New Zealand


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


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Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy
New Zealand National Board
Frequently Asked Questions


New Zealand National Board meetings

(in Wellington; on Fridays, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm)

  • 3 March 2017

  • 9 June 2017

  • 18 August 2017

  • 1 December 2017

Surgery 2017: Future Proofing Surgical Practice

17 & 18 August 2017, TE PAPA, Wellington

Surgery 2017 will discuss the future of surgery, the right treatment for the right patient, fees, burnout, resilience, greening the hospitals, climate change effects on health, and more. An interesting cast of international and local speakers will present on the various aspects of future proofing surgrey and healthcare.

International speakers include:

Professor Taylor Riall - Chief, Division of General Surgery/Surgical Oncology, Professor  Surgery - University of Arizona. Dr Riall is known for her work on comparative effectiveness (research comparing different treatments to understand the right treatment, for the right patient, in the right setting) and patient-centered cancer and general surgery outcomes. As well as a practicing academic surgeon Dr Riall is a professional leadership and life coach working with surgeons, physicans and leaders from all walks of life assisting them to (among other things) identify and address their personal and professional challenges, tap into their full potential and lead a happier, well-balanced life.

Dr Forbes McGain - Anaesthetist and intensive care physican at Western Health, Melbourne.  Dr McGain created the PVC Recovery in Hospitals Program which collects high-grade, clear plastic hospital items, such as used facemasks, oxygen tubing and irrigation bags. Through this initative Western Health has slashed its plastic waste and more than 24 hospitals in the Asia Pacific region have adopted the PVC recycling  program. 

Find out more in the Provisional Programme (PDF 3.24MB) and register online.

Surgical Pioneers

16 August 2017, Wellington

The 7th presentation of Surgical Pioneers will be held on Wednesday 16 August 2017, the day before Surgery 2017. Discussion centres on the pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th century, who established surgery in New Zealand on such a sound footing.

Included in presenters in 2017 is Dr Christopher Pugsley, ONZM, DPhil, FRHistS, a former Luitenant Colonel in the New Zealand Army, who is regarded as New Zealand's pre-eminent military historian. 

Find out more (PDF 140KB)

Louis Barnett Prize

Closing Date for Abstracts is 12 noon on Friday 2 June 2017.

The Louis Barnett Prize is valued at $2,500 and applications are open to:

  • New Zealand based surgical trainees, in all nine specialties, and
  • New Zealand Fellows under the age of 40 years as at 18 August 201

Find out more (PDF 195KB)


Cutting Edge (PDF 692KB) Issue 62, March 2017

Cutting Edge (PDF1.36MB) Issue 61, December 2016

Cutting Edge (PDF 1.18MB) Issue 60, September 2016

Cutting Edge (PDF 1.95MB) Issue 59, June 2016

Cutting Edge is a quarterly newsletter published by the New Zealand National Board.            

New Zealand Trauma Guidelines

The Guidelines for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal Trauma Care (PDF 2.97 MB) is the national guideline document in circulation in New Zealand. These Guidelines were initially developed in 1994 by the College with support from the Ministry of Health and updated in 1996 and 2003. The 2012 revision was funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the NZ Trauma Committee of the College.

Health Sector Fact Sheets

The Commerce Commission has published a range of fact sheets designed to help health professionals work within competition and consumer laws. Link to fact sheets 


New Zealand Joint Registery

Australasian Vascular Audit 

Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy

NZ Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - applications to this committee can be made via the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology website.


Active Fellows by specialty and region, as at December 2016

A Fellow is considered active if they are currently involved in any aspect of surgical activity that involves the use of surgical skills or knowledge gained through their surgical training. This extends to and is not exclusive of medico-legal work, research or supervision of Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Further Annual and Interim Activities Reports are available on the workforce and activities reports page.

New Zealand Workforce Data

CAR 5 57 0 38 11 3 60 15 189 29 22 240
GEN 23 575 18 303 140 28 459 138 1684 240 148 2072
NEU 8 78 0 47 17 6 66 20 242 22 26 290
ORT 24 427 4 287 116 21 306 128 1313 260 53 1626
OTO 8 150 2 89 46 9 115 41 460 90 24 574
PAE 3 38 0 14 7 3 22 8 95 16 21 132
PLA 4 128 2 67 41 10 142 46 440 62 23 525
URO 5 134 1 83 30 10 119 41 423 59 24 506
VAS 4 65 0 37 16 4 54 15 195 19 2 216
Total 84 1652 27 965 424 94 1343 452 5041 797 343 6181

CAR - Cardiothoracic Surgery
GEN - General Surgery
NEU - Neurosurgery
ORT - Orthopaedic Surgery
OTO - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
PAE - Paediatric Surgery
PLA - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
URO - Urology
VAS - Vascular Surgery

Frequently asked questions

What does the NZ office offer Fellows and Trainees?

For Fellows:

For Trainees:

  • information on, and a local resource point for training programs. The New Zealand office coordinates the administration of some programs.

What are your opening hours?

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Who can I contact if the office is unattended?

Call +64 27 279 7455.

Can I book rooms to have meetings?

Contact the office to make a booking.

Where can I stay in Wellington?

Visit the Positively Wellington Tourism website.

What's on in Wellington?

Visit the Positively Wellington Tourism website.


New Zealand National Board
Chair - Professor Randall Morton

New Zealand Regional Office
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Street address
Level 3, 8 Kent Terrace
Mount Victoria
Wellington  6011

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Postal address
PO Box 7451
Wellington  6242 

Telephone: +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm