Dear <<First Name>>

The Queensland State Committee wishes to acknowledge the difficulties that flooding has caused in Queensland and New South Wales, particularly, where Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs have experienced significant loss and interruptions to their practice, both public and private. Please note the below letter from the College President:

The floods in Queensland and New South Wales have affected many of our Fellows, Trainees, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs), and many other healthcare workers over the past few days. I am deeply saddened and sorry to hear about the devastation that the floods have wreaked in Brisbane, Maryborough, Grafton, Lismore and so many other places.
I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that the College is here for you as you undergo different and more intense working hours and conditions. Let us know how we can assist you and if there are areas we need to advocate on. We have representatives from all states and territories in Council so please contact your State Chair if there are situations that you think could be improved.
I also want to recognise all healthcare workers, particularly nurses, who play such an important role in ensuring that we as surgeons can do our jobs seamlessly. They are often behind the scenes, smoothing the way for us, and they are under more pressure than usual during times like these. They have been asked to give up their days off, and work double shifts, often sleeping in their hospitals to be able to do this. Please thank your nurses and any other healthcare workers you work with.
While you might not have time to consider your mental health during a time like this, I urge you to make it a priority. Recognise signs of burnout before they escalate, and please take care of yourself so that you can continue taking care of others. Contact Converge International if you need a professional, confidential listening ear. The counselling service is free to all Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs of the College.
Kind Regards,

Sally Langley
President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
International Women's Day
Date: Saturday 12 March 2022
Time: 9:30 arrival for 10am start 
Venue: 399 Queen St, Brisbane City 4000
Cost: $40 Fellows | $20 Trainees
All surgical Fellows, Registrars, Pre-SET and Medical students are invited to attend.
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Charity Ball 2022

Date: 30 July 2022
Venue: W Hotel (TBC)
Theme: Winter Wonderland 
Registration opens now.
Join us for an enjoyable evening supporting the Foundation for Surgery. Bring along your partner or colleagues for a great night out on the town! Discounted rates for an evening stay at The W Hotel the evening of the Charity Ball. 

Digital Health Webinar
Date: Monday 11 April 2022 
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Register Here
The College in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, is hosting an interactive one-hour webinar session on a range of digital health tools to support specialist practitioners. Some topics that will be covered include My Health Record overview and current statistics, live demonstration – accessing and viewing key health information, and an update on electronic prescribing. 
Thomas And Naaz V Chief Commissioner Of State Revenue – What This Recent Court Case Means For You

The decision of Thomas and Naaz in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal has been a point of interest for medical practices since the practice in that case was ordered to pay $795,292 in payroll tax last year.

AAPM partner, Hillhouse Legal Partners, discuss how medical practices should review their current agreements, websites and terms and conditions to reduce the risk of an unpaid payroll tax assessment.

For valuable insights on these issues that have the potential to affect every medical practice, please read here
Federal Budget 2022-23 - What's relevant for doctors?
Walshs Webinar

Following the release of the 2022-23 Federal Budget in late March, we invite you to join Hugh Walsh, Partner – Accounting and Taxation from RACS’ Platinum Partner, Walshs, to discuss the key budget outcomes most relevant to, and affecting, doctors. 

This webinar will be relevant to surgeons both in and out of private practice and will cover:
-    Personal tax
-    Business and SME tax
-    Superannuation and retirement
-    Other measures
-    Election sweeteners
When: 6pm, Monday 4 April
Where: Online Zoom Webinar


Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Funding 

Australian FRACS are invited to apply for an SRSA grant of up to $10,000 to support your continuing professional development (CPD). SRSA grants cover CPD costs like registration, travel, accommodation and meals.We especially encourage applications for interactive CPD like clinical attachments, peer review and workshops.

You are eligible if you:
  • Are a Fellow, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander trainee, of a (non-GP) specialist medical college
  • Work in a regional, rural or remote area (check your classification here)
The application deadline for Funding Round 6 is 15 April 2022. CPD activities must be completed between 1 July 2022 and 30 September 2023. Visit the SRSA website for more information and the online Application Form:

The SRSA Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and managed by the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges. 
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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