Doctor-Emergency Medicine

Closing Date: 10 October 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

Tonga’s Ministry of Health is dedicated to the delivery of preventative and curative health services for the people of Tonga.
The Ministry’s vision is “To be the highest health care provider in the Pacific by international standards in 2020”

Its Mission is “To improve the health of the nation by providing quality care though promotion of good health,
reducing morbidity, disability and premature mortality”

It is guided by its core values:
  • Commitment to quality care
  • Professionalism, integrity and accountability
  • Care and compassion
  • Commitment to staff training and development
  • Partnership in health
Vaiola Hospital is the main hospital in the beautiful kingdom of Tonga it sits on the outskirts of the capital city of Nuku'alofa. A public hospital administered by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry has a vision to be the highest health care provider in the pacific by 2020.  The Emergency Department addresses all acute care needs across communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, injury and mental health. Hospital staff at Vaiola hospital are professional and well trained, however equipment and facilities are limited. 

The Assignment

In this assignment the volunteer will provide support with expert supervision and advice to the Emergency Department staff.

The volunteer will focus on:
  • Teaching and supporting junior staff, with a focus on teaching, in their assessment, diagnosis and  management of the patients who present to the Emergency Department
  • Supporting staff to work proactively with, and strengthen relationships with, inpatient teams
  • Assisting the development of Emergency Departments throughout Tonga in Vava’u, Ha’apai, and ‘Eua, with an initial focus on Vaiola Hospital
  • Supporting the strengthening of the safe inter-hospital transfer of patients throughout the Kingdom
The Volunteer

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:
  • Specialist in Emergency Medicine
  • Fellow of ACEM or other professional college or Masters of Emergency Medicine
  • Medical practitioner fully registered with the Medical Council or equivalent of home country
  • Have worked in a variety of Emergency Medicine settings including LMICs, high income countries (HICs) and resource limited settings, urban and rural departments
  • Experience in Quality Improvement
  • Experience supporting and mentoring junior staff
  • High standard of written and verbal communication.
  • Able to work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to maintain good professional relationships and be respectful of other team members’ skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly in a constantly changing and challenging environment
Apply Now!

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email

Candidates will be referred to ACEM for screening

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Specialist in Emergency Medicine
  • Fellow of ACEM or other professional college or Masters of Emergency medicine.
  • High standard of written and verbal communication