Timor Leste

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STimor Leste mother and childThe College's Timor Leste Program provides essential medical services to the people of Timor Leste, and clinical teaching, mentoring and training to Timorese doctors, nurses and allied health workers.

 

News

Congratulations!

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!

Position Vacant for a Volunteer Nurse Trainer to work at National Eye Centre

The East Timor Eye Program is seeking an enthuasistic, motivated and innovative volunteer nurse trainer to work alongside the nursing team at the National Eye Centre (NEC) in Dili, Timor Leste, to develop their skills and capacity in theatre nursing and unit management through training, mentoring and supervision. The position is available for an initial period of 1-3 months. Further information can be found here. For any queries, please contact Ms Kate Groves on kate.groves@surgeons.org or +61 3 9276 7436.

My Timor Heart

My Timor HeartUsing striking photographs and volunteer stories, My Timor Heart illustrates the Timor Leste Program's profound positive impact on the lives of the Timorese people.

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 Timor Leste Program.

Photographs by Ellen Smith and Timor Leste volunteers.

AUD$60 (incl. GST) plus postage and handling fee.

Download order form [PDF 101 KB].

What We Do

When Timor Leste gained independence in 2001, there were no local qualified surgeons and few local 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.

"Within the first ten years of operation, the Program helped to train Timor Leste's first ophthalmologist, first anaesthetist, first burns management and cleft lip and palate specialist and the country's second general surgeon."

The College is working together with the National University of Timor Leste to help deliver Timor Leste's first postgraduate diploma with modules in anaesthesia, surgery (including orthopaedics), paediatrics and obstetrics.

In 2013, visiting clinical teams provided services in Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, ENT Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to communities in Dili, Baucau, Oecussi, Maliana, Same, Suai and Los Palos. Wherever possible, the first priority of volunteer teams is to provide clinical mentoring and education to local medical staff to strengthen the capacity of local health services.

Details of upcoming visits can be found in the international visit schedule.

Timor Leste Surgeons

Our Programs

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 Health.

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.

Other 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 (OSSAA)

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 deformities.

Support Us

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 151KB] to the International Projects Department
  • Or Call 1800 051 033 (toll free within Australia) or +61 3 9249 1211 (from overseas).

Our Partners and Supporters

List of RACS' International Development Program Partners and Supporters - Updated October 2013 [PDF 294 KB]

Contact Us

Melbourne Office

Project Director - Dr Glenn Guest FRACS

Senior Program Officer - Ms Kate Groves
Email: kate.groves@surgeons.org
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7436

Project Officer - Ms Kate Moss
Email: kate.moss@surgeons.org
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7413

Timor Leste Program
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Dili Office

c/o Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares
Senior Operations Officer - Ms Karen Myers
Email: program@atlass.tl                                                                                                                                                                                    +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 political affiliation.

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