Senior Medical Officer Emergency Medicine

Closing Date: 31 August 2022

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge and skills to transform the lives of many, provide greater cultural understanding, and create a fair future for all.
About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually.
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

VSA will cover living allowances, accommodation, and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA. 

Our Partner Organisation

The Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) based in Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo (Santo) is the second largest hospital in Vanuatu with just over 100 beds.

It serves as the main referral centre for the Northern provinces namely Malampa, Torba and Penama. As such it has a significant catchment area and is the main referral centre for emergencies within the Luganville Municipality and Sanma Province.

NPH provides paediatric, general medical, general surgical, obstetric/gynaecological services as well as a very busy out-patient and Emergency Department.

The Assignment

Currently there are no Senior Medical Officers (SMO) based in the Emergency Department (ED) at NPH. The ED is currently manned by nurses and junior intern doctors only. All emergency presentations are directed via the ED at NPH, these include medical, surgical, obstetric and gynaecological as well as paediatric emergencies and the staff are not equipped to assess and manage these emergency presentations.

Many of these patients have life threatening conditions on arrival to ED which require rapid interventions by skilled clinicians to prevent death or disability. Emergency medicine is a new specialty in Vanuatu and currently there are no fully trained Ni Vanuatu emergency medicine specialists in Vanuatu.
Therefore, the volunteer would allow NPH to continue to improve the services it provides to the local communities and tourists.

In addition to a service provision role, the volunteer will play an important role in capacity building. This would be achieved by mentoring and educating the local intern doctors working in the ED as well as supporting the professional development of the nursing staff based in the ED. The volunteer will also play an important role in supervising any visiting elective students who base themselves in the ED.

The Volunteer

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:

  • Extensive experience in emergency medicine at a Senior Medical Officer level or FACEM level of expertise
  • Experience working with paediatric emergencies
  • Completed an anaesthetics or ICU rotation
  • Teaching and mentoring skills
  • Willing to apply for Medical Council approval in Vanuatu (paid for and organised by NPH) and a
  • certificate of good standing from the Medical Council in NZ (MCNZ)
  • Ultrasound experience in ECHO
  • Anaesthesiology experience
  • Competency in first trimester scanning, FAST, renal, hepatobiliary and MSK
  • Work or travel experiences within developing countries particularly the Pacific
  • Experience working in rural and remote settings with significant resource constraints

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Play a key role in Vanuatu's second largest hospital
  • Make an impact on junior doctors and staff to improve services and capacity
  • Volunteer overseas for 6 months (with an option to extend)