The Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM) is an Australian Government initiative funded through its official aid agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). PACTAM Pharmacy Support Officer, Michael Nunan with pharmacist Solomon Slarbs and registered nurse Haiger Faka at Visali Rural Health Clinic, Guadalcanal Provence Nursing.

PACTAM places highly skilled technical advisers in partner organisations across 12 Pacific Island countries, with the aim of providing technical advice on the design and delivery of an effective development assistance program. 

PACTAM began as the Pacific Technical Assistance Facility (PACTAF) in response to the Australian Government’s need for a single, effective mechanism to provide technical assistance in the Pacific.  

From inception in 1996 - 2015, AVI was engaged by DFAT to manage all administrative arrangements associated with the technical inputs including; recruitment and selection, preparation, orientation and repatriation, and in-country management, monitoring and support of deployees.  

The image shows where deployees were placed during the PACTAM contract.

Infographic of PACTAM deployees