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The most recent media releases released by the College are listed below. 

2016

Surgeons: no way to measure serious injury in Australia
15 May, 2016

Surgeons are calling on all Australian governments to commit to a national approach to monitoring injury, which has a significant impact on healthcare budgets and quality of life.

Funding for the Australian Trauma Registry - which is currently the only way to measure serious injury across all jurisdictions - ceased in 2014.

First case of Cannabis Arteritis in Australia
6 May, 2016

The first Australian case of the rare condition Cannabis Arteritis has been diagnosed and treated when a 26-year-old male presented to a doctor with lower limb ischaemia, surgeons meeting in Brisbane for their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were told.

Cannabis Arteritis is a condition caused by long term daily cannabis use that results in lesions growing on arteries. While it is a rare condition, it can culminate in lower limb amputation.

Study points to reduced deaths in surgery
May 6, 2016

The number of surgical related deaths in Australia has noticeably reduced since mortality audit programs were rolled out across the country according to a leading surgeon.

Mr James Aitken, a general surgeon based in Perth, today told the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress, that although mortality audits had delivered only minor improvements upon initial implementation, significant reductions were observed over time.

Smoking increases likelihood of infections in trauma patients
6 May, 2016

A four year study of more than 300 Queensland trauma patients has shown that smokers and patients with comorbidities are at increased risk of developing an infection following surgery.

Post-operative infection is particularly problematic in trauma patients requiring metal plates or prosthetics because it may require the whole operation to be done again.

Dog bites see more children in ER
6 May, 2016

More children are presenting at hospital emergency departments from dog bites than any other animal, according to Hobart doctor Sarah Lonie

Royal Hobart Hospital plastic surgery registrar Dr Lonie is presenting a research paper to surgeons today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon's Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Brisbane on the risk factors of animal bites for admission and surgery.

Improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer
5 May 2016

A new National Framework for Gynaecological Cancer Control was presented today by Cancer Australia at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Brisbane this week.

The National Framework is designed to guide future directions in national gynaecological cancer control to improve care delivery and outcomes for women affected by gynaecological cancers, their families and carers.

Massive drop in facial fractures and single punch attacks in Sydney CBD and Kings Cross
5 May, 2016

A study led by surgeons at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney has shown that serious facial trauma admissions have dropped by around 60 per cent since liquor law reforms were introduced.

In total, there were 145 facial trauma patients who received operations in the two years before the laws were introduced, compared with 58 patients in the two years afterwards.

Acute appendicitis possible indicator of colorectal cancer in older adults
5 May, 2016

Older patients with appendicitis may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer, delegates to the 85th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have been told.

These findings arise from research conducted by Dr Rebecca Shine, a Registrar of General Surgery, alongside colleagues at the Bay of Plenty DHB.

The dark side of getting a tattoo
May 5, 2016

While tattoos appear to have increasingly infiltrated mainstream culture in Australia and the social apprehension behind getting a tattoo has seemingly disappeared, a Perth-based surgeon is reminding people to remain vigilant of the medical risks that still exist.

Dr Alexandra O'Neill today highlighted these risks at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Brisbane, where she profiled a recent case that had been presented to her at the Royal Perth Hospital.

RACS investigates complaint on exam policy breach
5 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is investigating a recording that alleges serious concerns about its examination process and policies.

RACS has referred a complaint about this issue to a Complaints Committee, consistent with College policy and will follow the established complaints process. Under the policy, a committee is established to deal with complaints involving such allegations.

Driving on the sunny side: Are skin cancers more prevalent on the driver's side?
May 4, 2016

Whether we live in the city or the country, most Australians spend a significant portion of their time behind the wheel of a car. But could our driving habits be unwittingly increasing our risk of skin cancer through increased exposure to ultra-violet (UV) rays?

Two Perth-based doctors, Dr Hardeep Jhattu and Mr Jeremy Rawlins, today posed this question to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane.

Evolution in Surgical Planning: 4D Printing
4 May, 2016

The next evolution of additive manufacturing technology is here with surgeons describing the technique of four dimensional printing for preoperative planning in hand surgery.

Four dimensional (4D) printing describes the use of 3D printed haptic models with the added dimension of time to show the change in the model, providing superior anatomical information about the movement of the bones in a hand.

More bodysurfing than surfboarding injuries in Qld
4 May, 2015

Surgeons meeting in Brisbane this week as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress will be told that bodysurfers are much more likely to injure themselves than surfers, in the waves off Queensland's Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is a mecca for swimmers and surfers all year round and is famous for its waves.

Is muscle tightness the missing piece of puzzle in childhood abdominal pain?
4 May, 2016

Investigations by a regional NSW paediatric surgeon have revealed that abdominal problems in children may be caused by tension in the psoas muscle.

Dr Tracey Merriman and remedial masseur Greg Hewitt have been researching whether soft tissue massage of the 'psoas' muscle can alleviate chronic and often debilitating abdominal pain in childhood, and have presented their research to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Brisbane today.

Children at risk of burns from steam vaporisers
4 May, 2016

Steam emitted from humidifiers and vaporisers can pose a significant risk of burns to children, the 85th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has been told.

A research paper from the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, presented by Dr Sarah Lonie, currently a plastic surgery registrar at Royal Hobart Hospital, says that while steam vaporisers are used to humidify air in dry environments and are marketed to loosen chest congestion in young children to make breathing easier, the steam emitted from the unit can also pose a considerable risk of burns to young children.

Surgeons recognised for contribution to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health
4 May 2016

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

The RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal is part of the College's efforts to celebrate advancements that are helping to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The RACS Māori Health Medal is awarded for significant contributions by Fellows to Māori health advocacy and outcomes in New Zealand.

College raises stakes on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery
3 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today launched a campaign to help deal effectively with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery.

Let's Operate With Respect is a call to action for the 7,000 surgeons and 1,300 Trainees and International Medical Graduates in Australia and New Zealand.

'We know these problems are common throughout the health sector, but it's up to us to improve things in surgery,' said RACS President, Professor David Watters OBE. 

Mobile app to connect Pacific Island doctors with Gold Coast specialists 
3 May 2016

A mobile application is being developed to connect rural and remote medical communities in the Pacific Islands with specialists from the Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland, Australia.

From September this year, the app will allow doctors in Kirakira in the Solomon Islands, to communicate in real time with specialists about pre and post-operative patient care. 

Cosmetic surgery complications costing public purse
3 May 2016 

Complications of cosmetic breast surgery for cases from 2000 to 2014 cost in excess of $10 million for surgical fees alone, despite the initial procedure being a completely private transaction between patient and surgeon.

The total burden of such complications on the Australian health system is an unknown figure, according to a review and economic analysis of reported complications of breast augmentation surgery. 

Safe Sport for Kids - Over 50% of ACL knee injuries are preventable
3 May 2016

Australia has the highest incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the world, and sports injuries are now the number one reason for youth admission to hospital, surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) have been told in Brisbane.

Head of the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland Professor David Lloyd told the conference that the Australian Football League (AFL) had supported research to develop a range of injury prevention strategies.

Surgeons meeting in Brisbane this week have been told that mobility scooters can pose a risk to their driver and the general public, and related injuries are on the rise.

Dr Edward Gibson, an acute surgery registrar at Adelaide's Lyell McEwin Hospital who is presenting a research paper today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress, says these devices have limited manoeuvrability, no license is required for their operation and training in their use can vary. 

Sydney surgeons revolutionise cardiac transplants with 'heart in a box'
2 May 2016

Surgeons from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney have been refining a system known colloquially as the 'heart in a box' program, to increase the number of donor hearts potentially available for transplantation.

St Vincent's is the only unit in Australia using the TransMedics Organ Care System, which uses ex-vivo perfusion to keep the heart 'alive'. This involves oxygenated warm blood and medications being pumped through the donor heart after removal from the human body.

Surgeons want more Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists
2 May 2016

Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori junior doctors interested in surgical training are in Brisbane this week as guests of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their Annual Scientific Congress.

These prospective surgical Trainees have been invited by the College to participate in the Congress educational program, network with Fellows and other professionals involved in surgery, and visit local Aboriginal health services.

Surgeons gather in Brisbane for RACS Annual Scientific Congress
30 April 2016

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will next week join their counterparts of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses at the 85th RACS Annual Scientific Congress.

The congress brings together more than 1500 delegates and some of the country's leading medical and surgical minds, this year focusing on the theme of surgery, technology and communication.

Variance in General Surgery procedures highlighted to encourage surgeons to reflect on practice
29 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Medibank have released the first in a series of reports to improve and progress understanding by surgeons about variations in surgical practice.

