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Social Outreach

International health

St John of God Health Care has a longstanding commitment to working with developing nations in the Asia-Pacific region to improve health outcomes. We work with national governments, local healthcare providers and various other agencies to deliver sustainable, long-term capacity building.

Our first formal International Health program began in 1992 when St John of God Ballarat Hospital established their Tonga Twinning Program with Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa the capital of Tonga.

More recently, we have dedicated significant resources to improving healthcare in Timor-Leste (East Timor) – one of the world’s newest nations. The Timor-Leste programs began in 2004 with the establishment of a nationwide Pathology Development Program.

In 2010, our commitment to Timor-Leste was increased considerably with the commencement of a five-year Nursing Development Program. Based at the National Hospital in Dili, our nurses are tasked with developing practises and procedures in a variety of disciplines including paediatrics, emergency, intensive care and neonatology.

Our International Health work also extends to Papua New Guinea, where St John of God caregivers have provided essential training in primary health care.

Latest News

Delivering a safer birthing option in PNG

Nurse Unit Manager at St John of God (SJG) Berwick Hospital, Donna McKendry and Clinical Nurse at SJG Murdoch Hospital, Jodie Thompson were part of a team of caregivers who recently visited the Walamu community in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to assist with one of our Social Outreach International Health programs. Read the full story here.

Improving health care in Timor-Leste

Since 2004 our national Pathology and Nursing Development Programs have started to make significant improvements in partnership with the Timorese Ministry of Health. This video playlist showcases some of the highlights.

Spotlight on Social Outreach

  • Timor-Leste

    East Timor

    Our capacity building programs in Timor-Leste include pathology and nursing development programs and support for community health.   
    Find out more

  • Tonga

    Tonga Twinning

    For more than 20 years St John of God Ballarat Hospital has worked in partnership with the Tongan Ministry of Health.
    Find out more

  • Papua New Guinea


    Supporting the Brothers  in PNG, the remote Walamu Health Clinic has benefited from capacity building in primary health care.    Find out more