About Respect: What you can do


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Being a surgeon takes more than technical excellence.Logo To help build respect and improve patient safety in surgery, RACS has mandated a range of programs for Fellows, Trainees and IMGs. Read more about what you must, and what you can do.

Complete our Operating With Respect elearning moduleoperate-with-respect-portfolio

Have you completed Operating With Respect (members only, login required) ? The elearning module is mandatory. Do it now online. CPD 2017 requirement.

Complete our Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators course foundation-skills-for-se-portfolio

Do you teach or train SET Trainees or supervise IMGs? The Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE) Course is mandatory. Enrol now for 2017.

See what participants have said about this course and find out what to expect:

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Operating with Respect Coursef2f

The Operating with Respect Course provides advanced training in recognising, managing and preventing discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. The aim of this course is to strengthen patient safety by enabling participants to develop skills in respectful behaviour and practice strategies in responding to unacceptable behaviour.

Other resources (Members Only - Login required)Poster Thumb

RACS has developed a range of resources to help you lead the way, build respect and improve patient safety in surgery.

Posters for your workplaces:

Show your support for our work by displaying one of our posters at your offices, rooms and hospitals.

Download Posters * (PDF 6.79MB - Members only - Login required)
* NEW posters updated 29 May 2017

PowerPoint template for presentations:Pp Thumb

Here is a powerpoint template you can use for presentations.

Download a Template (PPTX 911KB - Members only - Login required)

You can also give a presentation to others and spread the word about what we are doing to build respect and improve patient safety. Get the latest version of this presentation from your RACS regional office.

Images for your websites and social media:Some Thumb

We have created these web-friendly images for you to use to help us promote our work.

Think about using them on your website homepages and across your other digital channels.

Download Website/social media images (ZIP 1.91MB - Members only - Login required)

Use the 'Let's Operate With Respect' logo:

Logo ThumbMembers can click on the links below to download them to your device. You can use these logos on any presentations or papers you do.

Download Logo images - PNG (PNG 224KB - Members only - Login required) or JPG (JPG 574KB - Members only - Login required)

Signature block for your email:Sb Thumb

Help us to spread the word about our Let's Operate With Respect work by attaching this image to your signature block.

Download Signature block (PNG 67KB - Members only - Login required)

How to attach the signature block (example is for Outlook):

  1. Download the signature block above and save it to your desktop/device.
  2. Open a new message in email. On the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click Signatures.Outlook
  3. On the E-mail Signature tab, click New.
  4. Type a name for the signature, and then click OK.
  5. In the Edit signature box, type the text that you want to include in the signature - your name, phone numbers, address.
  6. To add the image you have just downloaded, click where you want this image to appear (usually below your details), and then do any of the following:
  7. Click Pic Symbol Picture, browse to the image that you have just saved on your desktop, click to select it, and then click OK.

Get involved:

When we see unacceptable behaviour, it's up to us to call it out. If you'd like to get involved in the 'Let's Operate With Respect' Initiative you can:

  • do the elearning online module and help make sure your colleagues do it too
  • do the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE) course. It is mandatory if you teach or train SET trainees or supervise IMGs. Enrol now for 2017
  • contact your regional manager or committee, to learn more about what you can do, including:
    • posters in your workplace
    • arranging local FSSE courses for you and your colleagues. FSSE will teach you how to be a better educator and give effective feedback
    • watch out for the face to face course - Operating with Respect - to show you how to call out unacceptable behavior when you see it. Coming mid-2017.


If you would like to talk about an existing or new concern or complaint please contact the RACS Manager Complaints Resolution.