"These reports will provide surgeons with information that may help them gain a better understanding of, and learn from, variations, for the benefit of the service they provide to their patients and the community," RACS President, Professor David Watters, said.

RACS signs MoU with Monash Health on Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety
29 April 2016

Monash Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today forged a landmark agreement to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), both agencies will maximise information sharing and commit to working together to deal more effectively with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the surgical workplace.

Surgeons Support Publication of Referral Data 
27 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the publication of Phase 1 data from the Ministry of Health's National Patient Flow project.

Professor Randall Morton, Chair of the RACS New Zealand National Board, said that the collection and public reporting of referral data was an essential tool for ensuring that New Zealanders were receiving the elective services that they needed.

Surgeons welcome elective surgery boost but it's only part of the picture
11 April 2016

While the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes yesterday's pre-state budget announcement from the Victorian Government of additional investment in elective surgery, it still wants to know their plans for surgical training, research and quality of patient care.

RACS welcomes the much-needed investment in theatre infrastructure, surgical equipment and bed capacity to facilitate elective surgery in the medium to long term as a significant boost to elective surgery.

RACS Surgeons and Medibank working together to improve healthcare for Australians
11 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is collaborating with leading private health insurer
Medibank to improve and progress understanding of variation in surgical practice in Australia.

Currently, surgeons have limited access to information on indicators such as the average length of patient
stay, rates of readmission or admission to ICU, and prices charged for services, for different procedures
within their speciality, particularly in the private sector.

RACS welcomes findings into Family Violence Royal Commission
30 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the Victorian Government for its decision to implement the recommendations handed down from the Royal Commission into Family Violence today.

In particular RACS supports the recommendation around the supply and regulation of alcohol and the strengthening of data collection.

Vascular trauma to young men on the rise in WA
9 March 2016

Motorcycle and motor vehicle injuries affecting young males aged 20 to 29 is up to 3.2 per cent in Western Australia, according to a study in the latest RACS publication of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

The proportion of vascular trauma is approaching levels similar to that of the United States but are particularly characterised by blunt trauma to the neck, thorax and abdomen from road trauma or stabbing events.

RACS committed to building respect and improving patient safety
7 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has marked the 12-month anniversary of public controversy about bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in surgery, with a plea from the College President to 7,000 surgeons.

Professor David Watters OBE has urged all the College's Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates to share and actively support RACS' commitment to building respect and improving patient safety.

RACS commits to more Māori Surgeons
29 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has committed to increasing the number of Māori surgeons in New Zealand and promoting cultural competence as a core professional skill in its Trainees and Fellows as part of its newly developed Māori Health Action Plan.

The Action Plan, which also seeks to improve the surgical health of Māori, was developed following consultation with Māori medical organisations, including Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa.

Surgeons call for more action on alcohol related violence in the NT
25 February 2016

In the wake of the Queensland Government's decision to implement new laws aimed at reducing alcohol fueled violence, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has urged the Northern Territory government to adopt similar legislation.

The Queensland laws, which were passed by the state's parliament last week, include the introduction of a 1am one way door policy and 2am last drinks. They follow the New South Wales government's decision to implement similar measures in the Sydney CBD, which have led to a significant reduction in late night assaults since they were introduced in 2014.

Surgeons applaud passing of Qld alcohol amendment bill
18 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) commends the Queensland Parliament for passage of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, this morning.

In her closing address the Queensland Attorney General praised the dedication and commitment of Dr Anthony Lynham, a Brisbane based former maxillofacial surgeon, used to treating the victims of alcohol related injury, who now, as a member of Parliament, was pivotal in stewarding the legislation to its final reading.

Surgeons call for support on Qld alcohol amendment bill
15 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has joined with more than a dozen other influential organisations to support the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, as Queensland Parliament gets ready to vote on it.

RACS has lent its support to organisations such as the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the AMA Queensland, the Queensland Police Union, the Queensland Nurses Union, the Salvation Army and many others, to urge local members of Parliament to support this life-saving legislation.

Qld surgeons dispute local claims that lockout laws won't work
29 January 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) questions assertions from the Cairns City Liquor Safety Accord and others that lockout laws would have an adverse effect on the city's nightlife, when other vibrant tourist destinations can have responsible trading hours without detriment.
The numbers presented to the public hearing into the State Government's Tackling Alcohol-fuelled Violence Amendment Bill 2015 by the Cairns City Liquor Safety Accord (CCLSA) do not add up according to RACS surgeons.

Surgeons push for "earlier last drink" law reforms
15 January 2016

The recent tragic deaths, by a single punch to the head, of 18 year old Cole Miller, and four weeks earlier Trevor Duroux, in the entertainment precincts of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, are a clear call for action to reduce alcohol related harm in Queensland.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) urges the Queensland government to adopt a proven range of alcohol harm prevention measures based on the modest reduction in last drinks times and the 'one-way door policy' to prevent further tragedies in Queensland.

Summer exposes children to more harmful alcohol advertising 
5 January 2016

Eighteen-year-old Cole Miller has become the latest victim in what is believed to be an alcohol-fuelled attack, passing away in a Queensland hospital yesterday after being punched in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane early on Sunday morning.

Dr John Crozier, Co-Chair of the NAAA and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee said that Mr Miller's death was a tragedy and urged the Queensland Government to bring in reduced trading hours as soon as possible.

"It is shameful that while young people are killed in these unprovoked attacks, children continue to be exposed to harmful alcohol advertising as families tune their televisions to live sporting events over the holidays," Dr Crozier said.

2015

Stay alive this festive season (NZ release)
Stay alive this festive season (AU release)
23 December 2015

Surgeons from across Australia and New Zealand are urging caution and restraint in regard to speed, alcohol and road safety awareness over the Festive season, in what is traditionally a busy time for emergency departments across the country.

Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Committee Dr John Crozier says that speed is still the biggest contributor to fatal road accidents across much of the country and common sense must prevail.

Surgeons say earlier Coromandel closing times put community's health first
18 December 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the Thames Coromandel Districts Council's new measures to introduce earlier closing times for the regions bars and liquor outlets.

The new rules, which require off-licences to close at 9pm and on-licences at 1am, and allow for one-way door policies to be imposed at the discretion of the alcohol licensing authority, come into force in two stages during January and April 2016 and seek to limit the negative impact that alcohol has on the Thames Coromandel community.

Surgeons warn of dangers of children swallowing small batteries over the holiday break
17 December 2015 

The festive season is traditionally a time of gift giving and many gifts involve small batteries. Ear Nose and Throat surgeons are warning parents and child caregivers to be aware that serious internal injuries and even death could result from small children swallowing button batteries.

Button batteries are the small round silver batteries used for a variety of electronic devices such as toys, thermometers, weighing scales, watches and even greeting cards. The most dangerous are those about the size of a five cent coin.

RACS launches Action Plan to build respect, improve patient safety
30 November 2015 

An overhaul of complaints management, fundamental shifts in surgical education and a commitment to respect and collaboration are the cornerstones of an Action Plan announced today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

The Action Plan details a comprehensive, multi-year program of work designed to promote respect, counter discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery, and improve patient safety.

National Audit highlights safer surgical practices
27 November 2015

The 6th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), highlighting a significant drop in the number of adverse events due to issues with health care.

The Report, involving the clinical review of all cases where patients have died while under the care of a surgeons, pointed strongly to safer surgical health care practices as surgeons become more engaged in the audit process.

The Chair of ANZASM, Professor Guy Maddern said that the reduction in adverse events was a promising finding, and he was pleased by the way the audit had evolved since it was introduced in 2009.

NSW Coroner adds weight to quad bike recommendations
26 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the NSW Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a NSW coronial inquest into quad bike deaths.

This inquest examined the deaths of nine people aged seven to 68 years of age between February 2009 and January 2015. Three of the dead were children.

Drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to crash
18 November 2015

Surgeons from around the country are meeting today in Melbourne to explore the correlation between distractions such as using a mobile phone while commuting and the epidemic of road trauma.

Scientific co-convenor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Symposium, 'Fatal Distraction' Dr Valerie Malka is a trauma and general surgeon at Liverpool Hospital, the largest trauma centre in Sydney.

RACS supports 'one-way-door policy'
9 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) commends work by Brisbane Surgeon Anthony Lynham and the Queensland Government in advocating for reduced late-night trade hours in Queensland.

RACS Queensland Committee Chair, Professor Owen Ung, said that the College supports moves to implement the lock-out laws.

