Pacific Island Countries


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The College's Pacific Islands Program provides specialist surgical and medical services, education and training to local surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health workers in 11 Pacific countries.



20th Anniversary of the Pacific Islands Program

The College celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Pacific Islands Program this year. Since its launch in 1995, the program has changed and adapted over the years in response to the changing needs and priorities in each Pacific country. What originated as a program focused on service provision by visiting clincal teams has evolved to provide education and capacity building across the region to address priorities identified by Pacific surgeons and medical leaders. Full details are available in the April 2015 edition of Surgical News.

What we do

The Pacific Islands Program works in partnership with Ministries of Health and hospitals in 11 Pacific countries to support the delivery of specialist clinical services; deliver education, training and capacity development opportunities; and promote international cooperation and exchange.

The following countries are included in the program: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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Specialist Medical and Surgical Services

Through the Pacific Islands Program, visiting clinical teams provide services across a range of medical specialties. In addition to providing much needed services, each team focuses on providing clinical mentoring and education to Pacific medical staff to strengthen the capacity of local health services.

Since 1995 volunteers have provided over 83,000 patients with specialist consultation and non-surgical treatment and advice, and approximately 22,000 patients have been provided with life-changing surgical procedures through the program.

Details of upcoming visits can be found in the international visit schedule.

Education and Training

An important priority of the Pacific Islands Program is the provision of training courses, workshops, conferences and training attachments for surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and other health professionals working in the region.

The program is supporting education and training in the region by delivering:

  • Training courses and workshops
  • Train-the-trainer courses
  • Support for participants to attend courses, including accommodation and international travel where courses are unavailable in a participant's home country

Since 1995, the Program has delivered over 200 training activities across the Pacific, with recorded attendances by more than 2,700 Pacific medical personnel.

Education and training activities supported by the program include:

International Scholarships

The Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship is offered annually to surgeons who are citizens of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu. The Rowan Nicks Scholarships are directed at surgeons who demonstrate the necessary qualities to become leaders in their home countries. Please see the Rowan Nicks Scholarship page for application details.

Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who volunteer with the Pacific Islands Program are also able to nominate local surgeons or other health professionals to receive the Surgeons International Award.

The College acknowledges the generous support of Dr John Kearney and Mrs Alison Kearney who have provided a scholarship to support Dr Padwick Gallen (Micronesia) to complete an additional four years of study in Ophthalmology at the Pacific Eye Institute in Suva, Fiji.



  • Burns management workshops
  • ENT nurse training workshops
  • Ponseti (clubfoot treatment) workshops
  • Pain management workshops
  • Childbirth & infant care workshops



About Us

The College has provided specialist clinical services, education and capacity development opportunities in the Western Pacific region through the Pacific Islands Program since 1995. The program is supported by the Australian Government and works in partnership with national counterparts including health professionals and hospitals to assist Pacific Ministries of Health to improve the health of their populations.

Australian Aid

The Pacific Islands Program is supported by the Australian Government and managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Who we work with

Pacific Ministries of Health and Hospitals

The program collaborates closely with individual Ministries of Health and hospitals to ensure services provided support national health priorities and plans for workforce development.

Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific

Strengthening Specialised Clinical Services in the Pacific (SSCSiP) is a Fiji based Australian Government-funded initiative created to support Pacific nations to plan for, access, host and evaluate specialised clinical services; and strengthen health worker skills, capacity and capability to meet clinical service needs.  

The College works closely with SSCSiP to support the effective delivery of services in the region. Close consultation with the SSCSiP is integral to ensuring that services delivered through the Pacific Islands Program support individual Ministry of Health plans for development and complement services offered by other providers in the region.

Pacific Islands Surgeons Association

The Pacific Islands Surgeons Association (PISA) was formed in Rarotonga in 2003 and is made up of professional surgeons from Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The aim of the association is to promote and represent the practice of surgery, and surgeons, in the Pacific region.

Laloma Foundation

The Pacific Islands Program also supports the work of the Laloma Foundation which works to produce sustainable research programs in the Solomon Islands, share clinical and teaching resources through the delivery of specialist support programs and to promote surgical training for basic health care in developing countries.

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Nurse Training Fund

In conjunction with the Australian Government-funded ENT clinical visits delivered under the Pacific Islands Program, annual nurse training workshops have been delivered in Vanuatu since 2002. The ENT Nurse Training Fund was established by Dr Perry Burstin in 2005 to support the continued education and training needs of Ni-van ENT nurse practitioners.  The workshops aim to strengthen nurses' skills leading to improved patient triage and management of surgical patients. The program is currently working to support a strong cohort of skilled nurses from Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Nauru and Kiribati. Suitable candidates from other Pacific nations are also welcome to apply.

Clinical Visit Partners

The Pacific Islands Program works with the following partners to deliver clinical visits:

Our Partners and Supporters

List of Partners and Supporters (PDF 219 KB) - Updated November 2015

How can you help?

RACS Global Health provides vital specialist medical education, training and services to countries in need in the Asia-Pacific region. Make an online donation today!


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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Project Director - Dr Kiki Maoate FRACS

Senior Project Officer - Lachlan Butcher
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1121

Project Support Officer - Natalia Hepp
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7411

Program Manager - Lito de Silva
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External Affairs Director - Daliah Moss
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