Queensland Charity Ball
With Alcohol: $200
Without Alcohol: $175
About the Ball
Please join us for a lovely evening featuring three-course meal, live entertainment and excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the state. All proceeds from this event will be directed to the Pacific Islands Program.
This exciting night will begin with a welcome performance by the famous Opera Queensland.
Professor Christopher Pyke - Keynote Speaker
Christopher Pyke is Professor and Director of Medical Services at the Mater Private Hospitals in Brisbane. He is Vice President of RACS, Chair of the Foundation for Breast Cancer care, former President of Breast SurgANZ, and former Chair of the Court of Examiners. After completing his surgical training at Mater, Dr Pyke undertook surgical fellowships at the Nottingham Breast Unit in the United Kingdom and the Mayo Clinic in the United States of America. On his return to Australia, Dr Pyke took up a position as senior lecturer with The University of Queensland and completed a PhD in breast cancer risk quantification.
Associate Professor Bernard Whitfield
Associate Professor Bernard Whitfield is the full time Director of the Integrated ENT Specialist Service at Logan Hospital. He has been involved with PIP for the past nine years, the last six as ASOHNS/RACS Global Health ENT lead using funding from DFAT. To date, he spent good times in Samoa, Tonga, Kiribas, PNG, Fiji and Micronesia and worked alongside some amazing clinicians dealing with diverse presentations and having fun whilst building capacity and linkages across the Pacific.
The main event of the night is the live auction featuring the custom designed diamond and pearl earrings from the luxurious A.G Jeweller based in Brisbane. It is 18ct white gold with 2=0.80ct old cut F/VS diamonds and 2.89grams natural Keshi pearls from Elizabeth Bay, NT.
Please check to our online auction platform where you can also bid on most of our auction items and purchase raffle tickets.
About the Charity
Across the Pacific, the RACS Global Health Team is implementing the Pacific Islands Program or PIP. This program currently covers 10 Pacific Island Countries, including Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, the Cook Islands, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. Global Health deploy teams to PIP countries to conduct complex surgical procedures and also to provide a range of clinical training.
The Pacific Islands Program (PIP) has been synonymous with RACS Global Health since it was launched in 1995. Funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the last two decades have seen more than 600 volunteer medical teams visit 11 Pacific Island countries, providing over 60,000 consultations and 16,000 procedures.
In 2016, RACS entered into a new agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to extend the program, with activities now covering all specialised clinical services including surgery, anaesthesia, cardiology, nursing, radiology, nephrology, psychiatry and more.
We would like to thank all of our other event partners for their donations and support of the RACS Queensland Charity Ball.