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Recently, the Vice President completed her time on Council. This also bought to an end her time on the Queensland State Committee which was over 16 years. Associate Professor Mundy has made an enormous contribution to surgery in Queensland and our College. 

We welcome two new members to the Queensland State Committee after the recent election. These members are: Dr Emilia Dauway and Dr Harsheet Sethi. 

The Committee Office Bearers are:
Chair: Professor Deborah Bailey
Deputy Chair (Metropolitan): Dr Ray Lancashire 
Deputy Chair (Regional/Rural): Dr Roxanne Wu 
Secretary (Government Advocacy):
Dr Sanjeev Naidu 

Professor Deborah Bailey
Chair Queensland State Committee
Digital Health Hybrid Meeting

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, is hosting a hybrid interactive 1-hour webinar session on a range of digital health tools to support specialist practitioners. Dr Kathy Rainbird will be the keynote presenter. You can attend online or in-person. 
Date: Tuesday 13 July 2021
In-person arrival time: 6pm
Webinar commences: 7pm
Venue: QLD State Office - Level 2, 59 - 69 Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point, QLD, 4169

Food and refreshments will be available from 6pm. There will be time allocated for questions and answers.

Neville Davis Prize 
The Neville Davis Prize is a premier research prize open to Queensland Surgical Trainees of all specialties and PHOs in Surgical Departments. For more information, please click here.
RACS Papers Prize 
The annual Queensland RACS Papers Prize is a premier research prize open to all Queensland Medical Students and Junior Doctors for presentation on a surgical topic.
For more information, please click here.
Abstract Submissions open date:
Monday 3 May 2021
Abstract Submissions close:
Monday 16 August 2021
The 2021 State Conference
The State Conference will be held at Peppers Resort Noosa 20-21 November 2021. Please reserve the date in your calendar. It is anticipated that registration will open June 2021. 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
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.
Surgeons' Month 2021
Surgeons' Month will take place in October/November this year.
Please see our events schedule:


  • Tuesday 26 October - Past Chair's Dinner
  • Saturday 30 October - Preparation for SET (Medical Students and Junior Doctors looking for a career in surgery)
  • Sunday 31 October - Medical Students Surgical Skills Competition


  • Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November - Younger Fellows Preparation For Practice
  • Wednesday 10 November - Queensland State Committee Dinner and Awards Night
  • Friday 12 November - FSSE Course
  • Saturday 13 November - Equality in Medicine Event
  • Thursday 18 November - Directors of Surgery Forum
  • Friday 19 November - Leading Out of Drama
  • Friday-Sunday 19-21 November - QLD State Conference
Digital Health & Aged Care Channels
The digital health and aged care channels are being upgraded to web services technology.
By 13 March 2022, web services compatible software will need to be used to access:
  • Medicare Online
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs - via Medicare Online
  • Australian Immunisation Register - via Medicare Online
  • PBS Online
  • Aged Care web services
The above channels will also move from Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security and be replaced with our authentication system called Provider Digital Access (PRODA).
What this means for you
You may need to register for Provider Digital Access (PRODA) and will need to have web services compatible software by 13 March 2022.
You can download the “How to prepare for web services eKit here or access it on
AIDA's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice

To support the implementation of the new RACS Cultural Competency, Cultural Safety 10th competency the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice session is being run.

Date: 17th of July 2021
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: RACS QLD office - 59 Shafston Ave Kangaroo Point 4169

This session will be free to RACS Fellows and will be run by specialist educators from AIDA for a small group of RACS Fellows to provide you with an invaluable chance to learn about:
  • Connection to country and kin
  • Holistic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Racism and Cultural Safety 
  • Implementing a culturally safe health service
  • Practical engagement and communication.
Advanced Diagnostics and Physiological Monitoring in Critical Care

You are invited to join the Inaugural Advanced Diagnostics and Physiological Monitoring in Critical Care (ADP-MoCC) Symposium which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on 6th and 7th August 2021.
This is a unique and first-of-its-kind symposium that focuses on diagnostic and monitoring aspects of critical care. It is organised by members of the Mater ICU team for critical care practitioners working in the intensive care units, high dependency units, operating theatres, emergency departments and other areas of the hospital.

Our distinguished and internationally acclaimed group of speakers include: Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, Professor Bala Venkatesh, Professor John Fraser, Professor Ruth Hubbard, Professor Claire Rickard, Associate Professor Paul Griffin, Professor Amy Jannison, Professor Andrea Marshall, Professor Bernhard Riedel, Associate Professor Laurence Weinberg, Associate Professor Anne Leditschke, Associate Professor Sasha Dionisio, Professor Brent Richards, Associate Professor David Sturgess, Dr Bernie Bissett, Dr Victoria Campbell, Dr Kylie Baker, Dr John Morgan, Dr Richard Baer and Dr Adrian Langley.
For more details please go to the symposium website.

Register Here
Global Advances and Controversies in Skin Cancer 

Register today to attend The Global Advances and Controversies in Skin Cancer (GAC-SC)! Benefit from the event taking a hybrid approach to conferencing in 2021, with in-person attendance to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and virtual attendance to be live-streamed online this 5-6 November 2021. You can view the Program here. 

This exciting event will bring together leading experts, working in skin cancer and will focus on the latest advances across a wide range of disciplines. Click here to register.
The Queensland Charity Dinner was held on Friday 14 May 2021 at W Hotel rounding out a successful ASC week with money raised supporting the Foundation for Surgery. 
Local Queensland Convocation held 10 May 2021 at Customs House
Transferring Money from Overseas to Australia
Keeping abreast of all the ins and outs that keep you on the right side of the Australian Tax Office (ATO) can be challenging at the best of times – let alone if you’re a time-poor surgeon.

The complexity only increases if you’re an Australian resident who receives income from overseas. RACS partners, Walshs, examine the key elements to consider when transferring money from overseas to Australia, including the importance of seeking advice from a professional in the field.
How to Ensure Your Charitable Donation or Legacy Gift is Implemented How You Wish
Giving back to the community does not have to be limited to your professional life. Surgeons can provide charitable donations through their Will and continue to support the community after their passing. 

Robert Lamb, Director at Hillhouse Legal Partners outlines the key estate composition considerations that will ensure your donation or legacy gift is implemented how you wanted.  

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

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Queensland State Committee
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