Welcome to the ADI newsletter. We’d like to use this to keep in touch with you to let you know what we are doing both in Australia and PNG.
2018 is well underway and I started as the new CEO in mid- January. While this is a new role for me, I’ve been a longtime affiliate of ADI, joining the Program Committee in 2014. It’s exciting to join the excellent team at ADI in this role and continue with ADI’s innovative and challenging work on the frontline of remote health. On 14 February I joined the Australasian Aid Conference to share ideas that promote access to health. I look forward to opportunities like this to meet and collaborate with others working in the health sector in low resource settings.
Fresh from his Christmas break and deployment in New Ireland last year, Dr Roeland Kraan is now in Western Province (since the beginning of February 2018). He is the 37th doctor we have sent to Western Province. If you are interested in an overseas placement, please see details here: volunteer.
A summary of ADI’s 2017 results in PNG are available here.
ADI relies on the support of many individuals and donors. Recently Yaman Kutlu (PNG Country Program Manager) and Nora Duggan (Marketing and Communications Advisor) attended an event with Becton Dickinson (BD), a long term supporter of ADI. At the event Christine Bligh of BD presented Yaman with a cheque of $8,500 to support our doctors to deliver health care services and upskill local health care workers in remote PNG.
This comes on top of a successful BD trip to New Ireland with ADI in September-October to conduct an in-service on Infection Control. You can support ADI too by donating via our website. Donate >
Training front line healthcare workers is growing in importance as a recognised mechanism to achieving universal health care. A recently published paper in Rural and Remote Health charts the history of community health workers (CHW) – now numbering 5,000 and representing 50% of the health workforce in PNG, and the training they are given. CHWs have a crucial role in delivering health services in rural and remote PNG communities. ADI works closely with CHWs in New Ireland and Western Province.
ADI membership costs just $25 per year and that contribution allows you to show your year-round support for our work in PNG.
In return you’ll receive a special members’ welcome pack, our e-newsletter delivered to your inbox, updates on fundraising events, an invitation to our Annual General Meeting in November, invites to returning doctor’s presentations, a chance to input into our organisation, and much more. Take steps to become a member today. Read More >