Brilliant Surgeon Recognised For Inspirational Career
2 November 2015

In an emotional ceremony Dr Katherine Edyvane was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) International Medal, for her exceptional and long lasting contribution to health care in developing countries.

Despite being gravely ill and currently undergoing treatment for an advanced form of cancer, Dr Edyvane was able to attend the ceremony where her considerable achievements were recognised in front of family, friends and colleagues.

Safe Surgery the theme for Global Health Symposium
26 October 2015

Safe surgery and anaesthesia are crucial for the provision of effective healthcare in the developing world and yet an estimated five billion of the world's population are unable to access safe surgery when they need it.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is hosting the fourth Global Health Symposium in Melbourne on 26-27 October in association with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

RACS launches Indigenous Web Portal as a valuable resource for Australian medical specialists
23 October 2015

The Network for Indigenous Cultural and Health Education portal (NICHEportal) will be launched at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne at 4pm today with a special 'smoking ceremony' by an Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribal Council.

The NICHEportal is a project of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and is led by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in partnership with the Australian Indigenous Doctor's Association (AIDA) on behalf of the Specialist Medical Colleges.

Bariatric surgery guidelines in Australia lack consistency
16 October 2015

There is little uniformity among Australian regional guidelines when it comes to publicly-funded bariatric surgery policy and variable consistency among national guidelines, according to a presentation today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) VicTas Annual Surgical Meeting in Hobart.

Researchers at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research conducted a review of bariatric surgery policies and guidelines from each state and territory and compared each in relation to their origins, level of guidance on patient eligibility and priority as well as recommendations for patient care. National guidelines were also compared with the UK and the US.

Road safety experts call for national trauma registry
15 October 2015

Road safety experts attending the Australasian Road Safety Conference on the Gold Coast this week have called for ongoing funding for a national trauma registry to better quantify trends in road trauma.

Queensland surgeon and former Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Committee Associate Professor Daryl Wall says that Australia has no way of measuring the number of serious injuries due to road crashes nationally, and this is a major gap in efforts to improve road safety.

Surgeons discuss coping with change at conference in Hobart
15 October 2015

Victorian and Tasmanian surgeons will gather in Hobart this Saturday for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) combined regional Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM).

The meeting focuses on the theme 'Coping with Change', with presentations from surgeons about the different stages of their careers, from the Trainee to the established specialist surgeon.

WA Mortality Audit notes 15 per cent reduction in hospital deaths over 5 years
12 October 2015

The 2015 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows a 15 per cent drop in reported deaths over the five years from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014.

Managed by RACS and funded by the WA Department of Health, WAASM involves the clinical review of all cases where patients have died while under the care of a surgeon.

Gender Equity the big winner in RACS Council Election
9 October 2015

In the largest number of candidates on record for Fellowship Elected Councillor positions at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), six of the eight positions on offer have gone to female surgeons.

Half of the total number of Fellowship elected council positions (16) were up for grabs this year and five new female surgeons were voted into these roles with a sixth re-elected.

Largest RACS Research Scholarship continues important legacy
9 October 2015

The John Mitchell Crouch (JMC) Fellowship has been supporting cutting edge medical research for the past 36 years and is the largest scholarship funded by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). An article in the latest RACS publication the ANZ Journal of Surgery, takes a look at its important legacy.

Born from a generous endowment in memory of the life cut short of a promising young surgeon, John Mitchell Crouch, the Fellowship aims to commemorate his work by supporting the research of outstanding surgeons.

Response from the President - Professor David Watters
1 October 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has publicly and unreservedly apologised to everyone who has suffered from discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery.

We recognise that this is a serious issue and that we have not done enough in the past and that is why we established the Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

Surgeons welcome release of consultation papers on review of Medicare rebate
28 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the consultation papers released today by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce, saying that the Schedule is outdated and in need of review.

RACS continues to push for more Indigenous surgeons
16 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) continues its efforts to increase the number of Indigenous medical graduates training as surgeons as it prepares for the 2015 Australian Indigenous Doctors Association's (AIDA) annual conference in Adelaide this week.

RACS is a major sponsor of the conference, which will run from 16 -19 September.

RACS apologises for discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment
10 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today accepted in full, the draft report and the recommendations of its Expert Advisory Group (EAG) into discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

The College has apologised, on behalf of all Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates, to everyone who has suffered discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment by surgeons.

Successful neurosurgery from a distance at Royal Darwin Hospital
3 September 2015

Mortality rates for severe head trauma at the Royal Darwin Hospital are down 40 per cent from the 79 per cent rate reported in a Darwin study 10 years ago, according to an article in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

The story in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) publication details a study that reviewed clinical service between 2008 and 2013. It highlights the continuing challenge of remoteness to the delivery of emergency medicine and surgery in the Top End.

 

Surgeons say all patients have the right to appropriate health care
21 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is extremely concerned that patients are being denied cover for appropriate care and are becoming increasingly confused about what their private health insurance will provide for them.

This follows changes by some private health insurers to arrangements with Private Hospital providers, limiting what they will cover. Other health care providers are threatening to not cover readmissions for treatment of complications after surgical care.

Fewer surgical deaths in Victoria over the past seven years
14 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has cited a significant reduction in the number of deaths of patients while undergoing surgery in both private and public hospitals in Victoria over the past seven years according to the 2014 report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), released today.

VASM is collaboration between the Victorian Government's Department of Health, the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The VASM project is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Positive Attitude a Key to Health and Happiness after Cancer
14 August 2015

A positive attitude while being treated for cancer of the head and neck may help patients live longer lives, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting have been told.

The research, presented by Professor Randall Morton, asked patients to rate their own quality of life while receiving on-going treatment for head and neck cancer.

NZ Surgeon Honoured for Exceptional Contribution to Surgery
13 August 2015

Professor Alastair Rothwell ONZM FRACS was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) Colin McRae Medal in recognition of his contributions to surgery across a long and celebrated career.

The Medal, presented to Professor Rothwell at the RACS New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting in Queenstown, is New Zealand's most prestigious surgical award and commemorates the life and work of the late Colin McRae, an outstanding New Zealand surgeon and former RACS President.

Letter to the Editor
12 August 2015

Re: Bike helmet laws 'discourage adults from riding for fitness' - August 11

It is very disappointing to see doctors saying that mandatory bike helmet laws have discouraged adults from riding for fitness. Each year, around 40 cyclists die each year on Australian roads and around 4,800 are hospitalised.

Surgeons warn cyclists to 'keep a lid on it' 
12 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has slammed a report published in The Australian that quotes doctors as saying mandatory bike helmet laws have discouraged adults from riding for fitness.

Each year, around 40 cyclists die each year on Australian roads and around 4,800 are hospitalised.

Surgeons to Address Health Priorities in New Zealand 
12 August 2015

Over 90 of New Zealand's leading surgeons and other health professionals will attend the New Zealand Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to be held in Queenstown this week.

The meeting, titled "SURGERY 2015: I Can - BUT Should I? Choosing Wisely", focuses on the future of healthcare in New Zealand through the challenges surrounding access to surgery and the best use of surgical resources.

Telehealth a proven recipe for success for isolated communities 
8 August 2015

Some of the more challenging aspects of delivering rural and remote health care may be disappearing, as evidence continues to grow of the benefits that technological advancements are providing to isolated communities.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin today learned of the substantial cost savings and increased patient satisfaction that has occurred in the North West Hospital and Health Service, since they introduced telehealth facilities in 2011.

Surgeons say life expectancy gap in NT is still no closer 
7 August 2015

A twelve-year gap in life expectancy still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, according to a recent study comparing surgical deaths in the Northern Territory.

Dr John Treacy, from the Northern Territory Medical School of Flinders University, today presented his findings from the study to an Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin, hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Surgeons call for action on child quad bike deaths 
2 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the Queensland Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a coronial inquest into quad bike deaths. The inquest examined the deaths of nine Queenslanders aged from nine to 86 between March 2012 and January 2014 with the aim of making safety recommendations that would help prevent quad bike-related deaths. Three of the deaths were children.

Surgeon warning on children's playground equipment
30 July 2015

Injuries from children's playground equipment are well documented and the latest edition of the ANZ Journal of Surgery contains a warning that severe injury can result when children do not use monkey-bars appropriately.

A letter to the editor in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) publication shows that more than half of monkey-bar related injuries recorded in an audit of 211 fracture admissions to a Melbourne hospital were caused from children either attempting to skip a rung or from sitting or standing on top of a monkey bar and falling.

Smokers face greater risk of heart attack and stroke during surgery
18 July 2015

Tobacco experts are sharing their research with surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) at a conference on Magnetic Island this weekend, which is exploring lifestyle factors that affect surgical outcomes.

