Health Sciences

Vanuatu (Port Vila)


Vanuatu is a developing country in the South Pacific, approximately 3 ½ hrs from Sydney by plane. Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu on the island of Efate, and home to the country’s tertiary referral hospital. Whilst in Vila, students are accommodated at a centrally located motel, within walking distance of the supermarket, ATMs, churches, hospital, and the central market.

During this 17 day clinical attachment, students undertake a cultural village tour to learn about the Kastom and people of Vanuatu. Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery students spend one week at the hospital rotating through a range of clinical areas including Outpatients, Maternity, Paediatrics, Emergency, ENT Clinic, Paediatric Outpatients, Women’s Health, Eye Clinic, and Maternal Child Health. Paramedic students spend a significant period of their time attached to the private ambulance service, Promedical.

Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery students have a 3 night homestay experience, where they are billeted with a family in Emua Village in the north of the island of Efate. This is the base from which they travel to experience rural health care delivery as guests of the Puanangisu Health Service. This opportunity can include participation in maternal child health clinics, antenatal care, school health checks, and NCD (non-communicable disease) screening clinics, in a local village or at a dispensary on one of the neighbouring islands.

International Study Experience Details

Proposed dates:June/ July
Length of experience:17 days departing Sydney
Available places:Limited to approximately 20 students per group. Maximum 2 groups offered.
Offered to:Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine students from Brisbane, Canberra and North Sydney Campuses.

Between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00 plus approximately $800 spending. Cost varies depending on additional flights for Brisbane and Canberra students getting to and from Sydney. (Paramedic students who stay in Vila need to pay for the additional accommodation costs).

Costs include: airfares to and from Sydney, accommodation for 14 nights, Vila airport transfers, some in-country transport, and some meals.

Not included in cost: personal spending money (including meals, some in-county transport, 3 day homestay (6000VT), 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.
Tour Leader:Paul McDonald, North Sydney Campus, e