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Ear disease experts in Canberra to address Indigenous deafness crisis

24 November 2016

Appalling ear disease rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia still exist.

Ear disease experts including surgeons, audiologists, paediatricians, researchers and Aboriginal medical service workers are in Canberra today to discuss a national solution.

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Nelson Marlborough Health follows suit with RACS Respect Agreement

24 November 2016

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

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New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association signs RACS Respect Agreement

24 November 2016

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery.

The MoU, a collaboration formed under the RACS 2015 Action Plan: Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety, is the third to be signed in New Zealand, following an agreement with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board signed earlier today.

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Obesity and infection control highlighted as priorities in latest surgical audit report

22 November 2016

The 7th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), which highlighted an increase in obesity as a comorbidity, as well as recommending postoperative infection control as an area for improvement.

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Are stem cells a viable treatment option for knee osteoarthritis?

07 November 2016

Treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) utilising mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has become a focus of interest according to a report in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

OA is a degenerative disease that causes pain, stiffness and decreased function and the article poses the question ̶ could the use of MSCs be a legitimate treatment option?

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Canberra surgeons explore research and audit to improve practice

04 November 2016

Using audits and evidence to improve surgical practice is the theme of this year's Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (RACS) ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held at the ANU Medical School in The Canberra Hospital on Saturday 5 November.

The meeting's Scientific Convener Dr Usama Majeed, a consultant general, breast and endocrine surgeon, said that in the past, medical interventions were limited, more straight forward and less costly to the taxpayer.

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Surgeons join with trauma and health experts in Brisbane

03 November 2016

Queensland surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will gather with Australian trauma experts and Queensland Health in Brisbane this weekend for their combined Annual State Meeting (ASM).

The ASM will merge with the Queensland Health Forum and the RACS Trauma Symposium at Brisbane City Hall from 4-6 November 2016.

The meeting focuses on the theme Trauma - we're all involved, with presentations from specialist surgeons, Queensland Police and trauma experts who will be discussing the value of trauma registries and looking at topics such as trauma in Indigenous health care and the trials and tribulations of a Queensland burns surgeon.

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NSW specialists scrub up for Surgeons Month

01 November 2016

Surgeons from across New South Wales will gather at the Royal Australaisian College of Surgeons (RACS) Regional Office in Sydney for a range of sessions starting Wednesday 2 November as part of their annual Surgeons' Month activities.

This year's event, which will see up to 150 Fellows, Trainees and IMGs attend a series of presentations and seminars over four weeks, will focus on developing knowledge in areas that affect the daily life of a surgeon, the key to networking in the 21st Century and what to expect when starting out in surgical practice

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Obesity Epidemic Already Upon Us Say Medical Professionals

27 October 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has issued a dire warning to Australians and New Zealanders about their countries' weight problem, as alarming statistics highlight the prevalence of the problem in young people.

This warning comes as the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ) holds its Annual Conference in Sydney starting today to discuss some of the more difficult areas of Bariatric Surgery and as the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) prepares to convene a National Health Summit on Obesity in Melbourne on 9 November to discuss ways in which obesity can be reduced.

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Victorian surgeons dissect evidence-based surgery at their ASM

21 October 2016

Victorian surgeons will discuss the ways in which evidence is used by educational, regulatory and funding bodies to shape surgical decision-making.

This is the key theme of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM) in Melbourne this weekend.

 

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Latest WA mortality audit notes a drop in the total number of deaths

14 October 2016

The 2016 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows that while the total number of deaths has plated off, figures are still falling in terms of population increases.

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

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RACS and Gold Coast Health sign MoU to improve respectful culture

04 October 2016

Gold Coast Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a commitment to providing high quality training, education and experience in surgery and the health sector.

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RACS and Qld Health commit to respect in surgery

28 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Queensland Health have signed a Statement of Intent as part of a shared commitment to providing high quality training, education and knowledge in the practice of surgery.

RACS Vice President Professor Spencer Beasley said this commitment was underpinned by the College's shared objective of ensuring patient safety and delivery of quality frontline services.

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Surgeons sign pledge board against workplace harassment

26 September 2016

Surgeons at Logan Hospital will sign a pledge board committing to stamp out bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment as part of a new effort by Metro South Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to enhance the surgical workplace and improve patient safety.

RACS Vice President Professor Spencer Beasley said hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatients were areas where surgical education and health service employment overlapped.

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Obstetricians and Gynaecologists join with Surgeons to build Respect

23 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Letter of Agreement in a show of collaboration toward building respect in the medical workplace and eliminating discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH).

RACS President Philip Truskett said research has shown that bad behaviour has a negative impact on the whole team and not just the people at which it's directed. This agreement is an important step towards improving patient safety and work environments.

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First NZ Respect Agreement Signed Between RACS and the University of Otago

21 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the University of Otago Medical School have signed a landmark Letter of Agreement, aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery and strengthening the education of medical students.

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RACS Examination Statement

16 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has finalised its investigation into a 2013 video recording that alleged serious concerns about the College's examination process and policies.

The complaint related to a secret, illegal recording made of one segment of a 2013 RACS Fellowship examination in one of the nine RACS specialties. All candidates who went through this examination section in May 2013 have since passed the examination and are Fellows of RACS.

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Watering down the NSW alcohol laws is too risky

14 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) notes Justice Callinan's strong endorsement of the effectiveness of New South Wales liquor laws in mitigating alcohol related harm.

High Court Judge Ian Callinan's statement that any relaxation of the lockout laws is risky, is strongly endorsed by RACS.

RACS Trauma Committee Chair John Crozier said that the College supports retention of these reasonable measures, which have proven very effective since their introduction in February 2014.

