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

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.

Dr Rodney Cooter - Plastic Surgeon,Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Cooter has held a range of professional appointments including being Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Although based in Adelaide, Dr Cooter also works one day per week as a consultant in an advisory role as Clinical Professor at Monash University (Melbourne) where he is a clinical lead for the national Australian Breast Device Registry.

Dr Cooter is a past-president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the TGA Review Committee and Chief Medical Officer's Advisory Panel. As a commitment to improving patient safety standards, Dr Cooter is also lead coordinator of the International Collaboration of Breast Registry Activities (ICOBRA) and the Oceania representative on the newly formed International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies (ICOPLAST).

Registrations open March 2018.

Louis Barnett Prize 2018 - Call for Abstracts

The Louis Barnett Prize, valued at $2,500, is targeted at young surgeon scientists. Application for this Prize is open to:

       New Zealand based surgical Trainees  

       New Zealand Fellows under the age of 40 years as at 10 August 2018

Research may have been done within or outside New Zealand, within or outside a department of surgery, before or after commencment of surgical training.

Selected abstracts will be presented, together, in a session at Surgery 2018 - Planning For Change in Queenstown over 9-10 August 2018.

Closing date for abstracts is 12 noon Friday 1 June 2018.

Find out more.


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 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 (PDF 692KB) Issue 62, March 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 2016

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 57 0 38 11 3 60 15 189 29 22 240
GEN 23 575 18 303 140 28 459 138 1684 240 148 2072
NEU 8 78 0 47 17 6 66 20 242 22 26 290
ORT 24 427 4 287 116 21 306 128 1313 260 53 1626
OTO 8 150 2 89 46 9 115 41 460 90 24 574
PAE 3 38 0 14 7 3 22 8 95 16 21 132
PLA 4 128 2 67 41 10 142 46 440 62 23 525
URO 5 134 1 83 30 10 119 41 423 59 24 506
VAS 4 65 0 37 16 4 54 15 195 19 2 216
Total 84 1652 27 965 424 94 1343 452 5041 797 343 6181

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 - Mr David Adams

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