Health sciences staff attend research training

stafFive staff members of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Divine Word University (DWU) returned from a “data analysis and writing workshop” in Cairns, Australia recently.

They are Mercia Girey and Cassandra Akiro, tutors from the Physiotherapy Department and Ben Ganika, Frank Yagahe and Dr Clement Manineng, lecturers from the Rural Health Department (formerly Health Extension Officer program).

The five staff members were beneficiaries of an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) funding for training of 10 researchers from Papua New Guinea (PNG). The four-week training took place at the Cairns campus of James Cook University (JCU) from 24th October 2011 to

18th November, 2011.

According to a report from the DWU team compiled by Dr Manineng, the training was part of an ongoing study on the “acceptability and feasibility of male circumcision (MC) as a possible HIV prevention strategy.” It is a follow up training workshop to several others this year as part of the MC study.

The investigation on MC is being carried out by DWU, Pacific Adventist University (PAU) and JCU with the latter as the lead institution.

The report from the five participants said the first week of the training covered “quantitative data analysis using SPSS”; the second week was on “qualitative data analysis using NVivo”, week three was on “writing for publications” and the final week looked at “polishing, writing and presentation”.

The five DWU staff returned satisfied and confident that the workshop gave them the grounding in research and with a desire to use the knowledge and skills at DWU.

heir sponsorship under ALA was made possible by the lead investigator in the MC project, Dr David MacLaren of JCU. The five staff members thanked JCU, ALA and DWU and its management for the support in their training in data analysis and writing.