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VIC Chair's Report


I write this report as the last for my term as the Chairman of the VRC. It has been and continues to be a dramatic time for the College of Surgeons. The issue of bullying and harassment continues to be a main driving force for the College, by now the majority but not all of our members have completed the Online module and Foundations course. These are important for the future of our College as there has been a need for a change in culture, the sooner we can get this change the sooner we can move onto other challenges. As such, I would encourage anyone that has not yet done these courses to have an open mind and complete the courses and the newer operating with respect course. It will lead to a more caring and fairer working environment for all and additionally it may even make your own private practice a nicer place to work, as some will no doubt have already discovered. 


I am also pleased to welcome the new members onto the VRC Mariolyn Rajakulenthiran and Amy Touzell. Both will make a great addition to the Committee. There has been a pleasing increase in the number of female Committee members, ensuring the Committee is more reflective of both the Surgical community and Public community as well, I would also like to thank those who missed out at the recent election. I would like to continue to encourage people to put their hand up for Committees like these and others, I realise they are often unpaid and mean more time away from family but they are important and means that the RACS will be better represented and engaged in the  activities of the Community. 


This brings me to my next point. On Sunday 29 July, the College will be involved in the 'Melbourne open house' day, this offers two opportunities. Firstly it may give you a chance to have a look a the College from a different perspective and to learn a bit about it's history which is rich, both from the point of view of the building and activities of the College. Secondly, these 'Open house' days need hosts. Traditionally this has been carried out by a senior fellow, as such if you think you are someone who can offer your services (you will have time to be trained prior to the day) then it would be appreciated if you could offer your assistance. Ideally we would like members who are younger, female and of a diverse background to try and reflect the Community. 


Finally, It has been a pleasure over the last year to present Community service awards to various members of the College and I am amazed by what some people have done. Longe service, third world work, dedication to cause and simple caring for a patient have all been themes. Recently I was honoured to present an award that was nominated by a member of the public who had felt that their surgeon had gone above and beyond with the care they received. It is unusual for a public person to do this and this surgeon needs to be congratulated. That surgeon was Arash Riazi and it is pleasing to see such a young surgeon starting his career on a such a positive note. 


David Love

To offer your assistance with the 'Open house day' please contact: Megan Sproule (RACS Resources division) -


Mandatory Reporting

The federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in April at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues, amongst these were the Mandatory reporting requirements:

Mandatory reporting requirements under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law

Ministers agreed to a nationally consistent approach to mandatory reporting which proposes exemptions from the reporting of notifiable conduct by treating practitioners.

The legislation will include strong protection for patients and will remove barriers for registered health professionals to seek appropriate treatment. The legislation will specifically include a requirement to report past, present and the risk of future sexual misconduct and a requirement to report current and the risk of future instances of intoxication at work and practice outside of accepted standards.

View the full statement here

Medical Students Surgical Skills Workshops

27 May | 26 August | 30 September

Volunteers needed

Three MSSWs are held each year to promote surgery as a career for Victorian Medical Students.

Held in the RACS Skills Lab, participants (32 at each event) rotate in small groups through four workstations, to experience hands-on practical skills relevant to the surgical speciality being featured.  This year FLS, Plastic, Urology, Vascular and Orthopaedic surgery will be featured across the three workshops.

We are looking for Fellows and Trainees who could assist us in running a Skills station at these workshops.  If you can assist us, please contact: Katherine Walsh or phone 9249 1253

For further details and dates please see the RACS website

60th Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting

19 - 20 October 2018 | The Royal children's hospital, Melbourne



Friday 19 October - Professional Development Workshops
VASM Interactive workshop
Surgical Leaders Forum workshop

Saturday 20 October - Scientific Program
Plenary, symposia and discussions, oral paper presentations and poster presentations.

Vic ASM Dinner: G J Royal Lecture and announcement of prizes and awards
Abstracts opening soon
Registrations NOW OPEN

Please see the RACS VicASM page for more information.

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators

Build a culture of respect in surgical education


Please see the RACS website for full details.

Investing for Success

Free seminar for RACS Members

Taking the time to review your investment strategy is essential if you wish to ensure the financial security of you and your family in the long term.
Simon Curtain and Glenn Fairbairn, Directors of Hewison Private Wealth, invite you to join them for an obligation free information seminar on investment strategies for medical professionals.
Hewison Private Wealth is an independent wealth management firm and proud Victorian Regional Office sponsor. As part of their sponsorship Hewison Private Wealth are offering all RACS members a free workshop on how to invest for success.

Date: 6 June 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Hailes Room, College of Surgeons
Cost: Free

Refreshments will be provided. 
For more information or to RSVP please contact the Victorian Regional Office on 03 9249 1254 or

NETI Basic Colonoscopy Workshop

Friday 22 June 2018 | The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne

VASM Regional Seminar Roadshow

5 September 2018

Can the VASM audit improve patient outcomes?
A regional perspective.

From this year VASM aims to disseminate lessons learned from the audit through annual regional seminars.

The first will be held at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon on 5 September 2018.

Please see the RACS website for full details.

Developing a Surgical Career

Resources for Junior Doctors Interested in a Surgical Career

Registrations now open!

 Saturday 30 June | Saturday 6 October 

This is a rewarding one day professional development workshop designed to provide information and knowledge to assist Junior Doctors interested in a Surgical Career

REGISTER NOW via the online enrolment form. 

Post-op Podcast

New episodes every month

Please see the RACS website for full details.

The Doctor Dash

Exercise your Blues Away

Access to Counselling Services

RACS Extends this Support Program to immediate family members of
Fellows, Trainees and IMGs

Medical Graduates and members of their immediate family or household can access the RACS Support Program (RACSSP)?

The program is provided by Converge International, a leading Employee Assistance Program provider, where members can access confidential support via counselling, coaching and advice on workplace, emotional and personal issues.

When you contact the RACSSP you always speak with a qualified mental health professional. Consultants are registered psychologists and counsellors, and have extensive experience in their specialty areas with a deep knowledge of, and experience in providing care to people who work in the healthcare sector.

Converge has also recently launched its EAP Connect app – download this today on your smartphone.  

More information is on the RACS website.


Member Benefits Program


Fellows and Trainees of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons can access exclusive discounts on a range of quality lifestyle products and financial services through the RACS Member Advantage Benefits Program.

For further information on the benefits and services available: Call Member Advantage on 1300 853 352 or visit the College website.

Save 12% on any Adrenaline experience or voucher

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Choose between Water, Driving, Flying, or Land experiences or opt for the gift vouchers if you are unsure of a gift for a loved one.


Dr David T Love
Victorian Regional Chair
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