Dear <<First Name>>

As Fellows, we should feel responsible for what happens in our profession. We need to look after each other and our patients. Those of us lucky enough to work in large metropolitan centres should not forget our colleagues in smaller regional areas. Some regional areas, have had a particularly difficult 2022. These areas need our support and if you can assist, please let me know. Remember that compassionate leadership is key in bringing together our entire workforce. I'm also thankful for the engagement we had received from each of the specialty groups in 2022. It is important that this collaboration continues so we can deliver patient care across the state.

I would like to thank the Committee and college staff members for supporting me this year. I wish everyone gets the opportunity to spend time with those you hold dear and an opportunity to recharge. Happy New Year to all.

Dr Sanjeev Naidu
Queensland State Committee Chair
Please see as 2022 draws to a close, and another year is quickly coming to an end, I hope everyone takes some time to reflect on the hard work they've invested in this year, and appreciate the good they've done for their patients, particularly in such challenging times.  For those who have committed time to either training medical students, junior staff or other colleagues in health, an immense thank you.  For those who have volunteered their time and energy in trying to make their workplace better, a big thank you as well.  As the end of the year can also be quite a stressful and lonely time, I hope each surgeon looks after themselves and look out for their colleagues as well, to check if they are OK.  One of the services that RACS have partnered up with is Converge International to offer the RACS Support Program. The program is free and confidential support to Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates, Global Health volunteers and their immediate family. All counsellors are experienced in working with medical professionals and can assist 24/7 with any personal or work-related matter.  It is my hope that you don't need the program, but if you do, it is good to know that help is available. Also please take time to review this Touch Points for Younger Fellows for those who are interested. Take care, stay safe and see you in the new year. 

Warm regards
Dr Gian Capati 
Queensland Younger Fellows Committee Chair
Queensland State Conference
'Floods, Fires and Pandemics' Reflections and Surgical Resilience in the Aftermath
25 - 27 August 2023

Fellows, Junior Doctors, SET, Trainees and Medical Students are invited to attend. Register your interest now through 
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Women in Science 
11 February 2023, Webinar
Walshs Private Practice Webinar
14 February 2023, Zoom
International Women's Day 
8 March 2023, Webinar
2022 Preparation for Private Practice Workshop

​The 2022 QLD Younger Fellows 'Preparation for Practice Workshop' was successfully held in person at Translational Research Institute on the 5 and 6 November. There was a high attendance rate and a great atmosphere.  

All the attendees found this workshop to be extremely helpful in assisting them to start and grow their own private practice. 

There were great discussions on key issues and we thank our conveners Dr Stuart Collins, Dr Jason Wong and Dr Susan Bell for their commitment and expertise over the weekend.

Neville Davis and RACS Papers Prize
The Neville Davis and RACS Papers Prize were held at the Cairns based Hospital. We had 8 excellent presentations. The Winner of the Neville Davis Prize was David Sparks and the Winner of the RACS Papers Prize was Hayman Lui. We would like to thank our convener Dr Raja Sawhney and our judges: Dr Harsheet Sethi, Dr Roxanne Wu and Dr Alan De Costa. 

Operating with Respect 
3 March, RACS Brisbane Office 

Non Technical Skills for Surgeons
18 May, RACS Brisbane Office 
Invitation to provide Clinician Feedback on Quality Assurance Committees

A review of Quality Assurance Committees (QAC) is underway to better understand how they function and what recommendations there might be to support the timely identification of systemic quality of care issues and instigate systemwide change to address these issues. Frontline clinicians are invited to provide feedback on QAC by attending one of three 45 to 60-minute sessions: 
•    Monday 30 January 4:00pm - 5:00pm
•    Thursday 2 February 4:00pm - 5:00pm
•    Wednesday 8 February 10:00am - 11:00am.

If you would like to participate, please nominate your preferred date and register here by 22 December 2022.
For further enquiries please contact Sue McLellan, Manager Patient Safety Assurance, Patient Safety Quality.

Finalising your CPD at the end of the year

With 2022 coming to an end, it’s time to login to ‘CPD Online’ or jump onto the CPD App to check if you have any outstanding requirements for the current CPD period 1 July 2021 until 31 December 2022.

Help and Support
If you would like more information and support in completing your CPD for the current period, the CPD Team is here to help.

Please get in touch with us at or +61 3 9249 1282. Our team is available Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm (AEDT).
How to complete your Learning Plan
If you have already started your Learning Plan, you can now reflect on your activities and learning goals for the year. When completed, click the ‘Finalise’ button.

If you have not had the opportunity to start your Learning Plan, you can access and complete this in
CPD Online or the App. Completing this activity should take no more than 20-30 minutes.
Finding the Best Home Loans for Doctors

Deciding to buy a new home or investment property is an exciting time, but there are several things you should consider as you start to look for the home loan that will meet your needs as a medical professional. Walshs Lending Team go over some important points.

Click here to find out more

Declining to perform a procedure and justifying your clinical decisions

Some patients avoid procedures when they are needed, while others request procedures that are not clinically indicated. Either scenario can lead to a patient feeling they have not been treated properly and result in them making a complaint.

Read full article here.

Why Shareholder, Unit holder And Service Agreements Are Crucial To Avoiding Disputes Within A Medical Practice

In any business where partners and staff are involved, it’s important the ground rules are put in place early. Shareholder/Unitholder Agreements are essential to avoiding disputes within a practice.

Please see full article

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.
More information
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Queensland State Committee Chair
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