PRIME Projects of HSA

  • Annual Tutor Training (mid year) - to be held in Perth 23-25th June 2017 - download the brochure here
  • In India - through CMC Vellore in 10 locations around India
  • In PNG - medical - trips to participate in the Tertiary Student Christian Association conferences
  • In PNG - chaplaincy
  • In Hainan, China
  • In South Sudan - NIHSJ Bor
  • In Indonesia - Hope University

About PRiME

  • What is PRIME Australia? 
  • Relationship with PRIME International 
  • What is the structure of PRIME Project of HSA?
  • What are the criteria for tutors?   Prime Tutor Training 20-22 May 2016 Sydney
  • Are you thinking about applying as a PRIME Project of HSA Tutor?
  • A chronology of Prime Project of HSA
What is PRIME?
PRIME - Partnerships in International Medical Education is an organisation based in UK that is becoming an international network of volunteer teachers who make trips to help with education programs for health workers. PRIME also stands for an approach to medical education putting God into the curriculum in a way that will not be offensive to people of different faith backgrounds.
What is in the name "PRIME Project of HealthServe Australia"? 
PRiME Australia is part of PRiME International but HSA is the legal entity in Australia that will provides the accountability for tax deduction etc. 
Memorandum of Understanding with PRIME International  (Partnerships in International Medical Education)
Wording of the MOU can be seen here.
What is the structure of PRIME Project of HSA?
PRIME Project was approved by HSA board in May 2010. The steering committee/ officers are  Carolyn Russell (trainer), Sharon Darlington (trainer)  Michael Burke, and Owen Lewis (coordinator). Carolyn is a gifted medical educator whose practice is in medical counselling. Sharon Darlington is a full time medical educator of undergraduates. Michael Burke, Is very active in developing relationships and going on scoping trips notably to Hainan, Indonesia South Sudan. Owen Lewis makes regular teaching trips to India in the Chistian Medical College, Vellore PGDFM amd MMEd general practitioner training program. He also coordinates Australian tutors and manages enquiries. Around 40 particpants have done the tutor training since the first annual training in 2012.  

What are the criteria for tutors?
Potential teachers may have heard about PRIME Project of HSA through various channels including subscription to newsletters through the HSA web site. Would be visiting teachers will apply indicating their skills and availability. They will submit their CV and supply names of 2 referees - one professional and one church related. The process for selection will be based on that use by PRIME Int. Preference will be given to those with teaching experience and developing country experience, but many candidates may not have both. Two PRIME Project of HSA persons and one PRIME Int. person will review applications. Teachers will understand that HealthServe Australia is a Christian organisation but will not be required to sign the faith declaration, as do those who choose to become members of HSA. During the trips of PRIME Project of HSA, many of the visiting teachers will engage local participants and teachers in conversation about the spiritual aspects of health, but this is not a requirement. 

 Are you:
  • Someone who puts God at the centre of your professional life
  • GP with educator and or developing country experience
  • Specialised doctor with a particular niche in mind
  • Dentist whether generalist of specialised with a heart for teaching
  • Nursing or paramedical skilled person who would like to contribute ?

Prime – Partnerships in International Medical Education donations and tax-deductibility.

Activities of PRiME are in two categories

  1. Located in Australia – e.g. medical education training given to Australian volunteers who may later go on overseas trips to teach. Contributions do not go through the Overseas Aid Fund and are not tax deductible as a donation for overseas development work. However, individuals may be able to claim a tax deduction for their own professional development as a business expense.  HSA also sponsors some overseas participants to join in the PRiME tutor training. The circumstances vary as to how donations are managed. Please inquire through HSA office to clarify.
  2. Located overseas in poorly resourced settings. When Australian volunteer Prime tutors go on teaching trips overseas to resource poor settings, this is regarded as a development activity. Funds raised for such trips are placed in the Overseas Aid Fund and a tax deductible receipt is issued. Tutors arranging their trips liaise with HSA office. An invoice for air fare made out to HSA is paid frrom the funds accumulated for the purpose.

Please write or phone to Owen Lewis <prime AT>  +61434085269 


A chronology of Prime Project of HSA
  • July 2010 PGDFM Contact Programs, Delhi and Chennai - Dr Helen Malcolm and Dr Owen Lewis
  • June 2010 Prime Tutor Training - Brisbane
  • May 2010 Approval of Prime Project by HSA Board
  • May 2010 Exploratory trip to Nepal and China - Dr Owen Lewis 
  • Feb 2010 Trip to Vellore - Dr Alison Walsh - Lactation Consultant
  • Dec 2009 MOU with PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education (UK)
  • Oct 2009 - Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia members requested that CMDFA and HSA engage in discussions aimed at enhancing the long term relationship between the organisdations
  • Oct 2009 - We presented plans for PRIME related activities in the Impact conference of CMDFA
  • Nov 2009 Owen Lewis made a trip to take part in PGDFM the contact program in Chennai and then had a week in Vellore for discussions
  • May 2009 PRIME conference in Brisbane hosted by HSA with Dr John Geater PRIME UK as guest speaker
  • Apr-Jun 2009 Seven Indian and Nepali GP teachers came for a two month fellowship in Melbourne

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