Dear <<First Name>>
This is my first newsletter as the Chair of the Queensland State Committee. Already the Committee and I are dealing with several key issues which have arisen with the Government.

Of major concern and needing strong committee input are the Health Transparency Bill 2019 and the review of the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (TAFV Act).

Health Transparency Bill 2019
This proposed bill has the stated aim of improving safety and quality amongst hospital and aged care facilities. The proposed Bill will prescribe publishing four main types of information from health facilities:
  • General information such as address, contact details and clinical services available
  • Compliance with accreditation and legislation
  • Access, process of care and patient outcome data such as hospital acquired complications and sentinel events
  • Access, process of care and patient outcome data for clinical specialties such as waiting list data
The latter 2 items concerning patient outcome data is for surgical and maternity only.

RACS considers the publication of performance outcomes data is to improve the quality of medical care and to improve public trust in delivery of health care. Regarding these principles the Queensland State Committee feedback to the public reporting team and other stakeholders was:
  1. That publishing outcomes data is not confined to surgical or procedural specialties which it is in its current format
  2. Consideration of the list of procedures and the manner in which it is presented be modified by input via consultation with institutions and surgeons, as well as risk stratified according to regions and comorbidities
  3. Further information is provided so that in depth consultation and feedback can occur, regarding the manner in which hospital acquired complications will be published – i.e. as a percentage of separations; in regard to patient comorbidity and hospital acuity; in context of  appropriate responsive clinical safety governance structures such as learning environment and just culture?
Consideration is needed of the unintended consequences of changes in demand and public expectation due to the publishing facility options and undifferentiated league tables of procedural throughput.

Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (TAFV Act) review
Under the guidance of Matthew Hope, Chair of the Queensland Trauma Committee, discussions have occurred with the Office of the Auditor General to the government’s interim response to the Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night Time Economy Monitoring (QUANTEM) final report which sort to gather evidence around drinking and behaviour in SNPs (safe night precincts), pre-loading and other factors which had previously led to an upsurge in alcohol related harm incidences. Some statistics of note from the research are:
  • a 29% average reduction per month statewide in serious assaults between 3 and 6am, with a 40% reduction in the Fortitude Valley SNP and a significant reduction in the Toowoomba SNP,
  • a 29% reduction in ambulance callouts in SNPs between 3 and 6am, and an 11% average reduction statewide,
  • a 12% reduction in hospital admissions of ocular bone fractures in greater Brisbane, and a 4% average reduction per month statewide, and
  • at least one serious crime (including rape and grievous bodily harm) per week across Queensland has been solved using ID scanner data.
Discussions occurred around the use of ID Scanners, minimum unit price for alcohol, interfacing with the new casino, encouraging a staggered process through the early hours of the morning to assist moving large numbers of people out of SNPs and public education campaigns.

I would like to personally thank all those that participated in the recent State Conference and Surgical Leaders Forum, those who organised the event and those who gave up their weekend to attend. My thanks to the previous Chair Brian McGowan for his work on the program and the excellent way he Chaired the Committee over the past 2 years. Again, combining with the Surgical Directors Section led by Councillor David Fletcher was successful and their members' presentations and input was much appreciated.

We covered a broad range of topics and the quality of the presentations and the panel discussions and input from the audience was excellent. We will advise by years end of the date and location of the 2021 Conference. Also, below some key highlights to note on recent and upcoming College activities:
  • The WISE (Women in Surgical Erudition) functions held in August
  • The upcoming Preparation for Private Practice 9 & 10 November
  • The 2020 Charity Ball - 5 September 2020 at Howard Smith Wharves - lock in the date, see if we can improve on the $50,000 raised last year.
Professor Deborah Bailey
Chair Queensland State Committee
Seven st(ages) of a surgeon
What an excellent weekend everyone had at the 2019 biennial Queensland State Conference, combined with the Surgical Directors Leadership Forum. Great weather and even better speakers lead to fascinating discussions about current issues impacting surgery around Australia and New Zealand.  

