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About the China-ANZ Project
The sheer size of China's health care system means that it represents many opportunities for international surgical exchange and development. The China-ANZ Project aims not only to engage with hospitals, surgeons and institutions in China, but also to learn from Australasian Fellows, other specialists and academic institutions that have built unique connections to China through their own work over the years.
The Chinese and Australasian sides of the project have a lot to offer and teach each other and the intention is to find new and improved ways to exchange our knowledge and skills.
The China-ANZ Committee is very interested to receive information on formal linkages between Australasian and Chinese hospitals and institutions, as well as outreach and exchange activities led by individuals of all medical specialties (not only surgery) in China.
Contact the Secretariat if you wish to register your involvement with China.
Project China Exchange Program
Between 1993 and 2012, Project China facilitated 120 exchange visits to hospitals and universities in Guangzhou, Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Jiangyin and Chengdu. In return, around 90 Chinese visitors, both surgical and other, have come to Australia and New Zealand to gain experience and exposure to our health system.
The China-ANZ Project builds on more than 20 years of successful exchange between Australia, New Zealand and China through the Project China Exchange Program, which was founded in 1988 by Gordon and Rosie Low. The Lows continue to guide and coordinate exchanges funded by the Hui Yoon Fong scholarship they helped to establish.
English Language Teaching Program
Since 2006, English language teachers have been spending three month rotations in a number of Chinese hospitals teaching medical staff, with the aim of helping them secure short-term training attachments in Australia.
Sino-Australia/New Zealand (RACS) Conference, Hangzhou China
A delegation of seven Australian surgeons led by Australian Convenor Professor Bruce Waxman participated at the 9th Sino-ANZ Surgical Oncology Conference in Hangzhou, China on 28 October 2016. The focus of the 2016 conference was on new concepts for multi-disciplinary management for Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary cancer and colorectal cancer. It was held in the new and impressive International Expo and Conference Centre, developed for the 2016 G20 Conference.
The first SANZSO conference was held in 2000 in Guangzhou and has been held biennially since then, alternating between Guangzhou and one of the capital cities in Australia, the last one being in Melbourne in 2014. The aim is to provide a platform for academic exchange and networking between the surgeons of the three countries. The Conferences are jointly sponsored by the Cancer Centre of Sun Yat-Sen University and the College's Project China.
The 10th Sino-Australia/New Zealand (RACS) Conference was held in Adelaide in September 2019.
Perioperative medicine course
A perioperative medicine course was delivered at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital (SRRSH), Hangzhou in November 2012, led by Dr Alex Konstantatos. Dr Konstantatos is an anaesthetist and pain management specialist from the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. He has established rapport with the SRRSH through annual visits since 2006, which resulted in the invitation to deliver a course.
Several Chinese specialists who showed aptitude and interest in pain medicine have visited Australia to observe practice at the Alfred and Caulfield Hospitals. The close links established between the institutions have allowed staff to collaborate in several initiatives, resulting in a number of research publications in international journals and successful project grants.
Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC)
Dr John Reeves delivered a Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course, at the SRRSH in June 2012. Dr Reeves, Director of Intensive Care at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, has been a visiting intensivist and anaesthetist at SRRSH since 2007. Another BASIC course has been organised and run entirely by the local team since.
China-ANZ Project Committee
Chairperson - Professor David Watson FRACS
Secretariat - Ms Aishah Ishak
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1137
Head of Global Health - Ms Philippa Nicholson
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1278
Fax: +61 3 9276 7431