More than 300,000 smokers who undergo surgery each year in Australia are placing themselves at greatly increased risk of complications and electronic cigarettes could compound the problem.

Surgeons say alcohol reforms will reduce Queensland ED presentations
16 July 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Committee Dr John Crozier is calling on the Queensland Government to push ahead with its plans to roll out reduced trading hours across the state for bars and clubs.

Dr Crozier says that the reforms, which were implemented in Sydney in January 2014, have led to a significant reduction in alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments in the areas with earlier alcohol cut-offs.

SA Govt's new patient admin system still an issue for Surgeons
3 July 2015

SA Health's planned Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) due to be rolled out in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital still has a long way to go before it becomes operational according to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

This follows recent comments to the media by SA Health CEO, Mr David Swan, expressing confidence that EPAS would be operational in time for the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

RACS launches Surgeons Support Service
25 June 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Support Program was launched at a special event this afternoon by Mr Jeff Kennett AC, former Victorian Premier and founding chairman of national depression initiative beyondblue.

The College recognised a need to provide independent and confidential support and advice to any of its membership in distress, including those struggling to cope with workplace, emotional and personal issues.

New clinical model for predicting risk of death before surgery
24 June 2015

Surgeons and patients will benefit from a new clinical tool that is able to predict the likelihood of mortality before colorectal surgery according to the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

The article in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) publication says that colorectal surgery carries a significant mortality risk, with reported rates of one to six per cent for elective surgery and up to 22 per cent in the emergency setting.

Accessible simulated learning for Trainee Surgeons
29 May 2015

Easily accessible simulated training can promote learning for Trainee surgeons and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback according to a study in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Surgeons support stance on alcohol
29 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) says the Christchurch City Council's recent decision to approve its Local Alcohol Policy is a big step forward.
Nigel Willis, Chair of the RACS New Zealand National Board, applauded the measures introduced in the policy saying that they represented a big stride forward in the reduction of alcohol-related harm both in Christchurch and New Zealand.

Critical operating theatre missing in New Royal Adelaide Hospital
22 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has warned that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is in danger of being out dated before it even opens its doors, unless a decision to abandon the construction of a specialist operating theatre is overturned.

The theatre, known as a hybrid suite, is a combined operating room used to perform complex and often lifesaving surgery in vascular, neurosurgical and cardiothoracic cases.

Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes
21 May 2015

New Zealand surgeons are urging the Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children under the age of 16, following comments by the Children's Commissioner that voluntary guidelines are not working.

The Chair of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) New Zealand Trauma Committee, Mr Li Hsee, says major injuries from quad bikes have been steadily increasing with increasing sales.

Adelaide Surgeon recognised with Outstanding Service to the Community Award
20 May 2015

Retired Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Mr Philip Glynn, was today presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the College, in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

Mr Glynn was presented the award in a surprise ceremony by Dr Sonja Latzel, Chair of the College's South Australian Regional Committee, in front of family, friends and former colleagues.

Patients support camera phones in hospitals
8 May, 2015

The use of camera phones by clinicians is discouraged in Australian hospitals, however a survey of Newcastle hand surgery patients found that the overwhelming majority of patients support the practice.

Dr Jill Tomlinson is presenting the findings of her research undertaken with Dr Bryce Meads and Dr Andrew Myers, at the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Perth today.

Exercise is a proven 'medicine' for cancer
7 May, 2015

Regular and vigorous exercise has been scientifically established as providing strong preventative medicine against cancer, according to West Australian Professor Daniel Galvão.

Professor Galvão, who is presenting at the Royal Australian College of Surgeon's Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth this week, says exercise has an important role to play in the prevention and management of cancer with numerous observational studies also suggesting a protective effect of exercise after a cancer diagnosis.

Bike helmets also good for people who climb ladders
7 May, 2015

You don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy the benefits of a bicycle helmet according to a group of Adelaide researchers who have developed a body of research to highlight the life-saving benefits of wearing a simple bike helmet when climbing a ladder.

A joint review by the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the University of Adelaide and led by Dr Leigh Warren, a clinical associate lecturer with Adelaide University, looked at head injuries sustained during ladder falls in patients who had presented to the Royal Adelaide Hospital over the past five and a half years.

Parents need to use age-appropriate seat restraints for children
7 May, 2015

A significant number of intra-abdominal seat belt injuries in young children can be avoided with the correct use of age-appropriate seat restraints, according to West Australian doctor Bernadette Lee.

Dr Lee said that over the last two decades, there has been an increasing shift in focus to age-appropriate restraints for the paediatric population.

Unexpected Benefits Observed in Cancer Treatments
7 May, 2015

Australian researchers have made significant progress into cancer research, with results from a study highlighting the potential benefits that innovative treatments may offer to cancer sufferers.

The study, led by Associate Professor Brendon Coventry from the University of Adelaide, showed that local injections into cancer masses, not only produce size reductions in the injected area, but can also produce wider unexpected effects in the body.

Training Future Surgeons - low cost, large benefit
7 May, 2015

The difference in operating times between trainee surgeons and their more qualified colleagues may not be as long as previously thought, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' 84th Annual Scientific Congress have been told.

Recent study findings, led by retired NZ orthopaedic surgeon Allan Panting, suggest that concerns by patients scheduled for surgery that a trainee surgeon will result in a reduced outcome for the operation, could well be unfounded.

Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (NZ Release)
Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (AU Release)
7 May, 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth.

The inaugural Indigenous Health Medals are part of the College's efforts to celebrate individuals who are helping to close the gap in health outcomes for Māori, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Post-operative NZ mortality data a driver for surgical safety
7 May, 2015

The collection of data regarding deaths during and after surgery can be used to influence surgical safety, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon's 84th Annual Scientific Conference have been told.

Dr Catherine Ferguson, a Wellington otolaryngologist and deputy chair of the New Zealand Perioperative Mortality review Committee, today presented her paper on post-operative mortality rates as an indicator for surgical safety.

Breast cancer among Indigenous women
7 May, 2015

Surgeons are meeting in Perth today to discuss the prevalence of breast cancer among Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori women, and how to address the issue.

The session chaired by Indigenous surgeon Kelvin Kong and Maori general surgeon Maxine Ronald is part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress being held this week in Perth.

Surgeons still the preferred source of information for cancer sufferers
6 May, 2015

Despite the ease of the internet and the changing technological landscape, health professionals are still the number one source of information for sufferers of colorectal cancer, according to Adelaide surgical registrar, Dr Reizal Mohd Rosli.

Dr Mohd Rosli will present his findings of a recently conducted study of 99 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Annual Scientific Conference this week in Perth.

Simulation training - a paradigm shift in how doctors are educated and trained
6 May, 2015

Simulation-based learning to acquire and maintain medical and surgical skills has a growing role to play in the training of doctors and surgeons according to visiting Irish University Professor Tony Gallagher.

Professor Gallagher is attending the Royal Australian College of Surgeons 84th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth this week to talk about surgical simulation for outcome-based training.

Bi-National surgical leaders group set up to advise government
6 May, 2015

A bi-national group of experienced surgical directors has been formed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth. This high profile group has been created by the College to assist governments, work collaboratively with clinicians and hospital administrators and provide the surgical voice on sustainable health services and solutions.

Surgeons want more Indigenous doctors
6 May, 2015

Six Indigenous doctors and final year medical students interested in surgical training are in Perth this week as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 84th Annual Scientific Congress.

New Zealand pioneers of facial surgery remembered 100 years on
5 May, 2015

New Zealand's pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture delivered at this year's 84th Annual Scientific Congress hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth.

New study has potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer
5 May, 2015

A study conducted by some of the country's leading academics has the potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer, as evidence continues to mount that long held theories about the disease may be inaccurate, according to Adelaide University Associate Professor Brendon Coventry.

Dog bite injuries an increasing burden for New Zealand
5 May, 2015

Injuries caused by dog bites are an escalating problem for New Zealand, delegates to the 84th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

RACS welcomes better health outcomes for Tasmania
4 May 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Tasmanian Regional Committee Mr Brian Kirkby, welcomes the Tasmanian Government's commitment to deliver better health outcomes to the Tasmanian community.

RACS launches Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli Exhibition
23 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will this evening launch the Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli Exhibition and an accompanying book that commemorates the role of Australian and New Zealand surgeons and medical students who later became surgeons, in the Gallipoli campaign.

New App successful in improving trauma care
21 April 2015

Trauma specialists at Sydney's Westmead hospital have been trialling a new digital application (App) to assist in the quick decision-making needed to treat patients, according to an article from the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery, released by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

New Zealand Surgeons acknowledge public interest in how well they do their job
14 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data.

