International health

We have a longstanding commitment to working with developing nations in the Asia-Pacific region to improve health outcomes.

We work with governments, local healthcare providers and various other agencies to deliver sustainable, long-term capacity building.

Programs are currently being delivered in the Kingdom of Tonga, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Kingdom of Tonga

Our longest standing international health project, the Tonga Twinning Program, started in 1992.

Run by St John of God Ballarat Hospital, in conjunction with the Ballarat West and Nukualofa Rotary Clubs, the program sees caregivers from the hospital and the Kingdom of Tonga’s Vaiola Hospital complete exchange programs on a regular basis.

During exchanges, our caregivers provide Tongan health care staff with role-modeling, mentoring and education.

We also provide practical support and equipment to Vaiola Hospital.


Since 2004 and 2010 respectively, our International Health caregivers have been delivering a Pathology Development Program and Nursing Development Program in partnership with Timor’s Ministry of Health.

The objective of both programs is to define pathology and nursing key competencies and build the capacity of local pathology and nursing staff to provide access to better quality healthcare for the people of Timor-Leste.

Our international health team also works to improve the Timor-Leste Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares’ professional and physical environment. We work with the hospital’s executive to establish structural supports essential to the sustainable delivery of effective pathology and nursing practices.

St John of God Health Care’s work in Timor-Leste is proudly supported by: 


Papua New Guinea

From 2012 to 2015, we supported the work of the Brothers of St John of God in Papua New Guinea, specifically in their remote clinic, Walamu in the regional district of Nuku.  

We delivered training packages to build skills and knowledge of local health workers in primary healthcare including patient assessment, infection control and medication safety.

We also undertook a maintenance and solar installation program which developed local community members’ capacity to manage and maintain local equipment and buildings. 

We are currently working with the Brothers to establish a mental health drop-in centre in Madang. 

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