Rural Surgery


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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Rural Surgery overview

The College is actively developing and delivering solutions to surgical challenges in remote and regional Australia and New Zealand. Challenges like workforce recruitment, retention and professional development in a rural context are important to the College.

The Rural Surgery Section is dedicated to serving the interests of surgeons who practise outside the metropolitan areas of Australia and New Zealand. Its aim is to assist in the provision of surgical care of the highest standard to the people of regional, rural and remote Australia and New Zealand.The Rural Surgery Section is open to all Fellows with a stake or interest in this area.

Download a current flyer for the Rural Surgery Section (PDF 189KB)

RSS Newsletters


Surgical training, Continuing Professional Development, Research, Rural surgical workforce issues and Practice development.

Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons is a travelling Fellowship to assist provincial surgeons who wish to spend time away from their practice to travel and develop existing skills or acquire new skills in a field to benefit the surgeon, the College and the community.

If you are a surgical trainee who is considering working in rural Australia, the Rural Coach Program for Surgical Trainees (PDF 220KB) might be able to support you.

Rural Surgeons' Award - The Rural Surgeons' Award acknowledges significant contributions to surgery in rural settings in New Zealand and Australia. The Award, in the form of a certificate, will be presented to the winner at the annual meeting of Provincial Surgeons of Australia (PSA), the College Annual Scientific Congress or the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons. Please visit the Rural Surgeons' Award page for details on how to submit a nomination.

Advice and input into various College position papers such as Farm Injury, Quad Bikes, Gun Control, the Use of Chainsaws, GP Procedural Surgical Training and Locum Surgeons.

Provincial Surgeons of Australia (PSA) - The PSA holds an annual conference in a regional centre in Australia. PSA 2019 will be held in Ballarat, Victoria, 2-4 November 2019.

Rural Surgery Resources

View the relevant policies, awards and other general information of interest to rural based surgeons:

David Gawler   (PDF 14Kb) reports on life as a surgeon working in the Northern Territory.

Representing rural surgeons - Where to from here? (PDF 14Kb) was written by Mike Sexton, past Chair of the Rural Surgery Section (RSS)


Australian Journal of Rural Health v.5(1) 1997 - (Members Only)



Skills Training

View various Skills Training courses provided by the College.

Surgical Skills Course Grant for Rural Junior Doctors

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Rural Surgery Section (RSS) are pleased to announce a grant scheme to support the upskilling and career enhancement of rural based doctors interested in a rural surgery pathway.

The Surgical Skills Course Grant for Rural Junior Doctors supports attendance at a surgical skills course with preference to those delivered in a rural/regional area. It may be used for travel, accommodation or course fees.

Further information

Support for Rural Specialists Australia

The Support for Rural Specialists Australia (SRSA) is an Australian Government funded initiative to provide rural specialists with access to professional support and training opportunities.

SRSA Individual Grants - Round 4 now open

Applications close 31 March 2019

For further information including the Application Guidelines and the Online Application Form please visit the rural specialist website.

View other professional development activities offered by the College to Fellows and Trainees


The Section is governed by a Committee reporting to the College's Fellowship Services Committee.

Section Terms of Reference

Committee Chair - Dr Sally Butchers FRACS

Awards and Honours Policies

Rural Surgeons' Award


Membership enquiries

Rural Surgery Section Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Suite 1, Level 26
201 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone: +61 2 8298 4513
Fax: +61 2 8298 4599