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2017

Almost 1000 more doctors in Timor Leste since 2001: a work in progress

09 June 2017

The creation of a new independent health system for Timor-Leste over the last 16 years has seen a growth of more than 980 doctors enter the system, from only 20 in 2001.

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RACS deplores hospital violence and one-punch attacks

01 June 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out strongly against violence in Australian hospitals and in particular, one-punch attacks.

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Auckland District Health Board signs RACS Respect Agreement

29 May 2017

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery.

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Better treatment options for appendicitis during pregnancy

23 May 2017

Having your appendix out while pregrant isn't something many mothers would wish to face during their gestational period, let alone the thought of potentially losing the baby as a result of the procedure.

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Surgery and the Ageing

12 May 2017

The decision to operate or not operate on an elderly frail patient can often be difficult - will the patient survive the surgery and what sort of quality of life can be anticipated?

This was one of the questions posed to surgeons attending their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week.

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Gunpowder Injuries Prove Challenging for Surgeons

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard how injuries from home-made gunpowder are presenting an added conundrum for surgeons in the management of burn injuries.

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Beware the male DIY 5 years of angle grinder injuries

12 May 2017

The dangers of power saws and angle grinders have been raised at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Serious hand injuries evident in NZ from saws and log splitters

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard that hand injuries caused by saws and log splitters are placing a significant burden on individuals, and the New Zealand health system.

Dr Ryan Ruxton, a plastic and reconstructive surgical registrar at Hutt Hospital, presented the findings of a retrospective study to the RACS Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide today.

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Study highlights importance of running cold water on children’s burns

11 May 2017

The impact of cold running water first aid on paediatric burns has been discussed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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A rash of mango madness in the NT discussed at surgeons conference

11 May 2017

A case of complex hand infections secondary to Mango Sap Burns has been raised for discussion at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide.

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New technology managing post-surgical pain

11 May 2017

The incidence of chronic pain after major surgery is estimated to range between 20 and 50 per cent, and between 2 and 10 per cent of patients will suffer severe disabling pain, surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgone (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) have been told in Adelaide today.

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Promoting transparency to improve surgical outcomes for patients

11 May 2017

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for eight different surgical procedures are revealed in the latest data released to provide greater transparency on surgical practice to specialists and patients.

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Unconscious sexism in surgery

11 May 2017

Sexism is discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Surgeons can benefit from Whatsapp

11 May 2017

Communication among members in a surgical team is a vital part of patient care.

Traditional communication like the paging system can be disruptive during patient assessment or operations.

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Adelaide Technology Has the Potential to Revolutionise Post-Operative Care

11 May 2017

An Adelaide-based start-up company is reimagining the possibilities of post-operative monitoring, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has been told today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Colorectal cancer treatment in the country comparable to the city

11 May 2017

Surgeons at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide were given a presentation on the outcomes of surgical treatment for colorectal cancer in rural Australia over a decade.

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Beware of swallowing BBQ wire brush bristles

11 May 2017

The 86th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide has been told that ingested foreign bodies are frequently encountered in Australian adults and children.

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15 year breast cancer study shows trend towards increased referral to genetic screening

10 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) was told in Adelaide today that it seems rare not to know of someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

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Penetrating injuries from palm fronds and how to avoid them

10 May 2017

What is believed to be the largest series of penetrating palm frond injuries has been presented at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Knee and hip replacement a dangerous option for the morbidly obese

10 May 2017

Obesity doesn't just affect your appearance. It affects you psychologically, socially and physically.

The Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week has been told that Australia's obese have an increased risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and stroke.

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Diabetes related amputation putting strain on hospital resources

10 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were told that the Australasian Vascular Audit (AVA) database, established in 2010, was recently analysed to better understand and calculate the incidence of amputation and associated hospitalisation across Australia and New Zealand. 

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Study Highlights the Impacts of New Zealand’s High Bowel Cancer Rate

10 May 2017

Bowel cancer has risen significantly in young people over the past two decades a New Zealand study has revealed.

Dr Jamish Gandhi, currently working as a surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but formerly based in New Zealand, has presented his findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Annual Scientific Conference in Adelaide this week.

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Dog Bites Result in More Children Requiring Surgery in WA

10 May 2017

An increasing number of children are presenting at a Perth Hospital for surgery following dog bites, according to a recent study.

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Two Surgeons recognised for their contribution to Indigenous health

10 May 2017

Two surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 86th Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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NZ Surgeons Surprised by Lung Transplant Findings

09 May 2017

A comprehensive retrospective study has found no link between socio-economic status and a patient's likelihood of recovery from a lung transplant operation in New Zealand, despite doctor's expectations that a correlation would exist.

