kintwa (second from left) and Jasmine Tom (third from left) at Hela Provincial Hospital.

A sound medical system involves more than medicine: it needs business management skills.

Twenty-two-year-old Jasmine Tom will soon be in an excellent position to provide them, after completing a five-week internship with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (PHA), as part of her Oil Search Foundation (OSF) Scholarship.

Currently in her final year of Business Management Studies at the Pacific Adventist University (PAU), Ms Tom says that the internship gave her “the opportunity to practice what I’ve learned in school about tax, finance and much more in a professional working environment.”

“I have learned a lot and the important thing that I will take with me is the experience of working with the PHA team, and their willingness to teach and support me. I can definitely see myself working in Hela in the future, or in another PHA in provinces where OSF operates.”

For its part, Hela PHA was happy to be able to support the young Papua New Guinean at this stage of her career journey.

“We value providing young Papua New Guineans from universities a hands-on opportunity to experience work life outside of big towns and cities,” says CEO Dr James Kintwa. “These sorts of internship arrangements offer real benefits, both for students and for the organisations they go to.”

OSF Scholarship Manager Karlyne Pukaikia also welcomed the opportunity to “partner with PAU and the Hela PHA to help Ms Tom to gain experience within such a well-run organisation. Dr Kintwa and his team have been doing some truly remarkable things in recent years, so provide an excellent example of sound business management for students to learn from.”

“And it’s so pleasing to hear that she can see herself working for health organisations like the HPHA in the future, and not just in big cities and towns.”

OSF Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell also professed herself pleased with the future Ms Tom has begun to map out. “Our scholarships are about a lot just than academic excellence,” she says. “We’re not just here to reward successful students so they can pursue a successful career.”

“What we areall about is community, and the importance of giving back to it. Along with academic excellence, our scholarships reward kindness and integrity and creativity and leadership. We help individuals pursue a career that will also bring happiness and success to all the people around them”.

“We are confident that Ms Tom is going to do great things, and couldn’t be prouder to have lent her our support.”