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Meetings and Events

2016 Welcome Reception

Monday, 7 March 2016 6pm onwards
RACS - Melbourne

The updated program is now available!

The Victorian Regional Committee warmly invites all incoming Surgical Trainees and IMGs, and recently admitted Fellows to the annual VRC Welcome Reception.  This relaxed evening will include presentations as a welcome and familiarisation to RACS. All Fellows, Trainees, and IMGs are invited to join us to welcome our newest members.

Welcome photo

Presentations include:

Luke Bradshaw: RACS Trainee Association Victorian Representative
Salena Ward: Younger Fellow
Barry Beilles: Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality
Skills Centre: Bruce Waxman
RACS tour and history: Geoff Down will present a history and tour of the College.

Members of the VRC and RACS staff members will be on hand to welcome you and answer your questions.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to meet the Victorian Surgical community at this welcome event. All Trainees and IMGs will be presented with a Certificate of Acceptance.

Further information or to RSVP, please contact e:  or call Abbe Judd: 9249 1188.

View the  updated program here.

General Information

58th Annual Surgical Meeting

Visit our 2016 ASM webpage

21-22 October 2016
The Langham Hotel, Melbourne

Convenor: Tristan Leech

Friday 21 October - Professional Development Workshops
VASM workshop
Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators

Saturday 22 October - Scientific Program
This cross- specialty annual event will look at the issues surrounding the MBS review, private health insurance negotiations and the efficency of surgical procedures, research and data issues.

Call for Abstracts open Monday 26 April 2016

Call for Abstracts close Thursday 28 July 2016

Further information on Victorian Awards

For further information please contact the Victorian Regional office e:

Preparation for Practice

20-21 August 2016
RACS -  Melbourne

Further information will be available here soon.

2016 Medical Students' Surgical Workshops

22 May 2016 and 14 August 2016
Following  from the success of previous years, there will be two MSSWs for final year Victorian Medical Students in 2016. Registration information will be posted here early in 2016.

Surgeons and Surgical Trainees:  Should you wish to find out more or to join the Faculty, please contact to register to your interest.

Further information on the history of this event

Medical Students' Careers Exhibitions/Conferences

Seeking Expressions of Interest
The VRC is collaborating with student surgical interest groups and is seeking support from Fellows and Trainees. Commitment varies between events, but will usually be for a couple of hours to provide information regarding careers in surgery and the SET program, and/or to assist with basic surgical skills sessions.

If you are a surgeon or surgical trainee who is interested in becoming involved, or to find out further information, contact
Liz Thompson: Ph:  +61 3 9249 1253,   e:

View more events on the conferences page of this website

2016 Victorian Regional Committee meetings

(6pm; in the Hailes Room, unless specified)
1 February, 2016
7 March, 2016 (Exec) Vic Welcome and Induction
4 April, 2016
6 June, 2016
July- Strategic Planning and Dinner TBC
1 August, 2016
3 October, 2016
2016 Vic ASM 21-23 October, Melbourne CBD
5 December, 2016

2016 Victorian Regional Committee Executive meetings

(6pm; at the College, Hailes Room, unless specified)
7 March, 2016
9 May, 2016
4 July, 2016
5 September, 2016
7 November, 2016

Victorian Recognition Awards and Certificate

Mr William Huffam: Certificate of Community Service
Mr Michael Falkenberg:  Certificate of Community Service
Mr Robert Stunden: Oustanding Service to RACS
Mr William Henry Huffam:  Certificate of Community Service
Mr David Birks: Certificate of Community Service
Mr Peter Burke: Certificate of Community Service
Mr George Owen: Certificate of Community Service
Mr Chris Haw: Certificate of Community Service
Mr John Crellin
Mr Michael Wilson
Mr Clem Smith
Mr Stephen Clifforth
Mr Hugh Weaver

 Visit the Lectures and prizes - Victoria page for the archive of all other regional awards.

Position Papers

The Regional Committee has been involved in the development of various position papers.  View position papers here.

Victorian e-News Archive



Victorian Media Articles

31 October 2014 The Mail Times "Surgeons' Community Spirit Recognised"
22 October 2014 The Age: "Thousands wait too long for surgery"
3 March 2014 The Age: "AMA calls for 'Surgery Blitz' on RCH wait lists"
4 December 2013 The Age: "RCH Swamped By Demand"
20 March 2013 The Age: "Hospitals Waiting List to Ensnare 55,000"
2 February 2013 The Age "Hospitals facing loss of 12m in reward funding"
22 January 2013 The Age "Jobs cuts hit Royal Childrens"
9 January 2013 The Age "Outcry over Surgery Cash"


Active Fellows by specialty and region, as at December 2014.

Victorian 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 1223 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

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.
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


We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their ongoing support.  This partnership with the Victorian Regional Committee ensures the ongoing success of the Regional Events. 

Major Sponsor

MDA National

Major Supporter

Avant Mutual Group

Industry Supporters

The Bongiorno Group
BOQ Specialists
Cook Medical
Epworth Health
Halle Yilmaz
Hoxton Medical Practice Management
J&J Ethicon
Mi-tec Medical Publishing
Odyssey FM
Ramsay Healthcare
Rooms with Style
Sanofi Aventis
Smith and Nephew

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Where is the College Office?
View the location.

Where can I park at the College?
Refer to the College parking policy.

Where can I stay in Melbourne?
For accommodation bookings, access the travel management (members only; login required) section of this website. If you are a Trainee or Fellow of the College, you will be eligible for discounted pricing.


Victorian Regional Committee
Chair - Jason Chuen

Victorian Regional Office
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1255
Fax: +61 3 9249 1256

Denice Spence
Victorian Regional Manager
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1254

Liz Thompson
Office Co-ordinator (Events)
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1253

Abbe Judd
Administration Officer
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1188