About Us

Care, Connect, Serve, Build

YWAM Medical Ships

Youth with a Mission (YWAM) is a worldwide Christian movement operating in more than 180 countries since 1960. YWAM is decentralised in structure; each centre is financially and legally autonomous, allowing locations to adapt and serve the specific needs of the community. YWAM Medical Ships is a Christian charity that aims to care, connect, serve and build with communities. YWAM Medical Ships values individuals’ rights to quality of life.

Care, Connect, Serve, Build.

The shared motivation is to provide people with the following:

Healthy relationships

Exposure to Christian faith and values

Fair and productive government.

Opportunity to work and develop

Access to quality health care

Food, clean drinking water and shelter

Opportunity for education

Expression of culture, arts and entertainment

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations. YWAM Medical Ships is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self – regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Information about how to make a complaint can be found at www.acfid.asn.au

What we do

YWAM Medical Ships is actively developing communities by addressing health care and training needs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in partnership with the relevant national and provincial government administrations. The program is guided by the vision and priorities of key policy documents including PNG’s National Health Plan: 2011- 2020 (NHP: 2011-2020). It also honours the PNG – Australia Partnership for Development: Health and HIV/AIDS Schedule and a shared commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

YWAM Medical Ships implements its program, in association with key stakeholders and partners, via use of a Training and Medical Ship and land-based teams deployed in rural PNG communities. Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) are in place with a number of sector leads including the National Department of Health (NDoH) and provinces engaged. All of YWAM Medical Ships staff, including senior project managers, are full-time volunteers.

YWAM Medical Ships is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, and World Relief Australia Code of Conduct.


YWAM Medical Ships’ vision is based on the need for a respectful and collaborative partnership with the people of PNG and Australia. The aim is to see major, sustainable health improvement and education in PNG while simultaneously seeing relationships strengthened between Australia and PNG.


To see improved quality of life for the people of PNG through development-focused programs, with current emphasis on the health sector, while also building Australians’ capacity to serve through volunteering.

Our Ship


Following the success of a successful five month fundraising campaign in 2014, YWAM Medical Ships purchased the MV YWAM PNG to service remote areas of the Southern Region of PNG with health and training services. The vessel replaced YWAM Medical Ships first vessel, the MV Pacific Link, a 35 year-old Japanese fishing vessel with an on board dentistry clinic and capacity to accommodate up to 50 volunteers. The MV Pacific Link has since been re-deployed to Madang and East Sepik Provinces under the management of YWAM Ships Kona.

The MV YWAM PNG is a 15 year-old catamaran that was formerly a cruise ship. The vessel boasts a shallow draft and capacity to accommodate 100+ volunteers.

In 2016, an onboard dentistry clinic, day procedure unit and laboratory was added to the vessel, along with four small boats that can be launched from the ship to reach extremely remote communities.

Another round of renovations are planned June – September 2017 and will include the construction of a multi-purpose training/common room, the installation of new water makers and accommodation upgrades.



Western Australia 1999


60 Meters

15 Meters


2.1 Meters


Fixed props


2x MTU 12v2000 1,576kW


Cook Islands

Economical Speed:

12.5 knots


100 Berths

Our Team

YWAM Medical Ships engages a committed and diverse team drawn from many nations. All self-funded volunteers, these staff work together with a network of advisors and other professionals to support the work of the Training and Medical Ship in PNG.

Volunteer Nationalities

  • Australia (44%)
  • PNG (16%)
  • USA (14%)
  • New Zealand (10%)
  • Canada (8%)
  • Switzerland (4%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Others (4%)

Board of Directors


Ken Mulligan OAM, OBE
Managing Director


Rebekah Hoover

Jeremy S

Jeremy Schierer


Jared Hoover


Anna Scott



Hon. Mike Reynolds AM

Patron – Australia


The Rt. Hon. Sir Rabbie Namaliu GCL CSM KCMG

Patron – Papua New Guinea

Annual Reports