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Volunteer Doctor - Papua New Guinea

Australian Doctors International (ADI)

Are you looking for a new challenge? Interested in tropical medicine? Looking for a chance to make a difference? Australian Doctors International (ADI) needs you!

Volunteering with ADI is a life changing experience. You will have medical opportunities simply not available here in Australia. As a doctor on remote patrol with ADI in Papua New Guinea, no two days are ever the same. You may be helping women give birth safely, assessing emergency medical needs, diagnosing malaria and TB, presenting health education messages in schools and treating survivors of domestic violence. Your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test while you work in communities so remote there is no other health care available. You will diagnose and treat medical conditions not found in Australia. Your managerial and administration skills will be called upon as you supervise and help to train local health care workers.

You will not be facing these challenges alone. Instead you will be part of a welcoming and supportive local team as well as being supported by our staff in the Sydney office. To find out more about this amazing experience, see the attached document About Doctor Volunteering with ADI attached.

Where ADI work

ADI has worked in Western Province of PNG since 2002, New Ireland since 2011 and West New Britain since 2019. We work where there is an identified health need and where we can partner with local healthcare providers to reach out into their most remote communities. We take a two-prong approach towards working for a healthier PNG:

  1. Providing free Clinical Services and health education in schools for remote communities
  2. Providing training to upskill local Healthcare Workers with the eventual aim of no longer being needed in the regions we work.

What we cover during your deployment

In recognition of the costs involved in volunteering, we offer the following financial support to help offset expenses:

  • A generous accommodation, living and food allowance while on deployment in PNG
  • Economy class flights within Australia and New Zealand to the Sydney office for briefings
  • Shuttles/taxi to and from the Sydney airport (ADI will book a shuttle if required)
  • 1-2 nights in a local B&B on arrival and return to ADI’s Sydney office (ADI sourced accommodation, if you choose to stay elsewhere we will reimburse you up to $150 per night)
  • Vaccinations and anti-malaria medication
  • Laptop, Satellite phone and safety gear for use when in PNG
  • One return flight from Sydney to PNG
  • Travel Insurance

What experience and skills you will need


  • Minimum four (4) years post-graduate experience, including primary health care experience
  • Minimum MBBS (Australia) or equivalent from New Zealand, PNG, UK, Ireland, Canada or Singapore
  • Current national medical registration


  • Current resident of Australia
  • Experience providing medical services in remote and rural areas
  • Experience in clinical teaching and/or mentoring

Please see the attached Volunteer Doctor job description for more details.

How to apply

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