22 December 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly supports the
development and implementation of tobacco plain packaging
legislation in New Zealand.
21 December 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly urges the
Wellington City Council to re-visit its Local Alcohol Policy (LAP)
and take a stronger stance against alcohol-related harm in
16 December 2015
RACS supports the principle of universal and sustainable
healthcare provision across all communities in Australia,
appreciating the important contribution of the private sector in
the financing and delivery of health services under the Medicare
framework. RACS affirms the rights and necessity for patients to be
actively engaged in their own healthcare and to be provided with
all relevant information regarding their private healthcare cover
in a manner that they can readily understand.
See the Private Health Consultations
11 December 2015
RACS commends the Ministry of Health for its work so far in
updating the New Zealand Health Strategy and broadly supports the
direction that the Strategy is taking.
09 December 2015
The National Trauma Committee of the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons is keen to encourage the prompt
implementation of point-to-point speed enforcement for all vehicle
users in New South Wales.
08 December 2015
The 2015 ACRS/AIPN/RACS Submission to The Senate Economics
References Committee Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community
Impacts informs Australia's leading policymakers of our support for
evidence-based road trauma reduction policies, with a focus on
bicycle helmet regulation.
07 December 2015
RACS recommends the Government introduces a moratorium on
late night trading to limit the risk of harm while it develops a
framework to manage assessment of applications for new liquor
licenses or to extend trading hours.
07 December 2015
RACS believes a combination of measures such as consistent
legislation restricting smoking and cessation advice for those who
smoke is the most effective way to address smoking rates. Evidence
suggests that limitations on the sale and supply of tobacco as well
as exposure have all been shown to be effective methods of reducing
tobacco's harm to society
29 November 2015
RACS has developed its recommendations on reducing
alcohol-related harm drawing on scientific evidence and the
expertise of our Fellows in Australia and New Zealand, and other
members of the medical profession.
16 November 2015
RACS affirms the key goals of the MBS review to deliver better
patient outcomes as a result of a thorough scientific and economic
assessment of the MBS items and associated rules.
See the MBS Review
05 November 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons wishes to oppose the
application made by Wendco (NZ) Limited (Wendco), Danny Lendich,
Director, 288 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu South, Auckland, Private
Company to the District Licensing Committee in Christchurch for the
issue of an On-Licence in respect of the premises situated at 1
Chappie Place, Hornby, Christchurch, known as Wendy's
28 October 2015
RACS supports the harm minimisation approach that the Government
has adopted in this strategy, because it acknowledges that while
there may be economic implications for industry, there are also
social and economic costs to the taxpayer when alcohol, tobacco and
illicit drug use is not adequately regulated or
07 October 2015
RACS recommends that any amendment to the Act to change from
"medical practitioner" should be undertaken with caution; and the
issuing of these certificates should only be devolved to carefully
selected regulated professions with the appropriate training and
experience, and restricted to conditions within their scope of
30 September 2015
RACS wishes to indicate its firm support for the measures
proposed in the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors
21 September 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is a strong supporter
of initiatives that seek to reduce family violence.
14 September 2015
RACS supports the Government's efforts to review the Liquor Act
11 September 2015
RACS welcomes the current review of Australia's taxation system,
and believes there is substantial scope to improve tax arrangements
to better reflect and minimise the burden of illness, injury and
social and economic harms caused by alcohol.
24 August 2015
RACS believes a combination of
preventative measures and an increase in the availability of
treatment options for those who are already obese is the most
effective way to address obesity.
29 July 2015
It is important that patients are provided with the means to
make informed choices regarding their treatment, and where
appropriate, plan for the end of their life.
13 July 2015
RACS supports efforts to develop data-collection systems
to better understand how domestic or family violence contributes to
hospital presentations and the requirement for surgical
30 June 2015
The New Zealand National Board of RACS supports the public
release of outcomes based data on surgical performance at a team,
institutional or national level with a number of caveats.
