The State of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Report

Project Details

A surgical Theatre with twomen operating and a group other surgeons watching

In order to track the strengthening of global surgery, the World Health Assembly resolved to report against global surgical metrics.  There are six surgical care indicators that are considered the minimum package for all countries to report regularly at the national level.  Currently, Pacific Island countries face significant challenges in meeting these global targets, and may lack the capacity to provide essential PRS procedures, identified by the World Health Organisation as a minimum requirement for local high level hospitals.

This research will provide a snapshot and analysis of the state of plastic and reconstructive surgery (PRS) in the Pacific.  It was commissioned by Interplast Australia and New Zealand (Interplast), to inform its work on building capacity in the Asia Pacific Region to provide PRS services including rehabilitation, through supporting the strengthening of hospitals and health systems.  This research will inform Interplast on how to build local capacity to provide PRS in seven focus countries including Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

This research will provide an evidence base for Interplast to continue addressing gaps in service provision and build local capacity to provide safe and affordable PRS procedures, by seeking to:

  • develop a thorough understanding of the current state of plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • help collaborating partners inform the planning of future programs
  • provide an evidence based, current snapshot of the Pacific region and the report findings to partner governments and other local stakeholders


Dr Louise Freijser

Dr Tori Oliver

Dr Shazra Abbas


This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Research Group

Social & Cultural Dimensions of Health Systems Health Systems Governance and Financing

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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