ROCKET+SHIP Pacific 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.
ROCKET+SHIP stands for Remote Opportunities for Clinical Knowledge, Education and Training and Support for Health in the Pacific. ROCKET+SHIP Pacific 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, ROCKET+SHIP 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 discrete health system components such as primary care facilities, the skill-sets of health professionals, participatory and inter-sectoral community development, whilst simultaneously working to strengthen the health system 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.
ROCKET+SHIP is committed to complementing and strengthening existing health structures and frameworks, adding value and building capacity where possible. To achieve this, ROCKET+SHIP works in partnership with key stakeholders including national governments, international and regional bodies and agencies, as well as other non-government organisations. ROCKET+SHIP also works in partnership with local communities, seeking to empower and enable individuals and 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 ROCKET+SHIP 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 health care. In doing so, ROCKET+SHIP seeks to implement evidenced-based and innovative approaches, adapting these approaches to the local context for impact, ownership and sustainability. In addition, ROCKET+SHIP 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, ROCKET+SHIP values local knowledge, and as such is committed to learning from the communities, organisations and institutions with whom it works.
ROCKET+SHIP 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, ROCKET+SHIP seeks to inspire excellence within health workforces across the Pacific by improving clinical knowledge and building capacity.
ROCKET+SHIP 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, ROCKET+SHIP 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.
Dr Lachlan McIver
Founder & Directorlachlan@rocket-ship.org
Dr Pat Giddings
Dr David Campbell
Dr Sam Jones
Dr Steve Kuartei