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Specialist Medical Volunteers
Fellows and other Australian or New Zealand registered health professionals can volunteer their time and expertise to support Global Health programs in countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
Short-term specialist visits - Short-term specialist visits are of one to two weeks' duration and cover a range of specialties. Team composition and size vary across visits and are determined by the needs and priorities of Ministries of Health in each country and the design and objectives of each specific Global Health program.
Generally, teams include surgeons, anaesthetists, and theatre nurses, who volunteer their time and skills to deliver much-needed surgical care in the host country. In addition to the clinical work, visiting specialist teams also play a large role in building local surgical capacity by training and mentoring local health staff through on-the-job and more formal training clinics and courses.
Visiting teams are provided with equipment and medical supplies for treating patients and training medical staff in-country, as required by the specific program.
Qualifications required to participate - RACS Global Health Specialist Medical Volunteers are medical professionals who are fully qualified and registered to practice in Australia and New Zealand. RACS has appointed a Specialty Coordinator for each of the major specialties who assess the appropriateness of applicants' qualifications and their technical suitability to participate in Global Health programs. Specialty Coordinators also provide specialist advice to volunteer teams, prior to departure, about the country the team is being deployed to and the clinical context they will be working on arrival.
Safety and Security issues - RACS Global Health Specialist Medical Volunteers are provided with 24/7 security and medical support by International SOS during their overseas deployment and are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
RACS has an emergency evacuation plan in place for all programs and International SOS will continue to monitor the security situation and any evolving threats during the deployment period and communicate with our staff, volunteers, and the RACS Global Health management team to provide advice and support.
Applying to participate - RACS is a child-safe organisation. Our recruitment and selection processes for volunteers include reference checks and National Criminal History Checks. If you are interested in volunteering with any of the RACS Global Health programs, please send an email to email@example.com.