Medical Compassion DTS PLUS
MAXIMIZE your DTS experience by signing up for our Medical Compassion DTS PLUS, which includes our Medical Compassion DTS PLUS our Medical-Based Second Level School, the Introduction to Primary Health Care (IPHC). If you are looking to be equipped for a lifetime of Medical Missions, OR if you want to see whether Medical Missions are right for you, then this is definitely the program for you. This (almost) year-long program will change your life by giving you the opportunity to encounter the Living God, while becoming equipped to follow His call on your life into Medical Missions. So what are you waiting for? Join the Medical Compassion DTS PLUS!
1st Phase - Grow in God: 20 Weeks
Beginning in Tauranga, New Zealand, you will do a Medical Compassion DTS alongside others from around the world. The first 12 weeks are transformational; getting to KNOW GOD more as your learn about a different topic each week. Topics include nature and character of God, hearing God’s voice, identity and calling, relationships, Father heart of God, PLUS much more!
Your DTS will have a Medical & Compassion focus, learning basic primary healthcare skills in medical missions. After the regular DTS classroom time in the morning, a special “stream” is run once a week in the afternoon, teaching a special course giving you "Basic Skills for Medical Missions”. The goals of this stream are to enable students to have a broad awareness of current medical needs in developing countries, and to equip them with general medical skills, so they can participate in various clinics PLUS demonstrate compassion with medical knowledge and practice.
The next 8 weeks are Outreach Phase; you will have the opportunity to reach out to the needy in a developing nation of the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. There may be opportunities to assist people medically through DENTAL, OPTICAL, PRIMARY HEALTH CARE and TRAUMA CARE, but most often our teams find themselves reaching out in ways that mean just as much, like cleaning up after a NATURAL DISASTER, or helping out with FEEDING THE POOR and sharing the LOVE of Jesus with the destitute.
2nd Phase - Serve on Staff: 6 Weeks
The 6 weeks between the completion of your DTS and the beginning of the IPHC is your opportunity to join the ministry of YWAM Marine Reach by serving alongside our staff in an area of ministry around the Base.
You will participate in base worship and intercession times and other aspects of community life, while engaging in meaningful work, gaining valuable experience and skills, PLUS strengthening relationships already established.
3rd Phase – Get Trained and Equipped for Medical Missions: 22 Weeks
The final phase is the Introduction to Primary Health Care School, consisting of two parts. The focus is primary preventative and curative health care.
The initial 12 weeks is lecture phase where you will be trained in various primary healthcare skills. Subjects include biblical basis for health care, anatomy and physiology, food and nutrition, dental care, water and sanitation, mother and child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, skin diseases and community resources. Instructors are from a variety of different healthcare backgrounds including doctors, physician assistants, nurses and long-term missionaries.
After the lecture phase, you will head to Vanuatu (3 hour flight north of Auckland) for 9 weeks outreach where you will put your new skills into practice. Marine Reach has pioneered long term community health care facilities in Vanuatu and you will have the opportunity to participate in the significant work being done there, PLUS also potentially run mobile primary health care clinics in surrounding villages, and on outer Islands of Vanuatu.
The Family Care Centre, which opened in early 2016, aims to serve the poor of Vanuatu with basic medical, pre and postnatal care for mothers and infants, and provide care and support for women and children suffering from domestic abuse. The Regional Training Medical Centre will be used to provide training seminars and housing for the native people of Vanuatu who are looking for mentoring and training, in leadership development, in the health-care and education sectors.
After 9 weeks of outreach you will return back to Tauranga for debrief and the graduation ceremony. This will be the completion of your Medical Compassion PLUS program, however you may wish to explore staffing with YWAM Marine Reach either in Tauranga or Vanuatu, putting all you have learned to further practice.
COME be trained, equipped, and empowered for medical missions in less than a year!
Forty-eight weeks to FORMULATE and then DEMONSTRATE God’s heart of compassion and healing to the nations!
