A trusted part of the Papua New Guinea community for over 60 years

A trusted Papua New Guinean Life Saving Service

The National St John Ambulance Service of Papua New Guinea (NStJA) is as statutory body and auxiliary service of the Papua New Guinea Government. It operates PNG’s emergency ambulance service and the 111-emergency operations centre.

NStJA is governed by the St John Council Act 1976. It reports to the National Department of Health and works in partnership with Provincial Health Authorities in the delivery of vital emergency services.

A charitable heart; a public service forefront

Despite receiving modest government support, NStJA functions as a charity and is responsible for generating approximately 30% of our operating revenue to sustain our lifesaving work.

Strengthening emergency medical response together

We work together with partners to provide, develop and strengthen emergency medical response and retrieval services in PNG, as an annex of government. We provide a holistic approach to emergency health care by providing services at all stages of a patient’s emergency journey. At a community level we teach first aid which equips people with skills to quickly preserve life in the first few moments. Our fleet of modern ambulances provides emergency medical response and transport. Our at home medical care services helps people get convenient health care at home, reducing the burden on busy emergency departments. We teach basic and emergency life support courses to doctors and nurses, so they have the skills to provide immediate interventions in rural and remote hospitals.

Delivering Compassionate Care 24/7, 365

Hundreds of St John personnel proudly and passionately serve in the road and air ambulance service, providing medical response and patient transport services 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Coordinating responses across the nation

Our ambulance operations across PNG are coordinated from our state-of-the-art emergency control centre in Port Moresby. The centre ensures lifesaving treatment reaches those in need. Anyone can contact St John by calling 111, free from any phone in PNG, or via direct call (+675) 303 1000 (phone credit required).