Emergency Senior Medical Officers x3 Roles

Closing Date: 20 June 2024

Category: Healthcare & Medical

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. 

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

Volunteering with VSA 
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is not your typical volunteering agency, we are committed to building sustainable communities across the Pacific.

If you’re an experienced Emergency Senior Medical Officer, looking for an extraordinary overseas experience in the Pacific to build into your field of expertise – working collaboratively with the Ministry of Health then read on, as we have an exciting opportunity in store for you!
Our Partner Organisation - Ministry of Health
Ministry of Health (MOH) is a core government organisation in Samoa, that employs over 1400 employees with a core mandate to deliver health care services for Samoa.

The vision of MOH is to “accelerate health and well-being for a healthy Samoa.”
The mission is to provide comprehensive people-centred health care services through delivery of preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitation services whilst empowering the people of Samoa to take ownership of their own health.

MOH was formerly known as the Department of Health established under the provisions of the Health Ordinance Act 1959.

MOH delivers a plethora of services to achieve our goals and vision as mandated through our MOH Act 2006 – this mandate includes and is not limited to public health services, health promotion, secondary and tertiary care, environmental health services etc.

The mission of MOH is to provide comprehensive people-centered health care services through delivery of preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitation services whilst empowering the people of Samoa to take ownership of their own health.

In our current Health Sector Plan 2020/21 to 22/23 (currently under review) lists 7 underlying key outcomes (KO’s).
1. Improved health systems.
2. Improved prevention, control, and management of communicable and              neglected tropical diseases.
3. Improved prevention, control, and management of non-communicable              diseases
4. Improved sexual & reproductive health.
5. Improved maternal and child health.
6. Improved healthy living through health promotion and primordial prevention.
7. Improved risk management and response to disasters, public health                  emergencies and climate change.

The Assignment - Emergency Senior Medical Officers
This assignment is a partnership assignment between VSA and the Ministry of Health. 

In this assignment a VSA Volunteer will assist by building the capacities and training local staff through one-on-one/team sessions, or on the job training and mentoring. 

Being available on-site at our ED would enable the training and support for existing ED personnel, increasing confidence for the staff in their current skill sets, knowledge base and subsequent management of patients.

  • Strengthen referral pathways between General Outpatients & ED, as well as between ED and the inpatient wards.
  • Strengthen workforce capability through supervision of emergency trainees and nurses currently undertaking post graduate training in emergency care.
  • Strengthen referral pathways between the rural district hospitals and ED.
  • Strengthen communication and referral pathways between ED and other partner organisations such as the Samoa Fire & Emergency Services (SFESA) Samoa Red Cross etc.
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:
  • Proven experience in Emergency Medicine.
  • Fellow of ACEM or other professional college or Master of Emergency Medicine.
  • Fully registered medical practitioner with the Medical Council or equivalent of home country.
  • High standard of written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to maintain professional relationships respectfully – acknowledging the skills of the local staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly in a constantly changing and challenging environment.
  • Proven cultural competency and ability to work in a resource limited setting.
• Experience in conducting research in emergency medicine.
• Experience in quality improvement.
• Experience and post-graduate qualifications in clinical teaching.
• An interest in personal professional development
• An interest in promoting a consumer focus for care delivery

The Country
Samoa is situated in the South Pacific approximately halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

It sits squarely in the cyclone belt and is highly vulnerable to devastating storms. Around three-quarters of its 195,000 population live on the main island of Upolu; the rest live on the neighbouring island of Savai'i or one of the seven small islets.

The traditional Samoan way, the fa’a Samoa, remains a strong force in Samoan life and politics where family is all-important, and elders are highly respected.
Each village is made up of extended families that are represented on the village council by a chief (matai).

The more western-style parliamentary system in Samoa is highly influenced by traditional social systems and the family, civic and political duties performed by the matai at village level. The country is predominantly Christian.
Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • x3 Roles available, Full time 6-12 months Volunteering Opportunity in Samoa.
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA.
  • Make a lasting difference across the Pacific.

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