Mary Ponahai

          Ms. Mary Ponahai

          Campus Administrator - St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Vunapope – Rabaul Campus.

          Department of Nursing

          Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Contact Me

Tel: (675) 9828429  Mobile: (675) 71661562
(675) 982 8308


Location: St Mary's School of Nursing (SMSoN), DWU RABAUL CAMPUS

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I am a qualified and registered nursing officer, Pediatric nurse and Nurse educator with nursing Council of PNG. I worked as a registered nurse in the Health Services of the Archdiocese of Rabaul for ten (10) years both in East and West New Britain Provinces.
Then, I got employed with the nursing College as a full time tutor in 1985 after obtaining my post graduate certificate in Pediatric nursing in 1984. In 1990, I was selected to do a year Post graduate in Port Moresby, College of Allied Health Science and graduating in December, with a Diploma in Nursing Education. From 1991 until 2014, I was the Principal of the nursing training College. During my time with the institution, I have been engaged with many changes that have taken place in nursing training in PNG. With all the other nursing institutions together, we wrote curriculums for both the undergraduate and post graduate nursing. Changing from the Certificate to a Diploma in Nursing in the late 1990s to 2000. I was also a member of the Education Committee for the nursing Council of PNG from 1995 until 2005.
From 2000 to 2002, I did the Flexible Learning studies with Monash University and graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing. Then in 2006, I got an Australian scholarship and studied full time eighteen months and completed Master of Nursing at Monash University, Melbourne Peninsula Campus in July 2007. After my return from study, I continued to be the Principal of the institution until 2014. I was also involved with affiliation and amalgamation process for the institution to Divine Word University and In 2015, St. Mary’s School of Nursing and OLSH Kabaleo Teachers College became amalgamated with DWU. My position was changed to Head of Department up till now 2018. I represent the institution on other Boards such as; Archdiocesan Health Board, Hospital Board, Christian Health services Board, National Catholic Health Board of the Bishops Conference. Moreover, I am currently, the chairperson of the Callan Services Board for East New Britain.

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Madang Campus

Divine Word University,

Allotment Portion 7,

Section Milinch Kranket,

Nabasa Road,

P.O Box 483,
Madang 511, Madang,
Papua New Guinea

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 424 1800
       (+675) 422 2937
       (+675) 7111 0002

Port Moresby Campus

DWU POM Campus
PO Box 582
Konedobu, NCD 131

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 325 5668
       (+675) 7091 5741


Wewak Campus

St. Benedict’s campus,
PO Box 542
Kaindi, Wewak, ESP 531

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 456 2327
       (+675) 456 3243

Fax: (+675) 456 2331


Rabaul Campus

c/- OLSH Kabaleo
P.O. Box 138
Kokopo, ENB 613

[email protected]

Tel: (+675) 982 8213
Fax: (+675) 982 8339


Tabubil Campus

c/- DWU POM Campus
PO Box 582
Konedobu, NCD 131


Tel: (+675) 325 5668
       (+675) 7091 5741

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