Clement Malau


  • Professor and Dean
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Associate Professor Malau graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1980. He attained a post graduate diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Mahidol University, Thailand in 1989, a Master of Medicine from the University of Papua New Guinea in 1993 and a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 1995.

Associate Professor Malau is now Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Divine Word University, Madang, Papua New Guinea since February 2015. As Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the dean is responsible for all academic programs at the Divine Word University.

His current responsibilities include:

1. Negotiations with National government departments in determining and developing new programs for the University in line with Human Resource Development plans for the Health Sector in Papua New Guinea,

2. Negotiate with other national and international training institutions for collaboration and partnerships to develop new programs and improve quality of programs at the University,

3. Provide support to the Heads of Departments and where appropriate negotiate with hospitals and provinces on student placements at the provincial and hospital level for clinical supervision of students,

4. Provide oversight and support a research culture among staff and students,

5. Be part of a leadership team of Deans that discuss issues of importance to the development of the University,

6. As needed provide leadership for any structural adjustments that are needed to improve the efficiency and management of the academic programs to improve governance and quality of the programs provided by the University, and

7. Teach students and address other emerging issues required by the Academic Board, the President of the University and the University Council.

As part of his community engagement project, Associate Professor Malau has created a private foundation known as the “Green Ribbon Foundation” , to value bio-diversity in his home area of Ambunti in the East Sepik Province.


Prior to his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Professor Malau worked in the following areas:

1. Fiji, World Health Organization, Technical Officer Health Sector Development and Health care Financing , January 2013 to August 2014,

Work with the senior officials in Pacific Island Countries and take the lead role within WHO on issues related to Health Sector Development/Health Care Financing/Health Information, health systems strengthening and primary health care at the multiple levels and with the multiple actors of the health care systems development in the Pacific. Specific areas include; a) Health policy and strategy development and health planning - national health policies, strategy and planning processes (NHPSP),b) Health services management, c) Public health law and regulation, d) Quality improvement initiatives, and others.

2. Australia, Short Term Consultancies for WHO and Nossal Institute September 2011- Jan 2013.

Work on Bougainville as a short term consultancy included the review of the alignment of programs and the overall direction of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) health program with the Papua New Guinea National Health Plan 2011 – 2020. Developed and recommended plan for WHO support to Bougainville.

Supported Nossal Institute in the running of the Flagship course for health leadership development in the Pacific.

3. Papua New Guinea (PNG), Secretary for Health August 2007 to July 2011.

4. As Chief executive to the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Secretary for Health's main responsible is to advice the Government and was responsible for the health systems development in Papua New Guinea. Main responsibility is to ensure that the public finance management act, and the General orders of the Public Service are adhered to in executing Cabinet and overall government directives. Key outcomes included;

  • The Corporate Plan 2009 - 2013,
  • The National Health Plan 2011 - 2020 (aligned with Vision 2050),
  • The National Health Services Standards (a blue print for health).


5. Australia, The Burnet Institute Public Health Management Specialist January 2003 to July 2007.

Working with Australia's leading independent medical research institute, the post enabled me to provide technical support to health sector programs throughout Asia-Pacific and as an honorary lecturer provided lectures to students at Monash University in public health management. This role also Included the management of a regional HIV/AIDS Program for the Pacific islands.

6. East Timor, Manager Health Project Management Unit - January 2002 to January 2003.

As directed by the Minister for Health the following work was carried out. Manage multi-national staff and support the restoration of services to Timor Leste following the conflict.

Funding set aside for the restoration of health services by the international community needed to be managed and implemented effectively to ensure health services were delivered to the population at large.

7. PNG, Director National AIDS Council Secretariat January 1999 to January 2002.

The HIV/AIDS had just arrived in Papua New Guinea and to address the epidemic a multi-sectoral response was envisioned by the Government to address the complex social and economic implication of the AIDS epidemic in a culturally complex society like Papua New Guinea.

The main responsibility was to translate the legislative framework into and appropriate bureaucratic structure with clearly defined corporate objectives, policies and plans to address HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. A new muti-sectoral structure for HIV/AIDS response was created during this period.

8. New Caledonia, Community Health Program Manager, January 1996 to January 1999.

At the Secretariat of the Pacific Community the core responsibilities of the Manager Public Health Program included the management of a divers international staff of the Public Health Program and ensure that the needs of all 22 Island countries were addressed as required by the Governing Body of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (CRGA) which was made-up of all the Pacific Island Countries and areas that included the non-independent states. The Manager was responsible to get the countries needs expressed in the annual heads of health service conference and articulate these needs into regional programs and projects. Tuberculosis was one of the programs negotiated for funding during this period through negotiations with various partner agencies.

9. PNG, Specialist Medical Officer Communicable Diseases January 1986 to January 1995.

Responsible for National Communicable Diseases Control program design/development and provide technical support to provincial program implementation.Important program areas included Malaria, Tuberculosis, STIs, HIV/AIDS, Acute Respiratory infections, Diarrheal Diseases and Leprosy elimination. Leprosy elimination is now one of the success stories in PNG.

Work involved the development of protocols for addressing epidemic response systems addressing polio, measles and other vaccine preventable diseases. A comprehensive Epidemic Intelligence system (EPINT) system was developed during this period.

10. PNG, Officer in Charge Papua New Guinea Defense Force Health Centre January 1982 to January 1986.

This position involved the running of the major Papua New Guinea Defense Force referral health center at Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby.