China-ANZ Project


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Sino-Australia/New Zealand (RACS) Conference, Hangzhou China,  October 2016

Delegates_SANZO Conference 2016A delegation of 7 Australian surgeons led by Australian Convenor Prof Bruce Waxman participated at the 9th Sino-ANZ Surgical Oncology Conference in Hangzhou, China on 28 October 2016. The focus of the 2016 conference was on new concepts for multi-disciplinary management for Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary cancer and colorectal cancer. It was held in the new and impressive International Expo and Conference Centre, developed for the 2016 G20 Conference.

The first SANZSO conference was held in 2000 in Guangzhou and has been held biennially since then, alternating between Guangzhou and one of the capital cities in Australia, the last one being in Melbourne in 2014. The aim is to provide a platform for academic exchange and networking between the surgeons of the three countries. The Conferences are jointly sponsored by the Cancer Centre of Sun Yat-Sen University and the College's Project China.

Planning has commenced for the 10th Conference, to be held in Adelaide in 2018.

China-ANZ ProgramChina

The China-ANZ Committee is very interested to receive information on formal linkages between Australian / New Zealand and Chinese hospitals and institutions, as well as outreach and exchange activities led by individuals of all medical specialties (not only surgery) in China. Please contact the Secretariat if you wish to register your involvement with China.

The China-ANZ Project is an exchange program designed to establish new relationships, and consolidate and develop existing relationships between the Australian and New Zealand medical communities and China.

The sheer size of China's health care system means that it represents many opportunities for international surgical exchange and development. The China-ANZ Project aims not only to engage with hospitals, surgeons and institutions in China, but also to learn from Australasian Fellows, other specialists and academic institutions that have built unique connections to China through their own work over the years. Both the China and ANZ sides of the project have a lot to offer and teach each other. The intention is to find new and improved ways to exchange our knowledge and skills.

Project China Exchange ProgramGordon & Rosie

The China-ANZ Project builds on over 20 years of successful exchange between Australia, New Zealand and China through the Project China Exchange Program, which was founded in 1988 by Gordon and Rosie Low (pictured left).  The Lows continue to guide and coordinate exchanges funded by the Hui Yoon Fong scholarship they helped to establish.

Between 1993 and 2012, Project China facilitated 120 exchange visits to hospitals and universities in Guangzhou, Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Jiangyin and Chengdu. In return, around 90 Chinese visitors, both surgical and other, have come to Australia and New Zealand to gain experience and exposure to our health system.

For further information on Project China, please see the following:

Project China - Achievement through Collaboration: 1988 - 2013 (PDF 13MB)


Peri-Operative Medicine Course, November 2012

A Peri-operative Medicine course was delivered at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH), Hangzhou in November 2012, led by Dr Alex Konstantatos. Dr Konstantatos is an anaesthetist and pain management specialist from the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He has established rapport with the SRRSH through annual visits since 2006, which resulted in the invitation to deliver a course.

Several Chinese specialists that showed aptitude and interest in Pain Medicine over the course of Dr Konstantatos' visits have since visited Australia to observe practice at the Alfred and Caulfield Hospitals. The close links established between the institutions have allowed staff to collaborate in several initiatives, resulting in a number of research publications in international journals and successful project grants.

Dr John Reeves delivered a Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course, at the SRRSH in June 2012. Dr Reeves, Director of Intensive Care at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, has been a visiting intensivist and anaesthetist at SRRSH since 2007. Another BASIC course has been organised and run entirely by the local team since.

English Language Teaching Program

Since 2006, English language teachers have been spending 3-month rotations in a number of Chinese hospitals teaching medical staff, with the aim of helping them secure short term training attachments in Australia.

Further Reading

Plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in China 

Surgical exchange in China and the China-ANZ Project

Dr J Reeves on medical exchange between China and Australia, published in Insight Magazine

Stories about the College's other international outreach activities published in Surgical News


China-ANZ Project Committee

Chairperson - Professor David Watson FRACS

Secretariat - Ms Aishah Ishak

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1137

External Affairs Director - Ms Daliah Moss

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1276
Fax: +61 3 9276 7431