reputation of the qualification, FRACS, allows you to enjoy
considerable autonomy of professional practice in your community.
With that autonomy comes a responsibility to self-regulate,
ensuring your patients' needs are pre-eminent and that you reflect
on your professional behaviours, your standards of practice, and
its surgical outcomes.
Your success in gaining the Fellowship highlights how the
training and accreditation of surgeons is a "core" business of our
We encourage you to proudly use the post nominal FRACS and the
associated logo on your letterhead, business card, web site and
other material. It is a proud tradition that as Fellows we are
willing to pass on our knowledge and skills to the next
Below are important resources including the FRACS logo,
and publications on surgical standards to assist you with your
professional development and daily practice.
The RACS Portfolio was launched in June 2015 as part of a
comprehensive digital strategy to deliver better access to:
- Lifelong Learning,
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD),
- Professional Development Activities,
- Assessment and Examination Systems, and
- Opt-in to Find a Surgeon and create a Practice
FRACS Logo and Branding
The College provides a range of identity guidelines, including a
logo and stationery templates specifically for the use of Fellows
of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
Upholding the FRACS:
Code of Conduct
The Code is based on longstanding ethical and professional
principles, reflects community expectations and incorporates the
College's definition of surgical performance. All Fellows must be
aware of their obligations under the Code and comply with its
Let's Operate with Respect
RACS is committed to building respect and improving patient
safety and this involves identifying and addressing
unacceptable behaviours. In line with legislation in Australia (at
federal, state and territory levels) and in New Zealand,
unacceptable behaviours are defined in this factsheet.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All Fellows have a requirement to complete CPD annually, the
program aims to support and promote a culture of lifelong learning
and self-reflection. The College has developed the RACS Portfolio,
and a range of electronic resources to support Fellows meet their
Surgical Audit and Peer Review Guide
Surgical audit and peer review are important strategies in
maintaining the standards in surgical care at the clinical level.
The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to
clinically analyse the quality of surgical care and that it is
reviewed by peers against explicit criteria or recognised
Surgical Competence and Performance Guide
The Surgical competence and performance guide is a framework to
assess the performance of practising surgeons. It is important that
surgeons provide input and leadership to the development and
evaluation of tools and processes to assess surgical
RACS Professional Development 2017
The Professional Development Program for Fellows aims to support
surgeons in aspects of their professional life, encouraging
professional growth and workplace performance.
Preparation for Practice - A Guide for Younger Fellows
The Younger Fellows group represents those who are in the first
10 years of their Fellowship. The preparation for practice booklet
has been created to help young Fellows deal with some of the
complex issues involved in setting up a practice, establishing
themselves as a surgeon and easing the transition to consultant
Position Paper - Surgeons and Trainees Interactions with the
Interactions between medical practitioners and the medical
industry are subject to greater scrutiny by government, the media
and society than ever before.
Member benefits are available to all Fellows, Trainees, IMGs and
staff of the College and include a range of cost-saving offerings
selected specifically for the College.
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