Mercy Ships 100,000th Surgical Procedure

    The Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital’s Dr David Chong is one of a very special group of volunteers who regularly spends time on the Mercy Ships operating on and changing the lives of children and adults with various afflictions including severe facial disfigurement, who would not otherwise have access to much needed surgery. ..

    Tony Holmes in discussion with Jon Faine

    Tony Holmes was recently interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC Radio about his life as a surgeon, Jigsaw Foundation and receiving his Order of Australia.  ..

    Tony Holmes receives AO

    After many selfless years of service to his profession, Tony has today been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reconstructive and craniofacial surgery, as a leader, clinician and educator, and to professional medical associations.

    Tony founded the Jigsaw Foundation in 1990 and is currently a board member. 

    This award is recognition of Tony's position as a pre-eminent surgeon globally in the area of craniofacial surgery. Tony's efforts to improve the lives of children is an inspiration to all of us at the Foundation.

    Congratulations Tony. 



    Jigsaw Director appointed as Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission

    Professor John Meara, Jigsaw Foundation Director, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. John undertook some of his training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and was later Head of the Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit at the RCH. He subsequently moved to Boston as Head of Plastic Surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital and is now Professor of Global Health at Harvard.  ..

    New Board appointment for Jigsaw Professor, Tony Penington

    At the recent General Assembly of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA), Jigsaw Professor Tony Penington, was elected as a board member of the Society. ISSVA is the peak international body for the study of vascular anomalies and hold their meetings every two years. This appointment reflects Tony’s standing in the international vascular anomalies field, and will extend Australian influence in the direction of research and treatment of these conditions. 


    The Australasian Vascular Anomalies Network

    Vascular anomalies affect about one in ten children. Caused by an excessive growth of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels in one part of the body, the most common type are small localised birthmarks known as ‘strawberry naevus’. Small birthmarks of this sort are usually easily managed, and many require no treatment at all. Larger birthmarks, and more severe vascular anomalies including Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), lymphatic malformations (cystic hygroma) and venous malformations, can cause lifelong disability and the psychological and physical consequences for affected children can be severe.  ..