Dear <<First Name>>
Welcome to 2022. Unfortunately, COVID is still presenting issues for us and we currently are under a suspension of elective surgery. RACS is working towards developing a process with government to bring elective surgery back.

RACS would strongly recommend that a blanket ban is not applied, but that a nuanced approach is taken to match recommencing elective surgery in each health service and hospital, depending on staff resources, PPE and bed resources. As the wave recedes, private hospital COVID admissions should be stopped to free up private resources to do complex elective surgery, including public cases needing critical care beds.

Lastly the colleges produced guidelines two years ago about the resumption of elective surgery for hospitals that have been severely impacted. Commencing with least complex elective surgery (e.g. day surgery) is preferable but for other hospitals that have been less impacted more rapid resumption can occur.

On other matters, we are looking for everyone to attend the upcoming International Women’s Day event to be held on Saturday 12 March 2022 at Customs House. It promises to be a great event for networking and learning about the College advancing the diversity agenda. I also want to draw your attention to the upcoming Election for the Queensland State Committee. There will be a few vacancies and I encourage people to nominate to become part of this important Committee. I personally will finish my term as Chair in early May and I look forward to advocate issues relating to our Fellowship during my tenure on College Council. However, more importantly than nominating for the Committee, voting for Committee members ensures you have input into who represents you, within the College, to government and other external bodies. 

We all hope that 2022 is a much easier year than we’ve seen in the last few years!

Professor Deborah Bailey
Chair Queensland State Committee
Younger Fellow's Breakfast
Sponsored by Bongiorno
 Saturday 5 March 2022
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Queensland Cricketers' Club

View the Provisional Program
Register Here! 
International Women's Day
Date: Saturday 12 March 2022
Time: 9:30 arrival for 10am start 
Venue: 399 Queen St, Brisbane City 4000
Cost: $40 Fellows | $20 Trainees
All surgical Fellows, Registrars, Pre-SET and Medical students are invited to attend.

Register Now!
Charity Ball 2022

Date: 30 July 2022
Venue: W Hotel (TBC)
Registration opens now.

Solving the Puzzle: Meeting the Needs of our Diverse Communities 

Clinical Excellence Queensland is pleased to announce this year’s Clinical Excellence Showcase will be held 9-10 May 2022 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre!

You are welcomed to attend in person and online - to showcase the varied ways Queensland’s healthcare sector are responding and adapting to the needs of their local communities. For further information, please email or visit their website.
Brave New Normal World: COVID-19 where to from here? 

‘Brave New Normal World’ is an interactive and informative online event for ALL RACP members nationally.

Hosted by occupational medicine specialist, Dr David Crocker, the session brings together public health and occupational medicine physicians with a focus on healthcare in the workplace and the broader community. The Webinar will also explore what may be expected and required in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 and beyond. Register Here.
Correcting A Double-Dip On Overtime Payments

Are your employees paid well above Award rates to cover any reasonable overtime but are still accruing Time Off In Lieu? If so, you may be double paying your employees’ overtime.
Claiming Time Off In Lieu for overtime that you may already paying your employees well above Award rates to compensate for is reasonably common in medical practices, and correcting this error can be tricky.

Read more here
The Australian Tax Implications of an Overseas Fellowship

Now the borders are starting to open, you may be thinking about taking an overseas Fellowship.

Before you go, there are some important tax implications to consider. 

Our partners at Walshs have prepared a fact sheet to help you avoid being caught out. 

See full article here

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

Professor Deborah Bailey
Queensland State Committee
RACS Queensland webpage
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