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International health

We are active within the Asia Pacific region and beyond

Through our international health programs, we are able to harness and share our knowledge, skills and resources with people who live in other parts of the world. We are active within the Asia Pacific region and beyond. We concentrate in our local region, particularly in Papua New Guinea.


Papua New Guinea

We are committed to improving access to healthcare in Madang, Wapenamanda and the Gulf Province.

Modilon General Hospital, Madang PN

Modilon is a regional general hospital in Madang Province in PNG’s north. Although primarily established to serve the 500,000 people living in the province, Madang draws from a wider area as it is connected by road to Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands and Lae in Morobe Province.

  • We have supported Mr John Griffiths to conduct an annual orthopaedic service and education program at the hospital for 15 years. 80 patients were assessed and 23 procedures performed during the latest program conducted in August 2015.
  • Since 2014 we have been providing a pro bono pathology service to the hospital. Specimens are couriered to Melbourne for testing and the results are reported within 13 days, on average. This is vastly improved from the 6 months to 2 years turnaround they had experienced from the in-country service. More than 270 test were performed in the financial year representing a 62% increase on the prior year.
  • In 2008, with support from our architects and planners Jacobs Thomas and Associates and Dennis Martin and Associates we developed plans for a new theatre suite. In 2015, government funding for the project was finally made available and the new theatre suite was formally opened in April 2016. Two Cabrini staff worked with Modilon staff to develop new procedures and protocols for the new facility.

Wapenamanda Centre for Primary Health, a private clinic operating in the Enga Province in the highlands: Cabrini provides philanthropic support towards the purchase of medication and the operational and infrastructure support of the clinic.

Kerema Catholic Health Services in the Gulf Province in the south: Explore primary health care options.

Divine Word University in Madang: Assisted in the development of a curriculum for a new course to train doctors to work in the remote regions. of PNG.


St Mary’s is a 100-bed Catholic hospital owned by the Vicariate and operated by the Cabrini Sisters providing medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care to the local community of 100,000 people.

  • We contribute funds annually to offset operating and capital costs. In addition, the Cabrini Foundation donated $25,000 to fund the repair of the x-ray building.
  • We have conducted monthly teleconferences to provide management support and advice.
  • Cath Garner (Executive Director Mission & Strategy) co-facilitated the regional planning meeting in January 2016.
  • Sue Hewat (General Manager/Director of Nursing Brighton) and Niamh Corkery (Management Accountant) visited In February 2016 to assist with the establishment of an annual operating budget.


Cabrini Ministries’ programs operate from St Philip’s Mission in the rural lowveld, the poorest area in Swaziland. The Cabrini Sisters have been involved at St Philip’s since 1971, and Cabrini Health has supported their work since the mid-1980’s.

The priorities have changed over time, particularly due to the devastating effect of HIV-Aids. Swaziland has one of the highest incidences of HIV-Aids in the world, with more than 42 percent of women of child-bearing age infected with the virus. Prior to the availability of anti-retroviral drugs in early 2004, there were no treatment options in the country for patients with HIV. Swaziland also has an alarmingly high level of multi-drug resistant TB.

Over the last two years, Cabrini Ministries' work has expanded in response to local need to address issues of health, nutrition, education and protection, as well as ensuring mental and spiritual well-being. Delivery of services is primarily achieved through three integrated departments: Health Care, Child Care and Family Services.

In performing its work, Cabrini emphasizes three key methodologies: responses are community and family centric, interventions are assessment based and service delivery is comprehensive and integrated.

Health care is provided through onsite clinics and also a health outreach program, through which the community has access to HIV testing, education, counselling and treatment.

Child care comprises two main areas. The hostel program provides care and support for orphaned and vulnerable children. The children are provided with education, food, shelter, healthcare, mentoring and support. Secondly, an education scholarship program provides uniforms, school fees and books for children living in the community.

Family services works closely with the child care team to provide integrated care:

  • We provide an annual grant towards infrastructure and operating costs.
  • In the recent past we have reviewed their buildings and facilities, assisted in the development of a site master plan and participated in the building redevelopment program.
  • Nearly 100 children in the highest level of care are sponsored by our staff. Some staff donate through the Workplace Giving Program and others pledge to generate the funds each year through social and other fundraising activities.
  • We participate in a primary health outreach to the local community working alongside Cabrini Ministries’ health and child care staff.

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