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.
To offer your assistance with the 'Open house day' please contact: Megan Sproule (RACS Resources division) - firstname.lastname@example.org