Primary Health Care School

Learn basic health care skills and knowledge to see both individuals and communities strengthened!

Training Overview

Combine primary health care and God's heart for the poor and needy. Bring hope and healing to developing nations. This is part of the Medical Missions Track - a gap year program.


Start date: 12 January, 2020
End date: 27 June, 2020.


Lecture: $4,010 AUD plus $30 AUD registration fee
Outreach: $3,000-5,500 AUD

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Certificate IV in Primary Health Care Missions (in developing nations communities) (10477NAT).

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The Lecture Phase

Study God's heart for health care | Be trained in skills to meet needs

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.

This school is also the second part of a one-year Medical Track. The Track starts in July with the Medical DTS, perfect for someone looking to take a gap year and get into Medical Missions!

What you'll experience during the lecture phase.

How Jesus Heals

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!

Clinic Practicum

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.'

Skills Training

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.

Topics & Speakers

You will hear from a variety of inspirational speakers, with both medical and health care missions experience!

Week 1.

Nature and Character of God | God's heart for the poor & needy | 8 Keys of Primary Health Care

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Week 2.

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology

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Week 3.

Nutrition and Malnutrition

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Week 4.

Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat | Visual Acuity

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Week 5.

Mobile Clinics and Community Development

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Week 6.

Acute Respiratory Infections | Diarrhoea & Dehydration | Skin Diseases

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Week 7.

Water Based, Related, & Borne Diseases | HIV/AIDS

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Week 8.

Emergency Response

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Week 9.

Mother & Child Health | Antenatal Care & Normal Birth

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Week 10.

Target Diseases and Injection Practicum

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Week 11.

Diagnosis & Treatment | Clinics | Essential Drugs | Praying for the Sick

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Week 12.

Unity and Servant Leadership

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Outreach Phase

Put into practice the skills you have learned. Grow even more in God's heart for the poor and needy as you minister to the felt needs of the poor

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.

Mission experiences during the outreach phase.

Primary Health Care Clinics

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

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.

Evangelism and Praying for the Sick

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.
In 2018 we are focusing on Nepal! There are many exciting opportunities in this beautiful nation. From running Simple Health Care seminars in a bustling city to hiking into the mountains to run a clinic in a remote village, we will allow God to work through us to bring people to Himself, healing them physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Meet the Staff

program: Primary Health Care School

ID: 23

Melissa A.

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