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Fellows and other Australian or New Zealand registered health professionals can volunteer their time and expertise.
Short-term specialist visits - Short-term specialist visits are of one to two weeks' duration and cover the range of specialities. Team composition and size vary across visits and are largely determined by the type of visit and requirements of the ministries of health in each country.
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, the visiting specialist teams play a large role in building local surgical capacity by mentoring surgical trainees and other local medical personnel through on the job training.
All visiting teams are self-sufficient in that the projects provide them with equipment and medical supplies to be used for treating patients and training medical staff in-country.
Long-term medical specialists - In some countries, in addition to the short-term specialist visits, there is a need to provide medical specialist(s) for the local hospital to ensure a 24-hour emergency service is available.
For example in Timor Leste, the program was requested to provide full-time general surgery, anaesthetic and perioperative nursing support services at the National Hospital in Dili. Occasionally, there are similar requests from Nauru and from the Solomon Islands.
Qualifications required to participate - Project participants are medical personnel who are qualified to practice in Australia and New Zealand. Each project has a specialty coordinator (by specialisation) and a project director who make the assessment of the appropriate qualification and suitability of the project participant(s).
Security issues - In-country project participants can liaise directly with the Australian Government post located in the Australian High Commission in the event of a security incident. RACS also has an emergency evacuation plan in place for all projects and travel advice is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website.
Applying to participate - If you are interested in volunteering with any of the RACS Global Health projects, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.