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Volunteers aboard the YWAM Medical Ship were pleased to find the Health Care Centre in Emeti well stocked with the latest equipment for diagnosing and treating malaria.
Earlier this year the Emeti Health Station, staffed by nurse Antonia Iwani and three Community Health Workers (CHWs), was supplied with the newly available Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) as well as new medication for malaria treatment.
The previous treatment protocol meant that anyone who presented with a fever was treated for malaria. The medication (typically Chloroquine), was being passed out so readily that its effectiveness to treat malaria decreased as resistance to the drug increased.
With the new guidelines introduced by the National Department of Health, CHWs are now able to quickly diagnose and specify the strain of malaria using RTD’s. This allows for more accurate treatment.
Although Antonia and her team are competent medical professionals, distance prevented them from attending training on the new malaria treatment guidelines. It was incredibly frustrating for them to have the resources at their fingertips, but no understanding of how to use them.
Jennifer Perry, primary health care clinic leader on the YWAM Medical Ship, gathered the health station staff for two days of training, which included teaching on using RDTs accurately. After learning the theory, the staff were able to apply their new knowledge in a practical session by performing the tests on one another.
“I’m very confident that Antonia will now do it correctly and will continue to train her CHWs,” Jennifer said.
When asked how a situation like this might be avoided in the future, Jennifer stated that ideally, training should happen on location. “There is nothing better than teaching people in their own environment – there’s a sense of comfort, and they are usually less nervous to perform in front of other people,” Jennifer said. “It would also be helpful to have a smaller ratio of trainer to trainees.”
The health station in Emeti wasn’t the only place found to have a lack of education about the new program. Days later at an aid post in Bamio, Jennifer was able to train two more CHWs from different areas.
Jennifer trained them in how to administer the tests and left a small supply behind for their clinics. Although they hadn’t yet received the updated medication, at minimum they could start to treat people that tested positive for malaria, instead of giving blanket treatments, under the assumption that all fevers indicate malaria.
Two days after the training in Bamio, Jennifer and her team were working at the clinic in Teapopo and found boxes and boxes of unopened RDTs and the new medications. Apparently the Teapopo CHWs didn’t know how to use the new materials either.
The supplies – enough to diagnose and treat 1,800 people – were all due to expire within the month (September 2012). The unopened boxes were postmarked May 2011.
As wonderful as the new malaria treatments guidelines are, it’s rendered worthless if workers are untrained in how to utilize the resources available. The education component is critical to the success of malaria treatment across the nation; unfortunately access to training for CHWs is difficult and costly due to the wild terrain of the Western (and Gulf) Provinces.
YWAM Medical Ships is willing to assist the Department of Health as they partner together to facilitate some of the local training.
“I find it really exciting to be a part of rolling out the new malaria treatment,” Jennifer continued. “The National Department of Health has put together a great program that has the potential to change the health of the entire Western Province if done correctly. We’re so excited about how we can partner with them in seeing that happen.”

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Discipleship Training School

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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January 2021 Reef to Outback DTS

Calling all Aussie adventurers! The January 2021 Reef to Outback DTS is the ultimate combo of inspiring teaching, new friendships, and the opportunity to bring your faith to life. The journey starts at our campus in Townsville for 13 weeks of training before we hit the road in four-wheel drives for nine weeks of outreach to coastal and outback communities in North Queensland.

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021

 

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Global Health DTS

The Global Health DTS is for those who have a passion for health and community development.

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Youth Ministry DTS

The Youth Ministry DTS is suited for those who are passionate about empowering and equipping teenagers to realise their potential and live a life of purpose. 

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2021 Dates 
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Trekking DTS

Our Trekking DTS is for those that love hiking, are willing to rough it in the bush, and are up for a physical challenge in the least explored country on earth - Papua New Guinea.

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2022 Dates
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Trailblazer DTS

Do you dream of unexplored places, adventure, and making a difference? The Trailblazer DTS is for pioneers, explorers, and people who crave adventure.

