No Roads Expeditions

Expeditions

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No Roads Health Medical

Background

TESTIMONIALS. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT THE NRH TRIPS? 

Thirty percent (30%) of our trekkers have either repeat trekked with us or gone on to become Clinical Team Leaders. The vast majority of trekkers have stayed engaged through social media, emails, fund-raising events and advocated throughout their professional networks to promote No Roads – Health work in PNG which we believe is testament to the quality of the program. 

 

A perfect antidote to the humdrum of GP life in the burbs. Medical presentations to bring back that wonder of diagnosis. People appreciating your efforts to help, even when you can't always.  Diagnoses that have never appeared on your list of differentials, what a challenge. The people of PNG are refreshing and bring you back to why you are in this career. Maybe even improving your medicine / nursing back home. - Dr Barry Teperman

 

Wow, what an amazing adventure!!! It is hard to find the words to describe this experience which has changed my outlook on life forever!!! The people we met were happy, welcoming and beautiful. The nursing is in locations you can only dream of, is back to basics and pushed us out of our comfort zone in ways we did not anticipate. What a privilege to walk, talk and work hard with like minded people. We shared so many laughs, stories, history and some very special memories in this majestic, remote location. No Roads – Health supports people to experience something wonderful and I am so very proud to have been involved with such a wonderful group of professional people who, together, are truly making a difference in Papua New Guinea. Make this part of your next adventure, you won’t regret it!!! ...... And if you think you can’t...... you can!!!..... get out there and do something that will change your life forever!!! - Mia 

 

No Roads - Health - where do I start? My experience was so far above and beyond my expectations of what it would be. Working with a group of people from different professional backgrounds, and with different levels of experience, to provide health care to the people of PNG was an amazing experience. There were things we came across that stumped us and provoked different emotions in all of us. I learnt so much about both PNG's and Australia's health care systems, and what we can do when we combine our healthcare workers to create a team with nothing but the wellbeing of the people of PNG in mind. I will do it all over again as soon as I can. Absolutely loved my time as part of the No Roads - Health team. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.' - Bianca Di Sciascio

 

Hard to sum up the experience using words. It was much more than I could have anticipated. The local hospitality, generosity, warmth and good will shown to us was amazing and unexpected. The wonderful scenery and lushness of the villages made a wonderful backdrop for the outdoor clinics. I didn't expect to have withdrawal symptoms when I came home! I'm hooked and can't wait to go back. - Fiona

 

2015 - Katie – RN from WA“Stewart no words can describe my experience. Hands down the best thing I have done and I've done a lot! …..! Thanks for a bril trip x”

 

2015 – Elysha – Graduate RN “Words cannot explain how incredible the past week has been. I can't thank the No Roads Health team enough for allowing me to be part of their mission to improve healthcare and its accessibility to the remote areas of PNG. We treated over 400 people assisting in the vaccination of over 80 children, conducted over 80 eye tests and provided general healthcare and promotion. The difference we made in eight days to so many lives is such a rewarding feeling!”

 

2015 – Hannah – Trainee Midwife “This trip to PNG changed my life in a way that I cannot even describe! I feel so blessed that we as a team were able to touch the lives of 430+ beautiful people. I cannot wait to get back over there in the future and do it all again”

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT STEWART AT health@noroads.com.au. 

Overview

Since Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia back in 1975, the country’s healthcare has been a major issue. It has had some of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, high infant mortality rates and a low ratio of healthcare workers to population.


Thankfully, this is beginning to change, and more focus on community healthcare programmes is increasing awareness and improving education around the issue. That’s why No Roads Expeditions is delighted to support DFAT, PNG health authorities and partner NGO's to help make a difference.

The Kokoda Track is a place of great national significance, having been the site of a major battle between Australian troops and the invading Japanese army in 1942. It’s a poignant and emotive place that weighs heavy with memories of hardship and sorrow. Hopefully, we can remember this past but also be part of creating a better future for those who live in the region.