22 June 2015
The Victorian Government and its agencies are to be
congratulated on the Towards Zero initiative - envisaging a future
where nobody dies on the road and reducing as far as practically
possible, the number of serious injuries.
15 June 2015
This is a response from the Australian Greens to the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons Federal Election Position
09 June 2015
The College confirms that the overall aims and objectives of the
Specialist Training Program are being met. Since 2011, STP has
provided 73 new training posts across the surgical specialties, of
which 31 are in rural settings.
01 June 2015
Within the inquiry's terms of reference are highlighted some key
areas of concern, which we believe have the potential to impact on
the sustainability of Australia's healthcare system, and the
provision of surgical services in particular.
31 May 2015
Whilst supplementary training can be provided in the
internship year through local hospital initiatives and including
simulation approaches, most of the training component of internship
is based directly around clinical work.
29 May 2015
Without more detailed data on
surgical workload resulting from family violence, it is difficult
for RACS to comment on the surgical aspects of family violence or
25 May 2015
The NZ Ministry of Health commissioned Sapere Research Group to
provide independent advice on an appropriate national governance
structure for endoscopy quality improvement and related
25 May 2015
In 2014 the Medical Council of New Zealand indicated it was
examining its fee structures. That work has now been completed and
Council is proposing a re-costing of the fees.
15 May 2015
The results from the TARS (UNSW Transport and Road Safety)
research indicate that while current prevention strategies focus on
lower order risk controls such as rider training and administrative
controls, developing a system similar to the New Car Assessment
Program (NCAP) that tests and rates quad bikes would lead to
significant improvements in safety through safer vehicle choice,
safer vehicles being developed and marketed, and increased safety
awareness among users.
05 May 2015
There is little evidence to suggest that substituting synthetic
non-absorbable surgical mesh with biologic materials offers any
advantage in these circumstances.
21 April 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is a strong advocate
for evidence-based measures that will reduce alcohol-fuelled
violence and related harms.
02 April 2015
The College urges Free TV Australia to use this review to
support action that will reduce young people's exposure to alcohol
advertising on commercial television.
01 April 2015
The New Zealand National Board (NZNB) of RACS has discussed
PHARMAC's decision to remove Dextrose/Saline (0.18% Sodium Chloride
and 4% FDextrose solution) from the Pharmaceutical's Schedule. We
would like PHARMAC to review this decision.
09 March 2015
While the College supports any measures that will reduce
alcohol-related harm, such as those introduced as part of the Late
Night Trading Code in 2013, we would like to see the SA Government
doing more to implement evidence-based policies
06 March 2015
The College wishes to record its strong support for the
principle of guidance to general practitioners on prostate cancer
management and active surveillance.
26 February 2015
The College supports the training, experience, maintenance of
professional standards and quality assurance for Nurse
Practitioners so that all College Fellows, surgical trainees and
other health practitioners know what to expect and can collaborate
with Nurse Practitioners with confidence.
26 February 2015
The Delivering Transforming Health paper which seeks to describe
the future of health services in South Australia, is remarkably
short on detail concerning implementation, time frames for change
and how resource reallocation will occur.
18 February 2015
This document outlines areas of specific concern to Fellows,
Trainees and International Medical Graduates who contribute to the
provision of high quality surgical services in NSW, and who
interact with and advocate for the communities in which they
11 February 2015
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons wishes to
indicate its firm support for the measures proposed in Part 2 of
the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill 2014.
10 February 2015
The Strategy is an excellent document which analyses road safety
risks in terms of the elements of the Safe Systems Approach to Road
Safety and makes good recommendations as to how individual
components of these major elements can contribute to reductions in
fatalities and serious injuries.
03 February 2015
RACS has carefully reviewed the Green Paper, Role Delineation
Framework and supporting documents.
21 January 2015
This document outlines the areas of specific concern and
relevance to the Fellows, Trainees and International Medical
Graduates of Queensland in the lead-up to the forthcoming State