The Code of
Conduct defines professional behaviour expected of all surgeons
and reflects the RACS values and College Pledge that is made by all
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
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
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.