Timor Leste


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Timor Leste mother and childThe College's Timor-Leste Program is helping to build the capacity of the Timorese health workforce through clinical teaching, mentoring and support activities. The Program also delivers clinical visits where specialist care is provided to the most remote and disadvantaged Timorese communities.

 My Timor Heart

My Timor HeartUsing striking photographs and volunteer stories, My Timor Heart illustrates the Timor-Leste Program's profound positive impact on the lives of the Timorese people.

Written by Ellen Whinnett, a Walkley award winning journalist and the Head of News at the Herald Sun newspaper, all proceeds from the sales of My Timor Heart will go directly to the Timor-Leste Program.

Photographs by Ellen Smith and Timor-Leste volunteers.

AUD$60 (incl. GST) plus postage and handling fee.

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What We Do

When Timor-Leste gained independence in 2001, there were no national qualified surgeons and few health workers had the skills needed to provide essential and emergency medical care to the Timorese community.

Since then, the College has provided extensive clinical teaching, mentoring and training for Timorese doctors, nurses and allied health workers.

In the last thirteen years, the Program has helped train Timor Leste's five general surgeons, first ophthalmologist, first medical anaesthetist, first burns management and cleft lip specialist and twenty-one nurse anaesthetists.

In addition, nine doctors successfully completed Post Graduate Diplomas in Surgery, Anaesthesia and Paediatrics.

The College is now working together with the Ministry of Health, the National University of Timor-Leste and other key partners to deliver a two year rotational Family Medicine training program. Thirty-eight junior doctors are currently participating in this training program to develop the required skills to work in Community Health Centres throughout Timor-Leste.

In 2016, visiting clinical teams will provide services in Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Paediatric Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to communities in Dili, Los Palos, Viqueque Baucau, Oecussi,  Same and Suai. Wherever possible, the first priority of volunteer teams is to provide clinical mentoring and education to national medical staff to strengthen the capacity of local health services.

Since 2001, visiting clinical teams to Timor-Leste have provided:

47,000+ consultations

11,000+ operations

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

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Our Programs

Australia Timor-Leste Program of Assistance for Secondary Services (ATLASS II)

The Australia Timor-Leste Program of Assistance for Secondary Services - Phase II (ATLASS II) is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in collaboration with the Timor Leste Ministry of Health.

ATLASS II Program Partners:

Eye Health Program

The College's International Development Program is helping to improve eye care services and the eye health of the Timorese people through the East Timor Eye Program, Vision 2020 and Lions SightFirst programs.

Other Programs

Rotary Ear Care Project

Visiting ENT surgery teams and an in-country long term primary ear care nurse help identify, screen and manage middle ear diseases in Timorese children and adults. The project is supported by Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Orthopaedic Outreach (OO)

In collaboration with Orthopaedic Outreach, visiting Orthopaedic surgery teams help identify, treat and manage Timorese children and adults with club foot, musculoskeletal trauma, degenerative diseases, infections, tumours and congenital disorders.   

Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia (OSSAA)

Visiting Plastic and Reconstructive surgery teams work with the in-country Timorese surgeon to help identify, surgically treat and manage patients with cleft lip and palates and burn deformities.

Our Partners and Supporters

List of RACS Global Health 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!

Contact Us

Melbourne Office

Program Director - Prof Glenn Guest FRACS

Project Officer - Ms Gwyn Low
Email: gwyn.low@surgeons.org
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436

Timor Leste Program
RACS Global Health 
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Dili Office 

c/o Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - Mrs Stephanie Korin
Email: stephanie.korin@surgeons.org

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' International Development Program facilitates medical education and medical aid without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.