Queensland State Conference
19 - 21 November 2021
Final Program
We are formulating a diverse scientific program that will cater to all interests, with lively discussion on emergency theatre access across the state, trauma care, generalism in future training and specialty access in regional areas (One State One Patient).

The Queensland State Committee fully appreciates that it has been a difficult year. Elective surgery targets, code yellows, lack of beds and ICU have created pressures for surgical services across the State. Funding is tighter and will be even more so as we begin the next phase of living with COVID-19.

The State Conference in Noosa provides an opportunity for us to stop briefly, come together and reassess the way forward. The Conference pre event of the Surgical Services Statewide Forum provides an opportunity to directly engage with senior leaders in the Government to help chart this next phase. In the Director's meeting on the Thursday evening and at the sessions on the Saturday and Sunday at the conference itself, as a group, we can plan our service delivery with Emergency Surgery as the key driver in how our services will look.

Secure your place at the 2021 Queensland State Conference and dinner by Registering Online.
Click the above image to register for Surgical and Specialty Unit Directors Meeting. Please click on this Zoom Link to join.
Statewide Surgical Services Forum
Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, 33A Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD

This 1-day forum, commencing at 9am, provides clinicians with an opportunity to learn about current updates and health system priorities relating to the surgical environment in Queensland. We will also be continuing the conversation and maintaining focus and momentum on quality and safety, while exploring complementary models of care. See full program here. With limited seats available, book your ticket now.
Call Out for Examiners

The Clinical Committee are seeking examiners for our upcoming February 2022 Clinical Examination. 

RACS Clinical Examiners:

  • Are involved in the assessment of SET Trainees
  • Gain valuable CPD points – 4 points per examination (i.e. 12 points for the whole weekend)
  • Opportunity to meet and build rapport with colleagues

Date:  Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 February 2022

Venue: Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Timings and sessions are to be confirmed.

Clinical Examiner Training:

Please note you may be required to complete Clinical Examiner training if you haven’t examined recently.

To register your interest please email

Specialist Medical Assessment Tribunal (Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003)
As you may be aware, the current recruitment and selection process for medical specialists to join the Specialist Medical Assessment Tribunals (SMAT) has commenced.
Medical assessment tribunals are established under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to provide an independent and non-adversarial system of medical review and assessment of injury and impairment sustained by workers. The SMAT comprises of practitioners from the following specialties:
  • Neurology
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Disfigurement
  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Orthopaedics
Applications for nomination to the SMAT close on 5 January 2022. Further details can be found at:
Preparation for Practice Workshop 2021
The 2021 Younger Fellows' Preparation for Practice Workshop was successfully held face to face at Avant Offices on 6-7 November 2021. Despite clashing with the rescheduled Fellowship Exam, attendance was excellent. There was great discussion on key issues and we thank our conveners Dr Stuart Collins, Dr Rebecca Won and Dr Danielle Wadley for their commitment and expertise across the weekend. We also thank Assoc. Prof. Peter Myers for his words of wisdom to the group based on his experiences across his time in private practice. 
Neville Davis & RACS Papers Prize 

The Heats for these prestigious prizes were held at the Queensland Regional Office on 2 October 2021. The number of abstracts received was 45 and competition for a place in the finals was intense. We thank Dr Raja Sawhney (Convener), Dr Praga Pillay, Dr Ray Lancashire, Dr Sanjeev Naidu and Dr Wayne Ng for judging at the Heats. 

The finalists to present at the State Conference on Friday 19 November 2021 are the following: 

Neville Davis Prize  RACS Papers Prize
Matthew Cheng Derek Mao
Al-Rahim Habib Samuel Smith
Christopher Jackson Zirong Yu
Tejas Singh  
Michael Stuart  
Medical Students Surgical Skills Competition 
The 10th holding of the Medical Student Surgical Skills Competition occurred at the Queensland Regional Office on 30 October 2021. It was an enjoyable day as the students worked together as a team to complete each of the stations, which included: Suturing, Laparoscopy, Knot Tying, Cyst Removal and Anatomy (theory). We thank Dr Julie Mundy, Dr Raja Sawhney, Dr Peter Sharwood, Dr Sanjeev Naidu, Dr Ray Lancashire, Dr Thanusan Sivapalan and other helpers from the universities. 

Overall University Winner - Griffith University
Malak Habib Shantel Chang
Ethan James Xin Bianca Byfield
Khilan Shukla  

Individual Winner - Bianca Byfield
Website Woes

Most businesses have a website, but not all websites have carefully considered Terms and Conditions. Ben Ryan, Associate at Hillhouse Legal Partners, examines why your website needs tailored T&Cs and why medical practices in particular should be cautious when using generic T&Cs. Read more here.
"But I need this procedure!"

Patients increasingly view the provision of healthcare as a service – and doctors as the service providers who must meet the patient’s needs and in some circumstances, demands.

See full article here.

Jamieson Trauma Institute’s Cliff Pollard Award 

This is an exciting opportunity to apply for up to $5000 toward equipment, projects or educational opportunities and must be related to advancing trauma care in the three categories listed. Healthcare professionals from all disciplines are welcome to apply. Applications close Sunday 28th November 2021.
Please direct all enquiries to

Court Decisions Uncover Payroll Tax Risks for Medical Practices 

Medical centres operating under a shared services model could be hit with payroll tax bills and fines if Queensland follows a precedent set in NSW and VIC. In this article, Walshs Partner Hugh Walsh and Medical Accounting Specialist Kaitlin Brock look at what two recent court decisions mean for private practices. 

Read the 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.
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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.
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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.

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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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