Program Partners

Transforming a child’s life is expensive, but with dedicated Program Partners, it becomes a reality.

While the average cost of helping one child can be up to $37,500 for treatment in a public hospital at a humanitarian rate (in addition to the cost of travel and care in Australia), we are hugely grateful that private hospitals, surgeons and allied health professionals donate their services.

The medical professionals

Since beginning our work, we have been supported by countless surgeons, doctors, nurses and health professionals – many more than we can name here.

Each is incredibly busy, totally dedicated to their profession and has a heart of gold. All of them work with Children First because they know they can make a difference to the quality of a child’s life.


It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank these exceptional people. Here, we acknowledge those who have treated our children :

  • Assoc Prof Peter Anderson
  • Mr Andrew Broadhurst
  • Mr Ian Carlisle
  • Mr K M Cherian
  • Mr David Chong
  • Dr Geoff Clarke
  • Mr Andrew Cochrane
  • Mr Chris Coombs
  • Dr John Crock
  • Professor David David AC
  • Dr Andrew Davidson
  • Assoc Prof Leo Donnan
  • Mr Richard Fejer
  • Dr Vincent Gallichio
  • Mr Angus Gray
  • Mr Andrew Greensmith
  • Mr John Griffiths
  • Assoc Prof John Harvey
  • Dr Andrew Heggie
  • Dr Ian Hewson
  • Professor Anthony Holmes
  • Dr Ian Holten
  • Dr Denise Lawry
  • Mr James Leong
  • Ms Bernie and Mr Paul Lew
  • Dr Gail Littlejohn
  • Dr Lionel Lubitz
  • Ms Wirginia Maixner
  • Mr David McCombe
  • Dr Rob McDougall
  • Dr Ian McKenzie
  • Dr Paul McMurrick
  • Dr Peter McNeill
  • Ms Beth McNeish
  • Mr Mark Moore
  • Mr Gary Nattrass
  • Dr Sean Nicklin
  • Mr Mike O’Brien
  • Mr Minoo Patel
  • Assoc Prof Beth Pennington
  • Assoc Prof Anthony Pennington
  • Dr Jamie Robertson
  • Dr John Robinson
  • Dr Tony Tan
  • Mr Ian Torode
  • Dr Anita Vinton
  • Ms Robyn Wallace
  • Dr Fiona Wood AM
  • Ms Carol Woolcock
  • Ms Allison Wray

Hospitals & medical institutions


Children First is very fortunate to have the support of some of Australia’s leading hospitals which, driven by their own commitments to social justice, donate their world-class surgical facilities for our Miracle sMiles program.

These relationships are critical to the success of the program.

The children we help often need complex and sophisticated surgery which requires the expertise and infrastructure of large medical institutions.

Children First sincerely thanks each of the following medical institutions and their staff for their support and continued commitment to making a profound difference to the lives of the children we help:

  • The Alfred Hospital
  • Australian Craniofacial Unit Adelaide
  • Cabrini Malvern
  • Cabrini Brighton
  • Dandenong Hospital
  • Epworth Healthcare
  • Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai India
  • Kilmore Hospital
  • Knox Private Hospital
  • LaTrobe Private Hospital
  • Linacre Private Hospital
  • Melbourne Pathology
  • Memorial Hospital Adelaide
  • MIA Victoria
  • OAPL
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
  • St John of God Bendigo
  • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Women’s & Children’s Hospital Adelaide

External relationships

We are delighted to work with other like-minded organisations that care for the disadvantaged children of our world. The AACHOL Trust,  Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast), and Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) are three such organisations.


AACHOL (Assenting Action for Changing of Livelihoods) Trust is a non-profit organization based in Bangladesh.  Founded by Atom Rahman, the Trust works on creating new opportunities and facilitating existing opportunities by promoting health, education, environment and employment.  The Trust refers children to Children First for necessary surgery in Australia.


Through Interplast, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals from Australia and New Zealand provide reconstructive surgery and facilitate training and mentoring in countries in the Asia Pacific region. Interplast refers children to Children First when surgeons encounter a child whose surgery cannot be performed in-country.


Children First has partnered with ROMAC a number of times to provide life saving/life changing surgery for children from developing countries. The Foundation has also provided accommodation at the Farm for ROMAC patients.