The program of the educational conference covered everything from the medical/intern years right through academic, philanthropic and directorship career pathways; to the transition to retirement. There were numerous highlights, excellent presentations and passionate discussions spread across three days.

Read our article in the latest Surgical News July August 2019 issue (on page 36-37).

The state committee would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors, attendees and college staff who made the event a great success, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our conference in 2021.
Women in Surgical Erudition (WISE) weekend
RACS Queensland had simultaneous WISE events this month across the state, run by local surgeons in Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast. Here's what the surgeons had to say about our WISE weekend:

"The relaxed event was a way to meet up with both consultant and registrar colleagues from across the sub-specialities, to get to know each other, in an informal, casual setting. Not surprisingly, we have a huge amount in common, which is the basis of firm friendships and more productive work relationships."

"It established a supportive network of women surgeons, which is important going forwards because even though there are not yet many women at consultant level, the numbers are rising rapidly at trainee level and we need a senior network to support them effectively as they move from rotation to rotation."

The WISE group intends to be inclusive and work for the benefit of all people. A fun time was had by all and plans have been made to hold an event around International Women's Day in 2020.
AIDA and CPMC in Brisbane
RACS Queensland was proud to support the pilot Cultural Safety Training Program delivered to the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) by the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) this month. Read more
The College is looking forward to partnering with AIDA in delivery of a surgical focused program.

Learn more about RACS' commitment to reconciliation and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health.
Surgical Skills Competition
Saturday 12 October
RACS Brisbane Office

Looking for an opportunity to be involved in teaching and mentoring?

You can provide medical students in the first year of their clinical placement support at the 7th Annual RACS Queensland Surgical Skills Competition. The competition will consist of 4 teams made up of 5 medical students rotating around 5 skills stations but working as individuals. The test stations include suturing, laparoscopy, knot tying, cyst removal and anatomy (theory). Find out more
Preparation for Private Practice
Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 November
Avant Mutual Brisbane Office

Are you properly equipped to start a private practice? Do you have the support network to make your practice a success?

The interactive two-day workshop is here to provide the practical tools needed to start you journey in the private sector.

Listen to the podcast for more information
Register online and find out more
QASM Seminar
Townsville Hospital
18 October

The seminar themed "Distance, Delays and Deterioration - improving surgical patient care in regional Queensland" will cover topics around:
  • Surgical patient priorities
  • Communication with potential treating surgical team
  • Rural and remote community surgical patient issues
  • Regional facilitation in 'best care' delivery for R&R surgical patients
  • Medical administration's facilitation to 'best care' pathway
  • What is available for 'best care' delivery?
  • Decision-making in this patient cohort
  • Pathology determining pathway to 'best care'
Unable to attend? Join the seminar online.
More information
Queensland Charity Ball 2020
Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City
5 September 2020

The RACS Queensland inaugural Charity Ball in 2018 was a huge success with 170 surgeons, their partners and College supporters present. The wonderful evening for a great cause was thoroughly enjoyed by all. There was incredible entertainment featuring our senior surgeons dancing to a spoof of MC Hammer's 'U Can't Touch This', live/silent auctions, luxury raffle prizes, fine food and beverages. The charity evening raised over $50,000 and all proceeds were directed to the Foundation for Surgery. Read more

We are excited to be holding our next Charity Ball in 2020 at Brisbane's newest and hottest destination - Howard Smith Wharves.

Save the date and stay in touch.
T: 0402 736 732
Rural Surgeons Award
Nominations for the 2019 Rural Surgeons Award (previously known as the provincial Surgeons Award) are now open. Find out more
RACS Council election
Nominations for election to RACS Council opens 2 September and closes 16 September 2019. More information
Travel Grants
Applications are open for the Bongiorno National Network and Medtronic Travelling Fellowship Grants. The travelling grants will assist Younger Fellows who are going overseas to further post Fellowship studies and diversify their surgical experiences in the next 12 months.

The Bongiorno National Network travel grant is valued at $10,000 (excl. GST).

