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VIC Chair's Report

The last few months have been a harsh reminder of just how difficult it can be to be a surgeon. As a community we have had a passing of a surgeon as result of a violent single punch attack as well as the loss of many others, old and young. All of these losses are a tragedy.  
Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann passed away some time after being king hit at Box Hill hospital. This incident in particular is a reminder of the impact violence can have on people. While often glorified in modern media, the reality is far from what we seen on TV on in the movies. We need to continue to advocate for more stringent legislation regarding these events. The public needs to be reminded of how easy it is for a single punch to drastically alter lives and the College is committed to advocating to government to prevent these events happening in the future.
This and other recent losses also remind of us of the stress that we are often all under. This is especially felt by the younger surgeons and trainees as a life in surgery can be stressful. This can be forgotten or under-appreciated as we become more senior and I remind all surgeons, young or old, to take a moment and ask their colleagues if they are well they are well or coping or even are they OK ( RU OK). Never forget that what may seem simple or easy to you may not be the same for others. The College also has confidential support services available for all our surgeons who may need someone to talk to. Whether it is work, life or anything else that is your mind this service provides a free, confidential supportive outlet to have a chat.
On a lighter note the VRC had its recent strategic planning meeting for 2017 with a focus on the theme of engagement. Gareth Goodier was kind enough to offer his insight into how to improve engagement and leadership from members of the organisation which you may work in. Ultimately the more we can engage in RACS education and services the more diverse it will become. It will lead to our College becoming stronger, wiser and more relevant to us all. As such I would encourage all of you see what you can  do for your college. It does not have to be much but a small engagement can go a long way. 

Preparation for Practice - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

19-20 August

59th Victorian Annual Scientific Meeting

20-21 October 2017 | Novotel, Geelong

Registrations now open!


Friday 20 October - Professional Development Workshops

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators - 9:00am - 5:00pm
If you  would like to attend this course. REGISTER NOW! via the online enrolment form

Saturday 21 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. 

REGISTER NOW! via the online enrolment form


Council Elections

Get involved



Nominations: Open Friday 18 August | Close Friday 1 September 2017.

Fellows are invited to consider nominating for election to the College Council.
As a member of Council you become a company director with fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of the Fellowship as a whole.
Training by the Australian Institute of Company Directors is provided. 

Please see the RACS website for full details.

Let's operate with Respect

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE):

Upcoming courses in Melbourne:
  • 11 August 2017 - Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
  • 6 October 2017 - Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
For a full list of courses available and to enrol in a course please visit the RACS website or call (03) 9249 1278


Funding for Rural-based Surgical Supervisors
or Clinical Assessors

Operating with Respect Course


The Commonwealth Department of Health has enabled RACS to offer Rural-based Surgical Supervisors or Clinical Assessors an opportunity to attend one of the scheduled 2017 OWR courses with full reimbursement of travel and accommodation (subject to certain expenditure limits)

 Register here for the Operating with Respect (OWR) course.


Please see the RACS website for full details.

Upcoming Medical Symposium

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
As a RACS member, access Adrenaline’s awesome and unique experiences. The range includes over 2,500 of the best adventures in Australia, New Zealand and now also across the USA.
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.


Access to Counselling Services

Fellows, Trainees and IMGs have access to confidential counselling for any personal or work-related issued through Converge International. Provision of services covers New Zealand and Australia and can be in person, on the phone or via Skype. RACS will cover the costs of up to four sessions per calendar year to this arms-length service.  
Contact Converge via phone : 1300 687 327 in Australia or 0800 666 367 in New Zealand or via email.

Dr David T Love
Victorian Regional Chair
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