The No Roads - Health expedition aims to introduce healthcare professionals into local villages, providing general medical care while passing on knowledge and skills to local people. The education is centred around maternal and infant health, wound and infection management, and nutrition. Making a real difference when and where it matters.

The expedition differs from other projects in that this is not a short-term goal. Our aim is to provide a consistent, coordinated approach that delivers real outcomes over time. It aims to consult local communities and work with them in the most effective way possible. Most importantly the project is ongoing, with approximately four expeditions each year visiting communities now and into the future.


The Central Kokoda Track expedition follows the legendary trail for parts of its 100-kilometre length, through the rugged terrain of the Owen Stanley mountains. It’s tough going but incredibly rewarding both physically and emotionally. It’s an amazing bonding opportunity and your chance to experience something new while helping to improve the lives of local people in the long term. Our Coastal expediton is somewhat easier, as we visit the villages amongst the majical fjords of the Tufi District.


If that’s something you’ve always wanted to do, then this is the trek for you. Get in touch to find out more or discuss the itinerary of our tours.

 

We run two types of different expeditions throughout the year.

  1. Central part of the Kokoda Track - Grade 3 (Difficult)

  2. Coastal expedition near Tufi - Grade 2 (Moderate)

To learn more about the No Roads - Health program please visit our Project Page where we have a latest news blog, links to recent expedition reports, more information about our mission and objectives and much more.

Itinerary

Our mission:

To partner with aid agencies to deliver targeted health activities which benefit the people of Papua New Guinea.

Routes

Central Track Expeditions 

A selection of measurable outcomes has been provided as part of the Australian Governments' Aid Program to PNG.  Expedition deliverables will be based on the needs of the time and the skill sets of trekkers. This expeditions is rated Grade 3 - Difficult.

Day 1 (Friday) - Travel Australia to Port Moresby 

The expedition team will meet at Melbourne Airport (or at Jackson International Airport Port Moresby -  interstate team members).  The Clinical Team Leader will act as host and coordinate travel to Port Moresby.  The team will be met at Port Moresby Airport by the Expedition Leader (No Roads) and be transferred to the Holiday Inn.  That afternoon, the team will rest and have dinner and undertake a formal pre expedition briefing with representatives of AUSAID and PNG Eye Care.
(overnight Holiday Inn)

Day 2 (Saturday) Six Mile Medical Clinic & No Roads XPD Compound medical clinic
Breakfast at the Holiday Inn.  The team will travel to The Six Mile Government Clinic where they will work with local health care workers at one of the nations busiest facilities.  People will have travelled for miles around to obtain medical treatment.

After lunch the team will travel to the compound where the track people live in Port Moresby and undertake a clinic.  These people are the relatives and "WONTOK"of the No Roads XPD porters. (Wantok is Tok Pisin that literally means "someone who speaks my language", which by implication means someone from the same village or nearby (Papua New Guinea has the highest diversity of languages in the world, with over 800 languages; the average language is spoken by only 5,000 people) (overnight Holiday Inn)

Day 3 (Sunday) - Flight POM to Efogi.  Trek Efogi to Kagi
Breakfast at 5.30am and then leave for Port Moresby Airport where will board our charter flight to Efogi.  This 30 minute flight will take us over the Owen Stanley Ranges and much of the Kokoda Track.  If visibility is good, we will be able to view the famous dry lake beds of Myola where the biscuit bombers dropped supplies to our troops in 1942.

We land in Efogi where will meet our porters and the Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) who will be part of our team for the week.

After organising our gear we will trek to Kagi, a four hour tough haul across the Kokoda Track where will have lunch, set up camp and introduce ourselves to the people of Kagi.  We will hold a training session with the CHWs that evening and a briefing session for the next day.

Day 4 (Monday) - Morning clinic Kagi
Both Groups will spend the morning in Kagi working out of the aid post and visit any people who are unable to make it to the Health Clinic at Naduri (1 hour walk away). Trek Kagi to Naduri, afternoon clinic Naduri.

