Health Sciences

Vanuatu (Santo)


Vanuatu is a developing country in the South Pacific, approximately 3 ½ hrs from Sydney/Brisbane by plane. Santo is the largest island situated to the north of the capital Port Vila. The accommodation is centrally located and close to the local market and main street shops, the hospital is approximately a 20 minute walk or a short taxi ride up the hill.

Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) is a 100 bed secondary referral hospital situated in Luganville the main town on Santo. NPH is staffed by doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals providing maternity/obstetric, medical, paediatric, surgical, inpatient and outpatient services and a range of specialist outpatient clinics.

During this trip, a visit to a Kustom Village will be arranged so students can learn about NiVan culture. A rostering system will allocate Bachelor of Nursing students to most areas of the hospital while Bachelor of Midwifery students will be rostered in maternity areas. Bachelor of Paramedicine students will gain experience with the local ambulance service, and in the emergency department or other wards as deemed by the workload of the service. Students may have opportunities to travel with the Rural Health team and visits to community health centres will be arranged.

International Study Experience Details

Proposed dates:June/ July
Length of experience:2 groups x 2 weeks
Available places:Limited to approximately 16 students per group (8 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine, 6 Bachelor of Midwifery, 2 Bachelor of Paramedicine). Maximum 2 groups offered.
Offered to:Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Paramedicine, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate entry), Bachelor of Paramedicine - Melbourne and Ballarat Campuses
Cost:Between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00.

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.
Tour Leader:Cath Wright, Melbourne Campus, e