Training in Professional Skills

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Teaching on TIPS

What participants are saying about TIPS...

"Emotive. Well-lead; trainers were focused and truly cared about the topic"

"Excellent actors and plenty of time for all team members to take part in simulations"

"Very cohesive presentations. Approachable clinicians with very insightful discussions/observations"

"Amazingly effective use of technology and role playing. Good tutor-student ratio"

"Opportunities to explore the team environment in a difficult situation and have the opportunity to debrief and reflect on the principles"

"Overall, an excellent program that should be a must for everyone to do. I am really glad I have been given the opportunity to do this course"


To attend TIPS all participants must be Medical Graduates Post Graduate Year (PGY) two or over with an interest in a surgical career. Surgical Education and Training (SET) Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMG) undergoing assessment with the College are given preference for course places, followed by doctors PGY2+ who are intending to apply to SET.



Trainees: $1900 (including GST)

Non-Trainees: $2870 (including GST)

New Zealand

Trainees: $2400 (including GST)

Non-Trainees: $3600 (including GST)

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

Transfer fee

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:


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


  • The transfer fee

In 2014, the course transfer fee is AU$195 (incl. GST) and NZ$255 (incl. GST).

Cancellation policy

For cancellations less than ten weeks before the course, participants receive a 50% refund.  There are no refunds for cancellations less than six weeks before the course.

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

Course Schedule

Note: Courses are not run in every state.


Code Date Days Venue State
TP013 20-21 March 2014 Thu-Fri St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne VIC
TP014 10-11 April 2014 Thu-Fri Flinders University, Adelaide SA
TP015 28-29 May 2014 Wed-Thu Macquarie University, Sydney NSW
TP016 27-28 June 2014 Fri-Sat Advanced Clinical Skills Centre, Auckland NZ
TP017 17-18 July 2014 Thu-Fri MEPIC, Brisbane  QLD
TP018 10-11 September 2014 Wed-Thu Macquarie University, Sydney NSW
TP019 10-11 October 2014 Fri-Sat St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne VIC
TP020 21-22 November 2014 Fri-Sat Advanced Clinical Skills Centre, Auckland NZ

TIPS Course Schedule 2015 (PDF 188KB)


TIPS administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7419
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298