RACS Global Health


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Promoting universal access to safe surgery and anaesthesia, when needed.

Timor Surgeons OperatingSafe 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

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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 the future.

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 Dr Frenky Operatingfrom 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 Mechi  

International Scholarships

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 overseas.

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.

Read RACS open letter to WHO Director General candidates - Support strengthening universal access to safe affordable surgical and anaesthesia care.

RACS Global Health Strategic Plan 2014 - 2016

Our VisionRACS Global Health Front Cover Image

To improve the health outcomes and quality of life for communities living in developing (low and middle income) countries.

Our Goal

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.

Our Mission

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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RACS Global Health
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436
Email: global.health@surgeons.org

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