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Bangkok meeting promises an exciting 88th Annual Scientific Congress

08 April 2019

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will host the 88th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, from 6-10 May 2019.

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Surgeons support plan to strengthen New Zealand gun laws

19 March 2019

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) condemns the horrific violence and senseless loss of life from the shootings at two Christchurch mosques last Friday and fully supports the New Zealand government's decision to strengthen the country's gun laws.

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Heineken F1 partnership slammed: alcohol, speed and sport a deadly cocktail

14 March 2019

Road trauma and safety experts fear the fatal consequences of Heineken's high profile Formula 1 sponsorship, ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend, and have accused Heineken of recklessly encouraging drink driving.

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Surgeons warn of injury risks from Lime scooters

01 March 2019

Surgeons are warning of the dangers of Lime scooters particarly in the lead up to the Adelaide Festival, where a trial of the vehicles is set to begin.

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RACS elects 49th President

28 February 2019

Anthony Sparnon, an Adelaide paediatric surgeon, has been elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) by a vote of the RACS Council in Melbourne.

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New research reveals why there are more men than women in surgery

08 February 2019

New research released today by surgeon Dr Rhea Liang provides insights into why so many more surgeons are men than women, despite the increasing number of women in medicine.

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Zero death and zero serious injury on roads must be our goal

22 January 2019

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has called for immediate action on road safety, following another year where fatalities on Australian roads were unacceptably high.

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Golden Scalpel Games 2020


Apply brakes to road carnage

23 December 2018

Dr John Crozier, trauma surgeon, chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee, and co-chair of the National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry, recently wrote an opinion piece on road safety.

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Surgeons say “Make ‘Vision Zero’ your gift this year”

21 December 2018

The gift of safe arrival is not an accident. Drive avoiding hazard this festive season.

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RACS continues to strengthen PNGs medical workforce

10 December 2018

RACS will commence a new three-year program, in Lae with ANGAU Memorial Hospital and in Port Moresby with Port Moresby General Hospital and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences - University of Papua New Guinea. 

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Bicycle Network ignores helmet safety statistics

01 November 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) strongly opposes any relaxation of mandatory helmet legislation, following the release of survey results by Australian cycling member organisation Bicycle Network.

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A surgeon’s perspective on the weakening of gun control laws

30 October 2018

Dr Stephen Wilkinson, a Visiting Medical Officer general surgeon at the Royal Hobart Hospital will be arguing against any weakening of the current gun control legislation in Tasmania and encouraging others to think about ways it can be strengthened, at this year's RACS Combined Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting & Trauma Symposium being held on 9 -10 November in Hobart.

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From roadside trauma to recovery

26 October 2018

In 1969, 1,034 people were killed on Victoria's roads. In 2017, with almost double the population, that number was 259, an 87 per cent reduction in deaths per capita. Victorians are now taking seriously the prospect of reducing the road toll to zero.

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International collaboration key within medical colleges

24 October 2018

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) jointly signed by medical colleges in Australia, New Zealand and Canada including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPC), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) formalises a vision, mission and objectives for future engagement.

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Most effective treatment for obesity unsupported

23 October 2018

Bariatric surgery is not being given the support it needs to have a more meaningful impact, despite being the most effective treatment for weight loss, according to Mr Ahmad Aly, General Surgeon and Specialist Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

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Trauma management in as far as Antarctica

23 October 2018

Progress and innovation in the management of trauma across Australia and New Zealand will be a focus point at this years' RACS Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting, which has combined this year with the RACS Trauma Symposium.

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Port Arthur… what a difference a day makes

23 October 2018

Gun control laws in Tasmania, with respect to trauma and emergency management will be high on the agenda at the annual RACS Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting, which has combined this year with the RACS Trauma Symposium.

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Transforming hospital standards to further advance patient safety

17 October 2018

British-born Anaesthetist, Associate Professor Stephen Bolsin of the Department of Peri-operative, Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Geelong Hospital, and medical advisor for St John of God Hospital will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming RACS ACT Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

 

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Surgeons offer support for alcohol floor price

12 October 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has reaffirmed its support for a floor price on alcohol, following the introduction of the policy across the Northern Territory almost two weeks ago.

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Surgeons’ role defined within Voluntary Assisted Dying Act

11 October 2018

An explanation of a surgeon's role in regards to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (VAD), as well as ethical dilemmas around choice or chance are outlined in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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The role of surgeons in health advocacy

11 October 2018

This year, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will host the ACT Annual Scientific Meeting on 27 October 2018 at the Australian National University, Medical School. The annual event, centred on the role of surgeons in health advocacy, will include a number of presentations from both national and international speakers and will attract more than 100 Fellows, Trainees, and International Medical Graduates.

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Surgeons gather to discuss the management of severe trauma

11 October 2018

Surgical management of severe trauma will be the focus at this year's Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons (RACS) Victoria region Annual Scientific Meeting to be held 19-20 October at the Royal
Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

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Mortality audit highlights inter-hospital transfer concerns

08 October 2018

The 2018 annual report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Overall, besides a relative decrease in the rate of deaths, the WAASM has observed a  rising trend in inter-hospital transfers.

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RACS striving to make a difference through advocacy

04 October 2018

Ms Cathy Ferguson, Vice President at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, says that enabling a more flexible workforce, ensuring the sustainability of healthcare and increasing and strengthening our Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists are just a few of the priorities that the College will be advocating for in the coming year.

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Should your daughter be an artist?

25 September 2018

Deciding on a career as opposed to making a career out of a hobby can present some people with some difficult life choices, but not for Dr Gillian Dunlop, portrait artist and Ear Nose and Throat surgeon from the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga.

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Smoking rates reduce with surgeon-led intervention

24 September 2018

Surgeon-led intervention, including counselling, referral to the QuitLine as well as behavioural and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), can reduce smoking rates by up to 30 per cent according to research outlined in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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One hundred people hospitalised each day from road trauma

20 September 2018

New data released by the Productivity Commission shows there were more than 37,000 people hospitalised across Australia as a result of traffic accidents in the 2015-16 financial year.

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Surgeons call for dramatic change in Australian road safety management

12 September 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling for a dramatic overhaul of road safety measures following the findings of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy launched today in Canberra by the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

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NT health system paying a costly price for preventable infections

24 August 2018

A shortage of dental services across the Northern Territory is placing a significant cost burden on health services, and has led to many basic infections becoming life threatening according to a leading Darwin surgeon.

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More than just another runny ear

24 August 2018

The prevalence of 'runny ears' among Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) population is so great that doctors may be failing to consider more serious and fatal conditions such as cholesteatoma.

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Surgeons head to the Alice for Annual Scientific Meeting

22 August 2018

'Infection: From head to toe' will be the focus as surgeons from the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia gather in Alice Springs for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Surgeons to plan for change in Queenstown

08 August 2018

Leading surgeons and health professionals from New Zealand and Australia will be in Queenstown this week to attend the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) New Zealand Annual Surgeons Meeting.

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Ophthalmologists and surgeons - partners in respect

24 July 2018

A partnership agreement aimed at building respect and improving patient safety has just been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

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RACS SimuSurg app wins industry award

04 July 2018

RACS is proud to announce that the SimuSurg app was the Indie Category winner at the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia 2018, held by Simulation Australasia.

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To operate or not to operate: moral decision making in the hospital setting

12 June 2018

Open and honest communication that seeks a consensual decision from both the patient and the surgeon
is the key to moral decision making in surgery according to an article written by Professor David Watters
in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review
publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Surgical App a finalist in industry awards

01 June 2018

The RACS SimuSurg App, developed this year by Cmee4 Productions, which simulates a minimally invasive surgical setting to train, and entertain prospective surgeons, is one of only six finalists in the 7th Annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Australasia (SGSCA) Awards.

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Surgical mortality rates remain low

30 May 2018

Victoria continues to be one of the safest places in the country to have surgery with continuing low death rates, according to the latest Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report.

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Domestic violence: exploring support for the health industry

17 May 2018

Health workers are often ill equipped to manage the complex issues that affect patients who have been subject to domestic violence. But very little work has been done to explore issues that affect health workers who are also victims.

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Driver injuries associated with food delivery in Brisbane

17 May 2018

Uber Eats and Deliveroo have been associated with a number of road accidents in Brisbane according to a new study.

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Greater clarity required for prisoner health

17 May 2018

Corrective services often transfer inmates to NSW hospitals for medical care, but what happens when a prisoner refuses medical treatment?

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Skin cancer - see and treat or wait and see?

