Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

ktotonaMessage from the Dean

Mr. Kari Totona

Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences! Papua New Guinea is faced with a human resource crisis in the health sector and therefore we at the Faculty are committed to supporting in resolving these challenges.

We have rebranded our name with the blessing and approval of the University Council. In accordance with the mission of the University we will actively pursue to contribute to the development of Papua New Guinea by producing quality health workforce for the country.

The University Council has also approved the creation of a new Department of Medicine which will focus on developing a new program for the training of doctors with a specific focus on rural health and the degree offered will be called Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The Faculty is now focused on the review of all the Program Specification Documents (PSDs) for all the Departments with the view of alignment, technical content update and gathering evidence for appropriate numbers and quality of staff, assets and financing. This will enable the Faculty to plan for the future with appropriate evidence to train quality human resources as required by the National Qualification Framework for Higher Education in Papua New Guinea, the Medical Board and the Nursing Council.

We will continue to deliver our programs, both residential in Rural Health, Environmental Health, Health Management, Physiotherapy and Eye Care as well those offered in flexible mode through the Department of Public Health, Leadership & Training (Advanced Diploma in Emergency Medicine and Diploma in Health Services Management). This year’s major challenge is to the complete review of all our programs to respond to the demand from public and private sectors offering employment to our graduates as well as to align them with academic standards defined by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and recognized internationally.

We look forward to creating solid relationships with our campuses in Tabubil, Western Province and Kokopo East New Britain Province. The Tabubil Campus gives us enormous potential for rural placement and increased networks throughout the North Fly region of PNG. The full amalgamation of the St Mary’s School of Nursing in Vunapope with the Divine Word University now makes it possible to for the school to become a Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The amalgamation also means that the Faculty now has potential for networks in the New Guinea Islands region including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

We are also pleased to announce the development of a new program on Nutrition and Dietetics.

As we continue supporting vision 2050 of the Government, the National Department of Health in the implementation of the National Health Plan 2011 – 2015 and the Health Workforce Enhancement Plan 2013 – 2016 the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is committed to producing human resources with the right attitude and mindsets that are able to provide quality care to everyone in Papua New Guinea.


A special message from the Dean:

We want to introduce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basic building block for character building and changes in attitude of students that attend the classes at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Divine Word University. I encourage all students to read and understand the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was endorsed by the United National in 1948. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

“Think of it! If one understood the basic principles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights; as a public health leader could one make a decision that is contrary to enhancing equity, access and quality of health care to the majority of people in Papua New Guinea?”   NO! It would be difficult to make choices and decisions that will have negative effects on the lives of all people.

The values enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights cut across, religion, gender, age, and race; discourages all forms of discrimination. Understanding these values enables any person to be respectful of others and ensures leaders to make the right choices for their populations.

Awareness of the principles of human rights by young people of today can only create a responsible and caring future for all who have chosen service to the health sector in Papua New Guinea. By creating responsible and caring individuals the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Divine Word University will contribute to overall peace, harmony and a just society for Papua New Guinea.

The hope of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Divine Word University is that all students attending the Divine Word University and all higher learning institutions in Papua New Guinea are made aware of the principle of Human Rights.


Acknowledgment to our collaborators:

“We are thankful to  the many supporters of our programs. There are so many people and organisations that have given us moral, technical and financial support. For this  we are greatly indebted and appreciative. As we develop the new programs we are confident that we will have an increasing number of collaborators.  To this end we look forward to collaborating with individuals and agencies who share our values and commitment to serving the rural majority and the urban disadvantaged. Here in, we add the links of our important collaborators to date and look forward to adding other valued partners who will join us in the short and long term. We look forward to working with you in the spirit of mutual respect and understanding. My our God be our inspiration and guide”.

National Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology
 NDHPNG  Federico II Universiy
 National Department of Health of PNG Federico II University, Italy
PNGIMR  Fred Hollows Foundation HZ
Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand
University of Papua New Guinea  James Cook University, Australia, Australia
VSO – Volunteer Service Overseas DFAT – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia