Who We Are


Rocketship is an Australian-based non-profit health and development organisation with a vision of healthy Pacific communities supported by strong and sustainable primary healthcare systems.

Rocketship stands for Remote Opportunities for Clinical Knowledge, Education and Training and Support for Health In the Pacific. Rocketship was born out of the realisation that the health needs of Pacific island people were not being adequately met.

To address the poor health outcomes in Pacific island countries, Rocketship applies the ‘primary healthcare approach’, as defined in the Declaration of the Alma Ata (International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 1978):

“...essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.”

We therefore employ a diagonal approach which involves working to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health system components such as primary care facilities and the skill-sets of health professionals, while simultaneously working with our national government and development partners to strengthen health systems as a whole.


Healthy communities across the Pacific.


To share skills and work in partnership to achieve strong, sustainable primary healthcare systems in Pacific island countries.



Rocketship is committed to complementing and strengthening existing health structures and frameworks, adding value and building capacity where possible. To achieve this, Rocketship works in partnership with key stakeholders including national governments, international and regional bodies and agencies, as well as other non-government organisations. Rocketship also works in partnership with local communities to improve their health and well-being through improved access to quality services and information and by addressing the broader determinants of health.


A key focus for Rocketship is to build the technical knowledge, skills and capacities of healthcare professionals across the different levels of the health system in line with the principles of primary healthcare. In doing so, Rocketship seeks to implement evidenced-based and innovative approaches, adapting these approaches to the local context to ensure impact, ownership and sustainability. In addition, Rocketship is committed to its own adaptive learning to ensure that the organisation continues to best meet the health needs of the Pacific communities it serves. Finally, Rocketship values local knowledge, and as such is committed to learning from the communities, organisations and institutions with whom it works.


Rocketship strives for excellence in all of its endeavours, ensuring that its programming supports and strengthens health systems in line with international best practices and standards. Furthermore, Rocketship seeks to inspire excellence within health workforces across the Pacific by improving clinical knowledge and building capacity.


Rocketship believes access to and control of quality healthcare is a basic human right that should be afforded to everyone regardless of nationality, gender, sexuality, religion, economic background or ethnicity. More specifically, Rocketship seeks to ensure that all individuals enjoy ready access to high quality primary healthcare that supports the unique needs of Pacific communities across their life-course.

Core Team

  • Dr Lachlan McIver

    Founder & Chair of Directors

  • Bonnie Ward


  • Dr Sam Jones


  • Dr Dan Manahan


  • Rory O’Donohoe


  • Brett Cowling


  • Brooke Fallon

    Executive Assistant

  • Claire Waddell

    Communications Manager

  • Dr Steve Kuartei

    Technical Advisor