Promoting universal access to safe surgery and anaesthesia,
Safe surgery and anaesthesia are necessary to
effectively treat much of the global burden of non-communicable
diseases and injuries. Yet, five billion of the world's population
do not have access to emergency and essential surgical care, and
the poorest third of the world's population receive only 3.5% of
all surgical operations.
What we do
Through partnerships with Southeast Asian and Pacific
neighbours, our mission is to increase access to emergency and
essential surgery and safe anaesthesia and improve the safety and
quality of surgical and medical care, in low income countries. Our
vision is that safe and timely surgical, medical and anaesthetic
care is available and accessible to everyone who needs it.
International Development Projects
RACS Global Health provides specialist medical education,
training, capacity development and medical aid to sixteen countries
in the Asia-Pacific region.
Visiting teams and in-country personnel provide clinical
mentoring and education to the national medical workforces and
deliver train-the-trainer programs to strengthen the capacity of
national health services in the region.
Volunteer health professionals provide essential surgical and
medical services to people who are unable to access or afford
treatment. While working overseas, our volunteer specialists work
closely with the local doctors and health staff to share their
skills and expertise. We aim to support the local health care
systems to develop so they can provide better medical services into
Read more about the
College's International Development Projects and see the countries
where we work.
International Development Projects - News
Post-graduate ophthalmology trainee from
Timor-Leste undertakes attachment in Nepal
31 August 2016
Dr Frenky De Jesus, a Post-Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmology
trainee from Dili,
Timor-Leste, was recently supported through the RACS Global
Health East Timor Eye Program (ETEP) to complete a two-month Small
Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) training attachment at the Mechi
Eye Hospital in Nepal. Equipped with an array of new skills, Dr
Frenky is now one step closer to completing his degree and says
that his experiences in Nepal: 'made me more confident,
increased my ability and improved my hand movement to be more
careful and gentle during surgery'.
Pictured Right: Dr Frenky operating in
As part of our commitment to education and training in our
region, we provide international
scholarships and travel grants to surgeons and health
professionals from developing countries to get further training
Read about the International
Scholarships available and meet the past scholars.
Emergency and Essential Surgery as a vital component of
Universal Health Coverage
The College is collaborating with international surgical bodies
and advocacy groups to strengthen emergency and essential surgical
care as a key component of the World Health Organisation's goal of
Universal Health Coverage.
Treatment of most surgical conditions does not require complex
surgical skills or equipment. With access to appropriately trained
health professionals, safe surgery and anaesthesia can be delivered
cost-effectively in low and middle income countries. Timely access
to surgical care saves lives and reduces disability.
RACS Global Health Strategic Plan 2014 - 2016
To improve the health outcomes and quality of life for
communities living in developing (low and middle income)
Our goal is that safe surgery and anaesthesia are available and
accessible to everyone who needs it. This includes the surgical
care necessary for the management of complications of pregnancy,
and the care of victims of trauma.
To increase access to, and improve the safety and quality of
surgical medical care in low and middle income countries in the
Asia Pacific region, and to promote international surgical
interchange between the surgical communities in Australia, New
Zealand, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.
We will do this by i) supporting the stregthening of national
health systems in the region; ii) delivering essential specialist
medical and surgical services to people that otherwise would not be
able to access these services; and iii) partnering with
international medical colleges and global health organisations to
advocate for improved surgical care worldwide.
View our full 2014 - 2016 Strategic Plan (PDF 2.51MB)
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the College's global advocacy work and initiatives
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Who We Work
RACS Global Health
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons facilitates medical
education and medical aid without discrimination and irrespective
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