17 May 2018

A 'See and Treat' clinic for non-melanoma skin cancers based out of the Middlemore Hospital in Auckland which significantly reduces patient treatment waiting time and hospital administrative costs could mean the difference between a quick excision and a more complex, costly surgery, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Study points to higher amputation rate amongst Indigenous Australians

10 May 2018

A North Queensland study has found that Indigenous Australians are more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to require lower limb amputations as a result of chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

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Is Australia prepared for a terrorist attack?

10 May 2018

One of Australia's leading military surgeons is calling on first responders and emergency departments to undertake a Haemorrhage Control (HEMCON) Course so they are fully prepared for a terrorist attack.

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Hospitals report spike in injuries during Junior Motocross Championships

10 May 2018

An Australian-first study has identified a significant increase in the number of presentations to a rural hospital following the 2017 Australian Junior Motocross Championships, which were held in Horsham.

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New pilot set to reduce health costs

10 May 2018

As the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) concurrently host their annual scientific gatherings in Sydney, the two Colleges have taken the opportunity to promote an exciting new bi-national pilot study.

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Reducing the gender gap

10 May 2018

A new study has shed light on the gender imbalance in the medical profession. The report, by Sarah McLain, a former hospital pharmacist and final year medical student at the University of Sydney, discovered females make up 50 per cent of all medical graduates in Australia, but only 34 per cent of specialists and 12 per cent of surgeons.

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Surgeon warns Australian drivers 65+ to be aware

10 May 2018

New research has discovered an increase in fatal and serious road accidents for drivers 65-74 years of age and 75 years of age and above.

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Less exposure to medical care sees Māori children at greater risk of recurrent tonsilitis

09 May 2018

Māori children with adenotonsillar disease (recurrent tonsillitis) are receiving less treatment prior to surgery than non-Māori children new research has found.

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Bariatric surgery – not just weight loss

09 May 2018

Bariatric surgery can have a positive impact on sustained weight loss and improved liver function according to a study conducted by Dr Matthew Binks, unaccredited General Surgery Registrar at Nepean Hospital in New South Wales.

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The pitfalls of cosmetic tourism

09 May 2018

A review has discovered botched overseas cosmetic procedures is increasing the burden on Australia's already stretched public health system.

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Robotics – the future of microsurgery

09 May 2018

Robotic microsurgery is predicted to replace direct human involvement in the delicate and fine art of microsurgical anastomosis of vessels and nerves according to the current registrar in plastic surgery at Royal Darwin Hospital.

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Nurse-led follow up safe and effective for colorectal cancer patients

08 May 2018

The introduction of nurse-led follow up services after surgery has the potential to reduce the burden on New Zealand's health system. A recent study has suggested that a shift from consultant-led to nurse-led colon cancer follow up enables patients to be followed up safely and effectively while alleviating the workload of surgeons.

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Alcohol and drug use – a common cause of facial fractures

08 May 2018

A Wellington study has shone a spotlight on the extent of interpersonal violence in the region, particularly when involving alcohol or drug use.

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New registry established to combat thyroid cancer

08 May 2018

A new cancer registry is hoping to better understand the differences in care and outcomes for thyroid
cancer patients in New Zealand and Australia.

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Quad bike action needed to stop recreational injury and death

08 May 2018

All-terrain vehicle (quad bikes) related injuries are placing a significant burden on New Zealand's health system.

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New approach transforming the treatment of paediatric burns victims

08 May 2018

A new way of treating paediatric burns victims is having remarkable affects and transforming the lives of young patients.

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Abdominal pain: Is hospitalisation always necessary?

07 May 2018

Crippling abdominal pain could be many things, so going to hospital to be sure that your appendix isn't about to burst is probably the best advice, but how many patients does a hospital see with 'acute abdominal pain' on daily basis? How many of these patients have 'self-limiting' abdominal pain (pain that heals itself) and how many patients with these symptoms stayed for longer than 10 hours despite not requiring surgery?

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A national database to improve patient outcomes

07 May 2018

Free flap transfer (the transplantation of tissue from one site of the body to another in order to reconstruct an existing defect), is commonly used for hand, breast, or head and neck reconstruction where the patient has experienced an injury or tumour. Performed by plastic surgeons, this complex and delicate procedure requires microsurgical techniques to reconnect arteries and veins allowing for new blood flow.

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3D printing – a stepping stone to personalised surgery

07 May 2018

A new study has discovered how 3D printing is improving quality and safety in surgery. Using a comprehensive search strategy of multiple medical research databases, Dr Jasamine Coles-Black identified and reviewed 392 articles and cross-referenced the findings against the Austin Health 3D Medical Printing Laboratory's own experiences.

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Colorectal cancer – the young and the dangerous

07 May 2018

A study in Western Sydney has discovered younger patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer present with more advanced disease with worse pathological features.

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Procedure helping cancer patients to speak again

07 May 2018

In many major centres around the world, voice rehabilitation is only achievable by using external phonation devices or oesophageal speech via trans-oesophageal tube. Using these methods, phonation quality is far from satisfactory and may result in social stigma and isolation but an innovative procedure is helping patients to speak again.

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Is fourteen the new forty?

07 May 2018

More overweight and obese Australian children are having their gall bladders removed according to a new study.

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Once bitten twice shy?

07 May 2018

More females than males are bitten by cats and more males than females are bitten by dogs according to a review conducted by Dr Jackie Tran, an unaccredited Plastic Surgery Registrar at Geelong Hospital.

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Poorer patients presenting with more advanced cancers

07 May 2018

A recent study has found that patients from the most socioeconomically deprived post-codes in western Sydney present with more advanced colorectal cancers and at a younger age than their counterparts from more affluent suburbs.

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SimuSurg App: Keyhole surgery in the palm of your hand

04 May 2018

The next time you see someone glued to their mobile phone, they might not be texting or they may be extracting a specimen!

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Teams at the starting line for the 2018 HETI Golden Scalpel Games® - ASSA Edition.

02 May 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is collaborating with the Health Education and Training Institute's (HETI) Clinical Surgical Training Council and the Australasian Students' Surgical Association (ASSA) to deliver the inaugural HETI Golden Scalpel Games® - ASSA Edition.

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Study shows skateboard use can result in serious brain injury

26 April 2018

Skateboarding injuries account for nearly 1,000 Emergency Department presentations in Queensland each year with severe head injuries making up five per cent of these, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), RACS' peer-review publication.

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Survey shows positive operating room culture impacts on patient safety and surgical practice

24 April 2018

The culture and environment in which we work in the operating room is associated with better outcomes for the patients who pass through it, according to a paper referred to by Auckland City Hospital's Dr Ian Civil, FRACS in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), RACS' peer-review publication.

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Surgeons join Call for Action against climate change

13 April 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has joined OraTaio: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council's Joint Call for Action as it moves to reduce the impact that surgical practice has on the environment.

The Joint Call for Action is already supported by 18 of New Zealand's most prestigious health professional organisations.

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Letter from Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs


Surgery: An Integral Component of Universal Health Coverage

06 April 2018

Five billion of the world's population have limited, delayed, or no access to emergency and essential surgical care.

This World Health Day, Saturday 7 April, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) emphasises that surgery is an integral component of Universal Health Coverage. More people die each year from lack of access to emergency and essential surgical care than do from HIV, TB, and malaria combined.

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Surgeons urge Road Safety this Easter

29 March 2018

Easter, just like Christmas, is one of the worst times on our roads for accidents. Many choose to drive long distances to go camping or visit family - so this is an important time to heed long weekend road safety warnings.

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Austin Health and RACS sign Respect Agreement

26 March 2018

Austin Health today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery.

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A meeting of the world’s leading medical minds at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress

21 March 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), in partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the 87th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) at the Sydney International Convention Centre from 7-11 May this year for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses.

With the theme Reflecting on what really matters, it's time to register your attendance at the Congress which will help to address many of the competing interests in the delivery of surgical care in our community. 

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Talented surgeon showcases his other side

08 March 2018

While Dr Sam Gue's reputation as a dedicated and highly gifted surgeon has been well known across Adelaide for almost four decades, it may surprise some of his patients and colleagues to learn that he has developed an equally high profile in the arts community.

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RACS celebrates its women in surgery on International Women’s Day

06 March 2018

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is proud to support and celebrate its women in surgery this International Women's Day, Thursday 8 March 2018. RACS has been running a week long social media campaign to profile and celebrate the women working in surgery.

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Choose zero death and no injury on our roads this festive season, surgeons urge

01 January 2018

Christmas and New Year should be enjoyed safely and peacefully with family and friends. Tragically, too often at this time of year, surgeons treat a spate of seriously injured road users who survive crashes. Road crashes are not accidents.

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RACS position on transfer of asylum seekers to PNG

19 December 2017

RACS is concerned about the health and welfare of people transferred to Papua New Guinea from the decommissioned Manus Island detention centre.

