Global Health Programs


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Our Programs

RACS manages Global Health Programs & Projects in various developing countries across the Asia-Pacific region. You can find out more about each of our projects by using the links below.

Timor Leste Program
Pacific Island Program
Papua New Guinea Program
Myanmar Program
Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia Program
China-ANZ Project
International Team Visit Schedule
Global Health Scholarships Program

The need

The College recognises that there is a shortage of trained and skilled national specialists in many developing countries in the region. This shortage reduces the countries' capacity to deliver surgical and medical care to their populations. Ill health and disability can be a key driver of poverty and poor people are often disproportionately affected.

What we do

Through program contracts funded by the Australian and New Zealand Governments, corporate, community and individual donations, RACS Global Health provides specialist medical education, training, capacity development and medical aid to sixteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

How we do it

Visiting medical teams and in-country personnel provide clinical mentoring and education to national doctors, nurses and allied health professionals and deliver train-the-trainer programs to strengthen the institutional capacity of national health services and training institutions in the region.

The Programs deliver essential surgical and medical services free of charge to people in the Asia-Pacific region 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 national health care systems to develop so they can provide better medical services into the future.

Program activities are focused on the sustainable delivery of services and training. Our activities are aligned with the strategies of in-country governments and partner institutions to strengthen local systems and institutions.

Our Guiding Principles

RACS Global Health is committed to the following principles:

• Strong partnerships with in-country governments and organisations;
• Inclusiveness;
• Sustainability;
• Transparency; and
• Non-discrimination.

All Program activities are impartial and neutral in relation to religion, politics and creed. 

Get involved

Fellows and other supporters of the College's Global Health Programs are invited to attend the Global Health Forum held annually at the Annual Scientific Congress.

RACS Global Health convenes a triennial public  Global Health Symposium

Fellows and other Australian and New Zealand registered health professionals interested in volunteering with RACS' Global Health programs should contact RACS Global Health for further information.

Donate to the Foundation for Surgery

The Foundation for Surgery supports RACS Global Health to provide vital specialist medical education, training and services to countries in need in the Asia-Pacific region

Donate today to support this important work.

Who We Work With

The College works in partnership with a number of organisations and programs to deliver these projects. See a full list of our partners and the organisations with whom we work.

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

As a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct, RACS Global Health is committed to high standards in financial reporting, management and ethical practice. Further information on the code is available on the ACFID website. Complaints in relation to the Code can be made directly to RACS Global Health using the website feedback form or to ACFID. Any complaints will be handled in line with the Handling Complaints to the International Development Program Policy.

The College is a Full Member of ACFID and a Signatory to the Code.

Australian Government

The Australian Government provides funding for RACS Global Health Programs in the following countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Myanmar Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

RACS is an accredited organisation with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Read More

The Global Health Magazine - A Collection of Stories documents some of the many successes of our projects. Please contact us to request a hard copy of the magazine.

2015 RACS Global Health Magazine: A Collection of Stories (PDF 16.3MB)

RACS Global Health Strategic Plan 2014 -2016 (PDF 2.51MB)

2012 International Development Magazine A Collection of Stories (PDF 2.6MB)

2010 International Development Magazine A Collection of Stories (PDF 1MB)

Read more stories about RACS' international outreach activities published in Surgical News.

RACS Global Health Policies

See a full list of our partners and organisations with whom we work


RACS Global Health
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436