Please Note: All of our DTS's join together weekday mornings for combined lectures, worship, and intercession. The main lectures cover topics like Hearing God's Voice, Relationships, the Nature and Character of God, and the Holy Spirit, to name a few. Normally in the afternoons throughout the week, each individual school will have specific focus groups, also known as streams. The streams are tailor made to focus on each school theme. For example, the Medical Compassion DTS will cover specifics having to do with providing medical care in isolated communities within developing nations, and what compassion might look like in those kind of environments.
Our Discipleship Training Schools are registered with the University of the Nations, but not for the purposes of accreditation as U of N is not an accredited University as stated on their web site. Our Second Level Schools are registered with the University of the Nations, but not for the purpose of accreditation as U of N is not an accredited University as stated on their website. YWAM Marine Reach NZ maintains an affiliate relationship with the University of the Nations.
Medical DTS Curriculum
Below is an overview of what could be covered in our weekly streams:
1. Introduction to Developing World Health
◦ Biblical basis of medical missions / Marine Reach vision
◦ How illness affects poverty
◦ Where we come in and can make a difference
◦ Biblical view of bringing aid and compassion to the world
◦ Biblical basis for compassion through the life of Jesus
◦ God's heartbeat for the people we care for
Practicum: Tangible ways students can show compassion
3. Patient Assessment
◦ History Taking
◦ Taking blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate
Practicum: Practicing vitals
4. Health Education in context of Community Transformation
◦ What is community transformation?
◦ Prevention e.g. hygiene and sanitation
◦ How to prepare a Health education Session e.g. Tooth brushing, hand washing
◦ Why do we do Health Education? Why is it important?
◦ Who determines your health? (poverty, lack of access etc)
Practicum: Prepare Health Education Session
5. First Aid Certification*/ How to approach an accident
◦ Basic First aid
◦ How to approach an accident
Practicum: Mock scenario of accident/Demonstrating skills of CPR
6. Wound Care
◦ Cleaning, management
◦ Discussing supernatural healing and biblical basis
Practicum: Hands on Cleaning and managing of wounds
◦ Stages of Childhood development
◦ Discussion of identity and value of life
◦ Identifying malnutrition
Practicum: Identifying stages of development through scenarios
8. Diagnosis of skin, respiratory, tropical, and chronic diseases
◦ Identifying skin infections
◦ Identifying respiratory infections
◦ Understanding different tropical diseases
◦ Identifying symptoms of chronic diseases
Practicum: Identify symptoms and treatment of diseases through scenarios
◦ Stages of pregnancy
◦ Development of unborn baby
◦ Stages of childbirth
◦ Delivery procedure/breastfeeding
◦ Signs and symptoms of complications
Practicum: Child delivery with mannequins
◦ Anatomy of the eye
◦ Reading glasses
◦ Visual acuity
Practicum: Practice prescribing reading glasses and testing visual acuity
11. Repeat Practicums -- Medical DTS staff
◦ Reading glasses/ Visual Acuity
◦ Vital signs test
◦ Cleaning and bandaging a wound
*First Aid Certification through accredited organisation e.g. St. John's, Red Cross, etc.
Below is an overview of what the IPHC Course Includes:
◦ Hands on training in healthcare techniques & practices
◦ Learning to diagnose and treat common diseases
◦ Importance of nutrition rehabilitation and its impact on community health
◦ Addressing the issues of mother and child health
◦ Exposure to health structures of developing nations
◦ Supporting national healthcare providers through working alongside them
◦ Learning principles of international health and development
◦ The use of field diagnostic tools e.g. rapid malaria tests or hemoglobin test kits
◦ Instruction on the importance, strategy and implementation of immunizations
◦ Learning healthcare practices for areas with little or no access to regular healthcare
◦ Clinical field experience
◦ Instruction and practice of health education for a village environment
◦ Emergency first response training