Member from January 29, 2019

St. John Papua New Guinea


St John Ambulance is the leading agency responsible for ambulance and pre-hospital care

St John Ambulance supports the National Department of Health in the coordination of 24-hour ambulance services. We reach some two million people in the Nation’s Capital, Port Moresby and surrounding areas.

The National St. John Council is a statutory body that is responsible for
the governance and oversight of all activities provided by St John Ambulance within Papua New Guinea.

The Council is appointed by His Excellency the Governor General. The Council works through the Australian Priory and the Secretary General of St John International, London. St John is a Sovereign Organisation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II across the Commonwealth of Nations.

24 hours a day, seven days a week

St John operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We use ambulances, four-wheel drive vehicles, rapid response units, and other specialist vehicles to ensure we can reach people at any hour of the day in almost any terrain, weather or situation.

St John Ambulance Stations in NCD

  • 3 Mile

  • Jackson’s Airport Joint Police & Ambulance Station

  • Waigani Joint Fire & Ambulance Station

  • Aeromedical Retrieval Office, 3 Mile

  • Ambulance Emergency Coordination Centre, 3 Mile

Every year we save thousands of lives

In Papua New Guinea, the St John Ambulance Service caters for a population of some 2 million people. We have more than 20 operational vehicles and two ambulance stations. We attend to over 4,000 emergency incidents, and our vehicles travel some 300,000 kilometres annually.

There is increasing demand for coordinated ambulance services. St John is helping provincial and district governments to roll out new ambulance stations and services across Papua New Guinea in partnership with the Department of Health.

It’s not all about emergencies

As well as responding to emergencies, St John also:

Transfers patients between hospitals or from hospital to home

Assists police and fire services by providing medical cover in emergency situations

Arranges and crews air ambulance flights

Offers tailored Health Services for industry and events

Teaches First Aid to communities, schools and corporates

111 calls go to our Ambulance Operations Centres

Emergencies are managed from our Ambulance Operations Centre in Port Moresby. Dispatchers at the Operations Centre are trained to dispatch and coordinate all land, water and air ambulance services.

Every ambulance officer is trained

All ambulance officers, EMTs and paramedics receive on-going clinical training from St John. Our clinical training is constantly being reviewed and aligned with national and international clinical practices. Our training is delivered in partnership with St John Ambulance Australia and with the support of NSW Ambulance Paramedic Educators (New South Wales Government).

Continuing to lead best practice in pre-hospital care

The Clinical Advisory Committee is established to make evidence informed decisions on clinical practice guidelines ranging from first aid to paramedic intensive and critical care. The Committee is comprised of senior PNG and Australian doctors, nurses and paramedics, and has representation from St John first aid trainers.

Paramedics bring the emergency room to the patient

The advanced life-saving medical procedures used by paramedics are shown to save lives in the critical minutes to hours of a medical emergency. Paramedics are highly trained and skilled emergency health practitioners who bring advanced skills to the scene of an emergency, be it road-side or a rural health clinic. These health professionals undertake a University degree followed by specialist training with St John Ambulance, in partnership with senior Paramedic Educators and Academics from St John Ambulance Australia, Charles Sturt University and the New South Wales Government Ambulance Service.

Paramedics make a big difference in improving pre-hospital management of obstetric emergencies, like post-partum haemorrhage and infection, trauma, respiratory and cardiac emergencies and snake bite.
Paramedics travel in special Ambulances equipped with high-end medical equipment including a defibrillator, advanced vital sign monitoring equipment, IV drips, all sorts of emergency medicines, antibiotics, adrenaline, sedatives and analgesics, basic life-saving surgical equipment, oxygen, airway tubes, and of course first aid supplies like bandages and gauze.

How our services are funded

St John Ambulance Services are not fully funded by the government. Funding from the Department of Health and National Capital District fund just under 70% of the direct operating costs. The shortfall must be made up from payment of part charges, community donations, fundraising and revenue from our commercial activities.

Despite being a statutory body, St John relies on financial and voluntary support to help fund the services we provide to your community. Ambulance part charges are a necessary and important contribution to help us continue all that we do.


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