Students meet surgeons and trauma victims in Canberra Hospital
2 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports a new pilot program that is underway with ACT schools to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and the life-altering consequences it can have for trauma victims.

Patient Information on Excessive Fees
27 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has developed an information sheet to support patients and referring doctors of the issues surrounding surgical fees.

RACS not involved re media claims of 2008 scientific conference presentation
18 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) had no involvement in a presentation relating to a conference in 2008, which has surfaced in the media.

Surgeons welcome expansion of NSW clinical services
18 March 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW Regional Committee Dr Mary Langcake welcomes the Liberal Government's commitment to an enhanced NSW medical workforce if re-elected on 28 March.

Surgeons assess health policies during NSW election debate
17 March 2015

Surgeons attended an election debate last night at the NSW regional office in Sydney, with the Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner, the Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord, and the Greens health spokesman John Kaye.

RACS establishes expert advisory group to combat bullying and harassment
12 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has moved swiftly to establish an expert advisory group to deal with concerns of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the health sector.

Response to the Age anonymous letter from the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
10 March 2015

Thank you for having the courage to write your letter, albeit anonymously, outlining your substantial concerns about the health sector and the practice of surgery.

Letter from RACS Trainees Association Chair to Trainees
10 March 2015

The recent media coverage of comments made by a Sydney surgeon has brought a very important issue to light.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not condoned in any context.

Public Statement from The President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
9 March 2015

It is very disappointing and quite appalling that recent media reports have suggested that it is preferable for female surgical trainees to silently endure sexual harassment. The College of Surgeons refutes this advice emphatically. The inference is that this is what successful female surgeons and trainees have done in the past and this is deeply insulting.

Professor David Watters elected as 45th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
26 February 2015

Professor David Watters, Professor of Surgery at Deakin University and Director of Surgery at University Hospital Geelong, and a General Surgeon with special interests in endocrine, emergency and colorectal surgery, has been elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Life expectancy gap reflected in NT surgical audits
13 February 2015

A gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians is reflected in statistics from the Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM), according to an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Surgeons call for action on waiting lists
30 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has called on Queensland's political parties to explain how they will ensure outpatients are not left waiting years for an operation.

Surgeons support ARLA finding as a step towards addressing Alcohol Related Harm
22 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority's reported rejection of the Wellington City Council's proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until 5am.

2014 

Simulation training as good as traditional surgical training
19 December 2014

Simulation training delivers the same level of proficiency as traditional surgical training an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery says.

ANZ Audit of Surgical Mortality points to Safer Surgical Health Care Practices
3 December 2014

The 5th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Not enough anatomy education in today's medical degrees
28 November 2014

Medical students are calling for national standards in anatomical education according to an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Surgeons push Vic political parties on increased healthcare and infrastructure and action on alcohol abuse
25 November 2014

In the lead-up to this month's Victorian State Election, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has identified a number of key areas of health focus.

Mental health - and how surgeons are improving theirs
19 November 2014

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) are meeting in Sydney tonight as part of NSW Surgeons' Month to discuss the state of mental health among surgical specialists, and how to address and improve mental wellbeing in their profession.

RACS Applauds New Wait List Research but says Demand still Greater than Supply
7 November 2014

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds new research that highlights the number of patients who were not receiving hip or knee replacement surgery due to resource restrictions in two District Health Boards (DHBs) but says more work still needs to be done.

Highly respected NZ surgeon recognised for contribution to rural
7 November 2014

Urologist and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Mr Stuart Gowland was today presented with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the College in recognition of his exceptional contribution to rural health.

Study says patients should butt out before surgery
24 October 2014

Providing quit information to patients who have been placed on surgery waiting lists can be an effective way to encourage smokers to break the habit according to the author of a study in the September issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Overweight Australians and obesity surgery a hot topic at Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting
24 October 2014

Citing data from the World Health Organisation, Russian surgeon Alexandr Kuzminov says worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980 and in Australia the numbers of overweight or obese Australians over the age of 18 has risen to 63.4 per cent.

Alcohol and Trauma - hot topics for surgeons gathering in Darwin
22 August 2014

The Provincial Surgeons of Australia together with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Indigenous Health and Trauma Committees have joined forces at a tripartite event in Darwin for an in depth review of injury in rural and remote areas, including Indigenous injury.

Top surgeons gathering at the Top End
20 August 2014

Leading surgeons will meet in Darwin this week to share knowledge and learnings on how to reduce the impact of injuries in rural and Indigenous communities, according to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

A piece of NZ heritage hits the market
4 August 2014

Elliott House - the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons New Zealand national office for almost 25 years has been listed for sale.

Bones and breast tissue could benefit from 3D printing in surgery
1 August 2014

The combination of tissue engineering strategies and 3D printing technologies has the potential for application in reconstructive surgery, according to Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher who says that biofabrication is the way of the future.

Surgical Mortality report notes continuing improvement in surgical care
1 August 2014

The Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) has released its sixth annual report as part of a quality assurance program aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care in Victoria. According to the report, trends relating to clinical risk management show overall improvements in patient surgical care.

Excessive surgical fees unethical and inappropriate
28 July 2014

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is highly concerned at the amount of reported out-of-pocket costs being incurred by patients in the health-care sector.

RACS President Professor Michael Grigg said that whilst there had been substantial improvement in the last five years, recent reports were still damaging to the health system and to the standing of surgeons and the surgical profession.

Increasing concerns for future surgical workforce
19 June 2014

A new report claims that at a time when the number of surgeons in Australasia needs to be growing, medical student interest in surgery as a career is stagnant, raising serious concerns for the surgical workforce of the future.

Surgeons welcome latest perioperative mortality report
19 June 2014

New Zealand surgeons have welcomed the release of the third annual report of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (PoMRC) saying it will stimulate discussion about perioperative deaths and provide another opportunity to review and improve current surgical practice.

Surgeons urge Government not to falter in fight against cigarettes
16 June 2014

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has thrown its support behind Senator Nick Xenophon‟s push for the introduction of a minimum floor price for cigarettes.
College President, Professor Michael Grigg said the College would also be campaigning against any move to change or repeal the plain packaging laws for cigarettes.

Better education for patient consent
14 May 2014

A recent systematic review has found that modern interactive media helps surgical patients better understand the 'consent forms' they sign prior to surgery but there is still a wide divide between how doctors and patients view the purpose of obtaining consent.

Improving first-response care in disaster-prone regions
8 May 2014

The most recent Indonesian Tsunami was the catalyst for an international request for assistance to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide easy-to-understand instructions for people likely to be the first on the scene of a disaster.

Immediate first-aid helps burn victims but men and electricity don't mix
8 May 2014

Recent studies have shown that applying appropriate and immediate first-aid can be very important in the course of treating a burn injury and, when it comes to electrical burns, men and electricity don't mix.

Surgeon resignations could leave QLD hospital system 'unworkable'
7 April 2014

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has warned Premier Campbell Newman that the level of actual and impending resignations by surgeons across hospitals and specialty areas could leave the Queensland hospital system 'unworkable'.

2013

Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality Annual Report released
19 December 2013

The Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality's fourth Annual Report was released today revealing progressively increasing participation rates by surgeons.

Building an Indigenous surgical workforce
17 December 2013

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is well poised to help build an Indigenous specialist workforce with a growing number of Indigenous students entering medicine according to the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Surgeons support Police in 'Operation Unite' against alcohol related harm
13 December 2013

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has put its full support behind 'Operation Unite' - the two-day blitz by police in Australia and New Zealand against violence and related harm as a consequence of excessive alcohol consumption.

What our surgeons learned in Afghanistan could help with the 'war' at home
21 November 2013

A Melbourne conference today was told surgeons, including Australians, serving with American forces in Afghanistan and operating on coalition defence force personnel achieved a patient survival-rate of a remarkable 98% - and there are lessons to be learned from this at home.

Quit attempts higher on surgeon advice
23 October 2013

Smokers are more likely to listen and take-up advice to quit smoking from surgeons compared to advice from others, according to an article in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery. They also have little knowledge of the risks posed to them from surgery.

Uncertain future for historic Elliott House
11 September 2013

The future is uncertain for one of Wellington's most recognisable historic buildings - Elliott House - with the building's owners recently vacating the 'quake-prone' premises. The 100-year old Elliott House is owned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and for the past 22 years it has operated as the College's New Zealand National Office.

