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Foundation For Surgery

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.

Pledge a Procedure

Everyone, regardless of their circumstances, deserves access to safe essential surgery. Thoughtful donations from Fellows to the Foundation for Surgery are helping to achieve this by supporting a range of important and effective medical programs.

Your tax deductible donation will help us expand these programs. Please donate the proceeds from just one performance of your most common major operation during the Pledge a Procedure appeal in May and June. Your support will make a difference.

Read more about the programs you can support (PDF 624 KB).

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 Zealand).

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 patients.

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 funding base.

Read about the Foundation for Surgery Scholarships

Indigenous health

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 to others.

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 various programs.

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 institutions.

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 Michael Zavros.

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