Rural Surgery

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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 College.

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 this area.


Surgical training, Continuing Professional Development, Research, Rural surgical workforce issues and Practice development.

Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons 2015 - Applications close 5pm 29 May 2015. The Rural Surgery Section Committee (RSS) is offering up to 3 travelling grants 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. Each Fellowship will be valued to a maximum of AUD$10,000 (incl. GST) to be expended by the 31 December 2015.

If you are a surgical trainee who is considering working in rural Australia Rural Coach (PDF 305 KB) might be able to support you.

Rural Surgeons Award - The Rural Surgeons Award is given for services to rural surgery and rural communities. Nominations are invited each year, and the award is made at the annual meeting of Provincial Surgeons of Australia (PSA), the College Annual Scientific Congress or the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons.

Advice and input into various College position papers such as Farm Injury, Quad Bikes, Gun Control, the Use of Chainsaws and GP Procedural Surgical Training.

David Gawler (PDF 14Kb) reports on life as a surgeon working in the Northern Territory.

Representing 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.  For more information, go to the Conferences and Events Department - Current meetings page.


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 activities.

View other professional development activities offered by the College to Fellows and Trainees


The Section is governed by an Executive Committee reporting to the College's Fellowship Services Committee.

Section Terms of Reference

Executive Committee Chair - Dr Sally Butchers FRACS

Nominations to the Section Committee are now being taken until 5.00pm AEDT, 8th March 2015.
Nomination form (PDF 31KB)

Awards and Honours Policies

Rural Surgeons' Award


Membership enquiries

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