Working in Australia or 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.



Private health insurance in Australia

Private health insurance provides insured individuals with added benefits on top of those they would obtain from Medicare alone, including choice of doctor, choice of hospital and choice of timing of procedure.

There are two main types of private health insurance:

  1. Hospital - Hospital policies help cover the cost of in-hospital treatment by your doctor and hospital costs such as accommodation and theatre fees. Generally, medical services listed under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) are covered by private hospital insurance.
  2. General treatment (also known as ancillary or extras cover) - provide benefits for non-medical health services such as dental, optical and psychological treatment.

Individuals with private health insurance can choose to be treated as a private patient in either a public OR a private hospital.

Private health insurance in New Zealand 

Private health insurance gives the advantage of being able to choose a healthcare professional and allows insured individuals more control over when and where they are treated. 

There are two main types of policy:

  1. 'Comprehensive Cover' which coveres all medical costs including GP visits and prescriptions
  2. Policies that cover specific combinations of specialist care and elective surgery.