Our moral obligation is to ensure that asylum seekers are medically assessed and offered a good quality standard of care. This is a basic human right.

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East Metropolitan Health Service and RACS sign Respect Agreement

05 December 2017

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) today signed a Statement of Intent with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Surgeons applaud launch of Indigenous Report Card on ear disease

29 November 2017

RACS applauds the launch of the AMA Indigenous Report Card which focuses attention on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear disease and its impact on Closing the Gap efforts.

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Surgeons opposed to any relaxation of helmet laws

27 November 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in strong opposition to any relaxation of mandatory helmet legislation, following the release of survey results by Australian cycling member organisation Bicycle Network.

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Trauma Surgeons to Motorists – Please be Safe

23 November 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging New Zealand motorists to take care as the road toll for the year to date has already surpassed than the toll for the whole of 2016.

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Verification of systems of care on the table during RACS Trauma Week

14 November 2017

Qualifying a hospital's readiness to accept trauma patients requires a stringent verification process, one that includes multiple assessments of processes and procedures as well as thorough examination of equipment. The quality of a hospital's trauma 'system of care' could be the difference between injury and fatality, making the verification processes a critical talking point during RACS Trauma Week from 13-16 November. 

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Inter-hospital transfers: suitability of care versus delay

13 November 2017

Inter-hospital transfers have the potential of delaying emergency surgery, prolonging the patient's stay or worse, can be fatal, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Strengthening safety statistics: how to make the hospital safety data we have more useful

09 November 2017

The Grattan Institute released a report today titled Strengthening safety statistics: how to make the hospital safety data we have more useful.

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ACT surgeons recognise surgical educator of the year

04 November 2017

Teaching and mentoring students across Australia throughout his career, has earned Gastroenterologist and Trauma Surgeon Dr Philip Jeans the ACT Academy of Surgical Educators Supervisor of the Year Award.

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Canberra surgeon recognised for outstanding service to the community

04 November 2017

Vascular surgeon, teacher and Order of Australia recipient Associate Professor Stephen Bradshaw will be presented with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award at this year's ACT Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to be held on 4 November at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School in Garran, ACT.

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Collaboration and innovation theme of the 2017 RACS ACT Annual Scientific Meeting

01 November 2017

Collaboration and innovation is the theme of this year's Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held on 4 November at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School.

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RACS echoes call for Government cooperation to end child death on quad bikes

26 October 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) acknowledges Federal Government's formation of a national Quad Bike Safety Taskforce yesterday, and praises the call by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and the Hon Michael McCormack for close cooperation between governments to address quad bike safety as an urgent priority.

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Collaboration and networking for research during New South Wales Surgeons Month

20 October 2017

Surgeons will be encouraged to engage in collaboration and networking activities during NSW Surgeons' Month, in an effort to inspire more people to get involved in research, and to allow further collaboration with different stakeholders. The comprehensive event, that will also include a number of panel forums and lectures covering the barriers to surgical innovation, work-life-balance and surgical education, will be held from 24 October to 21 November at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) NSW State Office in Sydney.

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Duckett to discuss safety in surgery

20 October 2017

Grattan Institute Health Program Director, economist and well-known policy leader Dr Stephen Duckett will be presenting his keynote lecture Safety in Surgery in Victoria at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting on 21 October, 2017.

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Safety in Surgery the theme of the Victoria ASM

19 October 2017

Safety in Surgery will be top of mind at this year's Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victoria region Annual Scientific Meeting to be held 20-21 October at the Novotel, Geelong.

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Leading medical groups call for tougher regulation of day surgery clinics

19 October 2017

Three of Australia's leading medical groups have called for tougher regulations and regular safety and quality checks of day surgeries, including cosmetic centres, in an unprecedented joint statement.

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Audit shows number of deaths continues to decrease

13 October 2017

The 2017 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows that while the total number of deaths has plateaued off, mortality is still falling after allowing for population growth.

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Reduced Surgical Mortality in Australia

10 October 2017

The 8th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), which highlighted the continual reduction in adverse events since the first national report.

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Surgical death investigations: could a dreaded experience be turned into an opportunity?

04 October 2017

Anxiety associated with mortality audits could be reduced by making death investigations a compulsory component of pre-vocational and specialty training curricula according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Multinational liquor industry giants exploit a major TV advertising loophole to promote alcohol to children

28 September 2017

Current advertising regulations ban TV alcohol advertising in time slots when children are likely to be watching, but a loophole allows advertising during sport on weekends and public holidays.

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Epworth HealthCare signs RACS Respect Agreement

27 September 2017

Epworth HealthCare today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Tasmania to host eighty-third Annual Scientific Meeting

21 September 2017

The Tasmanian region of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will host its eighty-third Annual Scientific Meeting, titled Surgery in One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes on 23 September this year, a milestone that will see Fellows, Trainees and Associates from around the country take part in a number of interesting discussions.

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US evidence shows reduction in child quad bike deaths and injury

14 September 2017

New evidence from the United States shows that legislating to prohibit children from riding quad bikes has reduced death and serious injury among this group.

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US evidence shows reduction in child quad bike deaths and injury (NZ)

14 September 2017

New evidence from the United States shows that legislating to prohibit children from riding quad bikes has reduced death and serious injury among this group.

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Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann Scholarship in surgeon’s honour

11 September 2017

Following the tragic death of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann following a workplace assault, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) together with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have established the Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann Cardiothoracic Young Achievers Award. 

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Long-term effectiveness of preoperative smoking cessation

06 September 2017

A case study that examined the effectiveness of an intervention program at Western Health in Victoria to encourage patients to quit smoking prior to surgery, and details how preoperative intervention may contribute to long-term changes in smoking behaviour, is one of the latest articles to feature in this month's issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship awarded for the treatment of obesity in the public health system

28 August 2017

Professor Wendy Brown, Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has just been awarded the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship valued at $150,000. 

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Growing skeletal implants for the treatment of sarcoma: because size matters!

25 August 2017

Limb-sparing surgery, also called limb salvage, is often the goal for surgical treatment for malignant bone and soft tissue tumors (sarcomas) of the extremities. The procedure involves the removal of the tumor without the need for amputation.

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Surgeons Scrub up in Perth for Annual Scientific Meeting

25 August 2017

'When Disaster Strikes' will be the focus as surgeons from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory gather in Perth today for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Wise choices and futile surgery on the agenda at the Queensland Annual State Meeting

18 August 2017

To operate, or not to operate… that is the question, or rather, it is one of the questions in the decision making process for both surgeon and patient. Dr Will Cairns, Clinical Lead for Queensland's Statewide Strategy for care at the end of life, and past Director of the Townsville Palliative Care Service will be tackling this subject on Sunday 20 August at this weekend's Queensland Annual State Meeting in Palm Cove.

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Transoral Robotic Surgery lowering morbidity rates in Queensland

18 August 2017

The utilisation of transoral robotic surgery minimises operative morbidity and allows access to the pharynx and larynx, which has previously not been possible, according to Dr Samuel Dowthwaite, an ENT Head and Neck Surgeon from the Gold Coast University Hospital.

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Wirrabara Surgeon Honoured in Special Ceremony

18 August 2017

Wirrabara local and retired Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Mr Peter Byrne, was this evening presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Climate Change a Health Issue

17 August 2017

Why is climate change a health issue? There are two answers to this question according to Professor Alistair Woodward, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. First, he says, health is an early casualty of unprecedented, accelerated global warming.

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Queensland ASM highlights advances in surgical technology

17 August 2017

The Queensland region of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is hosting a combined Annual State Meeting and Surgical Directors Section Leadership Forum from 18-20 August this year.

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Surgeons meet in Wellington to discuss the future of surgery

16 August 2017

Leading surgeons and health professionals from across the country will be in Wellington this week to attend the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting.

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RACS committed to building respect and improving patient safety

15 August 2017

A study commissioned by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has confirmed that concerns about the culture of surgery including bullying, discrimination and harassment are high on the list of reasons some surgical trainees had chosen to leave their training.

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RACS Announces New CEO

09 August 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) - the leading advocate for surgical standards, education and professionalism in Australia and New Zealand - has appointed Ms Mary Harney as the College's new Chief Executive Officer.  

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RACS and Ballarat Health Services sign Respect Agreement

09 August 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Ballarat Health Services.

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The evolution of FRACS (Urology)

03 August 2017

The urological surgical training program has evolved a number of times in order to tackle the challenges presented by evolving technology, the needs of trainees and  community expectations, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS applauds launch of Bariatric Surgery Registry

20 July 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the launch of the Bariatric Surgery Registry in New Zealand this week.

