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Volunteer Doctor Opportunities in Papua New Guinea

Organisation : Australian Doctors International

Location : International (Papua New Guinea)

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Education & Training, Healthcare & Medical

Sector : Community Development, Education & Training, Health – General, Humanitarian, Overseas Aid & Development

Salary type : Volunteer

About the role

As the COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Papua New Guinea – our closest neighbour, Australian Doctors International (ADI) is one of the few organisations at the forefront of providing health support, PPE and medical supplies to the people of PNG.

The Australian Government has recently deployed an AUSMAT team to PNG, and ADI are looking for doctors ready to take the next step and explore this career opportunity to work alongside PNG healthworkers and achieve great health outcomes for our neighbours in PNG.

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing clinical and preventative healthcare services across remote health centres and aid posts. The patrols are conducted by boat, four-wheel drive or aircraft and last up to two weeks staying in local guest houses, villages and health facilities. The primary focus for the ADI doctor is to build the clinical capacity of rural health workers through case-based and group training whilst on patrol.

In this role you’ll have the opportunity to improve the quality of health care in low resource settings while testing the limits of your own training. An interest in tropical medicine or rural health is an advantage. You’ll have the support of the local PNG health teams while on patrol and the ADI head office during your placement.


  • 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

Placement duration: 5 – 6 months (includes quarantine requirements)

Please note: current quarantine requirements state that all arrivals into PNG are required to stay in hotel quarantine for 7 days.  Similarly, you will be required to hotel quarantine for 14 days on your arrival back to Australia. This cost will be covered by ADI. In these uncertain times quarantine requirements may change, ADI will follow Australian and PNG government requirements.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Doctors International

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.

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.

How to apply

Position Description : PNG Doctor Job Description

To submit your interest, please go to our Application Form

Please quote in application: Volunteer Doctor Opportunities in Papua New Guinea via Pro Bono Australia.



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