The East Timor Eye Program is managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Global Health Projects develops long-term health capacity by providing specialist medical education, training, capacity development and aid to sixteen countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Perth Eye Hospital Foundation provides sponsorship for the Long Term Advisor Ophthalmologist to act as the in-country trainer for the Post Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmology (PGDO) course that has been established through the National University. The cohort of PGDO graduates will become the first generation of ophthalmologists in Timor-Leste. Read more here.
St John Ambulance Australia provides financial support for eye services in Oecussi, a coastal enclave. A visiting Australian team made up of eye doctors, nurses and optometrists and St John Ambulance volunteers, make the challenging journey to Oecussi to deliver outreach services as well as provide first aid training to hospital staff and community members.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation and Hobart Eye Surgeons support the East Timor Eye Program by offering six month scholarships to RANZCO ophthalmology fellows and registrars in their final year of training. The scholarship holders spend six months in Timor Leste working at the National Eye Centre in Dili as well as accompanying the Outreach team for delivery of outreach services to the districts.