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- Approved Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities
- Cancer Learning
- Clinical Care Standards
- Clinical handover
- College Insurance
- Colonoscopy certification
- FRACS Corporate Identity
- Informed consent
- Infection control
- Keeping the doctor alive
- Loans for travelling Fellows
- Pain medicine
- Patient education pamphlets
- Sedation guidelines
- Social media policy
- Social media and the medical profession: A guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students
- Surgeons wellbeing
- Surgical Safety Checklist
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines
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.
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.
Clinical Care Standards
- Clinical Handover Guide - Safe Handover: Safe Patients - Australian Medical Association (AMA)
- A Structured Evidence-based Literature Review Regarding the Effectiveness of Improvement Interventions in Clinical Handover (PDF 410Kb) - Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care
The Insurance and Claims Manual has been compiled by Aon Risk Services which provides a broad outline of the College's Insurance Program and offers general information and assistance in understanding the various insurances that have been arranged for the College (members only; login required).
- Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standards
- Colonoscopy Consumer Fact Sheet
- Certification and Recertification of Colonoscopists - Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (PDF 518.03KB)
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has developed a fact sheet for proceduralists to highlight the certification and recertification process that is required for colonoscopists. Certification (of training) and recertification (of ongoing competency) in colonoscopy are now mandatory for all practitioners working in health service organisations being assessed to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition).
FRACS Corporate Identity
RACS has introduced 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).
Refer to the Patient Information and Resources page for further information.
The College has developed a position paper on infection control: Prevention of Healthcare and Associated Infection in Surgery (PDF 44.53KB).
Other resources include:
- Infection prevention and control standards - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
- Infection control guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting - Australian Department of Health and Ageing
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 websiteor telephone +61 3 8699 0488.
Loans for travelling Fellows
Read information about loans for travelling Fellows.
A Fellowship of Pain Medicine is available to Fellows of the College to build on existing surgical qualifications. RACS 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 remains as 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.
- Managing Acute Pain: A Guide for Patients (PDF)
- Acute Pain Management : Scientific Evidence (4th edition, 2015)
For more information, access the Faculty of Pain Medicine website.
Patient education pamphlets
Patient education pamphlets have been developed in a range of surgical specialties in conjunction with Mi-tec Medical Publishing and EIDO Healthcare Australia. For further information consult the Patient Education Pamphlets page.
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.
Social media policy
The RACS social media policy outlines the principles of our involvement and management of social media.
The policy aims to help RACS staff, Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) understand the purpose and impact of the use of social media on the RACS brand and reputation.
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.
RACS 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 on the Surgeons wellbeing page.
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 (ANZCA)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
- Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN)
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.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines
Fellows are encouraged to have an appropriate plan for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE).
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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