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Audit highlights reduced mortality rate, but improvements still to be made

19 July 2017

The 2016 Report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) was released today, highlighting that overall improvements in clinical practice have led to fewer surgical deaths since the audit's inception in 2007. The audit also detailed ongoing areas for improvement in surgical practice.

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Alfred Health signs RACS Respect Agreement

03 July 2017

Alfred Health today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann

28 June 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons offers its sincere condolences to the family of Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann who passed away over night following an assault on 30 May.

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Almost 1000 more doctors in Timor Leste since 2001: a work in progress

09 June 2017

The creation of a new independent health system for Timor-Leste over the last 16 years has seen a growth of more than 980 doctors enter the system, from only 20 in 2001.

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RACS deplores hospital violence and one-punch attacks

01 June 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out strongly against violence in Australian hospitals and in particular, one-punch attacks.

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Auckland District Health Board signs RACS Respect Agreement

29 May 2017

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery.

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Better treatment options for appendicitis during pregnancy

23 May 2017

Having your appendix out while pregrant isn't something many mothers would wish to face during their gestational period, let alone the thought of potentially losing the baby as a result of the procedure.

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Surgery and the Ageing

12 May 2017

The decision to operate or not operate on an elderly frail patient can often be difficult - will the patient survive the surgery and what sort of quality of life can be anticipated?

This was one of the questions posed to surgeons attending their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week.

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Gunpowder Injuries Prove Challenging for Surgeons

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard how injuries from home-made gunpowder are presenting an added conundrum for surgeons in the management of burn injuries.

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Beware the male DIY 5 years of angle grinder injuries

12 May 2017

The dangers of power saws and angle grinders have been raised at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Serious hand injuries evident in NZ from saws and log splitters

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard that hand injuries caused by saws and log splitters are placing a significant burden on individuals, and the New Zealand health system.

Dr Ryan Ruxton, a plastic and reconstructive surgical registrar at Hutt Hospital, presented the findings of a retrospective study to the RACS Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide today.

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Study highlights importance of running cold water on children’s burns

11 May 2017

The impact of cold running water first aid on paediatric burns has been discussed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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A rash of mango madness in the NT discussed at surgeons conference

11 May 2017

A case of complex hand infections secondary to Mango Sap Burns has been raised for discussion at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide.

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New technology managing post-surgical pain

11 May 2017

The incidence of chronic pain after major surgery is estimated to range between 20 and 50 per cent, and between 2 and 10 per cent of patients will suffer severe disabling pain, surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgone (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) have been told in Adelaide today.

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Promoting transparency to improve surgical outcomes for patients

11 May 2017

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for eight different surgical procedures are revealed in the latest data released to provide greater transparency on surgical practice to specialists and patients.

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Unconscious sexism in surgery

11 May 2017

Sexism is discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Surgeons can benefit from Whatsapp

11 May 2017

Communication among members in a surgical team is a vital part of patient care.

Traditional communication like the paging system can be disruptive during patient assessment or operations.

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Adelaide Technology Has the Potential to Revolutionise Post-Operative Care

11 May 2017

An Adelaide-based start-up company is reimagining the possibilities of post-operative monitoring, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has been told today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Colorectal cancer treatment in the country comparable to the city

11 May 2017

Surgeons at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide were given a presentation on the outcomes of surgical treatment for colorectal cancer in rural Australia over a decade.

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Beware of swallowing BBQ wire brush bristles

11 May 2017

The 86th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide has been told that ingested foreign bodies are frequently encountered in Australian adults and children.

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15 year breast cancer study shows trend towards increased referral to genetic screening

10 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) was told in Adelaide today that it seems rare not to know of someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

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Penetrating injuries from palm fronds and how to avoid them

10 May 2017

What is believed to be the largest series of penetrating palm frond injuries has been presented at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Knee and hip replacement a dangerous option for the morbidly obese

10 May 2017

Obesity doesn't just affect your appearance. It affects you psychologically, socially and physically.

The Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week has been told that Australia's obese have an increased risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and stroke.

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Diabetes related amputation putting strain on hospital resources

10 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were told that the Australasian Vascular Audit (AVA) database, established in 2010, was recently analysed to better understand and calculate the incidence of amputation and associated hospitalisation across Australia and New Zealand. 

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Study Highlights the Impacts of New Zealand’s High Bowel Cancer Rate

10 May 2017

Bowel cancer has risen significantly in young people over the past two decades a New Zealand study has revealed.

Dr Jamish Gandhi, currently working as a surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but formerly based in New Zealand, has presented his findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Annual Scientific Conference in Adelaide this week.

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Dog Bites Result in More Children Requiring Surgery in WA

10 May 2017

An increasing number of children are presenting at a Perth Hospital for surgery following dog bites, according to a recent study.

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Two Surgeons recognised for their contribution to Indigenous health

10 May 2017

Two surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 86th Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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NZ Surgeons Surprised by Lung Transplant Findings

09 May 2017

A comprehensive retrospective study has found no link between socio-economic status and a patient's likelihood of recovery from a lung transplant operation in New Zealand, despite doctor's expectations that a correlation would exist.

Dr Andrei Beliaev, a cardiothoracic surgical registrar at Auckland City Hospital, will today present the research findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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Physiotherapy before abdominal surgery reduces fatal respiratory complications.

09 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide have been told that respiratory complications were the most common and serious complication type following open upper abdominal surgery, according to research undertaken at the Launceston General Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

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Early treatment vital in head and neck cancer

09 May 2017

Delays in treating certain types of cancers are proving costly, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Chewing gum won’t get you out of hospital any sooner

09 May 2017

Chewing gum after abdominal surgery does not reduce length of hospital stay according to Adelaide colorectal surgeon Dr Hidde Kroon.

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A speedy recovery for chronic groin pain in ‘sports hernia’

09 May 2017

'Sports hernia' remains a controversial diagnosis for most surgeons, but it describes a syndrome of disabling chronic athletic groin pain, according to Qld Surgical Trainee and researcher at the Hernia Institute Australia (HIA), Dr Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo.

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The benefits of exercise in conquering cancer forever

09 May 2017

Some exercise for pleasure, some exercise for sport, and some exercise to prevent cancer!

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week have seen studies that show regular exercise can improve cancer-related fatigue, reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life for the cancer survivor.

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Aspiring Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists attend RACS ASC

09 May 2017

Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori medical student/doctors with an interest in surgical training are in Adelaide this week as guests at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress.

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Comparisons of domestic violence related injuries from one hospital to another – a prospective cohort study

09 May 2017

East Timorese Doctor Raimundo Dos Santos (Ray) has told attendees at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide that one might assume that the way in which a domestic violence injury is managed in one hospital, would be the same as in another, or that all domestic violence injuries would be relatively similar, but Dr Ray said that recent studies had proven otherwise.

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1500 surgeons set to gather in Adelaide for RACS Annual Scientific Congress

04 May 2017

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and visiting specialists from around the world will converge on the Adelaide Convention Centre next week for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses at the 86th RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC).

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RACS & Barwon Health sign Respect Agreement

02 May 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Barwon Health in Geelong.

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New surgery protocols could see kids with appendicitis coming home sooner

21 April 2017

Managing the treatment of appendicitis using more efficient surgery protocols could mean your child being sent home a day sooner to recover, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Assoc. Prof. David Hillis departs RACS after 13 years as CEO

06 April 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Chief Executive Officer, Associate Professor David Hillis, has decided to retire from his position after 13 years of distinguished service in the role.

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Audit highlights extent of diabetes and liver issues in Northern Territory

05 April 2017

The Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM) 2010-2016 Report was released today, and it highlighted that NT patients were considerably more likely to present with diabetes or hepatic (liver) issues, but had lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to elsewhere in Australia.

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RACS Urges Halt to Road Carnage

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) joins Carers Australia and the Australian Automotive Association in supporting the 2017 Australasian College of Road Safety Submission to Federal Parliamentarians - The way forward to reduce road trauma.

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SA Surgeons and SA Health Shake Hands on Respect

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today signed a Statement of Intent agreement with SA Health based on a commitment to more effectively deal with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) within the surgical profession.

 

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Surgeons Back Rejection of Liquor Store Expansion

15 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has written to the Northern Territory (NT) Government to offer its support for the rejection of a 1200 square metre 'superstore' proposed by Dan Murphy's.

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RACS publishes progress report on bullying

10 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has published a Progress Report on what it did in 2016 to address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery in Australia and New Zealand.

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Is the role of medical transcriptionist now obsolete?

09 March 2017

Like many traditional roles looking directly into the face of technology, the Medical Transcriptionist (MT) could be one of those roles relegated to the past, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Surgeons Want Quad Bikes Banned For Under 16s (New Zealand release)

09 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in New South Wales.

