The 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
The College is thrilled to announce that Dr Alito Soares
and Dr Nilton Tilman (whose overseas studies were funded by the
Australian Government) recently passed their final surgical
examinations at the Fiji School of Medicine and University of
Papua New Guinea respectively. Timor-Leste will have two new
general surgeons in 2014! Well done Dr Alito and Dr Nilton!
Our International Development Program 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 donate to the Timor Leste Program:
- Please complete and return a Donation
Form (PDF 240 KB) to RACS Global Health
- Or Call 1800 051 033 (toll free within Australia) or +61 3 9249
1211 (from overseas).
My Timor Heart
Using striking photographs and volunteer stories,
My Timor Heart illustrates the Timor-Leste Program's
profound positive impact on the lives of the Timorese
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
Photographs by Ellen Smith and Timor-Leste volunteers.
AUD$60 (incl. GST) plus postage and handling fee.
order form (PDF 240 KB)
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
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
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
Details of upcoming visits can be found in the
international visit schedule.
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
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.
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
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
Our Partners and Supporters
of RACS Global Health Partners and Supporters (PDF 219 KB) -
Updated November 2015
Project Director - Dr
Glenn Guest FRACS
Senior Program Officer - Ms Kate Groves
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436
Project Officer - Ms Charlie Walker
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7413
Timor Leste Program
RACS Global Health
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
c/o Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares
Telephone: +670 7724 6384
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' International
Development Program facilitates medical education and medical aid
without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or