Australian volunteer doctors working with Papua New Guinean health teams to treat and train on the front line.

Australian Doctors International (ADI) is a not-for-profit charity specialising in Integrated Health Patrols and health in-services, deploying volunteer doctors and health coordinators to work in partnership with local government, private companies and faith-based health providers to deliver unique value through  the three-way combination of:

  • clinical services and public health education delivered to remote and rural populations,
  • patrol based training that exposes health care workers to practical up-skilling opportunities and
  • opportunity for those health care workers to deepen and/or refresh their clinical skills in a niche  topic area previously identified as lacking.

Volunteer Medical Officer and Health Project Coordinator
positions now recruiting for Western Province and New Ireland in 2019

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Volunteer doctors changing the statistics

In 2017, across two PNG provinces ADI ran 24 patrols over 192 days, 19,310 patients were treated, 259 health care workers attended 520 hours of training and 23,657 people attended public health education sessions.

Thanks for your help.

In such rugged and remote terrain, communities turn to ADI’s doctors for basic and life-saving health care, preventing unnecessary death, pain and disability.  See  also PNG Country Profile and PNG Health.


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Amazing work and a life experience you can never obtain in Australia. Your opportunity to engage with tropical medicine is so close and easy to do.

If you are an Australian doctor read more and take the first step towards your own challenge and adventure.

Based on ADI Doctors’ Questionnaire, November 2017, this is what past doctors said about the experience:

  • Volunteering for ADI leads to positive career outcomes as it “helps individual growth due to the challenge. This can only help on return to a practice situation. I think peers respect immensely those on return from a volunteer situation.”
  • Volunteering for ADI “brings so much clinical experience and confidence, experience in education of the public and health workers, greater flexibility and reliance on clinical skills and a deeper understanding of global health issues.”

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Australian Volunteer Doctors

There is not one face of the Australian volunteer who takes up the challenge to live and work off the grid for 2 – 6 months, joining PNG colleagues on Integrated rural and remote Health Patrols. 

What our doctors have in common is wanting to experience new medical horizons, and their willingness to engage in a life-changing opportunity, think outside the box and make a difference to our closest neighbour knowing they are doing so safely, close to home and fully supported.

A few hours by plane but a world away in experience. 

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ADI Urgently Needs Your Support!

57 out of every 1,000 children born in PNG die before they reach the age of 5*.  You can be part of the solution.

Through your generosity, ADI sends volunteer doctors to PNG’s community frontline – to meet them where they live. Our doctors go on bush outreach patrols via boat, helicopter, 4WD and sometimes hike for hours through jungle to deliver essential medical care to isolated communities.

With your help, ADI can continue to save lives in PNG’s New Ireland and Western Provinces.

Remember, your donation of $2 or more made before 30 June can be claimed as a deduction in your tax return.

*World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision, United Nations Population Division, 2017.

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