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Surgeons want quad bikes banned for anyone under age 16

07 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the NSW Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in country NSW.

The young girl died after a crash on a quad bike being driven by another 13 year old girl, taking the quad bike toll across Australia to 115 in the last seven years.

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RACS elects new Tasmanian President and NZ Vice President

23 February 2017

John Batten, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, with special interests in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Arthroplasty, has been elected the 47th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS & Qld Metro North Sign Respect Agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in
surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Metro North
Hospital and Health Service in Queensland.

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RACS signs another respect agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has just been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS).

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Australian Breast Device Registry set to improve implant safety

06 February 2017

Critical data collected from the Australian Breast Device Registery (ABDR), rolled out in 2015 to replace the earlier Breast Implant Registry (BIR), is on track to achieve the greatest levels of reliability required to transform breast device safety for women in Australia, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

 

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Surgeons say stay alert to the festive fears

03 January 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) takes this opportunity to remind all Australians of some of the unseen dangers we face during the festive season, and how to spot them.

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Zero death or serious injuries - the goal this festive season

21 December 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) urges motorists on Australian roads to drive safely as the busy holiday season approaches.

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Anaesthetists join with Surgeons to build Respect

15 December 2016

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Letter of Agreement that confirms a collaborative approach toward building respect in the medical workplace and eliminating discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH).

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Murrumbidgee LHD signs RACS Respect Agreement

13 December 2016

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery will be signed
between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) in
Wagga Wagga tomorrow Wednesday 14 December.

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RACS welcomes new Australian Trauma Registry funding announcement prior to the festive season

07 December 2016

Yesterday's announcement will mean governments will have more data to make better decisions around how to reduce road trauma, leading to improved medical practice, with better outcomes for patients and to the health system.

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Getting a good night's sleep is about common sense

05 December 2016

Most of the tips associated with getting a good night's sleep are common sense and not necessarily based on scientific research or evidence according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

 

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Ear disease experts in Canberra to address Indigenous deafness crisis

24 November 2016

Appalling ear disease rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia still exist.

Ear disease experts including surgeons, audiologists, paediatricians, researchers and Aboriginal medical service workers are in Canberra today to discuss a national solution.

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New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association signs RACS Respect Agreement

24 November 2016

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery.

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Nelson Marlborough Health follows suit with RACS Respect Agreement

24 November 2016

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH).

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Obesity and infection control highlighted as priorities in latest surgical audit report

22 November 2016

The 7th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), which highlighted an increase in obesity as a comorbidity, as well as recommending postoperative infection control as an area for improvement.

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Are stem cells a viable treatment option for knee osteoarthritis?

07 November 2016

Treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) utilising mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has become a focus of interest according to a report in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

OA is a degenerative disease that causes pain, stiffness and decreased function and the article poses the question ̶ could the use of MSCs be a legitimate treatment option?

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Canberra surgeons explore research and audit to improve practice

04 November 2016

Using audits and evidence to improve surgical practice is the theme of this year's Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (RACS) ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held at the ANU Medical School in The Canberra Hospital on Saturday 5 November.

The meeting's Scientific Convener Dr Usama Majeed, a consultant general, breast and endocrine surgeon, said that in the past, medical interventions were limited, more straight forward and less costly to the taxpayer.

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Surgeons join with trauma and health experts in Brisbane

03 November 2016

Queensland surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will gather with Australian trauma experts and Queensland Health in Brisbane this weekend for their combined Annual State Meeting (ASM).

The ASM will merge with the Queensland Health Forum and the RACS Trauma Symposium at Brisbane City Hall from 4-6 November 2016.

The meeting focuses on the theme Trauma - we're all involved, with presentations from specialist surgeons, Queensland Police and trauma experts who will be discussing the value of trauma registries and looking at topics such as trauma in Indigenous health care and the trials and tribulations of a Queensland burns surgeon.

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NSW specialists scrub up for Surgeons Month

01 November 2016

Surgeons from across New South Wales will gather at the Royal Australaisian College of Surgeons (RACS) Regional Office in Sydney for a range of sessions starting Wednesday 2 November as part of their annual Surgeons' Month activities.

This year's event, which will see up to 150 Fellows, Trainees and IMGs attend a series of presentations and seminars over four weeks, will focus on developing knowledge in areas that affect the daily life of a surgeon, the key to networking in the 21st Century and what to expect when starting out in surgical practice

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Obesity Epidemic Already Upon Us Say Medical Professionals

27 October 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has issued a dire warning to Australians and New Zealanders about their countries' weight problem, as alarming statistics highlight the prevalence of the problem in young people.

This warning comes as the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ) holds its Annual Conference in Sydney starting today to discuss some of the more difficult areas of Bariatric Surgery and as the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) prepares to convene a National Health Summit on Obesity in Melbourne on 9 November to discuss ways in which obesity can be reduced.

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Victorian surgeons dissect evidence-based surgery at their ASM

21 October 2016

Victorian surgeons will discuss the ways in which evidence is used by educational, regulatory and funding bodies to shape surgical decision-making.

This is the key theme of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM) in Melbourne this weekend.

 

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Latest WA mortality audit notes a drop in the total number of deaths

14 October 2016

The 2016 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows that while the total number of deaths has plated off, figures are still falling in terms of population increases.

Managed by RACS and funded by the WA Department of Health, the WAASM involves the clinical review of all cases where patients have died while under the care of a surgeon.

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RACS and Gold Coast Health sign MoU to improve respectful culture

04 October 2016

Gold Coast Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a commitment to providing high quality training, education and experience in surgery and the health sector.

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RACS and Qld Health commit to respect in surgery

28 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Queensland Health have signed a Statement of Intent as part of a shared commitment to providing high quality training, education and knowledge in the practice of surgery.

RACS Vice President Professor Spencer Beasley said this commitment was underpinned by the College's shared objective of ensuring patient safety and delivery of quality frontline services.

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Surgeons sign pledge board against workplace harassment

26 September 2016

Surgeons at Logan Hospital will sign a pledge board committing to stamp out bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment as part of a new effort by Metro South Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to enhance the surgical workplace and improve patient safety.

RACS Vice President Professor Spencer Beasley said hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatients were areas where surgical education and health service employment overlapped.

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Obstetricians and Gynaecologists join with Surgeons to build Respect

23 September 2016

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Letter of Agreement in a show of collaboration toward building respect in the medical workplace and eliminating discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH).

RACS President Philip Truskett said research has shown that bad behaviour has a negative impact on the whole team and not just the people at which it's directed. This agreement is an important step towards improving patient safety and work environments.

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First NZ Respect Agreement Signed Between RACS and the University of Otago

21 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the University of Otago Medical School have signed a landmark Letter of Agreement, aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery and strengthening the education of medical students.

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RACS Examination Statement

16 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has finalised its investigation into a 2013 video recording that alleged serious concerns about the College's examination process and policies.

The complaint related to a secret, illegal recording made of one segment of a 2013 RACS Fellowship examination in one of the nine RACS specialties. All candidates who went through this examination section in May 2013 have since passed the examination and are Fellows of RACS.

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Watering down the NSW alcohol laws is too risky

14 September 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) notes Justice Callinan's strong endorsement of the effectiveness of New South Wales liquor laws in mitigating alcohol related harm.

High Court Judge Ian Callinan's statement that any relaxation of the lockout laws is risky, is strongly endorsed by RACS.

RACS Trauma Committee Chair John Crozier said that the College supports retention of these reasonable measures, which have proven very effective since their introduction in February 2014.

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RACS and Ramsay Health sign MoU to improve respectful culture in medicine

30 August 2016

Ramsay Health Care and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the purpose of which is to build respect among staff and doctors and improve patient safety in surgery.

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Surgeons scrub up in Adelaide for Annual Scientific Meeting

26 August 2016

The South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Adelaide on 26 and 27 August.

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High-risk injuries in low-contact sport

17 August 2016

An Australian rugby code 'Oztag' branded as a safe alternative to higher-contact sports has been deemed a high-risk for hand injuries by Sydney hospital specialists.

An audit into the prevalence of Oztag-related hand injuries presenting at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) found that the 'tag' tackle, which involves players running at speed with outstretched handsmeant that the pattern of these injuries was complex and often involved fractures which required operative management.

The study is detailed in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Positive outcomes for public obesity surgery patients and hospitals

15 August 2016

High-volume obesity surgery in the public system is viable and has the potential for excellent outcomes for super-obese patients who cannot access the private system, according to surgeons at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital.

Substantial weight loss has been observed and associated disease and quality of life significantly improved despite patients being older and heavier than previously reported studies.

