Changing futures through opportunity

We are dedicated to building capacity in our partner countries by equipping local medical professionals with the skills to provide high quality treatment to their patients and their communities.

Our focus on training is one of the things that sets us apart from other surgical organisations.

Interplast administers a number of scholarships aimed at developing the next generation of medical leaders through training and cultural exchange.

Avant and interplast new fellow placement program

Since 2013, Avant and Interplast have collaborated on a successful Student Placement Program and are now excited to extend a funded opportunity to one recently fellowed plastic surgeon (within the past five years). The successful applicant will be awarded a trip to an Asia-Pacific destination, with the flights, accommodation, meals and insurance provided by Avant*.

Click here to find out more

For full details, please read the Terms and Conditions.

Read more about the previous participants in the Student Placement Program and their experiences.


Pictured: Recipients of the 2016-17 Marshall International Scholarship, with Interplast CEO Prue Ingram, Avant National Relationship Manager Kristie Steggles, and Interplast President Keith Mutimer

Marshall International Scholarships

The Marshall International Scholarships support selected medical personnel to develop and strengthen their area of expertise. Founded in 2009, the scholarships were established to acknowledge the contribution of inaugural Interplast patron, Professor Donald Marshall AM, who was president of the organisation for 16 years.

The scholarships are open through both application and invitation, primarily to residents of our partner countries, who have demonstrated significant commitment in the fields of surgery and allied health services.

Recipient of the 2017 Sir Benjamin Rank scholarship, Solomon Islander general surgeon Dr Scott Siota

Sir Benjamin Rank Scholarship

A pioneer of plastic and reconstructive surgery in Australia, Sir Benjamin Rank was instrumental in the establishment of Interplast in 1983, and served as a Board Director and President from 1985 to 2000.

This scholarship supports selected surgeons from the Asia Pacific region to visit Australia on short-term observational placements to develop and strengthen their area of expertise and, by extension, strengthen the surgical services in their home country.

The program was established at the request of Sir Rank’s grandson.

If you wish to contribute towards this scholarship, please download this form: Sir Benjamin Rank Scholarship Contribution Form

Fijian allied health therapist Miliana Bavatu completed a short placement in Adelaide in 2017

DOYLE FAMILY Scholarship

The Doyle Family Scholarship supports an anaesthetist, nurse or allied health professional from the Asia Pacific Region the opportunity to increase their knowledge and further develop their skills through an activity such as attending a conference or workshop, and/or undertaking an observational placement. This annual scholarship was established by the Interplast Board of Directors in 2017 in recognition of the long term commitment of the Doyle family to Interplast.

Dr Harold McComb in Bouganville, PNG in 1987.

Harold McComb Scholarship

This scholarship honours the contribution of Interplast volunteer plastic surgeon Mr Harold McComb over many years. Established in 2004, the Harold McComb Scholarship provides assistance for medical students nominated by the University of Western Australia to undertake their elective placement in a developing country.