Australian Volunteers International

April 4, 2023

Strengthening access to medical care

Whilst 80 per cent of Solomon Islanders live in rural areas, 75 per cent of doctors live in Honiara, the capital city. Access to healthcare in rural areas is a considerable challenge.

Through the Solomon Islands Medical Partnership for Learning, Education and Research, AVI and the Australian Federal Government are working towards the establishment of a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Medicine. This diploma will provide a pathway for junior doctors to develop the skills they need to practice confidently in rural settings, where they are often the only doctor treating a wide variety of ailments.

Watch the video below to learn more: