The Code affirms that in addition to medical knowledge and technical expertise, excellent surgical care requires surgeons to be skilled in clinical judgement and decision making along with collaboration with colleagues and others engaged in healthcare delivery.
The Code also requires that surgeons demonstrate objectivity and compassion, placing patients' interests first and always respecting a patient's dignity, individuality and autonomy. All Fellows must be aware of their obligations under the Code and comply with its provisions.
RACS supports the Medical Board of Australia and the Medical Council of New Zealand's "Good Medical Practice" codes of conduct. Some surgical specialty societies and associations may also have additional codes of conduct relevant to their practice and members of such societies must also abide by these codes.