Interplast changes lives. We give our time. We combat disability. We implement change. We give opportunity. We build capacity. We support families. We support communities. We strengthen. We succeed. We transform. We empower. We change futures.

We achieve this because of our volunteers.

Our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation. Offering the amazing gift of time, expertise and commitment, they are, without a doubt, the bricks and mortar of Interplast. Every year, our volunteers from all around Australia and New Zealand journey to our developing neighbours to provide free medical treatment to both adults and children and support local medical personnel through training and mentoring. This shared privilege, while different for everyone, offers an opportunity to:

  • Fulfil a desire to help people in need
  • Use your expertise to advance the Interplast cause
  • Share your knowledge, skills and experience with others
  • Challenge yourself personally, professionally and culturally

Interplast is committed to providing our medical volunteers with a positive, engaging and rewarding experience. We support our volunteers from beginning to end. All programs are managed by Interplast program coordinators and all pre-departure and post-placement arrangements and briefings are organised by us. Interplast surgical activities are generally for 1-2 weeks and comprise a combination of surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals (depending on the focus of the individual program).

If you are interested in applying to volunteer as a medical professional for us, please click here to find out more about eligibility and applications.

Our Medical volunteers in 2018

Over the course of this calendar year, we expect that around 150 of our incredible medical volunteers will support the planned 85+ program activities, across 16 countries. These volunteers included plastic and reconstructive and orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and nurse educators and allied health professionals including hand therapists, physiotherapists and speech therapists. Their names appear in the list below, which will be updated throughout the year as programs are delivered.

To see the full list of those who volunteered on our overseas programs in the past two years, click here (for 2016) or here (2017).