College Resources

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Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

Practical tools and resources

There are practical tools and resources available to assist Fellows in everyday practice.

Position papers

Please refer to the Position papers section of this website for a list of guidelines and position papers developed by the College.

On this page:

Approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities
Cancer Learning 
Clinical Care Standards 
Clinical handover
College Insurance
Conferences
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tools and resources
Guide to College Services and Programs
Digital diagnostic imaging
Fellowship Survey
FRACS corporate identity
Informed consent
Infection control
Keeping the doctor alive
Loans for travelling Fellows
Pain medicine
Patient education pamphlets
Sedation guidelines
Social media and the medical profession
Support for surgeons
Surgical Safety Checklist
Travel management
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines
Webmail
Website
Wireless network

Approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities

Access the list of educational activities that are approved in the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and are awarded credit points.

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Cancer Learning

Cancer Learning is an online professional development website designed specifically for health care professionals, including surgeons working in cancer care. It was developed by Cancer Australia in association with leading Australian professional bodies and cancer organisations.

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Conferences

View a list of conferences available to surgeons, to assist with planning for attendance at major educational activities.

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Clinical Care Standards

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Clinical handover

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College Insurance

The Insurance and Claims Manual has been compiled by Aon Risk Services which provides a broad outline of the Colleges Insurance Program and offers general information and assistance in understanding the various insurance that have been arranged for the College.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources and tools

The College has resources and tools to assist with participation in the College's CPD Program.

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Digital diagnostic imaging

The Australian health care system is experiencing a fundamental change in the way diagnostic images are produced and transmitted, with a transition from diagnostic images exposed or printed onto film to images produced and transmitted digitally. This transition has proven to be a challenge for both clinicians and radiologists. View further resources in digital diagnostic imaging.

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Guide to College Resources and Programs

The Guide to College Services and Programs (PDF 1Mb) provides a comprehensive overview of College services and programs for Fellows.

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Fellowship Survey 

The Fellowship Survey (members only; login required) was completed by a large and representative sample of Fellows and provides important information to inform College strategy, budgets and operations.

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FRACS corporate identity

The College has introduced new corporate identity guidelines, including a logo and stationery templates specifically for the use of Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). These guidelines provide information about FRACS corporate identity and the use of logos and templates as a Fellow.

For further information please refer to FRACS corporate identity (members only; login required).

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Informed consent

Patient Information and Resources

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Infection control

The College has developed a postion paper on infection control: Prevention of Healthcare and Associated Infection in Surgery. Other resources include:

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Keeping the doctor alive

Keeping the Doctor Alive: A Self-Care Guidebook for Medical Practitioners has been developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) .

  • The purpose of the guidebook is to provide medical practitioners with information and resources on strategies for self-care as an essential element of their professional life.
  • The guidebook is intended to facilitate discussion and exploration of the personal and professional issues facing medical practitioners.
  • The information and exercises are best used as tools for peer support groups (or individuals) to stimulate debate and develop strategies for self-care which suit each individual.
  • Fellows who complete the exercises in the guidebook are eligible to claim one point per hour in Category 7 of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.

For further information, please visit the RACGP website or telephone +61 3 8699 0488.

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Loans for travelling Fellows

Read information about loans for travelling Fellows.

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Pain medicine

A Fellowship of Pain Medicine is available to Fellows of the College to build on existing surgical qualifications. The College is a parent body of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Faculty of Pain Medicine.

The establishment of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, incorporating true multidisciplinary representation from medical specialties, is an important and innovative advance in dealing with the management of acute, chronic non-malignant and cancer pain, which collectively remain one of society's major problems.

Fellows of the faculty will be expected to have a wide knowledge of the clinical, biopsychosocial and humanitarian perspectives of all aspects of pain and should be well placed within the next millennium to follow what will most certainly be a developing and challenging career path.

For more information, access the Faculty of Pain Medicine website.

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Patient education pamphlets

Patient education pamphlets have been developed in a range of surgical specialties to:

  • assist communication with patients
  • provide a tool for achieving informed consent.

The pamphlets are developed, published and distributed by specialist publishers in this field whose pamphlets are selected by the College to carry the College crest. The publishers (Mi-tec and Specialist Management Services) employ expert Fellows to ensure the pamphlets are of the highest quality.

Patient education pamphlets for surgical procedures are available from Mi-tec Medical Publishing and Specialist Management Services (SMS). To order pamphlets, please contact:

Mi-tec Medical Publishing
Mi-tec order form (PDF 78Kb)
PO Box 24
Camberwell VIC 3124 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9888 6262
Fax: +61 3 9888 6465
Mi-tec website
Email: orders@mitec.com.au

Specialist Management Services (SMS)
Suite 2, Level 1, 47-51 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9813 2025
Fax: +61 3 9813 2163
SMS website
Email: info@smservices.net.au

Please note:

  • The information in these pamphlets is general and does not contain all known facts about the treatment or complaint.
  • The benefits and risks of the treatment will depend on your medical condition and may vary from person to person.
  • These pamphlets are not a substitute for advice from your doctor. Your doctor will answer your questions about diagnosis and treatment.

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Sedation guidelines

The College has approved the revised Guidelines on Sedation and/or Analgesia for Diagnostic and Interventional Medical or Surgical Procedures produced by The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

This document is intended to apply wherever procedural sedation and/or analgesia for diagnostic and interventional medical and surgical procedures are administered, especially where sedation and/or analgesia may lead to general anaesthesia. ANZCA recognises that practitioners with diverse qualifications and training are administering a variety of medications to patients to allow such procedures to be performed. This document addresses pertinent issues for all practitioners involved in such activities.

The guidelines are available on the ANZCA website.

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Social media and the medical profession: A guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students

Although doctors and medical students are increasingly participating in online social media, evidence is emerging from studies, legal cases and media reports that the use of these media can pose risks for medical professionals. Inappropriate online behaviour can potentially damage personal integrity, doctor-patient and doctor-colleague relationships, and future employment opportunities. Our perceptions and regulations regarding professional behaviour must evolve to encompass these new forms of media.

A joint initiative of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Council of Doctors-in-Training, New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council, New Zealand Medical Students' Association and Australian Medical Students' Association has developed a guide to assist doctors and medical students to continue to enjoy the online world, while maintaining professional standards. The guide is available through the AMA website.

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Support for surgeons

The College encourages all surgeons to recognise and discuss the challenges facing them and to ensure that self care is part of managing professional life. View a list with sources of support for surgeons.

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Surgical Safety Checklist

To improve surgical safety worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a safety checklist for surgical teams to use in operating rooms. The checklist identifies three phases of an operation, each corresponding to a specific period in the normal flow of work. In each phase, the checklist helps teams confirm that the critical safety steps are completed before it proceeds with the operation.

The College has approved a revised Australia and New Zealand edition of the Surgical Safety Checklist. This edition has been developed following consultation with specialty societies/associations and other key stakeholders, including:

  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Australian College of Operating Room Nurses.

The expanded Surgical Safety Checklist and implementation manual are part of a Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative supported by the College:

The College is consulting with specialty societies and associations to ensure that the checklist is relevant to all groups. Following this consultation process, protocols will be developed to support the implementation of the checklist in all Australian and New Zealand hospitals.

For more information, visit the WHO website.

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines

Fellows are encouraged to have an appropriate plan for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). View resources to assist with reviewing practice protocols:

The fourth edition guidelines and poster have been produced by the Australia and New Zealand Working Party on the Management and Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) to assist in the identification and management of patients at risk of developing venous thromboembolism:

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Contact

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1220
Fax: +61 3 9249 1219
Email: resources@surgeons.org