Surgeons assess Major Party responses to priorities for 2013 Federal Election
5 September 2013

Having compared and assessed the responses of the two major political parties to its 2013 Federal Election document, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has concluded that neither party had health as a priority in the election and the parties policy positions were essentially 'more of the same'.

Variety of interest in rural surgery
29 August 2013

Trainees should be encouraged to consider regional practice which can deliver a range of benefits, including less time on call, greater opportunities for access to theatre, the ability to provide outreach services and the capacity to establish private practice, according to an article in the latestANZ Journal of Surgery.

Surgeons point to fewer high speed deaths as proof that speed limits work
9 July 2013

Recently published evidence has confirmed what Northern Territory surgeons have been arguing for years: that the introduction of speed limits on Northern Territory highways has significantly cut the death rate of motorists travelling at higher speeds.

The future of Surgical Education
14 June 2013

While the transmission of technical expertise has been a feature of surgical education for more than two centuries, there is growing recognition of the need to teach non-technical skills, an article in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery reports.

SA Surgeons demand genuine consultation process on future of paediatric care
14 June 2013

South Australian surgeons fear that a decision has already been made on the future of paediatric surgical services in northern Adelaide, and that a promised consultation process will be little more than a public relations exercise.

Understanding communication between surgeon and patient
27 May 2013

Researchers in Australia and New Zealand have undertaken the first comprehensive analysis of surgeon-patient consultations, concluding that they are structurally quite distinct from consultations between patients and general practitioners and therefore warrant detailed and independent study.

Confronting the challenge of abdominal tuberculosis
10 May 2013

Abdominal tuberculosis (ATB) continues to pose a significant diagnostic, management and resource challenge, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Improving surgical ward rounds by way of a checklist
9 May 2013

The use of a checklist during surgical ward rounds makes a significant improvement in the consideration of key aspects of patient care, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Safely performing thyroid procedures as day surgery
9 May 2013

Well selected patients can safely undergo hemi-thyroid surgery as day patients, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

What is the best strategy for Mitral Valve Endocarditis
9 May 2013

Different treatments for mitral valve endocarditis have been compared and their effectiveness measured during a presentation to cardiothoracic surgeons attending the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Separating elective and acute surgical streams in a provincial hospital
8 May 2013

While the separation of elective and acute surgical streams is increasingly common in large metropolitan hospitals, the feasibility of such a model of surgical care in smaller provincial hospitals has only recently been tested, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Improved patient outcomes at a Level 1 Trauma Centre
8 May 2013

Further evidence has emerged that the introduction of dedicated, consultant-led acute care surgical centres results in markedly improved patient outcomes.

Significant delays in arrival of critically injured children at Starship
8 May 2013

Auckland is in desperate need of a structured trauma system, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, have been told.

Predicting breast cancer recurrence
8 May 2013

While several factors can help predict breast cancer recurrence, less is known about the influence these factors have on the pattern of recurrence, notably its timing and site, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Significant advances in breast cancer treatment waiting times
8 May 2013

New Zealand surgeons are reporting significant advances in efforts to ensure timely access to breast cancer treatment, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Colorectal cancer in the young. Is it increasing?
8 May 2013

The crude rate of colorectal cancer in young Australians is increasing, but this is in line with an overall increase in reported cases, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Bariatric surgery and body image
7 May 2013

A study of New Zealanders who have undergone bariatric surgery suggests that most would like some form of body contouring surgery after the initial weight loss procedure, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Children and the dangers of magnet ingestion
7 May 2013

While the ingestion of foreign bodies by children and adolescents is generally harmless, the ingestion of magnets can cause serious gastrointestinal problems, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair amended
7 May 2013

Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair through 5mm port sites with mesh, is a safe, technically feasible and effective procedure with no associated infection and minimal perioperative morbidity, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Paediatric appendicitis - where to manage it?
7 May 2013

The mandatory transfer of paediatric patients with appendicitis to dedicated paediatric surgical units does not appear to be justified by analysis of patient outcomes in a regional centre, delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Is a paediatric surgical service in Vanuatu sustainable
6 May 2013

Delegates to the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of the local and external challenges that must be overcome if the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is to develop and sustain a paediatric surgical service.

Measuring the long-term success of cardiac surgery in Fiji
6 May 2013

The provision of cardiac surgery in Fiji by visiting health professionals is safe and viable and has acceptable long-term results, delegates at the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Surgeons condemn tax move as a threat to education and professional development
30 April 2013

Australian surgeons have condemned as short-sighted a federal government proposal to place a $2000 cap on the tax deductible costs of self-education, including the continuing professional development which is required to maintain medical registration.

Call for quad bike education as injuries rise 
29 April 2013

Researchers are calling for better education of quad bike riders after a recent study in the ANZ Journal of Surgery showed All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) injuries are rising at an alarming rate in New Zealand, with a 42 per cent increase in hospital admissions at Waikato between 2009 and 2010.

VASM A Continuing commitment to improved care 
5 April 2013

The 2012 annual report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), a quality assurance program aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

Surgeons welcome latest perioperative mortality report 
27 March 2013

New Zealand surgeons have welcomed the release of the second Report of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC), saying it will stimulate further discussion about perioperative deaths and provide another opportunity to review and improve current surgical practice.

Improving colorectal cancer outcomes in rural Australia
26 March 2013

The survival rates of patients with colorectal cancer in rural Australian centres can and should be comparable to those in metropolitan centres a study published in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has found.

Surgeons slam ongoing uncertainty over public hospitals
18 March 2013

South Australian surgeons have expressed dismay over the ongoing uncertainty around the future of the state's public hospital services. 

Surgeons to Gather in Auckland
14 March 2013

Eminent surgeons from around the world will join their New Zealand and Australian counterparts in Auckland for the 82nd Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

WA surgeons secure undertakings from major parties
6 March 2013

Western Australian surgeons have welcomed undertakings from both major political parties that they will be consulted on key challenges confronting the state's public health system.

Spotlight on Indigenous Health Research 
26 February 2013

A series of articles addressing Indigenous health issues in both Australia and New Zealand, and suggesting ways of addressing these challenges more effectively, are a feature of the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality releases annual report 
29 January 2013

The third annual report of the Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM), a national quality assurance programme aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

College of Surgeons fears for patients 
25 January 2013

Surgeons have voiced their dismay at the sudden and dramatic funding cuts being inflicted on Victorian public hospitals, noting that it will affect elective surgery more than any other hospital activity.

2012

Road use experts gather to consider the way ahead (PDF 25 KB)
21 November 2012

Experts from a wide range of fields will gather at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tomorrow to consider ways to make our roads safer.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons welcomes call for tighter regulation of cosmetic (PDF 25 KB)
2 November 2012

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has welcomed a call by the South Australian Deputy State Coroner for national reforms to the cosmetic surgery industry, including mandatory post-operative consultations within two days of surgery.

Patient care at risk for defence force personnel - surgeons (PDF 25 KB)
29 October 2012

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has expressed concerns over a federal government decision to allow a private health insurance company to become involved in the actual delivery of patient care, particularly in circumstances where individual patient choice is eliminated.

The declining incidence of facial fractures in the AFL (PDF 29 KB)
24 October 2012

An article published in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has charted the incidence of facial fractures among Australian Football League (AFL) players and identified possible reasons for a relative decline in their frequency.

Surgeons assess one party's response to their concerns (PDF 29 KB)
17 October 2012

In the lead up to the ACT election this Saturday, Canberra surgeons have endeavoured to raise issues of concern with the Government and Opposition. As at 10:00am today, only the Gallagher Labor Government had responded.

Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality releases 2012 Annual Report (PDF 33 KB)
27 September 2012

The 2012 report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM), a quality assurance program aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

Addressing the global burden of surgical disease (PDF 26 KB)
25 September 2012

Surgeons, anaesthetists and public health specialists from around the world will gather in Melbourne this week to explore and evaluate the role of surgery in efforts to improve global health, respond to disasters and alleviate disease.

Rise in appendicectomies at Westmead (PDF 56 KB)
21 September 2012

Emergency appendicectomies at the The Children's Hospital at Westmead more than doubled between 1999 and 2009 despite a population increase of only 1.6%, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery states.

Surgeons respond to appointment of new CALHN CEO (PDF 56 KB)
4 September 2012

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has noted with interest the appointment of Doctor David Panter to the position of CEO of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).

CEO's resignation a symptom of a health system under severe pressure - SA surgeons (PDF 56 KB)
28 August 2012

The resignation of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Chief Executive Officer, Brian Rousseau, was further evidence of a health system struggling to cope during a period of significant but poorly planned change, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has said.

