Research at 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.


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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Attitudes and perceptions of acupuncture and acupressure practice in perioperative care

(posted 28th June 2017)

The use of acupuncture and acupressure in treating PONV and pain has long been proved to be clinically safe and effective. We wish to conduct a survey to assess the perception and attitude to acupuncture and acupressure by medical and nursing staff in perioperative care. This is part of a master research at RMIT University. We invite you to participate in this survey.

The survey link is: Perioperative acupuncture Survey

We wholeheartedly appreciate the time you spend in filling out the survey - it really is making a difference.

For further information please contact Ming Zhang

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A survey of surgeon approaches to hernia repair in Australia and New Zealand

(posted 11th April 2017)

I have been asked to contribute a chapter describing the hernia repair situation in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, current practice and trends, for a publication titled THE ART OF HERNIA SURGERY - A step by step guide, edited by Prof Giampiero Campanelli, President of the European Hernia Society and chairman of the first World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery, Milan 2015. In order to gain a better overview of the situation in Australia and New Zealand, I am asking surgeons to spend 5 minutes or so completing a multi-choice questionnaire regarding their approaches to inguinal, incisional, umbilical and epigastric hernia repairs. Expansion on aspects of technique +/- reasons are welcome.

The survey link is: Hernia Repair Survey

For further information please contact Andrew Bowker

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

(posted 17th February 2017)

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 2017)

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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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 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