Introduction to
Primary Health Care

Health Care for the Developing World

The Introduction to Primary Health Care School (IPHC) calls those whose hearts beat to see justice prevail, the poor and needy fed, diseases eradicated, and communities transformed. Be trained and equipped as a health care worker for developing nation communities and work hand in hand with YWAM’s Medical Ship; meeting needs and building capacity in the nation of Papua New Guinea.

For YWAM Townsville, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is its closest international neighbour and 38% of it’s population lives below the national poverty line. It is one of the least explored, culturally and geographically. It has the highest incidence of HIV & AIDS in the Pacific bordering along the lines of becoming an epidemic. Malaria is the leading cause of death and illness. PNG is a country that cries out for justice and equality, where voices go unheard, and sickness hovers like an enemy.

The IPHC is not one for the feint of heart. It’s a course that beckons those that long to pioneer and establish new ground. It calls for those whose heart beats for the nations, to see justice prevail, the poor and needy fed, diseases eradicated, and to see God’s people empowered.


July 14th – December 13th 2019

January 26th – June 26th 2020
July 12th – December 18th 2020

Lecture Costs

Cost: $3,850 AUD*  – this covers enrolment fee, registration fee, course deposit, tuition, food, and accommodation.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad. 

Outreach Costs

$2500 – $4000 AUD – this fee covers transportation costs, travel insurance, extra visas, food, accommodation and administration.

Scholarships & Discounts

YWAM Townsville offers the following scholarships and discounts for the lecture phase of our Introduction to Primary Healthcare (IPHC) School.

Developing Nations Scholarships

If you are from a Category B or C nation, you may be eligible for a discount off your training phase fees. For more information on categories and discounts click here.

Please note, only one scholarship/discount can be applied for per applicant. 


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

On completion of all 11 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate IV in Primary Health Care Missions.

Unit: CHR 243.123 – Work effectively in a ministry team – This unit covers the requirements of the importance of working together in a ministry team and the importance of Christian character within that context.

Unit: CMIFWK401A – Work within a Christian missions framework – This unit describes the outcomes required to work within the overall framework of Christian missions.

Unit: CMIPAW401A – Incorporate prayer and worship into ministry activities – This unit describes the outcomes required to incorporate prayer and worship into Christian missions ministry.

Unit: HLTAP401B – Confirm physical health status – This unit of competency describes a detailed level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to confirm physical health status.

Unit: HLTHIR403C – Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers – This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.

Unit: CHCPROM502B – Implement health promotion and community intervention – This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to implement health promotion and community intervention.

Unit: BSBCMM401A – Make a presentation – This unit covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review a presentation to a target audience.

Unit: PHMCHI401A – Identify core health issues in a developing nation community – This unit describes the outcomes to evaluate the health conditions and needs of a developing nation community.

Unit: PHMCHI402A – Assist a developing nation community to address core health issues – This unit describes the outcomes required to develop educational and other strategies to empower a developing nation community to bring improvement in core health issues.

Unit: PHMDIS401A – Facilitate control of preventable diseases in a developing nation community – This unit describes the outcomes required to assist in the management of diseases common to developing nation communities and also facilitating that community in prevention of disease.

Unit: PHMPHC401A – Provide basic primary health care in a developing nation community – This unit addresses the skills and knowledge required for a broad range of primary health care tasks that form a normal part of the function of a missionary primary health care worker in a developing nation community.

Course Work

A range of strategies will be used to assess the outcomes of the school. Manuals, workbooks, book reports, tests, role plays, outreach reports, self–assessment checklists, and supervisor reports are all utilised as a part of this. Our training programs are holistic in nature, and the topics are delivered concurrently, enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge, and character.

* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.


Austudy, Abstudy, and Youth Allowance is available for Australian applicants.


Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent, completed 10473NAT Certificate III in Discipleship (or DTS equivalent) and has a sense of call to Christian Missions, prior to acceptance into this course.

International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the Easy Guide to ESOS.

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"The IPHC equipped me with the necessary skills to serve a developing nation, both physically and spiritually. The world has far too many isolated and forgotten people. The IPHC gave me the skills to bring hope and healing to those who feel hopeless. It was an incredible experience."
Atasha, USA, 20
Atasha, USA, 20
"Doing the IPHC was a great experience for me. I gained so many valuable skills and had a blast using them practically all over PNG. I would recommend it to anyone."
Grant, New Zealand, 27
Grant, New Zealand, 27
"I've always dreamed of being a medical missionary ever since I was a little girl and doing the IPHC made that possible. I never thought that at 21 years old I'd be setting up clinics in completely isolated villages in PNG. I am so thankful for the adventure that this school has been."
Haeley, USA, 21
Haeley, USA, 21
"The IPHC was an incredible time where I got to learn how to be an effective health care worker in any developing nation. I got to learn from an incredible group of people, including doctors, midwives, nurses and more. Going to PNG and applying everything I learned in the classroom was an incredible privilege."
Jeff , USA,  21
Jeff , USA, 21