Motorcycle accidents: causes and outcomes (PDF 56 KB)
24 August 2012

A study in the most recent issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery aims to assess the true cost of motorcycle accidents and identify how rider, crash and speed influence patient outcomes.

Surgeons welcome assurances from both sides of Territory politics (PDF 30 KB)
22 August 2012

Surgeons have secured assurances relating to important issues of public health from both major political parties in the lead-up to Saturday's Territory election.

Surgeons to gather at Dunsborough (PDF 24 KB)
13 August 2012

Surgeons from around Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory will converge on Dunsborough this weekend for a joint Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

Health Minister to open surgeons' new Sydney headquarters (PDF 25 KB)
31 July 2012

The federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, will tomorrow formally open the new Sydney base of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She will be joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony by the College's President, Associate Professor Michael Hollands, a Sydney based general surgeon.

Anatomy success for medical students (PDF 50 KB)
26 June 2012

Medical students' anatomy scores have more than doubled as a result of Team Based Learning (TBL) at the Sydney Medical School, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has reported.

Outlook bright for surgery in the Pacific Islands (PDF 48 KB)
28 May 2012

An ongoing specialist aid project aimed at capacity building in the Pacific Islands has achieved remarkable results, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has concluded.

The Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality: Improving surgical care (PDF 58 KB)
22 May 2012

The 2011 report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), a quality assurance programme aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

Military teamwork a model for surgeons (PDF 19 KB)
10 May 2012

Surgeons can improve their work practices by adopting some of the tenets and values of military personnel, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Australia and Malaysia working together to improve craniofacial surgical outcomes (PDF 19 KB)
10 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of the longstanding partnership of Australian and Malaysian craniofacial surgeons.

Surgical training in the private sector - the patients' perception (PDF 19 KB)
10 May 2012

While debate over the viability of widespread surgical training in the private sector continues, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been given a glimpse of patients' views on the subject.

Safely introducing a new surgical technique (PDF 19 KB)
10 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of a safe and effective approach to adrenalectomy, the surgical removal of one or both adrenal glands.

The outreach work of General Surgeons in rural practice (PDF 29 KB)
9 May 2012

General Surgeons working in larger rural centres should be encouraged to include outreach services to surrounding smaller towns in their practice, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Preventing children's campfire related burns (PDF 29 KB)
9 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that despite being the focus of prevention campaigns, significant numbers of children continue to suffer campfire related burns (CRB).

Perth Convention Bureau teams with College of Surgeons to advance the cause of academic surgery (PDF 24 KB)
9 May 2012

The recipients of travel grants made possible by the Perth Convention Bureau were announced today at the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Geelong Hospital's Emergency Surgery Project - Measuring its effectiveness (PDF 15 KB)
9 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that the introduction of a dedicated emergency surgical list can improve the timeliness of care and patient outcomes.

Tackling flesh eating bacteria in the Outback (PDF 25 KB)
9 May 2012

Central Australia has a higher incidence of necrotising fasciitis, or flesh eating bacteria, than elsewhere in Australia, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

The future of New Zealand's plastic surgery (PDF 20 KB)
8 May 2012

A substantial proportion of New Zealand is at risk of increasingly inadequate access to specialist plastic surgery services, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

The progress of bariatric surgery in Malaysia (PDF 30 KB)
8 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that while bariatric surgery is a proven treatment for obesity, it is yet to achieve popular acceptance in Malaysia.

Preventing and treating lawnmower injuries in children (PDF 20 KB)
8 May 2012

Efforts to prevent lawnmower related injuries (LRI) in children should be redoubled, delegates to
the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have
been told.

The intra-gastric balloon effective in promoting weight loss (PDF 30 KB)
8 May 2012

The insertion of the Orbera intra-gastric balloon is an effective temporary weight loss measure, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Towards higher breast reconstruction rates for mastectomy patients (PDF 50 KB)
7 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that while breast reconstruction has been shown to be safe with a high patient satisfaction rate, fewer than 10 per cent of Australian women opt for reconstruction after a mastectomy.

Surgical volunteerism in New Zealand (PDF 65 KB)
7 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust (CCHT) is helping address unmet need for surgery and other secondary healthcare in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.

New surgical procedure can relieve arthritic pain in the wrist joints (PDF 50 KB)
7 May 2012

Delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of a new surgical procedure which can relieve arthritic pain in the carpometacarpal (CMC) joints, five joints in the wrist that articulate the distal row of carpal bones and the proximal bases of the five metacarpal bones.

How behaviour influences surgical outcomes (PDF 20 KB)
7 May 2012

The personal behaviour of surgeons can affect the quality of clinical performance, delegates to the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Life Insurance and Genetic Testing for Prostate Cancer (PDF 35 KB)
3 May 2012

Genetic testing for prostate cancer may affect a person's ability to obtain life insurance, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has warned.

ANZASM Annual Report released (PDF 20 KB)
16 April 2012

The second annual report of the Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM), a national quality assurance program aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

First vascular audit released (PDF 67 KB)
26 March 2012

The Australasian Vascular Surgical Audit, which is designed to improve surgical performance and enhance patient outcomes, has captured 65 per cent of estimated procedures in its first year, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery states.

Queensland surgeons secure undertakings on elective and emergency surgery (PDF 85 KB)
19 March 2012

Queensland surgeons have welcomed undertakings from both major political parties that the measurement of patient load and the smoother flow of surgical patients will be a priority if they are elected to government.

Australasian surgeons to meet in Kuala Lumpur (PDF 71 KB)
Australasian surgeons to meet in Kuala Lumpur in Bahasa Malaysia (PDF 71 KB)
13 March 2012

Up to 2,500 delegates from around Australia and New Zealand are expected to gather in Kuala Lumpur in early May for the 81st Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Better organisation can improve surgical services (PDF 95 KB)
27 February 2012

A major reorganisation of surgical services is needed to improve the delivery of these services, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery asserts. This should include the development of high volume short-stay surgical services (HVSS), the establishment of specialty centres and the streaming of emergency and planned surgery.

Associate Professor Michael Hollands elected next President of the College of Surgeons (PDF 69 KB)
23 February 2012

Associate Professor Michael Hollands, a General Surgeon with major interests in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery and trauma, has been elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Surgeons welcome inaugural Perioperative Mortality Report (PDF 85 KB)
15 February 2012

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has welcomed the release of the inaugural Report of the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC).

Communique RACS/RACP Regarding Specialist Practice Incentive Payments (PDF 80 KB)
13 February 2012

E-health continues to be a significant element in the government's health agenda. For e-health to be successful, all medical practitioners throughout Australia will need to adopt e-health technologies.

Surgeons fear unsustainable pressure on public health system (PDF 70 KB)
10 February 2012

Surgeons fear that means testing the Private Health Insurance Rebate will add further pressure to an Australian public health system that has already reached breaking point.

SA surgeons slam hospital downgrade (PDF 70 KB)
30 January 2012

South Australian surgeons have slammed a decision by the state government to downgrade intensive care services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by 2016, warning it will seriously compromise patient care and have a detrimental impact on surgical training in South Australia.

2011

New recommendations for adolescent bariatric surgery (PDF 92 KB)
15 December 2011

Adolescents should be at least 15 years of age and have a Body Mass Index greater than 40 if they are to be eligible for bariatric surgery, a perspective in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery states. They should also have associated complications such as Type 2 diabetes and have persistent problems despite undertaking lifestyle programs.

Surgeons call for common sense on our streets (PDF 80 KB)
1 December 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has again endorsed the trans-Tasman policing initiative, Operation Unite, calling on young people to exercise common sense while out enjoying themselves this weekend.

Injury risk from aerosol cans (PDF 94 KB)
15 November 2011

Young men are most at risk of injury when using pressurised aerosol cans, a report in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery reveals.

Trauma experts converge on Melbourne for Trauma Week (PDF 73 KB)
14 November 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons today welcomes trauma surgeons and trauma specialists from overseas and around Australia to Melbourne for its annual Trauma Week.

College of Surgeons to insist on proven record of hand hygiene (PDF 85 KB)
10 November 2011

Medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in surgery will have to demonstrate a commitment to hand hygiene if they are to be accepted into the training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Plastic Surgery - a misunderstood specialty (PDF 73 KB)
20 October 2011

Several factors explain widespread misconceptions about the work of plastic surgeons, an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery reveals.

Surgeons to gather in Wangaratta (PDF 66 KB)
Wednesday 20 October 2011

Surgeons from around Victoria will gather in Wangaratta this weekend for the Annual General Scientific and Fellowship Meeting (AGSFM) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality releases 2011 Annual Report (PDF 63 KB)
Thursday 13 October 2011

The 2011 report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM), a quality assurance program aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today. This is the tenth year since WAASM was established.

