New Zealand


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


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Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy
New Zealand National Board
Frequently Asked Questions


New Zealand National Board meetings

(in Wellington; on Fridays, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm)

  • 2 March 2018
  • 8 June 2018
  • 10 August 2018 (Queenstown)
  • 7 December 2018

Surgery 2018: Planning For Change, 9-10 August 2018, Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown

Gold Sponsor:

RACS NZ and the organising committee would like to thank Medtronic for their participation in the meeting as a Gold Sponsor.

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Click here to view the provisional programme or register.

In 2018 New Zealand's Annual Scientific Meeting returns to the stunning surroundings of Queenstown, with the focus being on how to plan for, and tackle, the challenges associated with change. Sessions will explore subjects such as challenging patients, challenging situations, and how to manage when things change pre-operatively, intra-operatively, and post-operatively.

The Surgery 2018 programme is curated to be relevant to surgeons rather than specialities, as well as being relevant to other health professionals and administrators.

International speakers include:

Dr Claudius Conrad - Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre

Dr Conrad holds an MD, a PhD in stem cell biology, and a PhD in music philosophy-all from the University of Munich where he was the principal investigator of the research group on stem cells in the Department of Surgery. He subsequently completed his training in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a Minimal Access Fellowship of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association at the Institut Mutualist Montsouris in Paris.

An internationally renowned expert in the field, Dr Conrad has also contributed to a growing body of research indicating that music helps patients, their relatives, and even operating room surgeons. Previously the director of the Music in Medicine Research Group at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was one of the first to investigate the mechanisms that account for the healing properties of music. Some of his most recent research suggests that the central pathway that mediates music-induced relaxation acts by stimulating release of a growth hormone from the brain usually associated with stress, not healing. A pianist since the age of four, Dr Conrad finds that his dexterity at the keyboard and his prowess with a scalpel are directly related.


NZ Training Board Chairs / Representatives on Australasian Training Boards

Mr Philip Davis (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Mr Simon Bann (General Surgery)
Mr Simon John (Neurosurgery)
Mr Timothy Gregg (Orthopaedic Surgery)
Dr Rebecca Garland (Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery)
Dr Neil Price (Paediatric Surgery)
Dr Sarah Hulme (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Mr James Duthie (Urology)
Mr Thodur Vasudevan (Vascular Surgery)


Cutting Edge (PDF 1MB) Issue 67, June 2018

Cutting Edge (PDF 1MB) Issue 66, March 2018

Cutting Edge (PDF 1.12MB) Issue 65, December 2017

Cutting Edge  (PDF 1.25MB) Issue 64, September 2017

Cutting Edge (PDF 1MB) Issue 63, June 2017

Cutting Edge is a quarterly newsletter published by the New Zealand National Board.

New Zealand Trauma Guidelines

The Guidelines for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal Trauma Care (PDF 2.97 MB) is the national guideline document in circulation in New Zealand. These Guidelines were initially developed in 1994 by the College with support from the Ministry of Health and updated in 1996 and 2003. The 2012 revision was funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the NZ Trauma Committee of the College.

Health Sector Fact Sheets

The Commerce Commission has published a range of fact sheets designed to help health professionals work within competition and consumer laws. Link to fact sheets 

Cultural Competence Resources

The Medical Council of New Zealand has a number of resources on cultural competence freely available on its website: 

Statement on Cultural Competence (PDF 66KB)

Best practices when providing care to Māori patients and their whanau (PDF 109KB)

Best health outcomes for Māori: Practice implications (PDF 3.55MB)

Best health outcomes for Pacific Peoples: Practice implications (PDF 1.26MB)

Cole's Medical practice in New Zealand (PDF 2.92MB) also has some chapters on cultural competence and related subjects.


New Zealand Joint Registery

Australasian Vascular Audit 

Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy

NZ Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - applications to this committee can be made via the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology website.


Active Fellows by specialty and region, as at December 2017

A Fellow is considered active if they are currently involved in any aspect of surgical activity that involves the use of surgical skills or knowledge gained through their surgical training. This extends to and is not exclusive of medico-legal work, research or supervision of Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Further Annual and Interim Activities Reports are available on the workforce and activities reports page.

New Zealand Workforce Data

CAR 5 59 0 39 11 3 58 15 190 31 22 243
GEN 24 586 20 316 147 28 474 144 1739 249 148 2136
NEU 8 78 0 51 16 7 69 20 249 21 26 296
ORT 23 440 3 299 119 21 313 130 1348 267 51 1666
OTO 9 153 2 93 45 8 119 41 470 94 26 590
PAE 3 35 0 14 7 2 23 9 93 16 24 133
PLA 3 127 2 65 44 10 150 46 447 64 24 535
URO 6 135 1 89 31 12 124 40 438 60 24 522
VAS 4 69 0 39 18 4 56 15 205 18 3 226
Total 85 1682 28 1005 438 95 1386 460 5179 820 348 6347

CAR - Cardiothoracic Surgery
GEN - General Surgery
NEU - Neurosurgery
ORT - Orthopaedic Surgery
OTO - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
PAE - Paediatric Surgery
PLA - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
URO - Urology
VAS - Vascular Surgery

Frequently asked questions

What does the NZ office offer Fellows and Trainees?

For Fellows:

For Trainees:

  • information on, and a local resource point for training programs. The New Zealand office coordinates the administration of some programs.

What are your opening hours?

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Who can I contact if the office is unattended?

Call +64 27 279 7455.

Can I book rooms to have meetings?

Contact the office to make a booking.

Where can I stay in Wellington?

Visit the Positively Wellington Tourism website.

What's on in Wellington?

Visit the Positively Wellington Tourism website.


New Zealand National Board
Chair - Dr Nicola Hill

New Zealand Regional Office
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Street address
Level 3, 8 Kent Terrace
Mount Victoria
Wellington  6011

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Postal address
PO Box 7451
Wellington  6242 

Telephone: +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm