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Pacific Island & South East Asian Travel Grant

Applications for the 2017 Pacific Island & South East Asian Travel Grant are now open and will close on Tuesday 23 May, 2017.

Pacific Island and South East Asian surgeons and surgical trainees are invited to apply for a Travel Grant for 2017. These grants have been established to assist travel to Australia for the GSA Trainees' Day and the GSA ASM to obtain further education and training in General Surgery.

The 2017 GSA ASM - Access & Repair - will be held at the QT Canberra from 29 September - 1 October 2017, and will focus on the abdominal wall.

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in our understanding of functional abdominal wall anatomy, optimal techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction, and the development of new approaches in achieving primary abdominal fascial closure.  This has made keeping up with the large body of literature and the range of repair techniques difficult.  Our aim is to share knowledge and simplify these processes for the practising general surgeon, focusing on: accessing the abdominal cavity, abdominal incision closure, laparostomy, difficult stoma management, enterocutaneous fistula management, abdominal nerve blockade, chronic abdominal wall pain management, and science of hernia surgery - from common approaches to complex abdominal wall reconstruction.


Applicants must be a permanent resident or citizen of an eligible Pacific Island or South East Asian nation (excluding Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore).


The successful recipient(s) may submit a poster presentation for display at the GSA ASM. They will also be required to complete an evaluation form and to provide a written report at the conclusion of the ASM, regarding their experience at the meeting.


In 2017, up to three (3) travel grants will be awarded. The Travel Grant consists of up to AUD $5,000 annually, to be put towards full registration for the Trainees' Day and GSA ASM (excluding associated courses and/or workshops) and may also be put towards economy travel expenses and accommodation.


For the duration of the ASM in 2017.

To Apply

Applications are now open and will close on Tuesday 23 May, 2017 without exception.

Please complete the Pacific Island & South East Asian Travel Grant application form.  Your application must include the following information:

  • Letter of application
  • Brief curriculum vitae  
  • Two (2) written professional references 

Please read the Pacific Island & South East Asian Travel Grant Policy carefully before applying. 

For further information please contact:

Karen Liu Research & Scholarships Coordinator
P +61 8 8274 3791
F +61 8 8373 7032