About Australian Doctors International ADI

Who is ADI?

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.

ADI was founded in 2000 by former MP and general practitioner, Dr Peter Macdonald. ADI first started working in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Daru-Kiunga in Western Province (WP) of PNG to help support their rural health network and services. In 2011 ADI expanded its program to remote and rural areas of New Ireland Province of PNG in partnership with the New Ireland Provincial Government, and in 2019 expanded services to West New Britain.

ADI demonstrates its commitment to upholding the universal right to health care by working with local partners to provide and strengthen health services in rural and remote communities. We do this by:

  • Delivering and strengthening primary health services to rural & remote communities. 
  • Reducing preventable diseases through public health programs, health education and health promotion.
  • Increasing the capacity of health workers to manage and deliver primary health services through training and education.
  • Improving access to primary health services by rural and remote communities. 
  • Demonstrating improvement in health indicators as a result of our activities through the use of a structured monitoring and evaluation framework;
  • Continuing to be a leading non-government organisation professional provider of high quality primary health care in rural & remote communities seeking always to increase public awareness of its work and continual improvement through ongoing rigorous evaluation of programs and activities.

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