International Forums & Symposiums


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


8th World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) Biennial Meeting

The WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) is a global forum that convenes multidisciplinary stakeholders representing health professionals, public health experts, health authorities and local and international organisations. Established in December 2005, the GIEESC has grown to include over 2300 members from from 140 countries which collaborates to share knowledge, advise policy information and develop educational resources to reduce the burden of death and disability from conditions that could be treated through surgery.

The 8th WHO GIEESC Biennial Meeting will be held in conjunction with the RACS 88th Annual Scientific Congress in Bangkok on Monday 6 May 2019, to discuss progress, constraints, and opportunities related to surgery being an integral component of public health and health services for women.

Registrations are now open. Please sign up for the event here

Program to be released March 2019.

For any further enquiries please send them to

Global Health Program - RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC), Bangkok, Thailand - May 2019

The RACS 88th ASC will be held at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand from 06 - 10 May 2019.

The Global Health Program begins on Monday, 06 May 2019 with the WHO GIEESC Biennial Meeting at 8.30am in the Lotus Suite.

The program will be co-convened by Mr James HB Kong FRACS and Mr Jitoko Cama FRACS. 

Please view the Provisional Program (pg 14).

ASC 2018_pic 1                 ASC 2018_pic 2

4th RACS Global Health Symposium

'Strengthening Safe Surgery and Anaesthesia in the Asia-Pacific'

On 26th and 27th October 2015 at the RACS Global Health Symposium, surgeons and anaesthetists, regional specialist colleges, health economists and public health specialists from 16 countries came together and discussed the major barriers and strategies to improve access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care in low and middle income countries in our region.

The Symposium was an outstanding success with the Asia-Pacific representatives and specialist colleges committing to take action in the following areas:

1. The Asia-Pacific representatives resolved to obtain country data on the four identified global surgery metrics to contribute to a global dataset to measure population access to safe surgery and anaesthesia by October 2016

2. RACS committed to support a working group for the region-wide effort, to ensure that individuals can access the expertise and support they need to collect the data for their countries

3. The group undertook to provide an update on progress at the International Forum at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane in May 2016.

4. The Australian, New Zealand and Singapore specialist colleges agreed to support the Asia-Pacific countries in advocating the agreed messages at the WHO Regional Committee meetings and to the Australian, New Zealand and Singapore governments and other funding bodies.

The symposium was delivered in association with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, and sponsored by the RACS Foundation for Surgery, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Australian Medical Council.

 Lancet Logo  FFS logo    ANZCA logo AMC Logo_GHS Sponsorship

IMG 4931Day 2 Image From Kiki Lukman

Reference Material

The speakers' presentations and other reference material are available for download from the links:

Opening Session

Chris Baggoley (PPT 17MB)        John Meara (PDF 11MB)

Strengthening Health Care Systems

Nobhojit Roy (PPT 13MB)            Zaw Wai Soe (PPT 9MB)

Financing Universal Access to Safe Surgery and Anaesthesia

Rowan Gillies (PPT 34MB)          Sabu Thomas 

Building and Sustaining an Appropriate Workforce

David Watters (PPT 7MB)            Joao Pedro Xavier (PPT 1MB)

What's Going On? Measuring Need and Improving Performance

Russell Gruen (PPT 11MB)          Lord Viliami Tangi (PPT 8MB)

Download the Final Program  (PDF 4MB)

Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Policy Briefs

WHO resolution 68/31 on  "Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage"

Bangkok Global Surgery Declaration

Past Events

Annual Scientific Congress 2017 - Adelaide

The 2017 Global Health Program was convened by Assoc Professor Suren Krishnan between Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th May 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Final Program included sessions on: discussion on the progress in the Asia-Pacific 2 years from the Lancet Commission report; lessons learnt from international contributions from Australia and New Zealand; outcomes of the training and education programs in low and middle income countries; and a Masterclass on 'The surgeon as a policy maker: How can surgeons influence policy development.

Annual Scientific Congress 2016 - Brisbane 

The 2016 Global Health Program was convened by Dr Neil Wetzig and included sessions on regional approaches to global surgery, an international approach to global surgery: the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and the WHO and the role of surgery in national health plans in low and middle income countries. The final program is available  here. The biographies of the keynote speakers are available  here.

Annual Scientific Congress 2015 - Perth

The 2015 Global Health Program was convened by Professor David Wood. The Forum included sessions on global surgery, emergency surgery, surgical education in developing countries and ethics and outcomes in international development work. The Rowan Nicks Lecture was presented by Professor Tahmina Banu, a former Rowan Nicks Scholar from Bangladesh.

Annual Scientific Congress 2014 - Singapore

The 2014 Global Health Program was co-hosted by RACS, ANZCA and the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) and convened by A/Prof Glenn Guest and Dr Kelly McQueen. The Program included sessions on the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, the Global Burden of Surgical Disease and the Reporting of Perioperative Mortality Rates, Measuring the Effectiveness of Surgical and Anaesthetic Interventions; Dollars, DALYs and Dilemmas, and a Research Papers session including presentations from RACS Rowan Nicks Scholars.

ART 2014 05 19 International Forum MG 9919

Get Involved

Fellows and trainees interested in Global Surgery are invited to join ASAP - the Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence (an integrated society of the International Society of Surgery). Visit the ASAP website or contact Professor David Watters or Professor Russell Gruen at


RACS Global Health
Phone: +61 3 9249 1211