Surgeons warn of looming workforce crisis (PDF 73 KB)
Friday 7 October 2011

Access to world class surgical care in Australia is threatened by a looming workforce shortage, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has warned. Unless there is a substantial increase in the number of graduating surgeons, Australia faces a surgical workforce crisis within the next fifteen years.

College of Surgeons announces $1.3 million in Research Scholarship Awards (PDF 67 KB)
22 September 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to surgical research, through its annual Research Scholarships program.

Tackling non-melanoma skin cancer in New Zealand (PDF 83 KB)
15 September 2011

The high and increasing incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers poses an immediate and ongoing challenge to the New Zealand health sector, a study in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery has found.

Surgeons call for tighter regulation of quad bikes (PDF 57 KB)
14 September 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has called for the tighter regulation of quad bikes, citing the seriousness and frequency of injuries sustained by riders.

Ear, Nose and Throat clinical visit to Tuvalu (PDF 91 KB)
2 September 2011

An Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) team will visit Tuvalu for a week in September as part of the Pacific Islands Program. The Program, co-ordinated by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and funded by AusAID, provides a range of volunteer services in the region.

Fatigue and surgical performance (PDF 83 KB)
15 August 2011

While the issue of safe working hours for surgeons has attracted considerable attention in recent years, a study in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery finds there is insufficient evidence to gauge the effect of fatigue on surgical performance.

Concern over potential loss of training (PDF 67 KB)
11 August 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has expressed concern over reports that the proposed elective surgery unit at the North Shore Hospital in Takapuna will operate with specialist medical staff only.

Oncologist joins PIP team in Fiji (PDF 76 KB)
26 July 2011

Oncologist Professor Michael Sullivan will join the Pacific Islands Program team in Fiji in late July. The Program, co-ordinated by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and funded by AusAID, provides a range of paediatric services in the region that includes surgery, endocrinology, nephrology and oncology.

Teaching the teachers - sustaining the surgical educator workforce (PDF 59 KB)
28 June 2011

The viability of surgical education in Australia and New Zealand depends on ensuring surgeons wanting to teach have designated time and are properly recognised and equipped for the task, a study in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery reveals.

The Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality - an ongoing commitment to improved care (PDF 82 KB)
28 June 2011

The 2010 report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), a quality assurance programme aimed at the ongoing improvement of surgical care, was released today.

Treating the victims of shark attack - learning from experience (PDF 101 KB)
30 May 2011

Recent advances in the management of major trauma have cast new light on the treatment of shark attack victims, according to a study in the latest issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.

The future of craniofacial plastic surgery in Sri Lanka (PDF 67 KB)
6 May 2011

With the ongoing assistance of Interplast Australia & New Zealand and its teams of volunteer surgeons, an advanced craniofacial surgery service in Sri Lanka could soon be a reality, delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Surgical anatomy course proves popular with junior surgeons (PDF 87 KB)
6 May 2011

As controversy reigns over the quality of anatomy teaching in undergraduate medical courses, a postgraduate diploma course in surgical anatomy offered by the University of Otago is proving a great success.

Soldier, Rhodes Scholar, pioneering neurosurgeon - the remarkable life of Hugh Cairns (PDF 90 KB)
6 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of the extraordinary life of Hugh Cairns, an Australian pioneer in the field of neurosurgery.

Greater support for smaller metropolitan and regional hospitals needed (PDF 63 KB)
6 May 2011

Delegates to the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that smaller metropolitan and regional hospitals must be adequately funded to allow surgeons to provide up-to-date procedures for common surgical conditions, including newer laparoscopic and other minimally-invasive techniques.

Preparing for the tsunami of medical graduates (PDF 49 KB)
6 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told of a variety of strategies to cope with the coming tsunami of young doctors graduating from Australian and New Zealand medical schools.

Burns bacteriology in a tropical ICU setting (PDF 75 KB)
5 May 2011

The burns centres of hospitals in hot and humid climates fight a constant battle against wound infection, delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Infra-Red Thermographic Imaging in the Serial Assessment of Burns (PDF 57 KB)
5 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that infra-red thermographic imaging is a promising tool in the serial assessment of burn wounds.

Developing the National Trauma Registry (PDF 83 KB)
4 May 2011

After a long battle, efforts to establish a National Trauma Registry seem likely to prove successful, delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

Removing the gallbladder of patients over eighty: predictors of morbidity and mortality (PDF 39 KB)
4 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that the laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder can be performed with acceptable risk in appropriately selected patients over the age of 80.

Road safety: The Australian contribution (PDF 71 KB)
4 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that while Australia has led the way in the fight against road trauma, more still needs to be done.

Safely converting an adjustable gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy (PDF 79 KB)
4 May 2011

A bariatric surgeon has told delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons that there is a proven technique for the conversion of a laparoscopic gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy.

The Acute Surgical Unit - an effective model of care for patients with acute cholecystitis (PDF 99 KB)
4 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that an Acute Surgical Unit (ASU) is proving a very effective model of care for patients presenting with acute cholecystitis, or acute inflammation of the gallbladder.

Ensuring surgeons can respond to major disasters (PDF 68 KB)
3 May 2011

The readiness of Australian and New Zealand surgeons to respond to major disasters in our region has been the focus of a forum conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Adelaide today.

Assessing the safety of laparoscopic colorectal surgery in a low-volume setting (PDF 81 KB)
3 May 2011

While laparoscopic treatment of colorectal pathologies is becoming the preferred approach amongst experienced surgeons with high-volume caseloads, delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told there is little data available on advanced laparoscopic surgeons who perform a low-volume (<10 cases per year) of colorectal procedures.

Ultrasound usage embraced by breast surgeons (PDF 98 KB)
3 May 2011

Delegates to the 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told that surgeon performed ultrasound is being increasingly embraced by breast surgeons worldwide as an integral part of patient assessment.  

Laparoscopic surgery and the treatment of rectal cancer (PDF 77 KB)
19 April 2011

Laparoscopic colorectal surgery has been widely embraced by Australasian surgeons and may lead to less pain, faster recovery and better cosmesis for patients, but several concerns need to be addressed before its use is routinely adopted for all procedures, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery.

Adelaide to host surgeons' Annual Scientific Congress (PDF 56 KB)
8 April 2011

The 80th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will be convened in Adelaide this year, attracting up to 2,000 delegates from across Australia and New Zealand and featuring distinguished visiting lecturers from around the world.

Parties endorse surgeons' stand on health issues (PDF 89 KB)
23 March 2011

The New South Wales Regional Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has welcomed commitments by both major political parties to several key initiatives proposed by surgeons in that state.

Child motorcycle injuries on the increase (PDF 45 KB)
16 March 2011

The average age of children injured in New Zealand motorbike and all-terrain vehicle accidents over the past decade was 10.5 years, with the youngest patient being just two years old. This is despite the minimum age for obtaining a license in New Zealand being 15 years.

Deputy Premier opens new base for WA surgeons (PDF 56 KB)
14 March 2011

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, the Hon. Dr Kim Hames, has formally opened the new home of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Western Australia. The building, in Hampden Road, Nedlands, will also serve as the base for the Australian Orthopaedic Association and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Surgeons condemn Federal Government's decision to ignore pedestrian safety (PDF 78 KB)
28 February 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has joined motoring groups in condemning the Federal Government's decision to close down a consultation process aimed at enhancing the safety of Australian pedestrians.

Reviewing treatments for age-related lines and wrinkles (PDF 90 KB)
23 February 2011

A team of Australian surgeons and scientists has reviewed the efficacy of dermal fillers in rapid aesthetic improvement, concluding that injectable fillers are more effective and safer than other facial augmentation techniques for the management of age-related lines and wrinkles.

College of Surgeons to quiz major political parties on public health policy (PDF 68 KB)
16 February 2011

In the lead up to the 26 March state election, New South Wales surgeons have written to the major political parties asking key questions relating to a number of public health issues, including improvements to elective and emergency surgery, the training of junior doctors, access to bariatric surgery, and the enhanced resourcing of trauma care.

Latest health reforms a mixed blessing (PDF 53 KB)
11 February 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has described the Australian Government's latest package of health reforms as a mixed blessing, welcoming some of the proposed changes but criticising others.

View the 2010 media releases.

RACS welcomes findings into Family Violence Royal Commission
30 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the Victorian Government for its decision to implement the recommendations handed down from the Royal Commission into Family Violence today.

In particular RACS supports the recommendation around the supply and regulation of alcohol and the strengthening of data collection.