Five Pacific Islanders receive 2016 Greg Urwin Award

The Guam Daily Post:

Sunday, 14th February 2016

Five Pacific Islander emerging leaders have been named recipients of the 2016 Greg Urwin awards.

The awards provide financial support of up to AUD$25,000 (U.S.$17,772) for these emerging leaders to take up three- to six-month placements with regional organizations that have the potential to contribute toward positive development in the region.

The recipients:

  • Hillary Toloka, a research nurse based at the Atofi Adventist Hospital in the Solomon Islands. He envisions research and leadership as essential to improving health systems in the Solomon Islands. He will serve his placement at James Cook University in Australia where he hopes to build networks and partnerships between Solomon Islands researchers and international researchers.
  • Dr. Laila Seduadua, a medical doctor in Fiji, focuses on improving comprehensive care for children with cancer. She will serve her placement with the Christchurch Hospital Oncology Department. “Working with children with cancer, there are certain challenges. My going across will give me that opportunity to work firsthand with specialists. In Fiji, we do not have any specialists that deal with cancers and likewise blood disorders, so, with that experience, I’ll be able to bring back a lot of knowledge to help see these children through.”
  • Zuabe Tinning, of Papua New Guinea, a program coordinator in a health program in Morobe Province. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health and has more than 10 years experience in sexual reproductive health. She is interested in promoting rural indigenous PNG women’s sexual reproductive and general health. She will serve her placement with Morobe Council of Women’s office of Community Development Division.
  • 26-year-old Melino Bain-Vete, an environmental consultant in Fiji, will be based in the office of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), in Majuro, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Bain-Vete hopes to broaden his expertise in natural resources and to review the PNA’s partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council.
  • Adi Talanaivini Mafi, a law practitioner working with the Tongan Ministry of Justice. “I am grateful also for the support I have received from the Ministry of Justice to take up this opportunity to raise awareness in the Tongan society as to the rights of children within the criminal justice system. I hope that this will get people talking about their views on this very important issue.” Mafi will be based with the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Fiji to advocate for children's rights within the Tongan criminal justice system and identify legal provisions that will eradicate legally mandated violence against children.

Read more: The Guam Daily Post

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