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VIC Chair's Report

Over the recent 12 months I have tried to start the process of the idea of improving engagement of our members in the College.  It goes without saying that we have an organisation that now has a rich culture at promoting surgical education, both as a trainee and later in our careers.  In some ways this culture of ongoing education is relatively unique in our society and it is something we should be proud of. 
I accept that we all live busy lives and that sometimes it can be difficult for us to separate ourselves from our clinical practice in order to do some activities that we often deem to be of lesser value.  However, it is becoming more and more relevant in modern society that the burden of administration should be borne by all of us.  
I am of the opinion that if as many of us can take on some role, whether it be small or large, it will lead to a stronger and more engaged College.  
This engagement also extends to areas outside our own sphere.  This is both with government and the general public.  If we fail to engage with these groups we will find ourselves left behind and decisions will be made that may not necessarily be helpful to us in the future.  
If engagement can be improved and people can take these roles on in the future it will no doubt improve the situation in the longer term.  
As such, I am encouraging everyone to engage; with their hospital, College, local health networks or otherwise.  
On a more sombre note I would like to extend our support and thoughts to the family, friends, colleagues and wider medical community following the attack on surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegman at Box Hill Hospital.

Victorian Regional Committee Elections

The Victorian Regional Committee Elections were recently held with the following Fellows elected as members of the Victorian Regional Committee. 

Ms Susan Shedda (re-elected)       General Surgery
Mr Patrick Lo                                   Neurosurgery
Ms Mary Ann Johnson                    General Surgery
Dr Adel Morsi                                  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Victorian Regional Committee can be contacted through the Victorian Regional Office. All RACS members are encouraged to engage with the Committee and bring issues of interest or concern to them for discussion. 

Free Workshop for Surgeons

Self Managed Super Funds for MEDICAL Professionals

Hewison Private Wealth are the Victorian Regional Office's newest sponsor.  As part of the new arrangements Hewison are offering all RACS members a free workshop on establishing and maximising self-managed super funds. 

Date: 25th July 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Council Room, College of Surgeons

Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information or to RSVP please contact the Victorian Regional Office on 03 9249 1253 or

Medical Students Surgical Workshop

These workshops have been designed to promote interest in careers in surgery by giving final year medical students practical hands on experience with surgical techniques and equipment relevant to the four specialties being showcased.

The first workshop of 2017, held on 21 May, saw 32 final year medical students, rotate through four skills stations in Laparoscopic, Urological, Vascular and Plastic Surgery.

The feedback from the students was again overwhelmingly positive.



Preparation for Practice

Registrations now open

The Younger Fellows Committee, in partnership with the Victorian State Committee, is proud to offer the Preparation for Practice workshop.

Date: 19-20 August 2017

Location: College of Surgeons, Melbourne

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

Register here
Please see the RACS website for full details


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, 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 register via the online enrolment form


Call for Abstracts


Abstract submission information is available here Submit an abstract online before 25 July 2017. 

For Abstract enquiries, please contact:
T: +61 3 9249 1117

Please see the RACS website for full details.

Let's operate with Respect

Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE):

Upcoming courses in 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


AOA 21 workshops

now comparable to RACS FSSE Course

The Federal Training Committee has reviewed the Foundation for Surgical Skills Educators (FSSE) course and noted significant content duplication with AOA 21's workshops.

As a result, AOA has sought and received confirmation from RACS that completion of four AOA 21 workshops is equivalent to completion of the FSSE

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary PhD Research Program

Expressions of Interest

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney (University of Sydney)
The HPB Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney is offering two full-time positions for enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) program at the University of Sydney commencing in 2018.

One position will focus on liver and the other on pancreas.

Candidates should be accredited as a RACS trainee (SET 3 or above) up to and including new Fellows in the first two years following completion of their fellowship.
For more details contact:
Professor Thomas J Hugh (Liver)
Dr. Anubhav Mittal (Pancreas)


 Through the College, the Foundation for Surgery works in partnership with innovative and determined Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, clinicians and students all over Australia. This work has had success in getting more young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students to help address the inequities in Indigenous health by considering a career in surgery.

One of the outcomes of this program is that more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are being supported to continue their medical training and consider taking up careers in surgery

The Foundation is trying to secure $55,000 for programs that are crucial to the future health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Foundation is asking surgeons to Pledge-a-Procedure – that is, make a tax deductible donation of the proceeds from just one of your most common major operations during their Pledge-a-Procedure campaign in May and June.

If they can get the support of enough progressive and compassionate Australian colleagues, they have the opportunity to significantly reduce inequities that exist between Australians as well as powerfully contribute to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to the surgical workforce as a whole.

Please donate online at

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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