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2021 Dates
  • 18 July – 17 December, 2021
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

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Reef to Outback

The Reef to Outback DTS is a classic Australian experience where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Aussie culture while growing in your faith and connecting with communities.

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
  • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
 2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
  • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

 

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Performing Arts DTS

The Performing Arts elective is for those who have a passion for music, dance, and other forms of creative arts; particularly with a Pacific Islands expression.

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2021 Dates
  • 18 July – 17 December, 2021
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

 

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Media & Radio DTS

The Media & Radio DTS calls for those who are passionate about using photography, videography, radio broadcasting, writing, and other forms of media to share stories that inspire hope and change! 

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021 
2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022 

 

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All Generations DTS

The All Generations DTS is a classic DTS experience that welcomes the young and old, and everyone in between. It is a unique way to learn from one another while serving the world around you.

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2021 Dates
  • 18 July - 17 December, 2021 
2022 Dates
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

 

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Resources

Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

 

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For Parents

Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 

 


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Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those simply with an interest in healthcare missions who are needing a bit of headspace before diving into university. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is about meeting real needs, bringing hope, and seeing your life transformed in the process!

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December 2021
  • 18 July 2021 - 1 July 2022

 

2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December 2022

 

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Media & Radio Gap Year

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to train and equip effective communicators to share good news and influence change. 

Our Media & Radio Gap Year program is designed to help you grow in your faith while sharpening your skills in the creative arts industry. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into action both on the field and in an office environment.

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2021 Dates
  • 31 January - 17 December 2021

 

2022 Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December 2022

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    Bible Gap Year

    Imagine if you could dedicate an entire year to growing in your faith, digging deep into the Bible, and learning how to share your faith confidently?

    The Bible Gap Year includes a unique combination of personal discipleship, outreach and travel, and a submersion into the Word that will empower you to apply it to your life, and to help those around you do the same.

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    Discipleship Bible School

    2022 Dates
    • 30 January - 16 December 2022

     

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      Maritime Gap Year

      Make a splash with a Maritime Gap Year! Grow in your faith, develop your maritime skills, and reach some of the most isolated communities on earth with our training and medical ship in Papua New Guinea. 

      The Maritime Gap Year includes a unique combination of discipleship, outreach, travel, real hands-on maritime experience, and training that will help launch your career in the maritime industry.

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      2021 Dates
      • 31 January - 17 December 2021

       

      2022 Dates
      • 30 January - 16 December 2022

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        Volunteer

        Whether you are an experienced health professional, a university student, an enthusiastic young person, or a skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

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        Join the YWAM Medical Ships team by becoming a Community Ambassador or Youth Ambassador in your local community. 

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        The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with a dental clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory, four patrol tenders, and accommodation for 130+ volunteers. 

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        Our Footprint

        In collaboration with national, provincial, and district health authorities, we reach isolated communities throughout the Southern Region and Morobe Province.

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        Our volunteer staff team is a diverse mix of different nationalities, ages, skills, giftings, and backgrounds. Their dedication and passion makes what we do possible and we are always looking to expand our team!

         

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        Communication

        Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to help mobilise effective communicators to share good news and influence change. Our communication pathways are tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest.

         

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        Global Health

        Our global health pathways include options for both experienced healthcare professionals, and those who are looking to be trained. Whether you are supporting logistics or in the thick of treating patients in a remote village, you can be assured that you will play a vital part in helping to build healthy lives, communities, and nations!

         

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        Hospitality

        Hospitality is a powerful gift that helps build community and shows care for the individual. Our hospitality pathways are designed to help equip you to deliver various aspects of hospitality with excellence.

         

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        Events

        Events have the power to strengthen hope and build community. Our events pathways will equip you to create unique events with excellence and a bit of pizazz!

         

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        Training

        Training is the key to multiplication! Our training pathways are about equipping others with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to serve communities.

         


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        Youth Precinct

        We recently acquired a facility in Townsville's CBD for the purpose of establishing a vibrant youth precinct. The property includes a 32 bedroom residential facility, a large warehouse, and a substantial outdoor space, all just half a block from the YWAM Townsville City Campus.