The research is detailed in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Specialists unite to put the brakes on Northern Territory open speed zones

12 August 2016

Three specialist medical Colleges have intensified their campaign to put an end to unrestricted speed zones on the Stuart Highway, with the release of a video highlighting the dangers the policy poses to the lives of Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory.

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), call on both major parties to commit to ending the policy if elected on 27 August.

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Local Surgeons gather in Launceston for their Annual Scientific Meeting

12 August 2016

Tasmanian surgeons will meet in Launceston this weekend for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) regional Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM).

The meeting focuses on the theme 'Poles Apart', with a feature medical presentation on the work of the Polar Medicine Unit of the Australian Antarctic Division as well as talks from surgeons on lung infection prevention, abdominal surgery and unknown genetic colon cancer.

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RACS and Metro South Health commit to respect in surgery

28 July 2016

Metro South Health, Queensland and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deal more effectively with reports of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the surgical workplace, and to improve patient safety.

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Improvements in surgical risk management

26 July 2016

Clinical trends in surgical risk management from 2007 to 2015 show an overall improvement in patient care, according to the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) report released today.

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Greater clinical transparency to improve patient experience

15 July 2016

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for urology and ear, nose and throat procedures are highlighted in two new reports designed to encourage specialist conversation about the best ways to improve private hospital clinical outcomes and patient care.

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RACS launches mandatory training on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

11 July 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has launched new, online training on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

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Reducing ACT liquor trading hours will reduce harms

08 July 2016

Surgeons and emergency department doctors have put their support behind the ACT Government's proposal to stop serving alcohol after 3am in the nation's capital.

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RACS and St Vincent's commit to respect in surgery

01 July 2016

St Vincent's Health Australia (SVHA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deal more effectively with reports of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the surgical workplace and improve patient safety.

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RACS promotes respect in revised Code of Conduct

28 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has revised its Code of Conduct to promote respect in surgery, through high standards of surgical performance and clear expectations of professionalism.

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Reducing length of stay and improving the patient journey

15 June 2016

Reduced length of stay in hospital and lower rates of readmission can be achieved using an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme following total hip and knee arthroplasty, a New Zealand study has found.

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Surgeons welcome increased transparency in private health

12 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the Australian Government's plans to simplify private health insurance, and introduce more transparency for customers.

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Celebrated SA Surgeon receives outstanding service award

09 June 2016

Inspirational surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Mr Suren Krishnan, was this evening presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Surgeons: Aboriginal ear health should be higher priority

03 June 2016

With National Reconciliation Week today drawing to a close, surgeons are urging political and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to put a higher priority on ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to regular hearing checks.

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Surgeons launch their Reconciliation Action Plan

01 June 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has chosen National Reconciliation Week to launch its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) today in a show of commitment to reconciliation.

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Saturation of alcohol advertising in State of Origin a national disgrace

31 May 2016

Tomorrow's first State of Origin match signals the beginning of young Australians being exposed to the mass alcohol advertising to come over the State of Origin games says co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) Committee Dr John Crozier.

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Surgeons say plain packaging is a step in the right direction

31 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is very pleased with the New Zealand Government's announcement today to progress with plain packaging legislation.

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Study points to reduced deaths in surgery

16 May 2016

The number of surgical related deaths in Australia has noticeably reduced since mortality audit programs were rolled out across the country according to a leading surgeon.

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Surgeons: no way to measure serious injury in Australia

15 May 2016

Surgeons are calling on all Australian governments to commit to a national approach to monitoring injury, which has a significant impact on healthcare budgets and quality of life.

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First case of Cannabis Arteritis in Australia

06 May 2016

The first Australian case of the rare condition Cannabis Arteritis has been diagnosed and treated when a 26-year-old male presented to a doctor with lower limb ischaemia, surgeons meeting in Brisbane for their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were told.

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Smoking increases likelihood of infections in trauma patients

06 May 2016

A four year study of more than 300 Queensland trauma patients has shown that smokers and patients with comorbidities are at increased risk of developing an infection following surgery.

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Dog bites see more children in ER

06 May 2016

More children are presenting at hospital emergency departments from dog bites than any other animal, according to Hobart doctor Sarah Lonie.

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Improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancer

05 May 2016

A new National Framework for Gynaecological Cancer Control was presented today by Cancer Australia at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Brisbane this week.

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Massive drop in facial fractures and single punch attacks in Sydney CBD and Kings Cross

05 May 2016

A study led by surgeons at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney has shown that serious facial trauma admissions have dropped by around 60 per cent since liquor law reforms were introduced.

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Acute appendicitis possible indicator of colorectal cancer in older adults

05 May 2016

Older patients with appendicitis may have an increased risk of colorectal cancer, delegates to the 85th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have been told.

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The dark side of getting a tattoo

05 May 2016

While tattoos appear to have increasingly infiltrated mainstream culture in Australia and the social apprehension behind getting a tattoo has seemingly disappeared, a Perth-based surgeon is reminding people to remain vigilant of the medical risks that still exist.

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RACS investigates complaint on exam policy breach

05 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is investigating a recording that alleges serious concerns about its examination process and policies.

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Driving on the sunny side: Are skin cancers more prevalent on the driver's side?

04 May 2016

Whether we live in the city or the country, most Australians spend a significant portion of their time behind the wheel of a car. But could our driving habits be unwittingly increasing our risk of skin cancer through increased exposure to ultra-violet (UV) rays?

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Evolution in Surgical Planning: 4D Printing

04 May 2016

The next evolution of additive manufacturing technology is here with surgeons describing the technique of four dimensional printing for preoperative planning in hand surgery.

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More bodysurfing than surfboarding injuries in Qld

04 May 2016

Surgeons meeting in Brisbane this week as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress will be told that bodysurfers are much more likely to injure themselves than surfers, in the waves off Queensland's Gold Coast.

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Is muscle tightness the missing piece of puzzle in childhood abdominal pain?

04 May 2016

Investigations by a regional NSW paediatric surgeon have revealed that abdominal problems in children may be caused by tension in the psoas muscle.

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Children at risk of burns from steam vaporisers

04 May 2016

Steam emitted from humidifiers and vaporisers can pose a significant risk of burns to children, the 85th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has been told.

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Surgeons recognised for contribution to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health

04 May 2016

Two surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane.

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College raises stakes on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery

03 May 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today launched a campaign to help deal effectively with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery.

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Mobile app to connect Pacific Island doctors with Gold Coast specialists

03 May 2016

A mobile application is being developed to connect rural and remote medical communities in the Pacific Islands with specialists from the Gold Coast Hospital in Queensland, Australia.

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Cosmetic surgery complications costing public purse

03 May 2016

Complications of cosmetic breast surgery for cases from 2000 to 2014 cost in excess of $10 million for surgical fees alone, despite the initial procedure being a completely private transaction between patient and surgeon.

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Safe Sport for Kids - Over 50% of ACL knee injuries are preventable

03 May 2016

Australia has the highest incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the world, and sports injuries are now the number one reason for youth admission to hospital, surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) have been told in Brisbane.

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Mobility scooter related trauma on the rise

02 May 2016

Surgeons meeting in Brisbane this week have been told that mobility scooters can pose a risk to their driver and the general public, and related injuries are on the rise.

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Sydney surgeons revolutionise cardiac transplants with 'heart in a box'

02 May 2016

Surgeons from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney have been refining a system known colloquially as the 'heart in a box' program, to increase the number of donor hearts potentially available for transplantation.

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Surgeons want more Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists

02 May 2016

Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori junior doctors interested in surgical training are in Brisbane this week as guests of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their Annual Scientific Congress.

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Surgeons gather in Brisbane for RACS Annual Scientific Congress

30 April 2016

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will next week join their counterparts of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses at the 85th RACS Annual Scientific Congress.

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Variance in General Surgery procedures highlighted to encourage surgeons to reflect on practice

29 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Medibank have released the first in a series of reports to improve and progress understanding by surgeons about variations in surgical practice.

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RACS signs MoU with Monash Health on Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety

29 April 2016

Monash Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today forged a landmark agreement to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), both agencies will maximise information sharing and commit to working together to deal more effectively with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the surgical workplace.

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Surgeons Support Publication of Referral Data

27 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the publication of Phase 1 data from the Ministry of Health's National Patient Flow project.

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RACS launches Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli Exhibition

23 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will this evening launch the Anzac Surgeons of Gallipoli Exhibition and an accompanying book that commemorates the role of Australian and New Zealand surgeons and medical students who later became surgeons, in the Gallipoli campaign.

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Surgeons welcome elective surgery boost but it's only part of the picture

11 April 2016

While the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes yesterday's pre-state budget announcement from the Victorian Government of additional investment in elective surgery, it still wants to know their plans for surgical training, research and quality of patient care.

