The 2021 State Conference
Friday 19 - Sunday 21 November 2021
Peppers Resort Noosa
Online registration opens now! Please click here to see the draft program.  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 issues - RACS Rural Health Equity Strategic Action Plan and SOSS Program
  • 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. 

As is customary at the State Conference, we will have the David Theile Lecture which will be delivered by Dr Michael Wagels and a Dinner Speech from the Honoured Guest Dr Rosslyn Walker.
Dr Rosslyn Walker
Honoured Guest Speaker

Rosslyn was awarded FRACS in General Surgery in 1976 and as Paediatric Surgeon in 1979. She worked for Queensland Health for 47 years as RMO, Surgical Registrar, then Consultant VMO Surgeon. Rosslyn was elected as the first female President of the international Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons in 2002 and was appointed as Director of Surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital in 1997. She became a medical staff representative on numerous hospital committees at both Brisbane Children’s Hospitals. She is committed to both undergraduate and post graduate teaching with The University of Queensland Department of Child Health and RACS Board of Paediatric Surgery. Rosslyn has had national and international involvement with clinical, genetic and molecular biology research groups for neonatal hyperinsulinism. Her other research interests include safety in health service and innovative techniques and prevention strategies in burns and trauma. Although Rosslyn is now retired from the workplace, she is maintaining an interest in Paediatric Surgical activities at QCH.
Michael Wagels
David Theile Lecturer

Michael is a Staff Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He undertook surgical training in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth and was awarded FRACS in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2012. Michael interrupted training to undertake research and was awarded a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2013. Michael established the first multi-specialty point of care manufacturing facility in Brisbane at the Australian Centre for Complex Integrated Surgical Solutions on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. He has recently been appointed the Clinical Director of the Herston Biofabrication Institute, a large scale point of care manufacturing enterprise with a multi-million dollar research programme. The Institute embodies the tenet that large scale clinically applied innovations are only possible through the collaborations of academic, commercial and clinical partnerships. The Institute is the first of its kind in Australia and is actively involved in forging the convergence of surgery and engineering.
Bongiorno Evening 
This is an event especially designed for Younger Fellows. The program will be released in the next few weeks and will include presentations on philanthropy and mindfulness. We look forward to an engaging evening of presentations and networking.  There is will also be the option to join via videoconference.
Preparation for Private Practice 
Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 November 2021
Avant Mutual Brisbane Office

This interactive two-day workshop will provide the practical tools needed to start your journey in the private sector. The focus will be on practicality and learning from experience provided by fellow surgeons, consultant speakers and industry experts. Participants will also have the chance to speak to Fellows who have successfully started up a private practice. Draft program is now available!

Register Online
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
Election to RACS Council 
RACS Council is the governing body of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This year the elections to Council will run from Friday 3 September to Monday 11 October 2021 (close of ballot). Several Council members are standing for re-election, and we are seeking nominations from the Fellowship for new Council members.
Please note candidates are also expected to observe the Campaigning in RACS Elections Guidelines and RACS Social Media policy.
Call Out for a RACS representative for the
Rural and Remote Medical and Dental Credentialing Committee 

Dr David Stoney, who is the RACS Committee representative for any surgical applications on the Rural and Remote Medical and Dental Credentialing Committee, has advised us that he will be retiring and the Committee is finding for a replacement for him.
This is a Co-opted position on the Committee and the representative would not need to attend. The meeting is held monthly, every third Tuesday of the month & as a Co-opted member, they would provide expert advice on the relevant applications prior to the meeting and assess whether the information that the applicant has submitted would be suitable for the practitioner to hold the requested SoCP. On average, the Committee would review 1 x surgical application per month.

If you are interested, please contact

Leading Out of Drama
Date: Friday 19 November 2021
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Peppers Resort, Noosa


Foundation Skills For Surgical Educators
Date: Friday 3 December 2021
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: RACS Brisbane

Register Now

Leading Out of Drama
Date: 1, 6, 9 & 13 September 

Educator Studio Session 
Date: 13 October 2021
Presenter: Dr Hercules Kollias 
Register Now

Conflict and You
Date: 18 October 2021
Taking the Right Steps into Private Practice
If you're considering moving into private practice, there are a range of decisions you'll need to carefully navigate to avoid paying too much tax and finding yourself in trouble with the ATO.
Whether it is starting with the right business structure, finding funding to establish your rooms, or protecting your wealth, our partners at Walshs have years of practical experience to share with you at our upcoming Younger Fellows Preparation for Practice Workshop. 
Read more about their sessions at the event.
Capacity – Why Not To Leave Making A Will Too Late
Regardless of what stage you are in life, a Will is something everyone should have and there are key factors that must be considered to ensure your family is protected. Robert Lamb, Director at Hillhouse Legal Partners, uses his wealth of knowledge surrounding practice areas relating to Wills and Estates to explore capacity (required level of cognitive ability) and why you should not leave your Will to the last minute. 

See full article here. 
Over 40 Abstracts Received for Neville Davis & RACS Papers Prize

Thank you for submitting your abstract! We have received well over 40 abstracts from Trainees, Junior Doctors, Medical Students and PHOS. The judges are in the process of reviewing the abstracts. An email will be sent out to notify you of the outcome in the next few weeks. The Heats are scheduled for 2 October 2021 and the Final is being held at the State Conference on Friday evening 19 November 2021. Please make necessary arrangements with your hospital so you are available to attend.  An option of presenting via Zoom is available for the Heats. Advice about presenting at the Finals will be advised at the Heats. 
Court Vindicates Doctor's Patient Management 
Despite doctors’ best efforts, some patients won’t comply with the treatment advice they are given. When things go wrong for these patients, the doctor is often in the firing line, so there are important steps to take in managing these patients.

In one court case, we assisted a plastic surgeon member to successfully defend allegations of negligence over his management of a patient who hadn’t complied with his advice to stop smoking.

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
RACS Queensland Email
RACS Twitter
RACS Facebook
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