Election to RACS Council 
RACS Council is the governing body of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Councillors are entrusted as the directors of the College. The impacts of COVID in 2020 and 2021 have been difficult for Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs but also challenging for the decision making of our Councillors. Examination delivery models, CPD program and the impacts of COVID on the College's financial situation are just some of the tests faced by the Councillors.  Consulting widely prior to decisions along with communicating strategies are key roles for the Council as a whole. The Council also has a commitment to increasing its role in advocacy at a national level to supplement the excellent work done on advocacy by the jurisdictional committees and the Aotearoa New Zealand national committee. 

Queensland has been well-represented over many years on College Council so it is important that Queensland Fellows vote to maintain this influence on the work undertaken by the College Council. 

Look for the email in your inboxes or junk boxes titled: “RACS 2021 Election to Council” from the office of the President.

For more information, please visit our website. Please note candidates are also expected to observe the Campaigning in RACS Elections Guidelines and RACS Social Media policy.
2021 Preparation for Private Practice  
Avant Mutual Brisbane Office 
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We aim to create a comprehensive and interactive two day course addressing practice administration, financial and practice business structures, creating relationships between fellows and referring doctors, staff, private hospitals, medical indemnity and business and personal insurance, AHPRA and OHO complaint advice from medico-legal experts, and identifying pressures and strategies to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. RACS Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) and surgeons participating in this RACS CPD Program can claim 13 points in Educational Activities.

Participation in this activity will be entered into your RACS CPD which can be accessed through ehub.

As part of this workshop, we also plan to run a social dinner at Donna Chang on Saturday. Please see the draft program.
Queensland State Conference
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 November 2021
Provisional Program Available
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Sessions will include the following:
  • Planning – QHealth/Directors of Surgery
  • KPI – QHealth /Directors of Surgery
  • Resources – theatre, anaesthetists, surgeons
  • Generalism in surgery – training/college
  • Trauma/Emergency Surgery
  • Rural/Regional issues - RACS Rural Health Equity Strategic Action Plan, linking metropolitan and regional surgeons
  • Medical students – work life balance versus acute surgery provision in the future
  • Trainees – fatigue, supervision, flexible training impacts strategy/supervision in training afterhours/quality
You will also gain up to 15 CPD points for your attendance.

Please see the Provisional Program.
Call Out for Judges  
We require 4-5 judges to assist with the running of the Medical Students Surgical Skills Competition 2021. This will be held at the College's Office at Kangaroo Point on 30 October 2021. We appreciate that this is a long weekend in Brisbane however this date best suits the student's exam timetable. The stations involved in the competition are knot tying, cyst removal, anatomy exam, laparoscopy trainer and suturing. If you would like to assist, please contact
Neville Davis & Papers Prize
The Heats for these prizes were held on 2 October 2021 and the finalists to present at the State Conference in November are in the process of being advised. This year, across both papers prizes, we received 43 abstracts which is the most number of abstracts received in the past 15 years. The College would like to thank the convener, Dr Raja Sawhney, and the following Fellows who assisted before and on the day of the Heats: Prof. Praga Pillay, Dr Ray Lancashire, Dr Sanjeev Naidu and Dr Wayne Ng.
Surgeons' Wellbeing
RACS encourages all surgeons to recognise and discuss any challenges facing them and to ensure self-care is part of managing their professional life.
Check out our support program and resources
Member Advantage
Fellows and Trainees of the College can access exclusive discounts on a range of quality lifestyle products and financial services through the RACS Member Advantage benefit program.
Further information
Prevocational doctors can subscribe to an ePortfolio and educational resources that have been designed to support the Framework and promote flexible online self-directed learning.
Subscribe to JDocs
SimuSurg app
Experience a virtual operative environment to refine your operating skills. The app created by surgeons for surgeons simulates minimally invasive surgery.

Download SimuSurg via the
App Store or Google Play.
Speak Up app
RACS' new app can assist surgeons to comfortably address unacceptable behaviour using the Vanderbilt model, from the Operating with Respect (OWR) course.

Download the app via the App Store or Google Play.
Confidential support services are available for College members and their immediate family or household members. Experienced counsellors are available to speak with you about personal or work related matters.
More information
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RACS Queensland Email
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