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The South Pacific Division

The South Pacific Division (SPD) is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and numerous islands throughout the South Pacific Ocean.

The Adventist Church counts about 423,000 members worshiping in nearly 2,000 churches. The division’s population is nearly 37 million people. More than 80 percent of the division’s membership lives in Papua New Guinea and Pacific island nations.

There are three universities in this region: Fulton College in Fiji, Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea, and Avondale College in Australia.

Sydney Adventist Hospital was built in 1903. It employs more than 2,200 staff and 750 accredited medical practitioners and offers surgical, medical and emergency services to more than 50,000 inpatients and 175,000 outpatients each year.

The hospital also operates the Healthcare Outreach Program, which since 1980 has partnered with AusAid and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide surgeries to 2,850 patients in mission fields around the world.

The Adventist Church’s Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company produces several health food products, including Weet-Bix, Australia's top-selling breakfast cereal.

In 1891, Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White arrived in Australia. Her nine years in the region had a major impact on the church’s early work in the South Pacific.

In 1927, David Sibley is believed to have broadcast the first Adventist radio program in Melbourne. In 1966, the Adventist Media Centre in Australia began producing the “Focus on Living” films. Today, the Adventist Media Network operates television, music and magazine outreach ministries.

The division is a diverse region: several nations are predominantly Melanesian, Polynesian or Caucasian, and the division comprises substantial Asian, South American, African and Middle-Eastern communities.

Pathfinder camporee makes splash

Pathfinder camporee makes splash

In what is believed to be a world first for a Pathfinder camporee, the entire event was held on water. A specially-constructed pontoon, afloat on the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, was the site for the week-long camporee, held in December 2017....

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World's smallest pacemaker at the SAN

World's smallest pacemaker at the SAN

Weighing less than a five cent coin, the world’s smallest pacemaker has been implanted during heart surgery at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.  At one-tenth the size of other pacemakers, the new device is the “future”, according to San hospital...

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Australia Day honor for former Sydney Adventist hospital nurse

Australia Day honor for former Sydney Adventist hospital nurse

A former nurse unit manager at Sydney Adventist Hospital was posthumously recognized in this year’s Australia Day honors, which were announced last Friday. Glenys Chapman was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to nursing...

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Australian children write letters to mission story heroes

Australian children write letters to mission story heroes

A group of children in Australia celebrated three months of weekly mission stories from India by coloring Indian flags, preparing Indian cuisine, and writing letters to people featured in the stories.  Scanned copies of the handwritten letters...

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New Zealand fun run supports ADRA

New Zealand fun run supports ADRA

Charity fun runs held during the recent North and South New Zealand Big Camps have raised almost $1500US ($NZD2000) for family and community projects across the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in New Zealand. More than 250 people...

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Program for teenage girls tours Pacific

Program for teenage girls tours Pacific

Before retiring, outgoing South Pacific Division women’s ministries director, Erna Johnson, toured the Pacific, holding a series of meetings for teenage girls. Significant events on the tour included the first Adventist meeting for teenage girls to...

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