Health Sciences

Timor-Leste (Maubisse)


Timor Leste is a developing country approximately 1 hour from Darwin by plane. In 2002 Timor-Leste gained independence. Violence had left the country and families torn apart, nearly 70 percent of all buildings, homes and schools were destroyed, and an estimated 75 percent of the population was displaced.

According to the World Bank; educating, keeping healthy, and productively employing its young population are the biggest development challenges facing Timor-Leste in the next decade. With 60 percent of the population under 25 years of age, the demographics are overwhelming. Poverty remains persistently high, particularly in the rural areas where the majority of the population lives. (

During the 10 day stay in Maubisse, ACU staff and students will be delivering a health education program titled ‘Train the Trainer’. The program focuses on training the people of Maubisse with health promotion and disease prevention. Visits to local health care clinics and facilities will also broaden understanding of the health care environment in Timor Leste.

Topics covered may include:

  1. Fractures
  2. Emergency care
  3. Food pyramid
  4. Gut
  5. Skin infections
  6. Infectious diseases
  7. Wounds, cuts, burns, lacerations
  8. Nutrition
  9. Maternal health

The final day of the program focuses on assessment of skills learnt and the understanding of knowledge gained in being a program participant.

International Study Experience Details

Proposed dates: September/October
Length of experience: 2 weeks
Available places: 4-6 students
Offered to: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine final year students enrolled in NRSG354/NRSG355
Language course: A Tetun Language course is compulsory for this STISE. The University has received language grants to cover the costs of the course so there will be no fee involved for students. Once accepted for the STISE, students will be required to sign all language grant monies over to the university to cover the cost of the course.

Approximately $4000-$5000 including airfare, accommodation and transfers. Personal spending money including food, transport, gifts etc. not included.

Also not included in cost: you will need to allow for money to obtain your passport, visas (if applicable) and recommended immunisations.

Funding assistance - Scholarships and/or grants available:

An ACU Vice Chancellors International Travel Grant of $500.00 and an OS-HELP Loan is available to eligible students through an application process.

Note: Any scholarship and/or grant funding received by students is to be paid towards the cost of the STISE and students are responsible for paying any additional travel costs over and above funding payments received.

Tour leader: Jenneke Foottit, Brisbane Campus –