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RACS Coronavirus information hub
The COVID-19 information hub has useful resources and updates about the coronavirus outbreak. The information hub contains information about hospital accreditation, training and support as well as links to COVID-19 downloads, resources and journal articles. Find out more
Queensland State Committee
Letter to the Director-General - 2 April 2020
AMA Queensland principles public-private partnership - 15 April 2020
Avant Mutual Group
Avant have proactively implemented measures to effectively serve members as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate. See Avant's latest updates including information on:
- Questions relating to COVID-19
- Medico-legal advice
- Travel cover
Walshs Financial Group
Walshs COVID-19 special video - 7 April 2020
As the impact of the COVID-19 is felt across the broader community, Walshs' Simon Farmer and Hugh Walsh have filmed a special video for the College where they discuss its impact on the global economy and key steps which they believe our members should be taking to protect themselves and their practices.
Hugh outlines the range of government and bank incentive packages available to help surgeons survive the tough times, while Simon discusses the impact of the virus on the stock market and real estate and outlines what he believes the future holds in both the short and longer term.
Walshs Financial Group are kindly offering a 15-minute obligation free online video conference meeting via Zoom with members who have further questions.
Get in touch with Hugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or Simon at email@example.com
Women in Surgery
2020 International Women's Day
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Cairns joined in on the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in March 2020. Women Fellows, Younger Fellows, IMGs, trainees, junior doctors and medical students collaborated, creating a space to talk about their own personal experiences in surgery and surgical training. Cairns held their IWD evening on 6 March 2020. Gold Coast and Brisbane held their video-linked IWD lunches on 7 March 2020.
Across the sunshine state, over 160 attendees gathered for food and drinks together, giving an opportunity for questions, further discussion and celebrating. After such successful International Women’s Day celebrations, RACS Queensland looks forward to hosting an equality in medicine event later in the year.
Queensland Charity Ball
Queensland Charity Ball 2020
Save the date
Saturday 6 March 2021
Further details TBC
RACS Queensland Inaugural Charity Ball
The Queensland Younger Fellows Group hosted the inaugural RACS Queensland Charity Ball on Saturday 10 November 2018, at Blackbird Restaurant, Eagle Street, Brisbane. Over 170 Queensland Fellows, Trainees, International Medical Graduates and their partners supported this worthy event. All proceeds from the Charity Ball were directed to the Foundation for Surgery, in particular two valuable projects:
- Supporting Indigenous Australians who aspire to a career in surgery, and
- Providing essential Trauma Management (EMST) training in Timor-Leste
Stay tuned for the next RACS Queensland charity event in 2020!
Preparation for Practice
Date and venue for 2020 TBA
We aim to create a comprehensive and interactive two day course to provide Younger Fellows, final year Trainees and practice managers information on practical skills, tips and advice for setting up private practice. The focus is on practicality and experiences provided by fellow surgeons and consultant speakers.
The course will cover:
- addressing private administration
- financial and practice business structures
- medico-legal aspects
- identifying pressures and strategies to maintain a healthy and balanced life
- creating relationships between Fellows and referring doctors, staff, private hospitals and private insurance companies.
Complimentary morning coffee cart available, sponsored by Walshs Financial Group
The workshop dinner will be sponsored by Avant Mutual Group, venue TBA.
This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim one point per hour in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills.
Telephone: +61 402 736 732
Queensland Younger Fellows Grant
Applications currently closed
The State Committee, with support from Queensland Preparation for Practice sponsors, are offering two travel grants to assist Younger Fellows in Queensland travelling interstate or abroad to further post Fellowship work, prior to returning to practice in Queensland.
Surgical Skills Competition
RACS Queensland hosted its 7th Annual Queensland Surgical Skills Competition on Saturday 12 October 2019 at the College in Brisbane. View program (PDF 359.04KB)
The competition involved five medical students in their first year clinical course from the four medical schools in Queensland: Bond University, Griffith University, James Cook University and University of Queensland. Each student in their medical school team rotated around 5 test stations but worked as individuals. The various skills included suturing, laparoscopy, knot tying, cyst removal and anatomy (theory). The purpose of the event was to provide an introduction of basic surgical skills and promote surgery as a career.
Special thanks to our adjudicators on the day:
- Convenor of the competition Dr Peter Yuide
- Dr Stephen White
- Dr Imogen Ibbett
- Dr Kevin Lah
- Dr Jeannine McManus
- Dr Hajir Nabi
- Dr Mairi McLaren
Trophies were awarded to the following:
- Best University Team Score - Griffith University
- Best Individual Overall Score - Hooman Baghaie from Griffith University.
If you wish to be involved as an adjudicator for any skills competition or for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Queensland State Conference
Combined Queensland State Conference & Surgical Directors Leadership Forum 2019
Convenors: Professor Deborah Bailey, FRACS | Professor David Fletcher, FRACS | Dr Brian McGowan, FRACS
The RACS Queensland State Conference combined with the Surgical Directors Leadership Forum was held down at the sunny Gold Coast. Professional Development workshops, the Statewide Surgical Services Forum and research presentations were included as part of the program prior to the formal opening of the meeting. The annual Neville Davis and RACS Papers prizes provides an important platform for Queensland registrars, junior doctors and medical students to present their research. The theme of the meeting "Seven (st)ages of a surgeon" was be explored through symposia with invited and guest speakers, providing a forum for lively discussions between speakers and delegates. The conference covered topics around:
- Medical Student/Intern years
- Registrar training years
- Younger Consultant years
- Director Surgery
- College Councillor
To recognise Dr David Theile for his ongoing contribution to surgery, the conference featured a lecture presented by an esteemed member of the medical profession Dr Barry O'Loughlin.
At the Saturday dinner, award announcements were made including:
- Clinical Committee Prize to Dr Matthew Cheng
- Gordon Gordon-Taylor Prize to Dr William McSweeney
- RACS Papers Prize to Dr Andrew Morton
- Neville Davis Prize to Dr Aaditya Narendra
- Outstanding Services Awards to Associate Professor Fred Leditschke
The organising committee would like to thank everyone who made the event a big success, and we look forward to welcoming you back for our next installment in 2021.
Email: email@example.com | Telephone: +61 7 3249 2900
RACS Queensland would like to acknowledge and thank its sponsors for their ongoing support. This partnership with our State Committee ensures that ongoing success of our events.
Shexie, VMORE, Ramsay Health, Medtronic Australasia, Matrix Surgical, Charterhouse Medical, BOQ Specialist, Experien, Defence Force Recruiting, ANZ Health