Last Update: 20/11/2013 10:52
The College's Papua New Guinea Program supports the provision of
specialist medical education, training and medical assistance to
Papua New Guineans.
Dr Noah Tapaua is undertaking a 12-month attachment at the
National Heart Centre in Singapore under the Rowan Nicks Pacific
Islands Scholarship in 2013. Through the scholarship, the College
is supporting Dr Tapaua and his team in establishing a
cardiothoracic unit in Port Moresby.
Two PNG doctors, Dr Arvin Karu (paediatric cardiac anaesthetist)
and Dr Sammy Thomas (neurosurgeon), successfully completed Rowan
Nicks Scholarships in Australia in 2012.
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.
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
For the Next Generation
A surgeons' goal to deliver the HPV vaccine in PNG will reduce
(Surgical News - May 2012)
Passing on the
Healing in PNG
After many years of helping restore sight to people in Papua New
Guinea, Dr Michael Scobie is reluctantly passing on the
(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
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.
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 make a tax-deductible donation to the RACS International
- Please complete and return a Donation Form [PDF 151KB] to the International
- Or Call 1800 051 033 (toll free within Australia) or +61 3 9249
1211 (from overseas).
Project Director - Professor David
Program Officer - Ms Kate Moss
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7413
External Affairs Director - Ms Daliah
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1276
Royal Australasian College of
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Fax: +61 3 9249 1276
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' International
Development Program facilitates medical education and medical aid
without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, creed or