Timor-Leste nursing

We have a team of highly experienced nurses who are based in Timor-Leste long-term as part of our Nursing Development Program.

Their role is to develop the capacity of local nursing staff at Timor-Leste’s national teaching hospital in Dili, the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares.

Our nurses work alongside their Timorese colleagues in five of the hospital’s most high-risk wards to provide role modeling and mentoring to help build knowledge, skills and capability.

We also work with the hospital’s executive team to establish structural supports; such as position descriptions, forms, policies and procedures, which are essential to the sustainable delivery of effective, sustainable nursing practices.

The goal of our Nursing Development Program is to improve standards in nursing to deliver better quality healthcare for the people of Timor-Leste.

The program

Our nurses help to educate, train and up-skill their Timorese colleagues by working side-by-side with them on the hospital wards to provide role modeling and mentoring.

We also deliver training packages that cover essential skills such as wound management, patient assessment and basic life support. This training is supported by nurses from our Australian hospitals who travel to Timor-Leste on secondment.

Our caregivers deliver these packages to a group of Timorese nurse educators and then support them to cascade the training throughout the hospital. This empowers the nurse educators and gives Timorese nurses the opportunity to learn directly from their colleagues.  

Our Nursing Development Program team caregivers live and work in Timor-Leste for a minimum of two years.

Improving hospital standards

Through the Nursing Development Program, we have partnered with Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health to introduce an auditing system that benchmarks the national hospital’s performance against five internationally recognised critical areas. These are:

  • clinical governance and leadership
  • ethics and patient rights
  • quality management and improvement
  • patient safety
  • facilities and environment.

Our team supports the national hospital executive to introduce the policies and procedures that are needed to improve performance against these areas.

We have also helped to improve the professional and physical environments to better support good nursing practices and improve patient experience.

St John of God Health Care’s work in Timor-Leste is proudly supported by ConocoPhillips as operator of the Bayu-Undan Joint Venture.

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