Learn basic health care skills and knowledge to see both individuals and communities strengthened!
Start date: 8 January, 2017
End date: 24 June, 2017.
Lecture: $4,010 AUD plus $30 AUD registration fee
Outreach: $3,000-5,500 AUD
Certificate IV in Primary Health Care Missions (in developing nations communities) (10477NAT).
A successfully completed Discipleship Training School.
Primary health care is the single greatest need in the world today aside from the sharing of the gospel! The PHCS trains students in essential health care that is easily accessible and affordable for communities. You will gain skills to deliver basic health care and health education from a godly perspective in poor communities. This school is for anyone who has a passion for God and for helping the poor, whether you have previous health care training or not. We focus on God's heart for the poor and needy and the Eight Keys of primary health care. During the lecture phase, you will be discipled in God's ways and in basic, practical and teachable health care.
Each week we will get into the Bible and discover the ways that Jesus heals. Together we'll learn how we can apply this to our lives, and to health care ministry. Jesus still wants to heal today and He wants to use us to bring this healing!
Get hands-on and practice setting up a 'clinic.' Whether it's children's checks or a general, eye or antenatal clinic, you will role play to practice diagnosing and treating, pharmacy, and educating 'patients.'
You will be a part of interactive workshops to learn and practice. You'll gain confidence in skills such as checking ears with auriscopes, ear syringing, visual acuity, wound care/bandage practice, listening to lung sounds, etc.
During this cross-cultural experience in the developing world, you will have opportunities to put into practice the clinical skills and knowledge gained in lectures. Your team will set up basic clinics where you will diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses in children and adults. You will also teach and model primary health care in the communities, educating both children and adults in basic health messages such as hand washing and hygiene and fever reduction. Developing a love for the poor and needy is a key as well to seeing communities strengthened. Through all of these things you will have the opportunity to see lives saved from preventable and treatable illnesses.
You will have many opportunities to set up clinics as a team. These may be under a tree or in a church or school building. You'll carry supplies with you and be able to diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions. These range from gastric, ear and respiratory infections to wound care, skin and diarrhoeal diseases. You will also be able to partner with existing health works, doing children's checks, immunisations or antenatal care.
Health education is what changes and improves a community's level of health! Through the simple teaching of hand washing and hygiene, we can see millions of lives saved from disease and death associated with diarrhea and dehydration and water problems. You will be able to teach people as they come to clinics, or get into the community and teach in a variety of settings - schools, clinics, churches - training them to teach others.
Ministering to the whole person is a vital part of the community's health. As missionary health care workers, we get the privilege of carrying with us the power of God to transform! We will be actively sharing the gospel and pray for the sick. This is the most exciting part of outreach, as we allow God to work through us to bring people to Himself, healing them physically, emotionally and spiritually.