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RACS Surgeons and Medibank working together to improve healthcare for Australians

11 April 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is collaborating with leading private health insurer
Medibank to improve and progress understanding of variation in surgical practice in Australia.

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RACS welcomes findings into Family Violence Royal Commission

30 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the Victorian Government for its decision to implement the recommendations handed down from the Royal Commission into Family Violence today.

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Vascular trauma to young men on the rise in WA

09 March 2016

Motorcycle and motor vehicle injuries affecting young males aged 20 to 29 is up to 3.2 per cent in Western Australia, according to a study in the latest RACS publication of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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RACS committed to building respect and improving patient safety

07 March 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has marked the 12-month anniversary of public controversy about bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in surgery, with a plea from the College President to 7,000 surgeons.

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RACS commits to more Māori Surgeons

29 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has committed to increasing the number of Māori surgeons in New Zealand and promoting cultural competence as a core professional skill in its Trainees and Fellows as part of its newly developed Māori Health Action Plan.

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Surgeons call for more action on alcohol related violence in the NT

25 February 2016

In the wake of the Queensland Government's decision to implement new laws aimed at reducing alcohol fueled violence, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has urged the Northern Territory government to adopt similar legislation.

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Surgeons applaud passing of Qld alcohol amendment bill

18 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) commends the Queensland Parliament for passage of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, this morning.

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Surgeons call for support on Qld alcohol amendment bill

15 February 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has joined with more than a dozen other influential organisations to support the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, as Queensland Parliament gets ready to vote on it.

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Qld surgeons dispute local claims that lockout laws won't work

29 January 2016

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) questions assertions from the Cairns City Liquor Safety Accord and others that lockout laws would have an adverse effect on the city's nightlife, when other vibrant tourist destinations can have responsible trading hours without detriment.

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Surgeons push for "earlier last drink" law reforms

15 January 2016

The recent tragic deaths, by a single punch to the head, of 18 year old Cole Miller, and four weeks earlier Trevor Duroux, in the entertainment precincts of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, are a clear call for action to reduce alcohol related harm in Queensland.

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Summer exposes children to more harmful alcohol advertising

05 January 2016

Eighteen-year-old Cole Miller has become the latest victim in what is believed to be an alcohol-fuelled attack, passing away in a Queensland hospital yesterday after being punched in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane early on Sunday morning.

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Stay alive this festive season (NZ release)

23 December 2015

Surgeons from across Australia and New Zealand are urging caution and restraint in regard to speed, alcohol and road safety awareness over the Festive season, in what is traditionally a busy time for emergency departments across the country.

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Surgeons say earlier Coromandel closing times put community's health first

18 December 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the Thames Coromandel Districts Council's new measures to introduce earlier closing times for the regions bars and liquor outlets.

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Surgeons warn of dangers of children swallowing small batteries over the holiday break

17 December 2015

The festive season is traditionally a time of gift giving and many gifts involve small batteries. Ear Nose and Throat surgeons are warning parents and child caregivers to be aware that serious internal injuries and even death could result from small children swallowing button batteries.

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RACS launches Action Plan to build respect, improve patient safety

30 November 2015

An overhaul of complaints management, fundamental shifts in surgical education and a commitment to respect and collaboration are the cornerstones of an Action Plan announced today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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National Audit highlights safer surgical practices

27 November 2015

The 6th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), highlighting a significant drop in the number of adverse events due to issues with health care.

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NSW Coroner adds weight to quad bike recommendations

26 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the NSW Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a NSW coronial inquest into quad bike deaths.

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Safe Surgery the theme for Global Health Symposium

26 November 2015

Safe surgery and anaesthesia are crucial for the provision of effective healthcare in the developing world and yet an estimated five billion of the world's population are unable to access safe surgery when they need it.

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Drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to crash

18 November 2015

Surgeons from around the country are meeting today in Melbourne to explore the correlation between distractions such as using a mobile phone while commuting and the epidemic of road trauma.

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RACS supports 'one-way-door policy'

09 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) commends work by Brisbane Surgeon Anthony Lynham and the Queensland Government in advocating for reduced late-night trade hours in Queensland.

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Brilliant Surgeon Recognised For Inspirational Career

02 November 2015

In an emotional ceremony Dr Katherine Edyvane was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) International Medal, for her exceptional and long lasting contribution to health care in developing countries.

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RACS launches Indigenous Web Portal as a valuable resource for Australian medical specialists

23 October 2015

The Network for Indigenous Cultural and Health Education portal (NICHEportal) will be launched at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne at 4pm today with a special 'smoking ceremony' by an Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribal Council.

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Bariatric surgery guidelines in Australia lack consistency

16 October 2015

There is little uniformity among Australian regional guidelines when it comes to publicly-funded bariatric surgery policy and variable consistency among national guidelines, according to a presentation today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) VicTas Annual Surgical Meeting in Hobart.

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Road safety experts call for national trauma registry

15 October 2015

Road safety experts attending the Australasian Road Safety Conference on the Gold Coast this week have called for ongoing funding for a national trauma registry to better quantify trends in road trauma.

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Surgeons discuss coping with change at conference in Hobart

15 October 2015

Victorian and Tasmanian surgeons will gather in Hobart this Saturday for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) combined regional Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM).

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WA Mortality Audit notes 15 per cent reduction in hospital deaths over 5 years

12 October 2015

The 2015 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows a 15 per cent drop in reported deaths over the five years from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014.

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Gender Equity the big winner in RACS Council Election

09 October 2015

In the largest number of candidates on record for Fellowship Elected Councillor positions at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), six of the eight positions on offer have gone to female surgeons.

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Largest RACS Research Scholarship continues important legacy

09 October 2015

The John Mitchell Crouch (JMC) Fellowship has been supporting cutting edge medical research for the past 36 years and is the largest scholarship funded by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). An article in the latest RACS publication the ANZ Journal of Surgery, takes a look at its important legacy.

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Response from the President - Professor David Watters

01 October 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has publicly and unreservedly apologised to everyone who has suffered from discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery.

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Surgeons welcome release of consultation papers on review of Medicare rebate

28 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the consultation papers released today by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce, saying that the Schedule is outdated and in need of review.

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RACS continues to push for more Indigenous surgeons

16 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) continues its efforts to increase the number of Indigenous medical graduates training as surgeons as it prepares for the 2015 Australian Indigenous Doctors Association's (AIDA) annual conference in Adelaide this week.

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RACS apologises for discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

10 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today accepted in full, the draft report and the recommendations of its Expert Advisory Group (EAG) into discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

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Successful neurosurgery from a distance at Royal Darwin Hospital

03 September 2015

Mortality rates for severe head trauma at the Royal Darwin Hospital are down 40 per cent from the 79 per cent rate reported in a Darwin study 10 years ago, according to an article in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons say all patients have the right to appropriate health care

21 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is extremely concerned that patients are being denied cover for appropriate care and are becoming increasingly confused about what their private health insurance will provide for them.

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Fewer surgical deaths in Victoria over the past seven years

15 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has cited a significant reduction in the number of deaths of patients while undergoing surgery in both private and public hospitals in Victoria over the past seven years according to the 2014 report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), released today.

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Positive Attitude a Key to Health and Happiness after Cancer

14 August 2015

A positive attitude while being treated for cancer of the head and neck may help patients live longer lives, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting have been told.

The research, presented by Professor Randall Morton, asked patients to rate their own quality of life while receiving on-going treatment for head and neck cancer.

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NZ Surgeon Honoured for Exceptional Contribution to Surgery

13 August 2015

Professor Alastair Rothwell ONZM FRACS was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) Colin McRae Medal in recognition of his contributions to surgery across a long and celebrated career.

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Letter to the Editor

12 August 2015

Re: Bike helmet laws 'discourage adults from riding for fitness' - August 11

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Surgeons warn cyclists to 'keep a lid on it'

12 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has slammed a report published in The Australian that quotes doctors as saying mandatory bike helmet laws have discouraged adults from riding for fitness.

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Surgeons to Address Health Priorities in New Zealand

12 August 2015

Over 90 of New Zealand's leading surgeons and other health professionals will attend the New Zealand Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to be held in Queenstown this week.

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Telehealth a proven recipe for success for isolated communities

08 August 2015

Some of the more challenging aspects of delivering rural and remote health care may be disappearing, as evidence continues to grow of the benefits that technological advancements are providing to isolated communities.

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Surgeons say life expectancy gap in NT is still no closer

07 August 2015

A twelve-year gap in life expectancy still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, according to a recent study comparing surgical deaths in the Northern Territory.

