Emergency medicine doctors from overseas currently have connections to 2 major emergency departments in Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby and Madang.



Port Moresby General Hospital

  • Approximately ?400 beds
  • Specialties: medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery, emergency, ent, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, radiology and psychiatry
  • Address: Taurama Road, Port Moresby
  • Phone:
      • General Enquires (675) 324-8200
      • Accidents and Emergency (675) 324-8239
      • Adult Outpatient Clinics (675) 324-8241
      • Children’s Ward (675) 324-8316
      • Labor Ward (675) 324-8436
      • Maternity Ward (Ward 11) (675) 324-8367
      • Medical Ward (675) 324-8275
      • Surgical Ward (675) 324-8369


  • Hospital Map and City Map – click map below for link



hosp grounds map


Port Moresby Emergency Department

  • New emergency department opened Dec 2012
  • ~31 beds (1 Resus room, 3 Resus Bays, 7 acute beds, 10 Short stay beds, 10 “Isolation” Beds)
  • ?65,000 presentations/year
  • = based on discussion with admin staff at triage desk (Feb 2013) who registers up to 60 patients per 8 hr shift
  • = thus up to 3 x 60 = 180 patients per day = 365 x 180 = 65,000 presentations per year
  • Case mix: no reliable data  ?15% paediatrics, ?20% trauma, ?20% TB, ?20% Malaria
  • Staff: 5 fulltime emergency physicians, 12 registrars, 5 residents
  • Registrar teaching every Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am – 10am
  • Currently not approved yet for 3 months ACEM accredited ED rotation


Modilon Hospital Emergency Department in Madang

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Profile Information 

  • Modilon Hospital bed capacity = 270 beds.
  • Emergency Department sees 10-20 patients per day
  • Outpatients department sees up to 250 patients per day

Madang Visiting Clinical Lecturer Programme

  • The following paragraphs are extracts from an article in Emergency Medicine Australasia (2012) 24, 547–552, “Capacity building in emergency care: An example from Madang, Papua New Guinea” by Georgina A Phillips, Jamie Hendrie, Vincent Atua and Clement Manineng.
  • Divine Word University (DWU) is an emerging national university of Papua New Guinea (PNG) based in the provincial capital of Madang, providing training for Health Extension Officers (HEOs). HEOs form the backbone of healthcare delivery in PNG as clinicians, public health officers and health centre managers. Both campus-based and clinical teaching at the nearby Modilon Hospital is limited because of significant resource constraints.
  • This article describes a visiting clinical lecturer programme in which Australasian emergency physicians and emergency registrars deliver teaching to HEO students at DWU and Modilon Hospital.
    Volunteer doctors are briefed pre-departure and given prepared educational tools. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, and include the possibility of accredited training for emergency registrars through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. DWU provides secure accommodation and assistance with travel and visa logistics. Tasks for visiting lecturers include delivering campus-based teaching on emergency medicine (EM) topics, structured and opportunistic bedside tutorials, and clinical teaching and assistance with ED care alongside local EM clinicians.
  • Programme evaluation has relied on qualitative feedback, which has been positive from all stakeholders. Visiting lecturers gain teaching skills and insights into the challenges of emergency healthcare delivery in an international, resource-constrained setting. Local staff receive assistance and support as well as learning new teaching skills. Students receive increased interactive learning opportunities.
  • This programme provides positive models of both emergency care capacity building in a resource-constrained setting and training in international EM for Australasian clinicians.
  • Click image below for full article:

madang article

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