The Project

The Department of Medicine under the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services at Divine Word University (DWU) is requesting  Lecturers in Emergency Health, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology to teach medical students in Years 1 – 4.  This project will support the training and education of new Papua New Guinean medical doctors to address the countries dire health care shortages.


Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment.  On campus accommodation is provided for this position.  Read more about what is covered in our FAQ.

The Location

Established in 1996, Divine Word University is a National University and leading tertiary institution in Papua New Guinea, comprised of five faculties (Arts, Business/Informatics, Health Sciences, Education, and Theology). Students come from all 20 provinces of PNG to study at this ecumenical, coeducational, privately governed with government support University. DWU has a special interest in advancing opportunities for disadvantaged individuals, women and youth to help build the economic and social capacity of the South Pacific Region. These particular positions will be located on the Madang Campus within the Medicine & Health Sciences faculty.

DWU is located in Madang, with a population of about 15,000.  Madang is situated on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. The town is a popular tourist destination. With hundreds of small islands, it is the paradise for snorkelling, diving and fishing. It has an operating airport as well as road connection with Lae and the highlands. The town has a number of hotels, restaurants, shops and a market with an ample supply of vegetables and tropical fruits. DWU will provide the program participant with secure housing on the main campus.

The Challenge

Papua New Guinea is a geographically challenging country with an estimated population of 8.78 million (2020), which is largely rurally based (80%).  With a critical shortage of health workers, especially specialists it is PNG’s intention to increase the number of medical staff by 30%.  Current health worker estimates  suggest that there are 0.5 physicians per 10,000 population and 5.3 nurses per 10,000 population.

Recruitment of lecturers for higher educational programs is an essential requirement to address the health care shortages in PNG.

About You

Preferably, the candidate will have some teaching experience in the field and be adaptable and open to working in a multicultural context.  The candidates are expected to work for a minimum of one academic year teaching healthcare students and two years will be preferable.

The Program Participants must demonstrate a willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

How You Will Help

First you must be willing to learn from the local community.

Over the first six months you are asked not to change anything or suggest a change to operations.  During that six months you will take the time to learn language and cultural mores from a local counterpart willing to mentor you.  You will also start a register of the strengths of the current personnel and the assets in the community/country that might be used to achieve the goals of the assignment.

You need to commit to clarifying why things are done the way they are rather than presuming from your own cultural lens to outline what is missing. So, you need to ask questions to enable you to learn from your hosts, rather than in ignorance make suggestions about how things can improve. Palms training will prepare you for this approach.

In the second six months you will be ready and better know which of your skills and what of your knowledge applies to:

  • educating and training new health care workers
  • Preparing Unit outline
  • Content delivery
  • Marking and submission of assessments
  • Participating in clinical practicum of students with hospitals that are partners of Divine Word University through its medical program


To find out more, please contact Lalena Graham, Programs & Placement Coordinator on 02 9560 5333 or at [email protected].

Feature image: Divine Word University Papua New Guinea website

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