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
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
Download a current flyer for the Rural Surgery
Section (PDF 167KB)
Surgical training, Continuing Professional Development,
Research, Rural surgical workforce issues and Practice
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. Applications close Monday, 19
If you are a surgical trainee who is considering working in
rural Australia, the Rural
Coach Program for Surgical Trainees (PDF 209KB) might be
able to support you.
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 2017 will be held in Armidale, New South Wales,
19-21 October 2017.
Rural Surgery Resources
View the relevant policies, awards and other general information
of interest to rural based surgeons:
(PDF 14Kb) reports on life as a surgeon working in the Northern
rural surgeons - Where to from here? (PDF 14Kb) was
written by Mike Sexton, past Chair of the Rural Surgery Section
Australian Journal of
Rural Health v.5(1) 1997 - (Members Only)
View various Skills
Training courses provided by the College.
Surgical Skills Course Grant for Rural Junior Doctors 2018
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. One grant is available in
2018 with value of up to $1,500 (incl. GST). It may be used for
travel, accommodation or course fees.
Applications close 5pm Monday 19 February
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
SRSA Individual Grants - Round 2
Applications open 1 November 2017 and close 28 February
- Applicants to have been living and working in a rural area
(ASGC-RA 2-5) for at least 12 months
- Up to $2,000.00 per training day, up to 5 days (i.e.
- Applications for multiple CPD activities permitted. Each
application will be assessed individually.
- CPD activity must be completed between 1 Apr 2018 and 28 Feb
- Practical skills workshops and courses will be prioritised over
Annual Scientific Meetings.
- All CPD activities must be completed within Australia.
- Grant funds will be issued upon completion of the approved CPD
For more information regarding
Funding Round 2, visit the Rural
Specialist website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Committee Chair - Dr Sally Butchers
and Honours Policies
Rural Surgery Section Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7407
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432