Health Sciences

Timor-Leste (Dili) - for Midwifery students


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 live. (

Dili is the capital of Timor Leste. Dili National Hospital is the country’s tertiary referral hospital. While in Dili, students are accommodated at a centrally located hotel, within reasonable walking distance to the Bairo Pite Clinic and cafes. Transportation is required to access supermarkets, ATM, churches, and local markets.

During this 10 day clinical experience, students spend time at the Bairo Pite Clinic rotating through the maternity unit, the outreach clinics, and visiting Dili National Hospital. Students also participate in a Train the Trainer program designed to assist the local midwives to educate the Community Birth Attendants. Students are exposed to the other areas of the Bairo Pite Clinic as part of cultural awareness and to appreciate the Timor Leste health care system.

International Study Experience Details

Proposed dates:June/ July
Length of experience:2 weeks
Available places:Limited to approximately 6-8 students
Offered to:3rd year Midwifery students
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. 
Cost:Approximately $3,000.00-$4,000.00 plus approximately $500.00 spending. Costs vary depending on additional flights for Brisbane and Melbourne students getting to and from Melbourne.

Not included in cost: you will need to allow for spending money, as well as obtaining your passport, visa’s (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.
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