Five billion people worldwide lack access to safe surgical care.

Five billion people worldwide lack access to safe surgical care when needed, resulting in over 17 million preventable deaths each year and further responsible for one-third (28-32%) of the global burden of disease. To scale up access to safe surgical, anaesthesia, and obstetric care for all, inclusion of future generations of health professionals, public health specialists, and policymakers from the start of global surgery discussions and interventions is essential.

InciSioN, the International Student Surgical Network, is an international non-profit organization for medical and public health students, residents, and young doctors in the field of global surgery. InciSioN started as an informal group of students in 2014 and grew to become the formally established organization “InciSioN” in March 2016. In 2018, InciSioN became the newest (and first trainee) member organization of the G4 Alliance, joining more than 80 professional global surgery societies, institutions, and NGOs from around the world.

Today, InciSioN represents over 5,000 members in over 80 countries and 45 fully established National Working Groups (NWGs) across all world regions. InciSioN Australia started in 2019, with passionate individuals across Australia and New Zealand producing an organization of medical students with a common interest in Global Surgery.

InciSioN Australia aims to contribute to the development of future generations of global surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and obstetricians around the world and help bring safe surgical care to everyone, everywhere, by 2030.

Our People

Davina is one of the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association’s Global Surgery Co-Chairs. Davina is an incoming MD3 at The University of Western Australia, and her current medical interests include vascular surgery, public/global health and health policy.

Davina didn’t expect to love her vascular surgery placement as much as she did, but can’t stop raving about the beauty of vascular anastomoses and the balloon angioplasties, iliofemoral bypass and femoral endarterectomy she scrubbed into over the course of her rotation! She also enjoyed the variety of procedures and environments that vascular surgeons get to work in day-to-day, from the ward to clinic, cath lab and the operating theatre.

ISSC 2019 was one of the highlights of her medical degree, and she is looking forward to networking with more like minded students, engaging with inspiring speakers and learning fun surgical skills at ASSC 2020 @surgconference. As ASSA Global Surgery Co-Chair, she is excited to be working with Hamish to connect Australasian students who are interested in global surgery and health equity with education and advocacy opportunities in the dynamic field.

Hamish is one of the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association’s Global Surgery co-chairs. He is from Perth, and is currently studying at the University of Western Australia. He is currently in his final year of medical school, and one day aspires to be a neurosurgeon.

Hamish has had the opportunity to shadow, and scrub in with neurosurgeons from around the world including Perth, Vancouver and Kathmandu. He looks forward to building on that experience.

As president of the UWA Surgical Society, Hamish has had an opportunity to be involved in the workings of ASSA from a surgical society level. He looks forward to being able to convert student interest in the topic of global surgery into outcomes.

Lachlan is the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association’s Global Surgery Research Officer. He is a second year Doctor of Medicine and Surgery student at the Australian National University and is aiming to eventually specialise in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Alongside a career in surgery, he plans to contribute to research and policy that makes surgery more accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of whether they live in a big city, rural & remote Australia or developing parts of the world.

As the Global Surgery Research Officer, he will be leading a research project that will evaluate the perceptions of global surgery among students at medical schools across Australia and New Zealand. Through his role, Lachlan also looks forward to supporting the ASSA Global Surgery Co-Chairs, Davina and Hamish, in providing medical students more opportunities to be involved with global surgery and advocating for surgery to play a greater role in the global health curricula in medical schools throughout Australia and New Zealand.