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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.

Fiji president George Konrote opens Youth Congress

Fiji president George Konrote opens Youth Congress

More than 500 young people from 13 island nations are represented at the Trans-Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) Youth Congress, which is being held this week at Fulton College in Sabeto, Fiji. Fiji...

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Nativity play builds bridges

Nativity play builds bridges

Community members from around Morisset and Cooranbong (NSW) have enthusiastically embraced Hillview Adventist Church’s annual Christmas night markets and nativity play, now in their fifth year.  ...

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Grounds for concern

Grounds for concern

Caffeine sits alongside red meat and stress as a key factor negatively impacting health, according to a groundbreaking study by the Australasian Research Institute (ARI) at Sydney Adventist Hospital. ...

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Queen attends inaugural prayer breakfast in Tonga

Queen attends inaugural prayer breakfast in Tonga

The Queen of Tonga was the guest of honor at a prayer breakfast organized by the women’s ministries department of Tonga Mission. Around 400 people, mainly women leaders, gathered at the Queen Salote...

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New campaign to save lives and limbs in the South Pacific

New campaign to save lives and limbs in the South Pacific

At 16, Sharon should be at school. Instead, she finds herself beside a hospital bed occupied by her mother who awaits surgery on her right foot due to complications relating to diabetes. “I had to...

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Commentary: God’s decisive intervention

Commentary: God’s decisive intervention

Why doesn’t God intervene for the starving children of Yemen? Why is there little support for refugees from Syria? Why has North Korea remained so isolated, threatening the world with nuclear bombs?...

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