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New Zealand National Board meetings

(in Wellington; on Fridays, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm)
 14 August 2015 (at the ASM in Queenstown)
 4 December 2015

New Zealand National Board ASM

Surgery 2015: I Can - BUT Should I? Choosing Wisely

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August 2015
Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

The 21st century presents unique challenges in healthcare in New Zealand with ongoing debate about access to surgery and the best use of surgical resources. These issues will inevitably increasingly impact on your patients and your future in surgery.

Surgery 2015 is your opportunity to hear contributions from key New Zealanders and to participate in discussions on these matters. 

Download the Provisional Programme (PDF 420KB)

Download Surgery 2015 Registration Form (PDF 100KB)

The New Zealand National Board wishes to acknowledge support from the following sponsors for the ASM.

J & J logo          MEDRECRUIT Logo      


Surgical Pioneers

Wednesday 12 August 2015                                                                                                                                                                                Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown (opposite the Millennium Hotel)

The fifth session of New Zealand Surgical Pioneers will be held in the afternoon before the Surgery 2015 conference.Presentations cover Ferdinand Batchelor, Percival Fenwick, Douglas Jolly, technical improvements to wounding agents (artillery, machine guns etc), wound ballistics and developments in soldier protection, and in the bi-centennial of Waterloo, the famous battle concluding the Napoleonic wars is remembered.

Download Surgical Pioneers Registration Form (PDF 112KB)

Preparation for Practice

Wednesday 12 August 2015                                                                                                                                                               

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

A one day workshop directed at final year Trainees and surgeons from all specialties who are considering setting up private practice.  Register for this workshop with the NZ office of the College. Information about this workshop.

Download the Draft Programme (PDF 76KB)

Non-Technical Skills For Surgeons (NOTSS)

Wednesday 12 August 2015    

Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

A one day workshop directed at Fellows, International Medical Graduates and senior SET trainees. Information and registration form.


Louis Barnett Prize

Acceptance of Abstracts for 2015 has closed.

Selected Abstracts will be presented at Surgery 2015 on Friday 14 August 2015
at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown.

The New Zealand National Board wishes to acknowledge support from the following sponsor for the Louis Barnett Prize.

Applied Medical logo


NZ Trauma Guidelines

The Guidelines for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal Trauma Care (PDF 2.97 MB) are the national guideline document in circulation in New Zealand. These Guidelines were initially developed in 1994 by the College with support from the Ministry of Health and updated in 1996 and 2003. The 2012 revision was funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the NZ Trauma Committee of the College


Cutting Edge (PDF 633KB) Issue 55, June 2015

Cutting Edge (PDF 774KB) Issue 54, March 2015

Cutting Edge (PDF 1.1MB) Issue 53, December 2014

Cutting Edge (PDF 770 KB) Issue 52, October 2014

Cutting Edge is a quarterly newsletter published by the New Zealand National Board.


Health Sector Fact Sheets

 The Commerce Commission has published a range of fact sheets designed to help health professionals work within competition and consumer laws. Link to fact sheets 


New Zealand Joint Registery

Australasian Vascular Audit 

Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy

NZ Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - applications to this committee can be made via the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology website.


Active Fellows by specialty and region, as at December 2014

A Fellow is considered active if they are currently involved in any aspect of surgical activity that involves the use of surgical skills or knowledge gained through their surgical training. This extends to and is not exclusive of medico-legal work, research or supervision of Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Further Annual and Interim Activities Reports are available on the workforce and activities reports page.

New Zealand Workforce Data

CAR 6 53 0 37 10 4 55 13 178 25 18 221
GEN 19 535 15 280 135 28 434 128 1574 233 147 1954
NEU 7 77 0 43 15 5 62 20 229 16 21 266
ORT 24 404 6 257 106 21 290 115 1233 260 52 1535
OTO 9 145 3 83 44 8 110 38 440 85 26 551
PAE 4 33 0 13 8 3 21 8 90 18 22 130
PLA 5 117 2 64 40 11 130 44 413 59 21 493
URO 5 125 1 81 28 10 106 39 395 55 26 476
VAS 3 64 0 33 14 5 51 15 185 20 2 207
Total 82 1553 27 891 400 95 1259 420 4727 771 335 5833

CAR - Cardiothoracic Surgery
GEN - General Surgery
NEU - Neurosurgery
ORT - Orthopaedic Surgery
OTO - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
PAE - Paediatric Surgery
PLA - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
URO - Urology
VAS - Vascular Surgery

Frequently asked questions

What does the NZ office offer Fellows and Trainees?

For Fellows:

For Trainees:

  • information on, and a local resource point for training programs. The New Zealand office coordinates the administration of some programs.

What are your opening hours?
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Who can I contact if the office is unattended?
Call +64 27 279 7455.

Can I book rooms to have meetings?
Yes. Contact the office to make a booking.

Where can I stay in Wellington?
Visit Positively Wellington Tourism website.

What's on in Wellington?
Visit Positively Wellington Tourism website.


New Zealand National Board
Chair - Professor Randall Morton

New Zealand Regional Office
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Street address
Symes De Silva House, Level 4
97-99 Courtenay Place, Te Aro
Wellington  6011

Postal address
PO Box 7451
Wellington  6242 

Telephone: +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm