Papua New Guinea

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The College's Papua New Guinea Program supports the provision of specialist medical education, training and medical assistance to Papua New Guineans.

What We Do

The College has had a long association with PNG, working with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the Australian Government to deliver clinical visits, training and mentoring.

Between 1995 and early 2013, the PNG program provided treatment for over 22,000 patients with over 7,300 operations completed across surgical and medical specialties.

The College's continued support for surgical training has seen it donating essential medical textbooks to first and second year registrars at the SMHS at the UPNG for the past 3 years.

Papua New Guinea Eye Care Project

The Papua New Guinea Eye Care Project, founded and coordinated by Darwin Ophthalmologist Dr Frances Booth, has been delivering one to two clinical visits to Papua New Guinea each year since 1995. During their visits, Dr Booth and her team engage local ophthalmologists, optometrists, and refractionists in the provision of services to facilitate skills transfer to the local health personnel.

Read more

For the Next Generation (PDF 188KB)

A surgeons' goal to deliver the HPV vaccine in PNG will reduce cervical cancer
(Surgical News - May 2012)

Passing on the Healing in PNG (PDF 175KB)

After many years of helping restore sight to people in Papua New Guinea, Dr Michael Scobie is reluctantly passing on the gauntlet
(Surgical News - Jan/Feb 2011)

Scholarships and Awards

The College has awarded sixteen international scholarships to Papua New Guinean surgeons and anaesthetists to pursue further education and training in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India.

Read about PNG recipients of the Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship and the Surgeons International Award.

Eligible surgeons from Papua New Guinea are encouraged to apply for the Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship and the International Travel Grant.

In addition to training delivered through the project, the College's international scholarships program supports additional training opportunities for PNG surgeons and trainees, both in Australia and abroad. This has contributed to the increased capacity of the current PNG tertiary health service and, most importantly, to the long-term sustainability of tertiary health service provision in PNG.

Support Us

RACS Global Health provides vital clinical services, training and education to countries in need in our region. Your donation helps support our volunteer medical teams to continue their valuable and life changing work.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the RACS International Development Program:

  • Please complete and return a Donation Form (PDF 240KB) to the RACS Global Health
  • Or Call 1800 051 033 (toll free within Australia) or +61 3 9249 1211 (from overseas).


RACS Global Health

Project Director - Professor David Watters FRACS

Program Officer - Ms Kate MossBoy with family post-operation
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7413

External Affairs Director - Ms Daliah Moss
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1276

RACS Global Heath facilitates medical education and medical aid without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation.