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Foundation and donations
The Foundation for Surgery actively supports innovative surgical
research, aid projects in underprivileged communities, skills
transfer and education programs across our region. Most of us have
a cause that is close to our hearts and that is why the College has
over the years encouraged tax deductible donations that support
specific interests. The Foundation for Surgery is an integral part
of this vision, enabling the broader community to support projects
aimed at promoting the health and well-being of those in our own
community and in disadvantaged communities in South East Asia and
Pacific Island nations.
Making a Donation
You can donate to the Foundation in two ways. Members and staff
of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons may donate via the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons Webstore (members only; login required).
Alternatively, donations can be posted along with our donation form (PDF 723KB).
All donations are tax deductable (within Australian and New
RACS Global Health
Since 1994, RACS Global Health
has worked with the Australian Government's overseas aid agency,
AusAID, to deliver specialist surgical services and training in Timor Leste, Papua New
Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Since then,
the program, with the support of its numerous volunteers, has
successfully treated more than 30,000 people.
Research - audit, clinical and basic research - provides the
theoretical and practical base required to make choices and provide
high quality healthcare, especially surgical healthcare, to our
The Foundation for Surgery has in place a rigorous and fair
process to maximise the value of the research dollars currently
available and the capacity to administer a considerably expanded
Read about the Foundation for Surgery
The College has set itself the strategic challenge of raising
funds for Indigenous health to support the delivery of surgical
services in Indigenous communities. Through its Indigenous Health
Committee, the College is identifying suitable projects,
engaging key stakeholders and ensuring government is listening to
the needs of our Indigenous surgeons and their communities.
Indigenous Health Evidence Based Action Plans
The Foundation for Surgery is committed to addressing the health
challenges faced in Indigenous communities in Australia and New
Zealand and supports the College Indigenous Health Position
Statement which recognises that significant and urgent improvements
need to be, and can be, made to Indigenous Health and Health
Care. Improvements in Indigenous health in Australia and New
Zealand will require collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts.
In support of the College position, the Foundation funded
development of Indigenous health Evidence Based Action Plans
(EBAPs) in the areas of:
The EBAPs identify how to best effect improvements in the
delivery of surgical services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples and contribute to better health outcomes in their
communities. These action-orientated overviews were developed
to help solve identified problems and involved a review of existing
research evidence in consultation with stakeholders. The research
was led by the Monash University National Trauma Institute.
Contact the Foundation for
Surgery regarding supporting Indigenous health projects.
Foundation for Surgery logo
The logo is based on the lotus flower - an international symbol
of long life, health, honour and generosity. The foundation is
organic - it is growing, developing and renewing itself for the
next generation to take on the task of providing the gift of life
The series of leaves in the logo represents the facets of the
foundation, portraying the hands of a surgeon, their passion for
providing quality surgical care, their skills and transfer of
knowledge that provide a better quality of life, as well as their
lifelong contribution to healthcare and to our community.
Volunteers and staff provide support through the generous
donation of time, commitment to innovation and administration of
The leaves also represent the 3 key areas and programs that
support the community: international aid programs, innovative
research and the cultural gifts program.
Cultural gifts program
The Foundation for Surgery Art Gallery and Museum has acquired a
substantial collection of objects and artefacts. Our Cultural Gifts
Program (CGP) is a philanthropic program managed by the Australian
Government (Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the
Arts). Its principal aim is to encourage a culture of giving by
offering taxation incentives to those who donate to approved public
Donations of works of art including oil paintings, watercolours,
prints and drawings, sculpture, silver, ceramics and glassware are
encouraged. Artists represented include Sir William Dargie, Sir
Ivor Hele, Robert Hannaford, George Lambert, Hugh Ramsay and
There are a number of sculptures in stone, wood and bronze, as
well as significant pieces of Georgian and Victorian silver, pieces
of fine china and glass, and historic furniture.
Donating under this scheme is a simple and straightforward
procedure. Two independent valuations for prospective donations are
obtained and these are used to determine the level of tax
concession available to the donor. Donors may elect to spread the
value of the gift over 1 to 5 years.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1110
Fax: +61 3 9249 1217