We understand the staged resumption of elective surgery procedures in Australia has brought up queries around the types of surgeries that can be carried out.

The responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of the resumption of elective surgery is under the control of each State and Territory’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), who also deal with specific complaints in both public and private hospitals, under the government’s national viability partnership agreement with private hospitals.

While RACS (PDF 692.41KB), the Specialty Societies  and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee  (AHPPC) have issued guidelines on the reintroduction of elective surgery, the decision on the types of surgeries that can be performed is made by your hospital’s CEO in response to the State or Territory’s CMO. The respective State and Territory CMO have made directives to hospitals in line with their specific viability guarantee with the Federal and State governments.

Please check the guidelines specific to your specialty, have a conversation with your hospital’s CEO and contact your State or Territory’s CMO for clarification on the types of surgical procedure you can perform, as RACS cannot overrule these directives.

After you have taken these steps and you still require RACS’ support and advice, please contact the Executive Director of Surgical Affairs (Australia).

COVID-19 webinar for rural and remote practitioners tomorrow
Professor Michael Kidd, Principal Medical Advisor and Deputy Medical Officer, Department of Health, Australia, is hosting a webinar for rural and remote practitioners tomorrow. The webinar will provide an update on COVID-19 key response measures and an experienced panel will answer your questions.

The panel includes:

  • Professor Paul Worley (Rural Health Commissioner) – via Zoom
  • Dr Ewen McPhee (President, Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine) – via Zoom
  • Dr Gabrielle O’Kane (CEO, National Rural Health Alliance) – via Zoom
  • Fay Holden (A/g First Assistant Secretary, Health Workforce Division)
  • Professor Michael Kidd (Primary Medical Advisor and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health)

Date: Wednesday 6 May
Time: 4.30pm - 5.00pm

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