Integrated Health Patrols in New Ireland and Western Province are Australian doctors travelling to rural and remote areas of PNG. In New Ireland, the doctor and their partner travel with teams of PNG district health staff including a dental technician, physiotherapist, maternity and child health nurse, eye nurse, sexual health (HIV, STI, PAP) and lab technician. In Western Province and West New Britain, the teams are smaller with the doctor and their partner travelling with 1-2 Community Health workers and some logistics support.
Both types of patrol team enable mobile, on the spot triage, testing and treatment, with a significant emphasis on training and support to the accompanying local PNG staff. Time is taken in delivering each service. Team members train local communities, rural health and aid post staff, whilst providing treatment and referral to communities that are rarely visited by health professionals. The communities spread the word about imminent patrols to maximise your impact whilst travelling. This is health care at the frontline of Australia’s closest neighbour. The three main areas of our work include: