About RACS


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.


The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), formed in 1927, is a non-profit organisation training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand.

Our vision

Leading surgical performance, professionalism and improving patient care.

Our mission

The leading advocate for surgical standards, education and professionalism in Australia and New Zealand.

Our values

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Collaboration

Further information can be found in our current Strategic Plan.

The following RACS corporate video provides a broad overview of RACS and its various divisions and departments as well as the work of its surgeons and their value across the health system.

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An abridged version focuses on the surgeons and the work they do in championing professionalism and standards in surgical practice.

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Governance and Committees

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is governed by a Council made up of elected and co-opted members. A number of boards, committees and working parties report to Council and contribute to the running of the College.

College Fees

The College membership is paid for by Fellows with an annual subscription for the calendar year for 1 January to 31 December each year.


The College represents nine regions; the eight states and territories of Australia, and New Zealand.

Academy of Surgical Educators

The Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE) aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education.

Foundation for Surgery and Donations

The Foundation for Surgery actively supports innovative surgical research, aid projects in underprivileged communities, skills transfer and education programs. Donations help to facilitate all of these activities.

College History

The College was established in 1927, and the first meeting of the College Council was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in February of that year. The College was incorporated under the Companies Act Victoria 1928.

College Museum and Art Gallery

The Museum was established in 2006, and officially opened by the then president, Dr Russell Stitz, on 21 February 2007. The Art Gallery was established in 2008 and is located in the College building in Melbourne.

College Calendar

A calendar of events for the purposes of planning, containing all major College events and selected external events.


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1200
Fax: +61 3 9249 1219
Email: college.sec@surgeons.org