Dear <<First Name>>
The year’s end is quickly approaching, and the State Committee has been working to establish our priorities to address our most significant challenges. Seven key initiatives have been identified and brought forth in the advocacy brochure. The brochure provides clarity for the Committee, our RACS statewide membership, government and Queensland Health of those issues that are most important, but by no means our only challenges. This work will be an ongoing effort as we tackle each one together.

Despite conditions and uncertainty, surgeons are trained to be strong, flexible and to endure. Each of us has worked tirelessly over the years, but especially during the pandemic, floods, and fires that this state and others have experienced. We must never forget that we too are human. The strong do not often ask for help nor do others often offer. It has been said that “these are the duties of the physician: first… to heal his mind and to give help to himself before giving it to anyone else.” Epitaph of an Athenian doctor, 2 AD.

One of our key initiatives is to promote wellbeing. Although we have the desire to support our family, friends, and of course patients, we must recognise the most important person, ourselves. We recommend taking time to reflect on your needs. When have you last seen your personal doctor or taken time for screening tests that we recommend to our patients? Ask yourself if you’re receiving adequate sleep and regular exercise. For many of us it’s time for change and it begins with slowing down. Taking care of ourselves is as important as taking care of our patients. Physician advocacy is patient advocacy.

Queensland State Executive
Advocacy Priorities:
Queensland State Committee

The Advocacy Priorities brochure discusses issues that are important to the RACS Queensland State Committee.  The aim is to offer recommended actions that may lead to more effective surgical services delivery throughout Queensland, if the Queensland Government were to implement them. The Committee is keen to engage at all levels with the Government and would appreciate a structured meeting schedule being developed to ensure these issues are considered when the government considers its reform agenda. Click to view.
Dr Gian Capati - Chair - General Surgery
Dr Katherine Black - General Surgery
Dr Pamela Caleo - General Surgery
Dr Juanita Muller - Vascular Surgery
Dr Nicholas Jorgensen - Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr Jennifer Ah Toy - Paediatric Surgery
Dr Christopher Daly - Neurosurgery 
Dr Ben Lancashire - General Surgery
Dr Prathyusha Nakka - General Surgery
Dr Andrew Strahan - Urology
Dr Diana Tam - General Surgery
Dr Eugenia Ip - General Surgery
Dr Jo Lyn McKenzie - ENT
Dr Vasant Rajan - General Surgery
Dr Kieran Rowe - Plastic Surgery
Queensland Younger Fellows Committee has developed a chart of key touch points for engaging with the College. The Committee believes that many Younger Fellows are keen to engage but are unsure of how to do so. 
Women in Surgery Essay Competition

This year's topic is "Is seeking gender equality in surgery enough or should we be seeking equity?".
The author of the winning essay chosen by the committee will receive complimentary registration to the 2023 RACS Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide (01 to 05 May 2023). A winner outside Adelaide will receive complimentary flights and accommodation. All other costs will be at the winner's own expense.
Entries accepted from female medical students including those in their final year of study in 2022. Essays are limited to 1000 words. Entries to be emailed to
Entries due COB, Monday, 28 November 2022. 
RACS launches CPD mobile app!

​It’s another step in our continued efforts to provide the Fellows with the best-in-class continuous professional development opportunities. This app will support the much-awaited need for a dedicated CPD mobile app that will make it quick and easy for Fellows to record CPD activities in everyday practice on the go! Download and get started.

Benefits of using the CPD mobile app include
Fellows can now quickly create CPD activities, capture evidence, and manage their learning plan on an easy-to-use, intuitive mobile app. This will provide Fellows with the flexibility and support they have always wanted while maintaining their surgical standards and complying with the regulatory requirements in Australia.
 Click here to know more.
Queensland Preparation for Private Practice Workshop

RACS offers a number of PD courses and career growth workshops each year. Very soon, we will be hosting our most popular workshop, Preparation for Private Practice. If you have questions about when to start planning your dive into the private sector, the start up cost of private practice, or how to ensure you have a steady stream of patients, we would encourage you to register for the workshop. Please see the Provisional Program.

RACS Fellows, SET, SIMGs and Surgeons participating in this RACS CPD Program can claim 13 CPD points. Register Online
Save the Date
Queensland State Conference
Brisbane, 25-27 August 2023
Register your interest now through
Appointment to the Court of Examiners

Applications are open to eligible Fellows willing to serve on the Court of Examiners.

Applications should be forwarded to the Department of Examinations no later than Wednesday, 30 November 2022 for appointment in 2023.

Should you wish to apply, please forward your completed application form with your curriculum vitae via email.

For an application form and further information please visit the College website.
Cancer Alliance Queensland launches new e-report

The Queensland Breast Cancer Quality Index reports on the Optimal Care Pathways for Breast cancer, a population-wide profile of Queensland women with invasive breast cancer, their diagnoses and management. This report highlights where the system is performing well and where there is variation in practice, to assist in the delivery and organisation of surgical and cancer services to improve health outcomes and performance.

Please send any comments to More information about The Partnership activities can be found here.
Breast Implant: Associated Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Various Lymphomas
The TGA is reviewing international reports of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas being identified in breast implant capsules. The TGA is not aware of any Australian cases to date; it requests that any instances of squamous cell carcinoma, lymphoma and any cancer located in the scar tissue or capsule around breast implants are reported to the TGA. For more information, please refer to the TGA Safety Alert at Breast implants: Report of squamous cell carcinoma and various lymphomas in scar tissue around breast implants | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Information is also available at:
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
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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