Consultancy to improve accessibility to surgical education through virtual means

The Maternal Child Health and Quality Safety Team in the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific requires a consultancy to help improve accessibility to education through virtual means

The Maternal Child Health and Quality Safety Team in the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific requires a consultancy for the purpose of improving the accessibility to surgical education through developing a virtual competency-based educational delivery model for essential general surgery primarily for non-specialists in first-level hospitals in low resource settings.  The consultancy will be from 1 December 2021 to 31 August 2022.  


The consultant will form a working group with key stakeholders for surgical care in Low- and Middle- Income Countries (LMICs). This group will provide advice for development of the modules and will test these in their country settings to inform revision and subsequent iterations of the modules.
Design, implement, validate, and refine simulation-based assessment components for the different submodules to form the assessment component of the module for competency-based assessment. These should be techniques and principles that may be applied to a low-resource settings.  

Liaise with the other key content creators and stakeholders at the WHO Academy to potentially incorporate these into the remote training laboratory will relevance to the wider LMIC and low-resource setting.  

Work with the WHO Academy Designers to ensure that the content is formatted to the overall design requirements of the WHO Academy content. Provide feedback on suggestions from the designers to increase the interactivity of the content utilising key educational concepts and principles. Lead of the testing of these modules with the working groups to ensure maximisation of relevance and engagement

Doctor of Medicine

Masters of Surgical Education or equivalent
Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or equivalent

Minimum of 10 years working in surgical simulation-based medical education and proven application of the principles and techniques of simulation-based education to low resource settings 

Minimum of 10 year relevant work experience at national and international level  

Published evidence of evaluation and assessment of techniques used in a low resource setting 

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge: 

Extensive experience in surgical education in High- and Low- resource settings

Evidence of a high level of evaluation and assessment techniques with educational interventions within a low resource setting.
Creation of educational resources that include simulation-based educational methods.

Ability to apply simulation-based and other educational techniques to create interactive learning resources that maximise the learner and participant engagement.

Ability to create simulation-based and other educational curriculum in both high- and low-resource settings.

Research background in educational techniques including data analysis and interpretation.

Ability to lead working groups and incorporate feedback into a continual process of refinement and adaptation to individual circumstances.

Please note:
As this is a virtual educational project, the consultant can be remote for the duration of the project. Coordination to carry out the work will be carried out by email and teleconferences

How to apply:
Qualified interested specialists (individuals only) should submit their CV and Expression of Interest (cover letter) to Dr Howard Sobel, email:, with a copy to:, on or before 26 November 2022. 

The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed fee and availability.

For further information
For requests for additional information prior to submission of Expressions of Interest, interested individuals may email or refer to the positions terms of reference. (PDF 182.5KB)


Join the newly formed ANZ Hernia

9 November 2021

Join the newly formed ANZ Hernia 
Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia

Applications are sought from general surgeons in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand who are interested in hernia surgery to join the executive committee of the newly formed ANZ Hernia. 

We are seeking general surgeons who wish to nominate to be part of the society’s leadership. You will have the opportunity to help shape the strategy and direction of hernia surgery in Australasia.

ANZ Hernia will play an important role in maintaining standards with its oversight and governance functions. As an independent, bi-national craft group, it will facilitate communication with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), government, industry, and consumer groups. 

The group will give hernia surgery a greater voice and a focus to lobby for more equitable reimbursement to reflect the time and effort involved in complex procedures. By engaging with government and consumers, ANZ Hernia will endeavour to restore consumer confidence in mesh mediated hernia repair.

The ANZ Hernia working group has, among other things:

  • Established strong connections with the American Core health collaborative, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Safety Commission  and AWR  community.
  • Co-hosted the Adelaide Hernia meeting in 2019, along with the very successful ANZAWR 2020 and ANZAWR 2021 virtual meetings held in conjunction with the AWR Surgeons from India. A third meeting, ANZAWR III, focussing on mitigating the risks in hernia surgery, is planned for late November.
  • Commenced a journal club, been involved in several recent publications in Hernia and the ANZ Journal of Surgery, initiated research projects and is looking to develop dedicated training posts in hernia surgery.  

Please send an email to ( expressing your interest to join the ANZ Hernia Society. Indicate if you would like to be a member and/or nominate to join the society’s leadership group. Or simply log on to