Doctors Volunteers for Papua New Guinea (Sopas District Hospital)


Wabag, Papua New Guinea

Opportunity provided by

Doctors Assisting In South Pacific Islands (DAISI)

Aims to support and collaborate with its South Pacific neighbors and consists of specialist and nonspecialist doctors, medical students, nurses, allied health professionals, and nonmedical volunteers.


Sopas District hospital is located in the Remote Enga Province, of the Highlands of PNG.  It has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DAISI and regularly receives DAISI volunteers. Access is via Wapenamanda airport. In March 2019 Sopas District Hospital acquired laparoscopic Surgery and since has had ongoing training in laparoscopic surgery.  Although the hospital has no onsite anaesthetist, it has two Anaesthetic Scientific officers (ASOs) who receive regular anaesthetic training from volunteering DAISI anaesthetists.


Wabag Papua New Guinea

Professional designation


Members Needed

Medical Doctor


Healthcare services needed


Women's Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Internal Medicine



Travel logistics

Visa & Passport

Insurance Requirements

  • Requires Participant Travel Insurance



Medical licensing & restrictions

Any qualified doctor or nurse wanting to volunteer in any of the South Pacific Islands must have approved temporary medical or nurse registration to practice in that country. Please email [email protected] for more information. For doctors an application form is then emailed along with police and working with children check/certificate and the names and mobile contact number of three referees to [email protected]. Successful applicants will then have their applications emailed to the respective country. DAISI volunteers are exempt from having to pay medical and nursing registration fees.

Local medical licensing required for MD

Additional notes & documents

If you are a UK, Australian or New Zealand passport holder you do not need to apply for a visa prior to leaving to visit most islands in the South Pacific, but you do need proof of your return flight. It is recommended that you print out your full itinerary to show to customs on arrival. Most islands will provide a free of charge 30 day visa on arrival. Volunteering in the South-Pacific Islands is an incredibly generous offer of your time and income. In general a return plane trip from Sydney or Auckland is not cheap costing around $1,600 to the Solomon Islands or Kiribati. PNG, Vanuatu and Fiji are significantly cheaper destinations to visit. Accommodation is generally not provided by the hospital, so will also need to be organised by volunteers. You can book your flights and accommodation online independently, or if you prefer contact [email protected] and request DAISI to organise your flights abs accommodation.

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