It's time for world-class surgical care in Bendigo

The introduction of robot surgical technology at St John of God Bendigo Hospital will improve health outcomes for patients and reduce travel requirements for them and their loved ones.

22 May 2024

Image of medical doctor in scrubs using da Vinci Xi to undertake surgery.

The regional community is being asked to support fundraising efforts to obtain a cutting-edge da Vinci Xi robot. 

Guided by surgeons, the device enables minimally invasive surgery. This will help to achieve shorter hospital stays, less scarring, fewer complications, and faster recovery for patients following a procedure. 

Hospital Chief Executive Michael Hogan said the fundraising target is $2 million. 

“It’s time we have world-class surgical care in Bendigo,” he said. 

“The da Vinci Xi is a breakthrough in surgical technology that will enable high-precision cancer surgery for patients in Bendigo and the region without the need to travel to Melbourne. 

“Every dollar that’s donated will enable us to innovate and improve our community’s care.” 

When purchased, the da Vinci Xi will enhance St John of God Bendigo Hospital’s capabilities for prostate surgery, colorectal surgery, thoracic surgery, and renal and gynaecological surgical procedures. The robot provides assistance across a range of cancer-related surgeries, including prostate, stomach, pancreatic, liver, colorectal, head and neck, and lung. 

Mr Hogan said St John of God Bendigo Hospital is committed to the best clinical outcomes for patients. 

“Robotic surgery significantly aids this commitment and will assist in reducing the health care disadvantage suffered by rural and regional patients,” he said. 

“Specialists and patients will be very grateful for the help of our generous community to bring this trail-blazing technology to our hospital.” 

Donations can be made online at or by calling the St John of God Foundation on 1800 281 288