The Medtronic travel grant (2 available) are valued at $7,500 (excl. GST).

Find out more
Court of Examiners for the Fellowship Examination
Applications for appointment in 2020 to the Court of Examiners will open 24 September 2019 for the following specialties:
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Urology
Further information
Professional Development opportunities in Queensland
Operating with Respect (OWR) course
7 September, Gold Coast

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE) course
14 September, Brisbane
22 November, Brisbane

Non-technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) course
27 September, Brisbane

Process Communication Model: Seminar 1 course
15-17 November Brisbane
Skills Training opportunities in Queensland
Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course
13-15 September, Brisbane
25-27 October, Gold Coast
1-3 November, Brisbane
22-24 November, Brisbane

Australian Skills Education & Training (ASSET) course
11-12 October, Brisbane
Upcoming courses in Cairns
The following cadaver based surgical exposure courses are designed for busy surgeons, surgical trainees and aspiring surgeons:
Anatomy of Surgical Exposure
6-8 September

Fundamentals of Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy
13 September

Anatomy of Orthopaedic Exposure
14-15 September
Advocating high quality surgical and patient care across Queensland
What do surgeons need to provide high quality surgical care? Adjunct Professor Deborah Bailey, Paediatric Surgeon and newly appointed Chair of our state committee discusses the importance of promoting the highest standards of education and professionalism in surgery.
Listen to the podcast
Counting the cost of health care in rural & regional Australia
The lack of surgeons based in regional and rural Australia is impacting the health and financial wellbeing of families in those areas. Long commutes to capital cities to access surgery mean some people are forgoing care entirely. Some steps can be taken to address the shortage of surgeons in country regions.
Listen to the podcast
Hospital headaches: workplace demands
Working in a hospital setting requires medical practitioners to interact with a large number of co-workers, including managers and trainees. We have seen an increasing number of employment related matters in recent years. The following are examples of situations with which we assist members... Read more

Walshs is engaged by over 1600 medical professionals to assist with their tax, accounting and financial planning needs, including:
  • setting up private practice
  • tax compliance and advice
  • business structuring and tax strategies
  • personal insurances
  • property and premium lending arrangements
  • superannuation advice and management, among many other areas.
Walshs Financial Group is a proud sponsor of RACS Queensland.
(07) 3221 5677
Discover RBWH History
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
Tuesday 3 September, 5:00pm-7:00pm

MCs for the evening include Dr Barry O'Loughlin and Dr Loyd Toft. Guest speakers: Mrs Jeanette Wiley and Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO.
Find out more
Donald B Leaming FRACS
General Surgeon
Read more about Donald's involvement with the Flying Surgeon Service

Vascular Surgeon
View Brisbane Times article
Are you taking advantage of the free logbook and audit tool?
RACS can facilitate and support your audit needs. If you are interested in whether MALT audit functionality can assist you, please enquire with the MALT Helpdesk or submit an expression of interest form (PDF 242KB).
Surgeons wellbeing
Coping with the demands of a busy profession, maintaining skills and knowledge, and balancing family and personal commitments can be difficult.

We can all benefit from independent health professional advise. Don't be one of the 40 per cent of surgeons who hasn't seen a GP lately.
Find out more
New orthopaedic trauma resources in the online library
A new source called OTA Online from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association is now available for RACS members. It includes the e-books Rockwood and Green's Fractures in Adults 9th ed. 2020 and Rockwood and Wilkins' Fractures in Children 9th ed. 2020.

Other resources included are: OTA Online Video Library, Resident Core Curriculum Lectures, Evidence-based Medicine Resource List, OTA/AO Fracture & Dislocation Compendium, Recorded Webinar Library and OTA Annual Meeting Abstract Archive.
Health insurance hit hard this tax season?
Having the right health insurance policy for your life stage and needs can make a significant difference at tax time. Don't wait until next tax season, get a quote through your benefits program to discover the different access to a corporate policy range could make, with specially negotiated premiums and benefits.
More 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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