Dr Andrei Beliaev, a cardiothoracic surgical registrar at Auckland City Hospital, will today present the research findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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Physiotherapy before abdominal surgery reduces fatal respiratory complications.

09 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide have been told that respiratory complications were the most common and serious complication type following open upper abdominal surgery, according to research undertaken at the Launceston General Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

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Early treatment vital in head and neck cancer

09 May 2017

Delays in treating certain types of cancers are proving costly, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Chewing gum won’t get you out of hospital any sooner

09 May 2017

Chewing gum after abdominal surgery does not reduce length of hospital stay according to Adelaide colorectal surgeon Dr Hidde Kroon.

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A speedy recovery for chronic groin pain in ‘sports hernia’

09 May 2017

'Sports hernia' remains a controversial diagnosis for most surgeons, but it describes a syndrome of disabling chronic athletic groin pain, according to Qld Surgical Trainee and researcher at the Hernia Institute Australia (HIA), Dr Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo.

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The benefits of exercise in conquering cancer forever

09 May 2017

Some exercise for pleasure, some exercise for sport, and some exercise to prevent cancer!

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week have seen studies that show regular exercise can improve cancer-related fatigue, reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life for the cancer survivor.

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Aspiring Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists attend RACS ASC

09 May 2017

Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori medical student/doctors with an interest in surgical training are in Adelaide this week as guests at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress.

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Comparisons of domestic violence related injuries from one hospital to another – a prospective cohort study

09 May 2017

East Timorese Doctor Raimundo Dos Santos (Ray) has told attendees at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide that one might assume that the way in which a domestic violence injury is managed in one hospital, would be the same as in another, or that all domestic violence injuries would be relatively similar, but Dr Ray said that recent studies had proven otherwise.

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1500 surgeons set to gather in Adelaide for RACS Annual Scientific Congress

04 May 2017

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and visiting specialists from around the world will converge on the Adelaide Convention Centre next week for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses at the 86th RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC).

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RACS & Barwon Health sign Respect Agreement

02 May 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Barwon Health in Geelong.

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New surgery protocols could see kids with appendicitis coming home sooner

21 April 2017

Managing the treatment of appendicitis using more efficient surgery protocols could mean your child being sent home a day sooner to recover, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Assoc. Prof. David Hillis departs RACS after 13 years as CEO

06 April 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Chief Executive Officer, Associate Professor David Hillis, has decided to retire from his position after 13 years of distinguished service in the role.

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Audit highlights extent of diabetes and liver issues in Northern Territory

05 April 2017

The Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM) 2010-2016 Report was released today, and it highlighted that NT patients were considerably more likely to present with diabetes or hepatic (liver) issues, but had lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to elsewhere in Australia.

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RACS Urges Halt to Road Carnage

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) joins Carers Australia and the Australian Automotive Association in supporting the 2017 Australasian College of Road Safety Submission to Federal Parliamentarians - The way forward to reduce road trauma.

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SA Surgeons and SA Health Shake Hands on Respect

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today signed a Statement of Intent agreement with SA Health based on a commitment to more effectively deal with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) within the surgical profession.

 

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Surgeons Back Rejection of Liquor Store Expansion

15 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has written to the Northern Territory (NT) Government to offer its support for the rejection of a 1200 square metre 'superstore' proposed by Dan Murphy's.

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RACS publishes progress report on bullying

10 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has published a Progress Report on what it did in 2016 to address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery in Australia and New Zealand.

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Is the role of medical transcriptionist now obsolete?

09 March 2017

Like many traditional roles looking directly into the face of technology, the Medical Transcriptionist (MT) could be one of those roles relegated to the past, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Surgeons Want Quad Bikes Banned For Under 16s (New Zealand release)

09 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in New South Wales.

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Surgeons want quad bikes banned for anyone under age 16

07 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the NSW Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in country NSW.

The young girl died after a crash on a quad bike being driven by another 13 year old girl, taking the quad bike toll across Australia to 115 in the last seven years.

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RACS elects new Tasmanian President and NZ Vice President

23 February 2017

John Batten, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, with special interests in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Arthroplasty, has been elected the 47th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS & Qld Metro North Sign Respect Agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in
surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Metro North
Hospital and Health Service in Queensland.

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RACS signs another respect agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has just been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS).

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Australian Breast Device Registry set to improve implant safety

06 February 2017

Critical data collected from the Australian Breast Device Registery (ABDR), rolled out in 2015 to replace the earlier Breast Implant Registry (BIR), is on track to achieve the greatest levels of reliability required to transform breast device safety for women in Australia, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

 

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Surgeons say stay alert to the festive fears

03 January 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) takes this opportunity to remind all Australians of some of the unseen dangers we face during the festive season, and how to spot them.

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