AIDS 2014: International Burnet staff visit from PNG

Burnet Institute

18 July, 2014

By Lydia Hales

Two Burnet staff members from our Papua New Guinea (PNG) program have arrived in Melbourne to attend the AIDS 2014 conference.

Mr John Indoro and Hadlee Supsup said the trip would give insight into what HIV programs are achieving in different countries, and allow them to learn more about other advocacy strategies.

Mr Indoro works as a Project Officer in the Male Engagement Program in PNG.

He works with men aged 18 to 25, mainly focusing on men’s sexual and reproductive health including STIs, and alcohol and drug abuse.

“I am most looking forward to sessions relating to men’s health, as they will be most relevant to the work I am doing in PNG,” Mr Indoro said.

Mr Supsup is a trained nurse who works as a field monitor in PNG, who previously worked on sexual and reproductive health and is currently working on a malaria management program.

“My involvement and learning experience at this conference will give the kind of exposure and strength to integrate programs when I go back and work with our partners in those areas,” Mr Supsup said.

Both staff members said they looked forward to meeting staff from the Melbourne office in person whom they have previously only exchanged email with.

“We send a lot of email and read a lot of names, and now meeting them personally helps us to build that kind of relationship and strengthen the networks, just seeing people face-to-face adds value,” Mr Supsup said.

The trip is Mr Indoro’s first to Melbourne, while Mr Supsup had previously visited for one week.

Both were equipped with new jackets upon arrival, as they said they were underprepared for the chilly weather Melbourne has been experiencing.

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