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Surgeons call for action on child quad bike deaths

02 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the Queensland Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a coronial inquest into quad bike deaths. The inquest examined the deaths of nine Queenslanders aged from nine to 86 between March 2012 and January 2014 with the aim of making safety recommendations that would help prevent quad bike-related deaths. Three of the deaths were children.

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Surgeon warning on children's playground equipment

30 July 2015

Injuries from children's playground equipment are well documented and the latest edition of the ANZ Journal of Surgery contains a warning that severe injury can result when children do not use monkey-bars appropriately.

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Smokers face greater risk of heart attack and stroke during surgery

18 July 2015

Tobacco experts are sharing their research with surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) at a conference on Magnetic Island this weekend, which is exploring lifestyle factors that affect surgical outcomes.

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Surgeons say alcohol reforms will reduce Queensland ED presentations

16 July 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Committee Dr John Crozier is calling on the Queensland Government to push ahead with its plans to roll out reduced trading hours across the state for bars and clubs.

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SA Govt's new patient admin system still an issue for Surgeons

03 July 2015

SA Health's planned Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) due to be rolled out in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital still has a long way to go before it becomes operational according to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS launches Surgeons Support Service

25 June 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Support Program was launched at a special event this afternoon by Mr Jeff Kennett AC, former Victorian Premier and founding chairman of national depression initiative beyondblue.

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New clinical model for predicting risk of death before surgery

24 June 2015

Surgeons and patients will benefit from a new clinical tool that is able to predict the likelihood of mortality before colorectal surgery according to the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Accessible simulated learning for Trainee Surgeons

29 May 2015

Easily accessible simulated training can promote learning for Trainee surgeons and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback according to a study in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons support stance on alcohol

29 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) says the Christchurch City Council's recent decision to approve its Local Alcohol Policy is a big step forward.

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Critical operating theatre missing in New Royal Adelaide Hospital

22 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has warned that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is in danger of being out dated before it even opens its doors, unless a decision to abandon the construction of a specialist operating theatre is overturned.

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Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes

21 May 2015

New Zealand surgeons are urging the Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children under the age of 16, following comments by the Children's Commissioner that voluntary guidelines are not working.

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Adelaide Surgeon recognised with Outstanding Service to the Community Award

20 May 2015

Retired Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Mr Philip Glynn, was today presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the College, in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Patients support camera phones in hospitals

08 May 2015

The use of camera phones by clinicians is discouraged in Australian hospitals, however a survey of Newcastle hand surgery patients found that the overwhelming majority of patients support the practice.

Dr Jill Tomlinson is presenting the findings of her research undertaken with Dr Bryce Meads and Dr Andrew Myers, at the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Perth today.

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Exercise is a proven 'medicine' for cancer

07 May 2015

Regular and vigorous exercise has been scientifically established as providing strong preventative medicine against cancer, according to West Australian Professor Daniel Galvão.

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Bike helmets also good for people who climb ladders

07 May 2015

You don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy the benefits of a bicycle helmet according to a group of Adelaide researchers who have developed a body of research to highlight the life-saving benefits of wearing a simple bike helmet when climbing a ladder.

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Parents need to use age-appropriate seat restraints for children

07 May 2015

A significant number of intra-abdominal seat belt injuries in young children can be avoided with the correct use of age-appropriate seat restraints, according to West Australian doctor Bernadette Lee.

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Unexpected Benefits Observed in Cancer Treatments

07 May 2015

Australian researchers have made significant progress into cancer research, with results from a study highlighting the potential benefits that innovative treatments may offer to cancer sufferers.

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Training Future Surgeons - low cost, large benefit

07 May 2015

The difference in operating times between trainee surgeons and their more qualified colleagues may not be as long as previously thought, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' 84th Annual Scientific Congress have been told.

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Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (NZ Release)

07 May 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth.

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Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (AU Release)

07 May 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth.

The inaugural Indigenous Health Medals are part of the College's efforts to celebrate individuals who are helping to close the gap in health outcomes for Māori, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Post-operative NZ mortality data a driver for surgical safety

07 May 2015

The collection of data regarding deaths during and after surgery can be used to influence surgical safety, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon's 84th Annual Scientific Conference have been told.

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Breast cancer among Indigenous women

07 May 2015

Surgeons are meeting in Perth today to discuss the prevalence of breast cancer among Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori women, and how to address the issue.

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Surgeons still the preferred source of information for cancer sufferers

06 May 2015

Despite the ease of the internet and the changing technological landscape, health professionals are still the number one source of information for sufferers of colorectal cancer, according to Adelaide surgical registrar, Dr Reizal Mohd Rosli.

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Simulation training - a paradigm shift in how doctors are educated and trained

06 May 2015

Simulation-based learning to acquire and maintain medical and surgical skills has a growing role to play in the training of doctors and surgeons according to visiting Irish University Professor Tony Gallagher.

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Bi-National surgical leaders group set up to advise government

06 May 2015

A bi-national group of experienced surgical directors has been formed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth. This high profile group has been created by the College to assist governments, work collaboratively with clinicians and hospital administrators and provide the surgical voice on sustainable health services and solutions.

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Surgeons want more Indigenous doctors

06 May 2015

Six Indigenous doctors and final year medical students interested in surgical training are in Perth this week as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 84th Annual Scientific Congress.

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New Zealand pioneers of facial surgery remembered 100 years on

05 May 2015

New Zealand's pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture delivered at this year's 84th Annual Scientific Congress hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth.

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New study has potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer

05 May 2015

A study conducted by some of the country's leading academics has the potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer, as evidence continues to mount that long held theories about the disease may be inaccurate, according to Adelaide University Associate Professor Brendon Coventry.

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Dog bite injuries an increasing burden for New Zealand

05 May 2015

Injuries caused by dog bites are an escalating problem for New Zealand, delegates to the 84th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

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RACS welcomes better health outcomes for Tasmania

04 May 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Tasmanian Regional Committee Mr Brian Kirkby, welcomes the Tasmanian Government's commitment to deliver better health outcomes to the Tasmanian community.

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New App successful in improving trauma care

21 April 2015

Trauma specialists at Sydney's Westmead hospital have been trialling a new digital application (App) to assist in the quick decision-making needed to treat patients, according to an article from the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery, released by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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New Zealand Surgeons acknowledge public interest in how well they do their job

14 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data

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Students meet surgeons and trauma victims in Canberra Hospital

02 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports a new pilot program that is underway with ACT schools to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and the life-altering consequences it can have for trauma victims.

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Patient Information on Excessive Fees

27 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has developed an information sheet to support patients and referring doctors of the issues surrounding surgical fees.

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RACS not involved re media claims of 2008 scientific conference presentation

18 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) had no involvement in a presentation relating to a conference in 2008, which has surfaced in the media.

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Surgeons welcome expansion of NSW clinical services

18 March 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW Regional Committee Dr Mary Langcake welcomes the Liberal Government's commitment to an enhanced NSW medical workforce if re-elected on 28 March.

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Surgeons assess health policies during NSW election debate

17 March 2015

Surgeons attended an election debate last night at the NSW regional office in Sydney, with the Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner, the Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord, and the Greens health spokesman John Kaye.

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RACS establishes expert advisory group to combat bullying and harassment

12 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has moved swiftly to establish an expert advisory group to deal with concerns of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the health sector.

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Response to the Age anonymous letter from the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

10 March 2015

Thank you for having the courage to write your letter, albeit anonymously, outlining your substantial concerns about the health sector and the practice of surgery.

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Letter from RACS Trainees Association Chair to Trainees

10 March 2015

The recent media coverage of comments made by a Sydney surgeon has brought a very important issue to light.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not condoned in any context.

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Public Statement from The President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

09 March 2015

It is very disappointing and quite appalling that recent media reports have suggested that it is preferable for female surgical trainees to silently endure sexual harassment. The College of Surgeons refutes this advice emphatically. The inference is that this is what successful female surgeons and trainees have done in the past and this is deeply insulting.

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Professor David Watters elected as 45th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

26 February 2015

Professor David Watters, Professor of Surgery at Deakin University and Director of Surgery at University Hospital Geelong, and a General Surgeon with special interests in endocrine, emergency and colorectal surgery, has been elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Life expectancy gap reflected in NT surgical audits

13 February 2015

A gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians is reflected in statistics from the Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM), according to an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons call for action on waiting lists

30 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has called on Queensland's political parties to explain how they will ensure outpatients are not left waiting years for an operation.

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Stay alive this festive season (AU release)

23 January 2015

Surgeons from across Australia and New Zealand are urging caution and restraint in regard to speed, alcohol and road safety awareness over the Festive season, in what is traditionally a busy time for emergency departments across the country.

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Surgeons support ARLA finding as a step towards addressing Alcohol Related Harm

22 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority's reported rejection of the Wellington City Council's proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until 5am.

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