         

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        Youth Adventures

        Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

         

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        Our school programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

         

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        Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 
         

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        Youth Ambassadors

        As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to lead your peers and the wider community in helping to support the work of YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.

         

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        Work Experience

        We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

         


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        VET in Schools

        Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

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        Discipleship Training School

        Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

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        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
         2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
        • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

         

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        Introduction to Global Health & Development

        Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

        HLT31215 - Certificate III in Basic Health Care

         

        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021 
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

         

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        Discipleship Bible School

        During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and a series of guest speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

        2021 Dates
        • Lecture Phase: 18 July – 22 October, 2021

        Optional Outreach: 23 October – 17 December, 2021

        2022 Dates
        • Lecture Phase: 30 January – 6 May, 2022

        Optional Outreach: 7 May– 1 July, 2022

         

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        Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing

        The Introduction to Communication, PR & Marketing is a 12-week course (with an optional additional ten-week practicum) that lays essential foundations in communication, while advancing your skills, confidence, and application in a broad range of disciplines. 

        BSB42415 Certificate IV in Marketing & Communication

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        Introduction to Staff & Leadership Development

        A staff internship with a difference! This is a two year, hands on course that trains you in the core aspects of being a full-time volunteer with YWAM anywhere in the world. The skills and knowledge you will gain during the two years apply to much more than just the missions context, they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study. 

        10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

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        Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development

        The Diploma in Advanced Leadership Development  is a hands-on, two-year course that gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership from a Biblical perspective. The training includes a combination of classroom-style learning, practical application, and mentoring. 

        10174NAT Diploma of Christian Missions Leadership

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        Certificate III in Business Administration

        This course is a great introduction into the business world. Your learning will give you a broad set of skills including financial administration, document production, workplace organisation, and customer service. The course includes a combination of online study and volunteer work experience at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, allowing you to gain real ‘on the job’ experience within the context of a charitable service. 

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        Certificate III in Events

        Our mission is to train and empower event coordinators who can facilitate excellent events that inspire and promote celebration. This course will provide a pathway for you to work for event or exhibition organisers in a range of industries. These include the tourism, travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors. 

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        Certificate III in Hospitality

        At the heart of our hospitality training is the desire to impart to students how excellent hospitality can express a sense of peace, value, and belonging. A Certificate III in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in restaurants, hotels, cafés, and coffee shops. 

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        Introduction to Radio & Media

        Introduction to Radio & Media will equip you as a radio announcer, podcaster, or audio producer. As part of your training, you will be working at 99.9 Live FM where we are announcing to over 26,000 listeners in North Queensland with the message “It's Good to Be Alive.” 

        CUA31015 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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        Certificate I in  Construction

        Construction is an integral part of building infrastructure and stronger communities. A Certificate I in Construction is a great introduction into the construction industry. This course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge for the use of construction tools and materials, interpreting and reading plans, taking measurements and making calculations. 

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        Provide First Aid

        During this course you will be equipped with the skills to respond and provide first aid for accidents and injuries, provide life support, provide CPR and manage a casualty’s condition until further help or assistance is available. Your training will be a combination of theory and practical hands-on experience to equip you to assist others in need.

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        Our Training Approach

        Our vocational training is designed for those who are seeking not only a qualification, but also an opportunity to use their vocation to serve others. We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.


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        Volunteer

        Looking for an opportunity to serve while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture? We have a range of dynamic volunteering opportunities in both Australia and Papua New Guinea for both groups and individuals of all ages.

         

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        Mission Build

        Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!

         

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        Medical Ship

        Whether you are an experienced health professional, university student, enthusiastic young person, or skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

         

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        Discipleship Training School

        Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

        2021 Dates
        • 31 January - 2 July, 2021
        • 25 April - 24 September, 2021
        • 18 July - 17 December, 2021
        • 24 October 2021 - 25 March 2022
         2022 Dates
        • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
        • 24 April - 23 September, 2022
        • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
        • 23 October 2022 - 24 March 2023

         

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        Youth Adventures

        Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!