Dr McAuliffe has a strong involvement in charitable events.
In 2007 after a family holiday to Fiji, Michael and his wife set up an orthopaedic outreach team to visit the local hospital in Lautoka. Initially this involved Michael and one surgical scrub nurse. Since 2007 Michael has visited Fiji for a week every year (apart from 2020 and 2021 when travel was restricted. During this time he kept up weekly zoom meetings with the team in Fiji to assist with orthopaedic cases). The team has now grown to multiple surgeons, anaesthetists and scrub nurses.
In addition to the yearly trips Michael has secured funding for the local Fijian doctors, he has set up a yearly training course to take place in Fiji once a year for nurses and doctors and has made links with Fijian companies to provide long term sponsorship and support for the hospital.
Michael finds the work in Fiji thoroughly rewarding and professionally challenging. The cases that he sees and operates on are varied and very different to what he sees in Australia. He enjoys working with the local staff and providing them with training.
Michael is involved with a charity called Tour de Cure (www.tourdecure.com.au). In 2011 Michael rode from Sydney to Melbourne for Tour de Cure in support of cancer related projects. In 2020 he did another 950km ride through NSW along with other smaller rides over the years. Each ride requires a great deal of training but personally are a great achievement and it means a great deal to Michael to raise much needed funds for cancer research, support and prevention – a cause close to his heart. His greatest role with Tour de Cure is assisting the Tour de Cure board in establishing and now a member of the research advisory committee. Michael will be continuing this work in the hope of ensuring the money raised by Tour de Cure continues to achieve fabulous results.
He was a board member for the Foundation for Surgery (The charitable arm of the College of Surgeons) for three years and continues to have involvement with the board with a number of ongoing projects.