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Global Health Forum at the RACS ASC, Adelaide, May 2017

The 2017 Global Health Forum will be held on Monday 08 and Tuesday 09 May 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The Forum will be convened by Assoc Professor Suren Krishnan.

The program includes sessionson: discussion on the progress in the Asia Pacific 2 years from the Lancet Commission report; the 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 Master Class on 'The surgeon as a policy maker: How can surgeons influence policy development.

The final program is available here (31kb).

Enquiries may be directed to:

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.

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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 (KEY 14MB)

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 Report: 'Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development
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

International Forum - ASC Brisbane

The 2016 International Forum 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.

International Forum - ASC Perth

The 2015 International Forum 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.

International Forum - ASC Singapore

The 2014 International Forum 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.

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


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