Dear <<First Name>>
First of all, a massive congratulations to all the recent successful fellowship exam candidates and condolences to those who didn't get through this time.  It is a particularly stressful period, for both the candidate and the candidate's loved ones, so to those who were successful, I hope you get to enjoy this post-exam period. I would also like to give thanks to all the people who attended, helped organise, and participated in the running of the  recent QLD charity ball, with over 100 attending a wonderful night.  As for upcoming events, for younger fellows and also the senior surgical trainees, a preparation for private practice workshop is being held this year in November 5, 6. Having attended this workshop in 2020, I can honestly say I found it a worthwhile and very much eye-opening experience. To the senior surgical trainees, I know that you already have a lot on your plate, but if you are interested in this workshop, please register.  Thanks again and I hope everyone continues to have a productive and fruitful rest of the year.

Warm regards
Dr Gian Capati 
Queensland Younger Fellows Committee Chair
Neville Davis and RACS Papers Prize Finals

Thursday 17 November 2022
Cairns Base Hospital 

The Heats for these prizes were held on 20 August. This year, across both papers prizes, we received over 40 abstracts. The Queensland State Committee is pleased to announce the names of those who successfully made it through to the Finals of the Neville Davis and RACS Papers Prize.

Neville Davis Prize RACS Papers Prize
David Sparks Hayman Lui
Andrew Zammit Shantel Chang
Brendan Davis Lachlan Crawford
James Lonie Andrew Beatty
Preparation for Practice - QLD

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 November 2022
Avant Mutual Brisbane Office

Are you properly equipped for private practice? Do you have the support network to make your practice a success? The Queensland RACS Preparation for Practice workshop is here to provide the practical tools you need to start your journey in the private sector. The focus of this two-day workshop is practicality. You will hear the experiences of fellow surgeons, consultant speakers and industry experts. Sponsored dinner included. CPD Approved workshop. Provisional Program is now available!

Register Online

From the Archive: Starting Out in Private Practice - What you should know
Diversity in Medicine Webinar
Saturday 12 November 2022
Via Zoom from 11:00am - 1:00pm

Fellows, Junior Doctors, SET, Trainees and Medical Students are invited to attend. Please register your interest now! Speakers to be announced shortly. 
Register Online 
Queensland Surgical Skills Competition

RACS Queensland held the 2022 Medical Students Surgical Skills Competition on 24 September 2022. All medical students performed at a high level, completing in five different stations which consisted of cyst removal, knot tying, laparoscopy, anatomy/theory, and suturing. Congratulation to Griffith University who have won this year’s competition!

We would like to thank Dr Joshua Grundy for convening and our other assessors: Dr Gian Capati, Dr Ashvini Shekar, Dr Julie Cappella, Dr Anna Sandstorm, Dr Rachel Colbran, Dr Manprit Kaur and Dr Damien Gardiner for assisting us on the day to make this event a success!

Glitz and Glamour for a good cause at the Queensland Charity Ball 2022
The biennial Queensland Charity Ball took place on Saturday 10 September to raise funds for the Foundation for Surgery Pacific Islands Program (PIP). It was a fantastic evening with over 100 attendees from across Queensland networking and socialising. Guests enjoyed posing for professional photographs in addition to bidding on silent auction items and purchasing raffle tickets, all for a great cause. Attendees were entertained by Opera Queensland, a live Kamancheh performance, and excellent speeches given by Prof. Chris Pyke, A/Prof. Michael Hollands and A/Prof. Bernard Whitfield.

You can view photos from the night here.

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons
17 November, Brisbane 

Conflict and You
1 December, Brisbane 

Leading Out of Drama 
2 December, Brisbane
Public Complaint to RACS
At the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, we strive to provide the best service we can for our Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates and members of the public. We are focused on supporting professionalism in surgery and making sure that all concerns and complaints are handled by the agency best placed to manage them.

If you would like to discuss your concerns, please
fill out a form on our website or contact our Feedback and Complaints team on (Australia) 1800 892 491 or (Aotearoa New Zealand) on 0800 787 470 or email RACS at
RACS is now on Instagram!
We have now launched a RACS Instagram account to keep members updated with events, courses, networking opportunities, behind the scenes videos and more. 

You can find us by searching Royal Australasian College of Surgeons or
@racsurgeons on Instagram.

We look forward to showcasing and promoting all the exciting activities, events and wonderful stories and having you as part of our Instagram community.
Check out the Surgical Skills Competition on Instagram!

RACS Queensland has successfully held the 2022 Medical Students Surgical Skills Competition! We had students from 4 different universities participating including Bond, Griffith, UQ and JCU.
AMA Queensland: Women in Medicine Breakfast

Date: 6 October 2022, 7am - 9am
Location: Emporium, South Brisbane 

Join AMA Queensland for a motivating and uplifting morning to celebrate the incredible work of women in medicine and their impact on the health care sector. The topic for this year's Women in Medicine Breakfast 2022 is 'Leadership.' This event offers the opportunity for support, networking and advice so don't miss out!

Lucky door prizes will be included as well as a delicious two-course breakfast, refreshments and much more!

Register here

QASM Annual Seminar – Human Factors and Safety in Surgical Patients

Date: 18 November 2022, 8:30AM & 2:00PM
Location: 59 Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point 4169

The Queensland Audit of Surgical Mortality (QASM) invites you to join our Annual Seminar on Friday 18th November 2022 at the Queensland RACS conference room.

The year’s theme is Human Factors and Safety in Surgical Patients. Register for the morning seminar and the afternoon masterclass on Non-Technical Skills in the Management of Complex Surgical Environments.

Morning seminar.

Afternoon masterclass.

AVANT: Compensation Claims and Complaints Insights – General Surgeons 

An average of one in 6 Avant general surgeon members per year had a matter raised about the provision of their care over the period FY2017-FY2021.

Take a look at what types of complaints and claims were brought against them. 

Read full article here.

Establishing rooms? Do it well, and you’ll be primed for success!

If you are considering establishing your own rooms, there is an incredibly important aspect which is often not given the time and energy it needs and that is finding the right property and location. It’s key to your success and in this article Julian Muldoon from 1Group Property goes through some important factors to consider before you commit.

Please see full article. 

Walshs: Client Case Study
Dr Nigel Pinto talks about his financial journey with Walshs. Dr Pinto is a Brisbane based vascular and endovascular surgeon. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Vascular Surgery and commenced working as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital in 2017.
Below are some recently published journal articles, available through the RACS Library collections, which may be of interest:
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.
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Member Advantage
Let's book it in! Are you looking to book your spring getaway or the family summer holiday? Don't forget to check out great offers from our travel partners on lounge access, car rentals, hotel bookings and more.
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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.
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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.
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