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RACS and Ramsay Health sign MoU to improve respectful culture in medicine

30 August 2016

Ramsay Health Care and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the purpose of which is to build respect among staff and doctors and improve patient safety in surgery.

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Surgeons scrub up in Adelaide for Annual Scientific Meeting

26 August 2016

The South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Adelaide on 26 and 27 August.

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High-risk injuries in low-contact sport

17 August 2016

An Australian rugby code 'Oztag' branded as a safe alternative to higher-contact sports has been deemed a high-risk for hand injuries by Sydney hospital specialists.

An audit into the prevalence of Oztag-related hand injuries presenting at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) found that the 'tag' tackle, which involves players running at speed with outstretched handsmeant that the pattern of these injuries was complex and often involved fractures which required operative management.

The study is detailed in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Positive outcomes for public obesity surgery patients and hospitals

15 August 2016

High-volume obesity surgery in the public system is viable and has the potential for excellent outcomes for super-obese patients who cannot access the private system, according to surgeons at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital.

Substantial weight loss has been observed and associated disease and quality of life significantly improved despite patients being older and heavier than previously reported studies.

The research is detailed in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Specialists unite to put the brakes on Northern Territory open speed zones

12 August 2016

Three specialist medical Colleges have intensified their campaign to put an end to unrestricted speed zones on the Stuart Highway, with the release of a video highlighting the dangers the policy poses to the lives of Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), call on both major parties to commit to ending the policy if elected on 27 August.

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Local Surgeons gather in Launceston for their Annual Scientific Meeting

12 August 2016

Tasmanian surgeons will meet in Launceston this weekend for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) regional Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM).

The meeting focuses on the theme 'Poles Apart', with a feature medical presentation on the work of the Polar Medicine Unit of the Australian Antarctic Division as well as talks from surgeons on lung infection prevention, abdominal surgery and unknown genetic colon cancer.

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RACS and Metro South Health commit to respect in surgery

28 July 2016

Metro South Health, Queensland and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deal more effectively with reports of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the surgical workplace, and to improve patient safety.

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Improvements in surgical risk management

26 July 2016

Clinical trends in surgical risk management from 2007 to 2015 show an overall improvement in patient care, according to the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report released today.

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Greater clinical transparency to improve patient experience

15 July 2016

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for urology and ear, nose and throat procedures are highlighted in two new reports designed to encourage specialist conversation about the best ways to improve private hospital clinical outcomes and patient care.

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RACS launches mandatory training on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

11 July 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has launched new, online training on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

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Reducing ACT liquor trading hours will reduce harms

08 July 2016

Surgeons and emergency department doctors have put their support behind the ACT Government's proposal to stop serving alcohol after 3am in the nation's capital.

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RACS and St Vincent's commit to respect in surgery

01 July 2016

St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deal more effectively with reports of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the surgical workplace and improve patient safety.

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RACS promotes respect in revised Code of Conduct

28 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has revised its Code of Conduct to promote respect in surgery, through high standards of surgical performance and clear expectations of professionalism.

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Reducing length of stay and improving the patient journey

15 June 2016

Reduced length of stay in hospital and lower rates of readmission can be achieved using an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme following total hip and knee arthroplasty, a New Zealand study has found.

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Surgeons welcome increased transparency in private health

12 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the Australian Government's plans to simplify private health insurance, and introduce more transparency for customers.

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Celebrated SA Surgeon receives outstanding service award

09 June 2016

Inspirational surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Mr Suren Krishnan, was this evening presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Surgeons: Aboriginal ear health should be higher priority

03 June 2016

With National Reconciliation Week today drawing to a close, surgeons are urging political and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to put a higher priority on ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to regular hearing checks.

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Surgeons launch their Reconciliation Action Plan

01 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has chosen National Reconciliation Week to launch its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) today in a show of commitment to reconciliation.

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Saturation of alcohol advertising in State of Origin a national disgrace

31 May 2016

Tomorrow's first State of Origin match signals the beginning of young Australians being exposed to the mass alcohol advertising to come over the State of Origin games says co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) Committee Dr John Crozier.

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Surgeons say plain packaging is a step in the right direction

31 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is very pleased with the New Zealand Government's announcement today to progress with plain packaging legislation.

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Study points to reduced deaths in surgery

16 May 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.

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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.

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First case of Cannabis Arteritis in Australia

06 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.

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Smoking increases likelihood of infections in trauma patients

06 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.

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Dog bites see more children in ER

06 May 2016

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

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Improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer

05 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.

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Massive drop in facial fractures and single punch attacks in Sydney CBD and Kings Cross

05 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.

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Acute appendicitis possible indicator of colorectal cancer in older adults

05 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.

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The dark side of getting a tattoo

05 May 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.

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RACS investigates complaint on exam policy breach

05 May 2016

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

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Driving on the sunny side: Are skin cancers more prevalent on the driver's side?

04 May 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?

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Evolution in Surgical Planning: 4D Printing

04 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.

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More bodysurfing than surfboarding injuries in Qld

04 May 2016

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.

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Is muscle tightness the missing piece of puzzle in childhood abdominal pain?

04 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.

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Children at risk of burns from steam vaporisers

04 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.

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

04 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.

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

03 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.

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Mobile app to connect Pacific Island doctors with Gold Coast specialists

03 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.

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Cosmetic surgery complications costing public purse

03 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.

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

03 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.

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Mobility scooter related trauma on the rise

02 May 2016

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.

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Sydney surgeons revolutionise cardiac transplants with 'heart in a box'

02 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.

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Surgeons want more Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists

02 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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RACS launches Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli Exhibition

23 April 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vascular trauma to young men on the rise in WA

09 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.

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RACS committed to building respect and improving patient safety

07 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summer exposes children to more harmful alcohol advertising

05 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.

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