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4th International Medical Development Symposium, 2015

The 4th International Medical Development Symposium will be held in 2015. This page will be updated with further details as the program develops.

The College has held its triennial Symposium since 2006. This event provides a unique opportunity for discussion between representatives from countries receiving development assistance, and volunteer health professionals and organisations providing it. It aims to improve the relevance of medical assistance and education provided to low and middle income countries.

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International Forum - ASC Perth, 2015

The next International Forum will be held at the ASC in Perth in May 2015. It will be convened by Professor David Wood.                        

Past Events

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.

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The theme of the 2012 Symposium was the Global Burden of Surgical Disease. Specialists and leaders in global surgery and anaesthesia participated from North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. The meeting brought together surgeons, anaesthetists and other specialists, donors and policy makers to discuss the global challenges facing surgery and anaesthesia. The conference addressed such topics as the measuring of unmet surgical need, the safety of surgery in low and middle income countries, essential surgical care, and the role of organisations in training, support, advocacy, and research.   

More than 150 delegates attended to share ideas, forge partnerships and expand collaboration for improving the delivery of international development assistance. The conference developed a Consensus Statement on Wound Management in Disaster Situations which has resulted in the development of a set of guidelines in the form of an illustrated poster which is available as a free resource for health care workers globally.

Visiting speakers at the 2012 Symposium included:

  • Dr Kelly McQueen, Alliance for Surgery and Anaesthesia Presence
    Dr Stephen Bickler, University of California, San Diego
    Lord Tangi o Vaonukonuka, Tonga
    Professor Eddie McCaig, Fiji School of Medicine
    Dr Angela Enright, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
    Professor Allan Merry, University of Auckland
    Dr Rich Gosselin, University of California, Berkley
    Dr Wame Baravilala, United Nations Poluplation Fund's Pacific Sub Regional Office
  • Professor Eddy Rahardjo, Airlangga University, Surabaya
    Professor Zaw Wai Soe, Myanmar Medical Association
    Dr Manjul Joshipura, World Health Organisation
    Mr Pedro Monzón Barata, Cuban Ambassador to Australia
    Dr Douglas Pikacha, Solomon Islands

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


Ms Stephanie Korin
RACS Global Health
Phone: +61 3 9249 1211