The RACS Breaking barriers; developing drivers for female surgeons survey is now closed. 

Thank you to all those who participated in the survey or shared it with colleagues and networks. We received an overwhelming response, with the number of participants reaching 1695 - far exceeding our 1000 response target.

This study is one of our key projects on gender diversity, working to the goals of the RACS Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety (BRIPS) initiative.

While half of students in Australian and New Zealand medical schools are female, this number drops significantly for surgical training admissions.

RACS sought the views of women who were over 18, in an Australian or New Zealand medical school or a junior doctor not currently in a surgical training program - whether they were considering a career in surgery or not.  We asked them to complete the survey, which opened 9 May and closed 3 June 2019. All data collected was de-identified.

Analysis of the findings is in process and a report will be shared in August 2019.

This project will contribute to our work towards bridging the diversity gap and addressing the barriers for women to a career to surgery. For further information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 144.61KB).