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2014

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.

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