Naduri has a new Health Clinic and we will be part of its ongoing establishment and development.  Lisa Chapman (Team Leader Midwifery) will facilitate an education session for the woman while Jo Bergman (Clinical Coordinator / Team Leader) will coordinate clinical and mentoring activities at the Naduri Health Clinic.   This will be the general format of all village visits. (overnight Naduri)

Day 5 (Tuesday) Trek Naduri to Efogi, afternoon clinic Efogi
Efogi has a Health Clinic.  Many of the women will be working in the fields during the day so we will spend some time auditing the facility and training/mentoring the CHWs. We will most likely have an early dinner and run a clinic in to the night.

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Trek Efogi to Menari (via Brigade Hill)
We will hold a service at Brigade Hill and enjoy a tough but beautiful walk to Menari where we will swim in the river prior to trekking up to the village and camp. Afternoon clinic in Menari.

Day 7 (Thursday) - Flight Menari to POM
Expedition review and dinner (overnight Holiday Inn)

Day 8 (Friday) - Travel Port Moresby to Australia

 

Coastal Trail Expeditions 

A message from Stewart Kreltszheim, Project Manager (No Roads to Health) & Expedition Guide :

" I went to Tufi on the coast of PNG for a relaxing holiday and quickly realised that No Roads to Health needed to return here.  Whereas the villages of The Kokoda Track are isolated by rugged terrain, these villages are denied health care by vast expanses of water which are susceptible to strong winds and rough seas.  The Health Centre in this region cannot cope with the demand placed on them with their limited resources and they, along with the villages, are hopeful that we can replicate what we have done in the highlands in this beautiful coastal region."

This is not a hard trekking expedition - we will travel to many of the villages by boat and canoe as there are "No Roads"!!! 

This expeditions is rated Grade 2 - Moderate


Day 1 (Monday) - Travel Australia to Port Moresby - meet your connecting flight to Popondetta - 4WD Popondetta to Buna

The expedition team will travel to PNG and will be met at Port Moresby Airport by the Expedition Leader and Clinical Team Leader. The team will then be transferred to the Domestic terminal to board a flight to Popondetta. Upon landing, the tam will be met by Mary Tamu and transferred to a 4WD for a roughed few hours drive to Buna.  The beautiful village of Buna is situated on the coast of PNG and we will meet the amazing Rodney (Community Health Care Worker) who continues to service this area by himself along with a group of dedicated Village Health Volunteers - often seeing in excess of 50 people a day.

Day 2 (Tuesday) – Buna Clinic

Up early (get used to it!!) Breakfast at the guest house and then off to the Buna Clinic for the day. Some of the team will dedicate themselves to a school clinic - delivering health education programs and providing health services where required.

This unique coastline is the spot where the Japanese first landed and established a beach head for their campaign along the Kokoda Track. The beachhead battles of Gona, Buna and Sanananda formed the final, bloody stage of the campaign in Papua during 1942–43. Yet the story of these battles is often overlooked, meaning that their challenges, their tragedy and their significance remain largely unrealised. From mid-November 1942 exhausted, battle-weary Australian and inexperienced American troops began a brutal and uncompromising two-month campaign against the Japanese-held beachheads at Gona, Buna and Sanananda. The Allies' attacks stalled against desperate Japanese defenders and their labyrinth of bunkers and trenches. Here your expedition guide, will tell the story of the battles where more Australian soldiers were killed that on any other part of the Kokoda Track.

Day 3 (Wednesday) – Boat Buna to Tufi (weather permitting) or alternatively we will 4WD back to Popondetta and travel by commercial flight to Tufi

Close your eyes and in your mind take the fjords of Norway and place them along the coral coast of Fiji and that's Tufi.  It is one of the most spectacular and breath taking coastal regions that I have ever seen.

