Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Family Support Centre opens new wing

New renovations at the Family Support Centre at the Port Moresby General Hospital will help survivors of family and sexual violence access much needed confidential and appropriate health care.

The Australian Government provided PGK831,111.49 for the refurbishment of the Support Centre, with work beginning in November 2016 and completed at the end of April 2017.

Currently, the Family Support Centre sees an average of 15 clients daily. The new facility will allow an extra 12 new clients daily, many of them children, to receive crucial health care and psychosocial support. This will be an increase of more than 1000 clients annually.

Australian High Commission Counsellor, Ms Susan Ferguson, officially opened the new centre.

“This new facility will ensure many women and children receive the lifesaving support they need in a crisis. We congratulate the Port Moresby General Hospital for continuing to provide high level care for survivors of family and sexual violence in Port Moresby,” Ms Ferguson said.

The Government of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Government are working in partnership to continue to support survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

If you experience family or sexual violence and need help, the Family Support Centre can be contacted on 324 8245. To contact 1-Tok Kaunseling confidential phone line, call 71508000.

For further information, including access to related materials, please contact the Australian High Commission media team: +675 7090 0100