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59th Victorian Annual Scientific Meeting

21 October 2017 | Novotel, Geelong

Registrations now open!

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

Operating with Respect

Time is running out to complete mandatory training


Thank you to the 60% of Victorian Fellows, Trainees and IMGs who have completed the e-learning module. This is a mandatory requirement for Fellow's CPD in 2017.

Log in now to complete the module - it only takes 45 minutes. Don't wait until Christmas. 


Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators

Do you teach or train SET Trainees or supervise IMGs? The Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators (FSSE) Course is mandatory.

Upcoming courses:
  • 9 October 2017       - RACS Office            Melbourne
  • 5 November 2017   - RACS Office            Melbourne
  • 6 November 2017   - RACS Office            Melbourne
  • 26 November 2017 - RACS Office            Melbourne
  • 2 December 2017   - Box Hill Hosp           Melbourne
For a full list of courses available and to enrol in a course please visit the RACS website or call (03) 9249 1278
Operating with Respect Face to Face Course

The Operating with Respect Face to Face Course provides advanced training in recognising, managing and preventing discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. The aim of this course is to strengthen patient safety by enabling participants to develop skills in respectful behaviour and practice strategies in responding to unacceptable behaviour.

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.

John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship

Re-opened for applications

Due to available funding, the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship has been re-opened for applications from RACS SET Trainees.


This scholarship  was  established to encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education. It also aims to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships amongst trainees. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has agreed to sponsor one SET Trainee from RACS to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress each year. In exchange, RACS will sponsor one ACS resident to attend the RACS Annual Scientific Congress. The recipient will attend the ACS Annual Clinical Congress on 21-25 October in  Boston, USA, and is valued at $4000.


The deadline for applications is 30 September 2017. For more information, please go to the award web page  or contact Sue Pleass on:

Alcohol Policy Conference

Alcohol Policy and the evidence for change
A forum for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers

Alcohol is a major factor in a substantial proportion of family violence cases. With Government, public and media interest in family violence at an all-time high, the case for action to prevent alcohol-related violence against women and their children has never been clearer.

Join local and international experts to hear about the latest evidence and case studies, and engage in a lively and provocative discussion about gender, alcohol and family violence, and opportunities for prevention.

Register through the Conference registration page. 

Women in Leadership Program

Inspiring women to influence and impact

October 17th | Monash Health, Clayton

Delivered by Ms Tracey Ezard and Professor Helena Teede with support from current leaders in healthcare and research

The purpose of this two-day program is to inspire, encourage and support women in healthcare and research to reach their full career potential.  This program will explore equal opportunity, capacity, capability building and career strategic Planning as well as providing supportive networks and partnerships.

For further information about this exciting opportunity please contact Kerri-Lea Allen: | ph: 8572 2661 or Register here

RACS Upgrades - Access changes

RACS Head Office, Melbourne


Upgrades to the front garden at the RACS Head Office building by the City of Melbourne will commence on 25 September and continue through to the end of November.

Key changes will be:

  • Weatherproofing 'the goat track' (from the parking lot to the front driveway)
  • New parking bays in the driveway to improve safety.
  • New half-width boom-gate at the bottom of the driveway to stop vehicles going up the driveway the wrong way.

During the upgrade the main reception and front entrance will be closed, Entry will be from the Nicholson Street entrance.

Please note that due to these works car parking availability will be limited

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact RACS Reception.  

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

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.


Dr David T Love
Victorian Regional Chair
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