Tufi is located in Oro Province on the NE side of the mainland of Papua New Guinea, approximately 250 kilometres ENE of the capital, Port Moresby. Situated between Lae and Alotau on the tip of Cape Nelson, Tufi is 130 km E of Kokoda and 120 km ESE of Popondetta, the capital of Oro Province. Tufi Resort is set in a very unique and pristine region of PNG. With its clear waters, this region hosts some of the best diving in the world. From large coral outcrops and shelves to sandy cays, deep fjords and surrounding rainforests, 

On arrival we will be transferred to Komoa Beach for our first village stay.

(Overnight at Komoa Beach: Hosts - Randall & Moses)

Day 4 (Thursday) – Komoa Beach - Tufi - Baga (via Goodenough Village)

Breakfast at 6.30 am and then we will be picked up by the Tufi Resort Dive Boat and shuttled across to Tufi Village.  Today is antenatal day and we will meet the Health Extension Officer (HEO) Bevan YAGA and his team of Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) who we will be supporting over the next few days.

After lunch we will travel by boat back to Komoa Beach and trek to Goodenough Village for a clinic and onward to Baga village for our overnight stay. 

Day 5 (Friday)  Baga Village - Tainabuna School - Garewa Village

Up early again for a clinic at Baga and then we travel by boat to Tainabuna Village and school to deliver health education to the students and attend to any local health needs.

After the school we will travel by boat to the beautiful Garewa Village where we can swim, snorkel or just lie on the beach and take in the amazing coastal view.

(Overnight at Garewa Village: Hosts Fabian and Mildred)

Day 6 (Saturday) - Garewa Village - Orotoaba Village - Jebo Village

No rest for the team today.  Whereas Saturday is "The Sabbath" in the highlands, the first missionaries here were Anglican and their religion remains predominantly Anglican today. After breakfast we travel by boat to Jebo Village and then trek through the undulating countryside to the inland village of Orotoaba. This historically has been one of our busiest clinics and the only health care this village will recieve.

In the afternoon we trek back to Jebo Village for lunch and an afternoon clinic.

(Overnight Jebo Village: Hosts Lancelot and Windorah).


Day 7 (Sunday) – Jebo Village (via Tufi Resort) - Sefoa Village

Since the majority of villages will be at church this morning, our team will take the opportunity to return to Tufi Resort and check in and organise ourselves for our departure tomorrow.

However our work is not done!!  After lunch at the Tufi Resort we will travel by boat to Sefoa Village for our final outreach health patrol.

Tonight we get to relax in style at the beautiful Tufi Resort, reflect on the last 8 days and enjoy each others company.

(Overnight at Tufi Resort: Host Stuart and his team)

Day 8 (Monday) – Flights Tufi - Popendetta - Port Moresby – Australia.

A huge day of travel home to Australia by commercial aircraft (no more boats).

Administration : All participants will be required to have a valid Australian passport, PNG Visa, be responsible for their own medical inoculations and have travel insurance relevant to PNG for the duration of the expedition. You will also need to sign Trekker Agreement which outlines your responsibilities. 

It will be necessary to be cognizant of the fact that we will be in a rural environment in PNG with no electricity and limited facilities.  The target audience will be PNG villagers with limited English (we will work through interpreters) and little to no education.

Each participant / client of a No Roads to Health expedition will be responsible for self-funding or fundraising their own expedition costs.  This will be supported by the No Roads to Health Team.

An expedition shirt will be designed and supplied to all participants.

Flights & all PNG logistical arrangements will be facilitated by NO ROADS Expeditions including the procurement of porters, food, accommodation etc.

A detailed list of what each participant should take will be provided to each member of the expedition 3 months prior to the expedition dates.

     

      

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby 
  • Flight to Efogi and return flight from Menari (flight to and from Popondetta for Coastal trips)
  • Track Permits and Camp Fees
  • All meals while on the Track
  • Medical Registration within PNG
  • Induction programme before the expedition
  • 1 No Roads Trek Guide
  • 1 No Roads To Health, Health Professional
  • All transfers
  • Local guide and porter team
  • Team Tshirt

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Meals while in Port Moresby except breakfast which is included in your expedition fee
  • Beverages
  • General spending money
  • Visa

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