The Integrated Health Patrol (IHP) is hands-on teamwork. It is an holistic approach to providing rural and remote medicine – you can refer to allied health professionals and lab technicians on the spot. Your own consultations will be varied and medically interesting as the team screens for the doctors and experienced nurses who then only treat the serious and difficult diagnoses.
The words you put on paper have influence. In this, and in all your work, there is power to actually do something that improves the quality of health care in these remote health areas. You don’t have to be an expert in all aspects of tropical medicine. Australian doctors are well trained and you can test the limits of that training with the support of the local PNG staff.
The local patrol health team supports you through their friendliness, skills and experience, such as delivering babies, ability to interpret, tips for working across culture, provision of comfort and safety. ADI provides a stipend and comfortable living. It provides responsive support for changing needs. Together we achieve great outcomes for our neighbours, PNG.
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Placements are available for a minimum for 2 to 6 months for Medical Officer/Nurse Generalist and 12 months for Health Project Coordinator. You’ll receive a monthly living allowance, food allowance, shared accommodation, airfares and other travel expenses. You will work in New Ireland or Western Province.
The Medical Officer, Integrated Health Patrols works as part of a 10-person team providing clinical and preventative healthcare services across 26 health centres in New Ireland Province. Each Rural Health Patrol lasts two weeks and is conducted by boat and four-wheel drive, staying in local villages and guest houses.
Whilst not on patrol, the Volunteer Medical Officer is responsible for providing clinical support, education and training at the capital’s Kavieng Hospital, Lemakot Health Centre and Lemakot School of Nursing.
The Medical Officer, Integrated Health Patrols works as part of a team providing clinical and preventative healthcare services across health centres and aidposts in Western Province.
Each Rural Health Patrol lasts up to two weeks and is conducted by boat and/or four wheel drive, staying in local villages and guest houses.
Whilst not on patrol, the Volunteer Medical Officer is responsible for providing clinical examinations, support, education and training at the Daru-Kiunga Diocese headquarters at the Montfort Catholic Mission in Kiunga and at the Kiunga general Hospital when invited.
The Health Project Coordinator role provides technical support and coordination for ADI’s monthly rural outreach health patrols and healthcare worker training program (delivered through 2 in-service trainings per year). The Health Coordinator will work closely with ADI’s PNG Program Manager (based in Sydney) to implement ADI patrols and in-service training and collaborate with in-country partners to ensure project activities are delivered successfully. The role will also work closely with ADI Patrol Coordinator (based in Kavieng), ADI Patrol Doctor (Kavieng), ADI Namatanai Doctor, patrol team members from Kavieng hospital and key stakeholders from New Ireland Provincial Government and the New Ireland Provincial Health Authority.
The ADI Volunteer Remote Area Nurse works as part of a multidisciplinary team
providing clinical and preventative healthcare services across remote health centres
and aid posts in New Ireland Province or Western Province. The focus for
the ADI RAN is to build the clinical capacity of rural health workers through case-based
and group training delivering clinical care as part of a patrol team whilst on
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or download, print and complete the Volunteer Application Form. Send the form to:
Postal: PO Box 324, Seaforth NSW 2092 or
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If you would like further information about these roles, please contact ADI’s Volunteer Coordinator:
Phone: (02) 9907 8988.