A new method of storing data electronically will be launched today, doing away with the paper based system previously used.
The Health Care Practitioner Registration System database will contain the details of all the nurses and midwives in the country that are fit to practice. This will also include new overseas nurses and midwives who come to PNG to work.
With the paper based system, PNG Nursing Council said individuals were recorded more than once, or nurses and midwives who had retired or moved away were still on the record.
This system was outdated and inaccurate.
With the new registration system, there will be a clean record of how many nurses and midwives are practicing and where they are located, as well as their age and what educational qualifications they have.