26 Nov 2013

PNG sets up framework for provincial family support centres

10:20 pm on 26 November 2013

The Papua New Guinea Government has launched guidelines for establishing family-support centres in every province, to support survivors of violence.

The National Department of Health announced the guidelines at a conference in Port Moresby that it co-hosted with Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee.

A department spokesperson, Sebastian Robert, says the government is committed to improving access to medical care and describes the centres as one-stop shops.

"We will look at five essential services to be provided in the family support centres. That is the medical first aid, psychological first aid, the prevention of STIs and HIV, prevention of Hepatitis B and tetanus, and also the prevention of unattended pregnancies."

Sebastian Robert says although the Government will provide funding, it will be up to each province to establish the centres.