Call for nominations to the RACS Council - 2018


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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Fellows are invited to consider nominating for election to the RACS Council.

All Fellows can nominate for Fellowship Elected Councillor. Orthopaedic Surgeons may either nominate for Specialty Elected Councillor or for Fellowship Elected Councillor.

We are looking for Fellows whose outlook and dedication to excellence will help promote surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand.

You would need to make a meeting commitment of four days, three times a year at the end of February, June and October. Your three year term of office would commence at the AGM on 9 May 2019.

Why nominate to the RACS Council?

Being a RACS Councillor is a rewarding experience, which will enable you to work with a diverse group of colleagues together with the CEO to contribute to:

  • driving the strategic direction of the organisation
  • maintaining sound governance
  • setting the standards for surgical education and professionalism locally and internationally
  • achieving RACS' vision, mission and goals.

Training by the Australian Institute of Company Directors will be provided to successful nominees.

Election process

The election process will be conducted entirely online and is facilitated by BigPulse, our elections services provider. This is to ensure that RACS maintains independence from the election process. BigPulse is one of a few global leaders in the non-government online voting industry with clients in 35 countries, and has a reputation for delivering safe and trusted voting. RACS has used BigPulse since 2013.

Nomination process

To complete the online nomination, candidates are required to:

  • contact two other Fellows who agree to support their nomination;
  • provide the names and email addresses of their two supporters;
  • upload information about themselves;
  • upload a candidate's statement;
  • upload a recent photograph;
  • declare there are no restrictions or conditions placed on their practice by any regulatory authority;
  • declare their scope of practice has not been limited or credentialing restricted as a sanction or disciplinary action by any hospital where they practise or have practised within the last five years;
  • to respond promptly if you agree to support a candidate. You will receive an email from BigPulse with a link for you to submit your brief supporting statement.

Council vacancies

There are nine vacancies in the category of Fellowship Elected Councillor

Fellowship Elected Councillors who are retiring

  John Batten (Orthopaedic) Tasmania
  Catherine Ferguson (Otolaryngology Head & Neck) New Zealand
  Claire Campbell (Vascular) Victoria

Fellowship Elected Councillors eligible for re-election and wishing to stand:

  Mr Adrian Anthony (General) South Australia
  Ms Ruth Bollard (General) Victoria
  Dr Jennifer Chambers (Vascular) New South Wales
  A/Prof Kerin Fielding (Orthopaedic) New South Wales
  Ms Annette Holian (Orthopaedic) Victoria
  A/Prof Christopher Pyke (General) Queensland

There is one vacancy in the category of Specialty Elected Councillor for Orthopaedic Surgery.  Orthopaedic Fellows will have the choice of nominating for either this category or for Fellowship Elected Councillor.

Specialty Elected Councillor eligible for re-election and wishing to stand:
  Greg Witherow (Orthopaedic) Western Australia

Specialty Elected Councillors not due for re-election:
  Mark Frydenberg (Urology) Victoria
  John Crozier (Vascular) New South Wales
  Julie Mundy (Cardiothoracic) Queensland
  Bruce Hall (Neurosurgery) Queensland
  Geoff Lyons (Plastic & Reconstructive) New South Wales
  David Fletcher (General) Western Australia
  Christopher Perry (Otolaryngology Head & Neck) Queensland
  Anthony Sparnon (Paediatric) South Australia

All nominations, support statements and any information collected as part of the process are strictly confidential.

Key dates

  • 31 August 2018 - Nominations open
  • 17 September 2018 - Nominations close
  • 21 September 2018 - Ballot opens
  • 5 October 2018 - Ballot closes


You will receive a call to nominate email from BigPulse, our elections services provider, on Friday 31 August with a link to enable you to complete your nomination form. If you do not receive this email contact

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