Research at RACS

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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.

 

Survey research has become an essential component of consulting trainees and Fellows to understand issues that affect them and for the evaluation of programs.

If you are interested in conducting survey research with trainees and/or Fellows, please download and review the survey policy document prior to making contact with the Evaluation and Survey Coordinator.

If you are interested in participating, please follow the survey links or contact the researchers noted under each project listing.

Current research


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How are data on adverse outcomes from medical/wellness travel collected in Australia's healthcare system?

(posted 17th February 2016)

In recent years, medical and wellness travel, including for cosmetic and dental treatments, organ transplantation, and stem cell treatments, has grown significantly. Some of the risks associated with Australians travelling overseas for medical or wellness travel include excessive scarring from cosmetic surgery, the transmission of antibiotic-resistant organisms and lack of continuity of medical care. We are developing an online resource that will assist patients to make better-informed decisions about medical/wellness travel. Before developing this resource, we need to know more about how and if data on adverse outcomes of medical/wellness travel are currently collected. This survey will help us to gain a picture of current methods of collecting such data if they exist. The survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete, will involve short responses to a series of questions regarding your views on current and preferred ways of collecting data on the adverse outcomes of medical/wellness travel and whether you have any issues of concern about such travel.

The survey link is: Medical Travel Adverse Outcomes Survey

For further information please contact Professor Alan Petersen


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Disaster Preparedness Training of RACS SET Trainees

(posted 20th January 2016)

Disaster and Mass Casualty events thankfully occur infrequently, however all Surgeons must be prepared for appropriate action in these times of crisis. This survey is to assess the level of disaster preparedness training that our Trainees are exposed to and where any deficiencies in their experiences may be. This extremely important evaluation will better enable modules of training to be developed for the future, and ensure that all of the RACS Trainees have the skills and confidence to perform in these extreme crisis events. All RACS Trainees are encouraged to complete this survey.

The survey link is: Disaster training survey

For further information please contact Dr. Luke Johnson


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A Study on the Prevalence of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMD) among Surgeons

(posted 30th November 2016)

Dear colleagues, I believe many surgeons are suffering from WRMD secondary to sub-optimal body postures and ergonomics while operating in the theatre.

This is part of a study looking at how sub-optimal body postures and ergonomics may cause WRMD, with the aim to create solutions to these problems and a healthier working environment. I would urge all surgeons to participate in this survey, as your contribution will increase the robustness of the data collected and provide important insight into the extent and severity of WRMD.

This 10-minutes anonymous survey has been approved by the Mater Hospital Brisbane Human Research Ethics Committee.

The survey link is: WRMD survey

For further information please contact Dr. Leong Tiong


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ANZ Oncology Health Professional's perceptions of and attitude to exercise in cancer patients

(posted 25th November 2016)

There is substantial evidence that maintaining physical activity and/or increasing exercise after a cancer diagnosis, and even during active treatment, can improve a range of functional, mental health, and possible disease outcomes. Exercise or physical activity and rehabilitation programs are not well integrated into cancer care at the moment. This survey aims to document the perceptions of Australian and New Zealand oncology health professionals regarding the level of evidence for physical activity, their current practice regarding exercise recommendations, and barriers and facilitators to advising patients about exercise and physical activity. We need to understand what people currently do, why it might be difficult, and perceptions of the levels of evidence so we can design programs that are feasible to implement in practice and support the clinical teams delivering care.

The survey link is: Exercise in cancer patients

For further information please contact Haryana Dhillon.


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Learning from errors and adverse events

(posted 17th October 2016)

Adverse events arise in around 10% of hospitalization, most have multiple contributing causes and it is uncommon for there to be a single individual action or mistake which is responsible. Despite this, surgical fellows and trainees who have been caring for these patients often feel a deep sense of personal responsibility, impact on their professional and personal lives. We invite you to take part in this voluntary, anonymous, 20-item survey to understand the experiences of adverse events of surgeons and trainees in Australia, the support available to them and what is needed.

The survey link is: Adverse Events Survey

For further information please contact Reema Harrison.


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Burnout amongst Australian surgeons and trainees

(posted 1st August 2016)

Surgical fellows and trainees are at risk of burnout, a condition characterized by symptoms of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of reduced personal accomplishment. We invite you to take part in this anonymous, ten-minute survey assessing burnout risk amongst surgeons and trainees.

The link to the survey is here: Surgeon's Burnout Survey

For further information please contact Dr John Barker.


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Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) Survey of doctors

(posted 31st May 2016)

The ninth wave of the MABEL (Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life) Survey is now ready to be completed. This is a unique chance to contribute to independent and rigorous evidence about doctors working lives and how they are affected by the health care system. Those who have filled it out before should receive a letter or email. If you have not filled it out but would like to, please go to www.mabel.org.au and sign up to be included. We wholeheartedly appreciate the time you spend in filling out the survey - it really is making a difference.

Professor Anthony Scott, Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics

If you would like any further information about the CRE or the MABEL Survey please email enquires@mabel.org.au.