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Victorian Regional Committee Elections

Voting closes Monday 24 April

Voting is now open for positions on the Victorian Regional Committee.


The ballot closes at 5.00pm AEST on Monday 24 April 2017.  


There are 4 vacancies.


For your vote to be valid, you must vote for four (4) Fellows.


Please keep an eye on your email inbox for your personal voting link.

If you need assistance please contact Katherine  Walsh on 9249 1254. 


Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE) Recognition Awards

Call for Nominations


ASE Recognition Awards 2017 nominations  close on 28 Apr 2017.  Kindly send in your nominations for the Educator of Merit categories ‘Supervisor/ Clinical Assessor of the Year – by Region’ and ‘Professional Development Facilitator/ Instructor of the Year’. The awards will be presented at the Academy Forum in November 2017, in Sydney. For more information on the awards, please visit the ASE Recognition Awards page
Application for the ASE Surgical Education Research Scholarship is now open until 26 Apr 2017. This $10,000 scholarship is open to RACS Fellows, SET Trainees, SET applicants and IMGs. For more information on this scholarship and how to apply, please visit the ASE Surgical Education Research Scholarship page. 

Preparation for Practice

19-21 August

Save the Date

The Younger Fellows Committee, in partnership with the Victorian State Committee, is proud to offer this Preparation for Practice workshop at the College of Surgeons in Melbourne.

The purpose of this two day workshop is to provide surgeons and trainees with information and practical skill to set up private practice.


Please see the RACS website for full details

59th Victorian Annual Scientific Meeting

20-21 October 2017 | Novotel, Geelong

Save the Date

Friday 20 October - Professional Development Workshops

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators - 9:00am - 5:00pm
If you  would like to attend this course, please register 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

Please see the RACS website for full details.

Let's Operate with Respect


E-learning module

As part of awareness and education to tackle discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment, all RACS Fellows are required to undertake the e-learning module “Operate with Respect”.

Currently only 48% of Victorian Fellows, Trainees and IMGs have completed the Operating with Respect e-learning module.  

This is a CPD requirement for 2017.  Completion of the module takes 45-60 minutes and can be accessed from the RACS website:

Questions?  Email:


Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE)

Do you supervise or teach surgical trainees?  Have you completed the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators Course yet?  This course is designed to expand knowledge and skills in surgical teaching and education.

Completion in 2017 is mandatory.  Limited exemptions apply. Courses are scheduled around Australia.

Upcoming courses in Melbourne: 

  • 28 April 2017-Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre, Melbourne
  • 29 April 2017 - SJOG, Geelong
  • 13 May 2017 - St Vincents Hosp, Melbourne
  • 2 June 2017 - RACS Office, Melbourne
  • 16 June 2017 - Traralgon Hosp, Traralgon
  • 30 June 2017 - Epworth Priv Hosp, Melbourne
  • 29 July 2017 - Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton
For a full list of courses available and to enrol in a course please visit the RACS website or call (03) 9249 1278

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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