From 4 to 6 July 2017, Femili PNG conducted training on gender-based violence and trauma-informed care in Daru, Western Province. The training was organised by the Burnet Institute, who has a peer counselling project in Western Province, and is working with stakeholders to reduce the impact of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).
The training was attended by 19 participants, including:
- 7 Burnet Institute counsellors;
- 4 Daru Hospital nursing officers;
- 3 World Vision community health workers;
- 2 Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) officers;
- 2 counsellors from the Health and HIV Implementation Services Provider (HHISP); and
- 1 welfare officer.
The training gave the participants an overview of gender-based violence in the PNG context, as well as the world at large. Femili PNG’s in-house lawyer Ms Anna Raymond ran a session on the new laws relating to family and sexual violence (FSV), including the Lukautim Pikinini Act and the Family Protection Act.
The training gave the participants an understanding of trauma, its impact on the brain and how trauma affects FSV survivors’ perceptions and beliefs about life, self and the world. It also covered triggers of trauma, trauma stewardship and trauma stewardship strategies. Femili PNG staff facilitators included: Mellanie Olano (Case Management Technical Expert), Daisy Plana (CEO/Senior Social Worker) and Konnie Yoifa (Training Coordinator).
The training was arranged by Tess Keam of the Burnet Institute in Daru, following reports from Burnet Institute counsellors that they were facing challenges in supporting TB patients who were also dealing with issues relating to gender-based violence.