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.

Now recruiting for placements in 2019/ 2020

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Volunteer doctors changing the statistics

In 2017/8, across two PNG provinces ADI was on patrol for 209 days, delivered 24,000 clinical services, reached 68% of health facilities in the remote areas we cover and trained 168 healthcare workers. 83% of program positions were filled by PNG nationals and we provided 778 couple-years of protection (for family planning).  Please see all our indicators in our 2017/18 Annual Report .   Thanks for your help.

In such rugged and remote terrain, communities rely on ADI’s doctors for basic and life-saving health care and upskilling of remote healthcare workers.  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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