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Global Health information session
If you are a surgeon based in Aotearoa New Zealand and would be interested in volunteering as part of a Visiting Medical Team, then Global Health would love to hear from you.
RACS Global Health has a vision that 'safe surgical and anaesthetic care is available and accessible to everyone’. Through partnerships with Ministries of Health across the Asia-Pacific, RACS Global Health works to build local workforce capacity, strengthen health systems and provide specialist surgical mentoring and training. In anticipation of the re-opening of the Cook Islands quarantine-free travel bubble, and with talks of quarantine-free travel extending to other Pacific countries, RACS Global Health is seeking expressions of interest from Aotearoa New Zealand surgeons who would like to participate in upcoming overseas activities.
Global Health is hosting a webinar where you will hear first hand from surgeons who have volunteered in the Pacific.
The webinar will be held on Thursday 16 September from 7.30pm - 8.15pm.
Louis Barnett Prize 2021
RACS Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee is now calling for abstracts for the 2021 Louis Barnett Research Prize, valued at $2,500.
Application for the Louis Barnett Research Prize is open to:
- New Zealand based surgical Trainees, in all nine specialties
- New Zealand Fellows within five years of gaining their Fellowship as of 31 August 2021
The deadline for abstracts is Friday 30 July 2021.
Abstract requirements and more information (PDF 52.62KB) (PDF 52.62KB).
Finalists will present their research at Surgery 2021: Reflecting on Practice, at The Millennium, Queenstown on Friday 3 September 2021.
The Louis Barnett Prize was established by the New Zealand Committee of the College in 1962 and has been awarded over the years to many prestigious New Zealand surgeons. It commemorates Sir Louis Barnett CMG, the first New Zealander to become President of RACS.
Sir Louis was born in Dunedin and was the first New Zealander to gain a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He returned to New Zealand to a lectureship at Otago Medical School and in 1909 was appointed professor of surgery at Otago. He was made CMG for his services in WW1 and was knighted in 1927 after his retirement from the Chair of Surgery.
In the 1920s Sir Louis was instrumental in the formation of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (initially known as the College of Surgeons in Australasia) and in 1927, at the College’s very first meeting which was held in Dunedin, he was elected the first Vice-President. He later became President of this College from 1937 – 1939.
Sir Louis is considered to have been a pioneer in hydatid’s research, continuing this work after his retirement from the Otago Medical School. He was influential in the establishment of the College’s hydatid register and was also prominent in the British Empire Cancer Campaign. He endowed the Ralph Barnett Chair in Surgery at Otago Medical School, in memory of his son who was killed in WW1.
Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee meetings
5 March 2021
11 June 2021
3 September 2021
3 December 2021