Monash Children’s Hospital International (MCHI) is comprised of a team of Monash Health Surgeons, Child and Adolescent Clinicians and Allied Health practitioners who are committed to providing training to other healthcare professionals in developing countries.
Monash Children’s Hospital International (MCHI) is comprised of a team of Monash Health Surgeons, Child and Adolescent Clinicians and Allied Health practitioners who are committed to providing training to other healthcare professionals in developing countries. Through education and development, MCHI works to improve health outcomes for children within these regions by strengthening the capacity of national health personnel to provide improved paediatric services.
Over 40% of the population of Vietnam and Cambodia is under 18 years of age. Due to a lack of national specialist expertise, health providers in these countries have limited capacity to provide paediatric health services. The need for surgical education is paramount.
MCHI works closely with surgeons, radiology specialists and endocrinology specialists across South East Asia. Team members are self-funded and donate their time and expertise. Various Australian health services and medical equipment companies have also generously donated surgical equipment to enable the department to practice.
Monash Children’s Hospital International supports the development of knowledge and skills of local health professionals in the management of congenital disorders of children through a multidisciplinary in-country education programme. This includes the delivery of training courses and on-the-job mentoring in surgery, the provision of scholarships for short-term training in specialist centres in Australia and New Zealand, and the development of sustainable professional networks in child health throughout Southeast Asia.
Our current scope of activity includes:
Patient treatment is both a conduit of clinical education and a focus of some in-country and Australian activity. Surgical skills training is undertaken utilising both simulation modalities and mentored operating. In-country surgical skills training is cost-effective, context-relevant and avoids Australasian medical registration issues, as well as providing patient care in local environment.
Educational courses / in-country visits
In-country education and on-the-job teaching in the treatment of patients is crucial to ensure that the content and learning objectives are relevant to the local context.
Currently four to five visits are conducted each year, during which course delivery is achieved through partnership of visiting and local faculty to ensure the level, language and timetable is appropriate.
Courses are widely advertised throughout both the host country and loco-regional centres, resulting in participation from a wide variety of health service levels and countries.
The visiting scholars programme, overseen by the Global Health Committee of RACS, supports short-term (six to eight weeks) visits to Australasian centres of excellence for a specified purpose. Each visit has a specified purpose and the host Service is chosen to best match this focus. They are multidisciplinary, including radiology, nursing and endocrinology.
Monash Children’s Hospital International provides training, support and technical expertise to many Asian countries:
Paediatric Surgery/Urology Clinic
How to refer an overseas child to us
As a referral service for complex and rare conditions Monash Children’s Hospital International is frequently approached to provide service for Medicare ineligible overseas patients. Please note:
Monash Children’s Hospital International Office will:
For more information contact:
Monash Children’s Hospital International Project and Office Manager
Phone: (03) 9594 4723
Your donation will help us to assist children in need. You can make a one-off or regular donation to Monash Children’s Hospital International through the Monash Health Foundation.
All donations to Monash Health that are $2 and over are tax deductible.
If you have any questions about donating or fundraising please contact the Monash Health Foundation:
Phone: (03) 9594 2700