Australian and New Zealand Surgical Skills Education and Training (ASSET)

Course overview

For information about the content of the course please visit ASSET overview.

Eligibility

It is important to note that ASSET course is not a mandatory eligibility requirement for selection to the SET program, but is required to be undertaken in SET1. Priority for courses is given to surgical trainees.

Please note that to attend ASSET you must be a medical graduate.  Places will only be available to doctors post-graduate year 2+.

Equivalent courses

The College recognises that the ASSET course is equivalent to the Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills (BSS) course delivered by the following Colleges:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Registration

For information about how to register for a course please visit ASSET online registration.

Surgical skills videos

Resources previously available only to ASSET course participants can now be accessed through the JDocs website, including videos on the following topics:

• Standard precautions
• Incisions
• Knot tying
• Suturing
• Surgical instruments

Fees

2015:

  • Australia - $3615.00 (incl. GST)
  • New Zealand - $4350.00 (incl. GST)

2016:

  • Australia - $3485.00 (incl. GST)
  • New Zealand - $4115.00 (incl. GST)

In Australia, the ASSET course is an approved course under the tax system. This exempts surgical Trainees of the College from having 10% GST levied on their course fees. Australian fees for all other ASSET course participants are subject to 10% GST.

Courses conducted in New Zealand will be invoiced in NZ dollars, regardless of residential country of applicant.

Transfer fee for 2015 courses only

If you request transfer to an alternative course, a transfer fee to cover relevant administrative costs will be payable, regardless of whether the course invoice has been raised and/or paid at the time the request is made. 

If the request is made ten or less weeks before the course start date, the cancellation policy will also apply.  In this instance, in addition to the initial course fee that has been paid, you will then be required to pay the following:

Either:

  • Half of the fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made between six and ten weeks before the course), or
  • The entire fee for the course to which you are transferring (if request made less than six weeks before course)

And:

  • The transfer fee

In 2015, the course transfer fee is AU$205 (incl. GST) and NZ$245 (incl. GST).

Cancellation policy

2015:

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: full refund, transfer fee applies 
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

This policy also applies should you elect to transfer to another course within this time frame, as outlined under 'Transfer fee for 2015 courses only'.

2016:

  • Cancellations of more than 10 weeks prior to course: 90% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 10 weeks prior to course: 50% refund of course fee
  • Cancellations of less than 6 weeks prior to course: No refund of course fee

Course Schedule

ASSET courses are held on various dates and locations across Australia and New Zealand.

ASSET Course Schedule 2015 (PDF 68KB)

ASSET Course Schedule 2016 (PDF 198KB)

Committee

For information about course governance please visit ASSET Committee.

Contact

Australian Trainees

ASSET Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Division of Education Development and Assessment
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia

Fax: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: asset@surgeons.org

New Zealand Trainees

Administration Officer
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
PO Box 7451
Wellington South Wellington 6242
New Zealand

Telephone +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873
Email: asset.nz@surgeons.org