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.
Since 2002, ADI has deployed more than 34 volunteer doctors and 4 health managers on over 48 assignments. Past achievements include the distribution of 50,000+ malaria bed nets and a Mass Drug Administration project for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis. ADI is based in Seaforth, Sydney and has field offices in Kiunga and Kavieng, PNG.