Our first capacity building program in Timor Leste (East
Timor) was established in 2004 with the goal of developing
diagnostic services across the country. The first phase of the
Pathology Development Program (PDP)
established automated reliable testing in Dili’s two main pathology
laboratories and across regional centres. This built skills
in diagnostics in East Timor from a very basic, unreliable and
limited set of pathology tests to a more dependable and
comprehensive service across the country within five years.
St John of God Health Care committed to a second phase of
the PDP in 2011 which will further develop pathology capabilities,
focussing on training of Timorese scientists in scientific and
pathological understanding to ensure sustainable long-term
improvements in diagnosis of diseases for the whole population.
In 2010 we commenced a Nursing
Development Program, having signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Ministry of Health in Timor Leste (East
Timor) to improve patient outcomes by developing the capacity of
nurses working at the Guido Valadares National Hospital
in Dili. The initial team of skilled Australian and New
Zealand nurses has since grown to nine nurses.
Our nursing and pathology programs have the scope to improve health
outcomes on a national level and these are complimented by primary
healthcare services provided at the Bakhita Community Medical Clinic in the remote