Timorese vocational college Instituto Filhas de Maria Auxiliadora (IFMA), located in Venilale in the district of Baucau, operates a medical clinic that provides consultations to members of the local community. IFMA has requested General Practitioner to strengthen the capacity of its clinic, through training existing clinic staff and practising in the clinic in afternoons.
Sr. Yasintha, a local nurse who manages the clinic, has stated that the project will include educating patients and the public on preventative health practices to reduce the incidence of preventable disease in the community, subsequently reducing the pressure on the clinic and its resources.
Note: Living allowances, accommodation and other expenses are paid to qualified and experienced Australians who share their skills for at least 2 years in a community abroad.
Venilale is a regional community located about 30km south of Baucau. It is the capital of the Venilale Subdistrict in Baucau District, Timor Leste, which has a population of around 16,000 people. Baucau Hospital is the nearest major primary care facility for residents of Venilale. Timor Leste’s national hospital is located approximately 3-4 hours away in Dili.
In Baucau, the volunteer will have access to hotels, banking, and plenty of restaurants. Though Venilale is remote, it is easily accessible from Baucau and the volunteer will be within walking distance of markets and small, local restaurants.
Venilale is a regional community in the district of Baucau, where the Salesian sisters have been providing opportunities with hospitality training for girls for many years. Due to the physical isolation of Baucau, access to healthcare and resources is limited. The volunteer Doctor will provide the opportunity for students and locals to access a level of healthcare that their physical location might otherwise prohibit them from.
With limited diagnostic equipment available at the clinic, microscopical diagnostic experience would be an advantage, as would experience working in rural or tropical health.
The volunteer Doctor will also assist to develop the skills of other clinic staff. After spending some time becoming aware of the health and living conditions of the community, the volunteer will assist clinic staff in developing public health materials and procedures that will enable staff to communicate preventative measures and community health initiatives.
A qualified doctor has been requested to address the immediate medical needs of people in the community. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
- Qualifications in medicine from a recognised Australian university,
- Current professional registration,
- Experience practising as a GP, working in a rural setting with limited laboratory facilities is desired,
- Adaptability and flexibility.
The volunteer must also demonstrate a willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.
In the lead up to departure, Palms Australia will introduce the candidate to health professionals who have worked in similar circumstances in Timor Leste. Our unique preparation program and high level of support during placement will adequately prepare candidates to build the health awareness of individuals at the clinic and in the broader community of Venilale.
How You Will Help
You will contribute to:
- Addressing poverty in a remote region of Timor-Leste;
- Enabling people to detect and act on symptoms of illness;
- Developing clinic processes and staff skills;
- Improved access to healthcare for the Venilale community and those who visit the clinic from surrounding villages.
The doctor working at the IFMA clinic will also work alongside and share skills with the doctors at the Government clinic. Sharing health knowledge with other local doctors adds to the sustainability of providing health education in the community.