Rural Surgery overview
The College is actively developing and delivering solutions to
surgical challenges in remote and regional Australia and New
Zealand. Challenges like workforce recruitment, retention and
professional development in a rural context are important to the
The Rural Surgery Section is dedicated to serving the interests
of surgeons who practise outside the metropolitan areas of
Australia and New Zealand. Its aim is to assist in the
provision of surgical care of the highest standard to the people of
regional, rural and remote Australia and New Zealand.The Rural
Surgery Section is open to all Fellows with a stake or interest in
Download a current flyer for the Rural Surgery
Section (PDF 167KB)
Surgical training, Continuing Professional Development,
Research, Rural surgical workforce issues and Practice
Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons is a travelling
Fellowship to assist provincial surgeons who wish to spend time
away from their practice to travel and develop existing skills or
acquire new skills in a field to benefit the surgeon, the College
and the community. Applications for the 2017 Round
are now open and will close 27 January 2017.
If you are a surgical trainee who is considering working in
rural Australia, the Rural Coach Program for Surgical Trainees
(PDF 305 KB) might be able to support you.
Surgeons' Award - The Rural Surgeons' Award acknowledges
significant contributions to surgery in rural settings in New
Zealand and Australia. The Award, in the form of a certificate,
will be presented to the winner at the annual meeting of Provincial
Surgeons of Australia (PSA), the College Annual
Scientific Congress or the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons.
Please visit the Rural Surgeons' Award page for
details on how to submit a nomination.
Advice and input into various College position
papers such as Farm Injury, Quad Bikes, Gun Control, the Use of
Chainsaws, GP Procedural Surgical Training and Locum Surgeons.
David Gawler (PDF 14Kb) reports on life as
a surgeon working in the Northern Territory.
rural surgeons - Where to from here? (PDF 14Kb) was written by
Mike Sexton, past Chair of the Rural Surgery Section (RSS)
Provincial Surgeons of Australia (PSA) - The PSA holds an
annual conference in a regional centre in Australia. PSA 2017 will
be held in Armidale, New South Wales, 19-21 October 2017.
Rural Surgery Resources
View the relevant policies, awards and other general information
of interest to rural based surgeons.
View various Skills
Training courses provided by the College.
Rural Health Continuing
Education - The Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE)
Program, funded by the Australian Government, supports qualified
health professionals living and working in the rural and remote
Australia to undertake continuing professional development
View other professional development
activities offered by the College to Fellows and Trainees
The Section is governed by a Committee reporting to the
College's Fellowship Services Committee.
Section Terms of
Committee Chair - Dr Sally Butchers
and Honours Policies
Rural Surgery Section Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7407
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432