PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. The country is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 listed languages. The majority of the population of over seven million people live in rural areas, with only 18% of people living in urban centres. Strong growth in Papua New Guinea’s mining and resource sector has led to rapid economic growth, however many people in the country live in extreme poverty.

Motivation Australia’s engagement with PNG began in 2005 and has focused on increasing access to appropriate mobility devices, working in partnership with the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) and the PNG Assembly of Persons with Disabilities.

Disability related statistics and information:
• The PNG National Policy on Disability suggests that PNG’s disability population matches or exceeds the World Health Organisation (WHO) global estimates that around 15% of any population have a disability.
• Based on WHO statistics an estimated 72,750 people require a wheelchair and 36,375 people require a prosthesis or orthosis.
• PNG signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) in 2011, and launched a new National Policy on Disability in 2015.
• The Department for Community Development and Religion holds responsibility for coordinating disability issues on behalf of the Government of PNG.

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AT guidelines in PNG released!

Motivation Australia and the PNG Assembly of Persons with Disabilities (PNG ADP) released the zero draft of the first “National Guidelines on the Provision of Assistive Technology in Papua New Guinea” on April 6th 2016. Copies were distributed to the PNG Department of Health, Department of Education and Department of Community Development and Religion; as… Read more »

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Walking Aid Package Trainer’s Workshop

Walking aids are a commonly used assistive device, however remain in short supply in many low income countries, including PNG. Along with insufficient funding for procurement, one of the barriers to their provision is a lack of staff trained to provide them. In-correct provision and a lack of maintenance and availability of spare parts such as… Read more »

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Walking Aids Training Package Complete!

Motivation Australia has completed a Walking Aid Training Package, aimed at increasing safe and effective provision of walking aids by hospital and community based health, rehabilitation and community workers. The package was developed as part of a broader program to strengthen assistive device provision in Papua New Guinea, and funded by the Australian Government through the Strongim… Read more »


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Guiding Assistive Technology in PNG

In partnership with the Papua New Guinea Assembly of Persons with Disabilities (PNG ADP), Motivation Australia is finalising a zero draft of Guidelines on the Provision of Assistive Technology (AT) in PNG. This project has been led by a PNG Steering Committee and funded by the Australian Government. The Steering Committee is chaired by PNGADP… Read more »


Walking Aids: Training package

The Motivation Australia team has been working on a Walking Aid Training Package, aiming to increase safe and effective provision of walking aids by hospital and community based health and rehabilitation workers. The package has been developed as part of a broader program to strengthen assistive device provision in Papua New Guinea, however once the package is completed it… Read more »



It’s My Right Video Launch!

The Motivation Australia team is thrilled to launch our It’s My Right series of short films that were created with our Papua New Guinean partners the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) and PNG Assembly for Disabled Persons (ADP). These short films were part of a set of resources developed for the Access to Mobility programme,… Read more »

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It’s My Right: Resources

Motivation Australia recently completed filming for an It’s My Right video resource in PNG. As part of this resource, a series of eight posters have been developed: Four posters featuring Papua New Guineans and their families – focused on the importance of inclusion and the protection of human rights for people with a mobility disability, and;… Read more »

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“It’s My Right” filming

Lauren and Ray just completed a week of filming and recording wheelchair users’ stories around Port Moresby, PNG. The women and men involved shared their experiences of being wheelchair users in Australia’s nearest neighbour. The footage will be edited into a series of short videos both for our partners in PNG and Motivation Australia to raise awareness… Read more »

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Equitable Access Research report

Motivation Australia is pleased to publish the PNG Equitable Access Research (EAR) report. The EAR project was one of the activities that has been completed though the Access to Mobility programme, with partners PNG Assembly for Disabled Persons (ADP) and the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS). This unique project was focused on learning more… Read more »


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PNG’s National Training Team

Papua New Guinea now has its first national wheelchair service training team! Nine personnel from the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) and Cheshire Disability Services have completed a Training of Trainers (TOT) course in Lae, PNG. This training was focused on the preparation and delivery of the World Health Organisations basic level Wheelchair Service… Read more »

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Intermediate training completed in PNG!

Motivation Australia would like to congratulate eight staff from the PNG National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) and one physiotherapist from Cheshire Disability Services who have just completed the second stage of their intermediate level wheelchair service training. Intermediate level training develops the skills and knowledge required to provide an appropriate wheelchair for children and… Read more »

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Intermediate level wheelchair service training

Intermediate level wheelchair training was recently held in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Ten staff from the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service (NOPS) the Department of Health and Cheshire Homes Services were joined by two staff from Kiribati’s Tungaru Rehabilitation Service (TRS). Intermediate level training focuses on the skills needed to provide wheelchairs and cushions to… Read more »

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Papua New Guinea: Basic Training

Motivation Australia recently completed a training and support visit to our partners in Papua New Guinea. One of the key activities of the visit was training; 19  local staff members successfully completed Basic Wheelchair Service Training. Trainees learned how to provide appropriate wheelchairs for adults and children who need a wheelchair for mobility, but do… Read more »

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Papua New Guinea Programme

The PNG Access to Mobility programme is a partnership between Motivation Australia, PNG Assembly of Disabled Persons (ADP) and the National Orthotics Prosthetics Service (NOPS). The programme is focused on creating equitable and sustainable access to appropriate mobility device services for women, men, girls and boys with a mobility disability in PNG. Download our programme… Read more »

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