Doctor-Emergency Medicine

Closing Date: 23 June 2023

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Doctor-Emergency Medicine - Ministry of Health
Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

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.
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

Our Partner Organisation - Ministry of Health

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 Country

Lined with white beaches and coral reefs, covered with tropical rainforest. Friendly people and warm atmosphere, experience the beautiful kingdom of Tonga.

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

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

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
  • Full-time volunteering role based in Tonga
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.