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Surgeons (College) website you agree to be bound by the terms of
this agreement. If you do not wish to be bound to the terms of this
agreement, you must not access the site.
Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate.
However, protocols, syllabi, courses and other matters contained in
this website are subject to change at any time by appropriate
action of the College. We give no assurance or warranty that
information on this site is current, and take no responsibility for
matters arising from changed circumstances or other information or
material that may affect the accuracy or currency of information on
Copyright in this website rests with the College unless
otherwise stated. All aspects of this website including data,
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College and may not be reproduced in any shape or form.
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The information posted here should not be considered medical
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medical professional. We do not answer specific medical
This website is provided on an 'as is', 'as available' basis
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practice. No oral advice or written information provided shall
create a warranty; nor shall members or visitors to the site rely
on any such information or advice. This publication is not intended
to be a contract, explicit or implied, and The Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons reserves the right to make changes in the
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website and the Internet generally. Under no circumstances,
including negligence, shall anyone involved in creating or
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or responsibility to any person as a consequence of any reliance
upon the information contained in this site. Nor shall they be
liable for any such damages including, but not limited to, reliance
by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website;
or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of
files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance,
communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access.
States or countries that do not allow some or all of the above
limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the
greatest extent allowed by law.
Visitors agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and
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threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or obscene material of
any kind, including, but not limited to, any material that
encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give
rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local,
state, national or international law. Although in the absence of a
specific complaint the postings are monitored for compliance with
this provision, in an effort to discourage such conduct, please
note that all postings in the discussion forum area will list the
author's name - no anonymous posts are permitted.
RACS social media community guidelines
RACS respects open and constructive engagement on our page and
encourages and welcomes feedback. We aim to ensure that our page is
a respectful and inclusive community. By participating in our page
you agree to do so in a respectful manner. We encourage you to
express your opinions and have open discussions, but we do ask that
you act respectfully and responsibly.
We reserve the right to remove any comment, post or information
that is false, misleading, slanderous, or is deemed disrespectful,
offensive, abusive, illegal, profane, or defamatory toward any
person or entity.
Personal attacks, name calling, trolling, and abuse (on authors,
moderators, other users or any individual) or depictions of
violence or unsafe practices will not be tolerated and the user
will be banned.
RACS will review content posted (including links) and remove if
we think they are inappropriate. Repeated violations of our RACS
social media community guidelines may cause the user to be blocked
from one or more of our social media pages.
For your safety please avoid posting personal information. If
you need to disclose personal information or contact RACS, please
visit contact us page.
Users must observe and maintain the confidentiality of all
security features relating to use of the website (including
passwords, access arrangements etc) as notified. No data
transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally
secure. Whilst the College strives to protect such
information the College does not warrant and cannot ensure the
security of information which users transmit. Accordingly,
information is transmitted at the user's risk.
Third party content
We are distributors (not publishers) of the content supplied by
visitors and other third parties. Accordingly, we have no more
editorial control over this content than does a public library. Any
opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information
or content made available by members, visitors and other third
parties are those of the respective author(s) and we are not
responsible for any material posted by third parties. We cannot and
do not endorse it in any way, nor do they vouch for its accuracy or
usefulness. Furthermore, we expressly disclaim any liability
associated with material posted by third parties.
Disclaimer of endorsement
Reference to any person, products, services, hypertext link to
the third parties or other information by trade name, trademark,
supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement,
sponsorship or recommendation by the College, nor is an endorsement
of the College implied by such links. Any external links on the
College website are for convenience only, as an index in a public
Information subject to change
Any information on this website may include technical
inaccuracies or typographical errors. Furthermore, the information
may change from time to time without any notice.
The College has developed a policy to protect users' privacy in
compliance with privacy legislation. Our policy is to inform users
of the following:
- the identify and contact details of the College
- what personal information is being collected
- who is collecting personal information
- how personal information is being used
- to whom personal information is being disclosed
- how personal information is being stored
- the consequences of personal information being withheld from
- how personal information can be accessed and corrected
View College policies related to
Information collected - De-identified
Without limiting the means by which information is collected by
the College, the usage analysis software used by the College
- unique visitors and sessions
- requested pages, downloads, search terms used, posted forms,
status and errors, hits and bytes downloaded per directory, file
and file type
- entrance pages, exit pages, click paths, click to and click
from and length of session
- domains, countries and IP addresses
- browsers, platforms and robots.
The statistics are de-identified at the time of recording. This
information is used for administrative purposes, including to
improve and assess services, and to monitor usage patterns on our
site in order to improve navigation and design features - helping
you to get information more easily.
Information collected - Identified
The College may collect identifiable information such as contact
details. Further, access to member only services has been made
possible by using information contained in College databases.
Accordingly, we collect personal information to facilitate the
granting of access to member only services.
No data is stored in an unencrypted form.
Access to information collected
The College will not knowingly make an attempt to identify users
or their browsing activities. However, in the unlikely event of an
investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency
may exercise its legal authority to inspect our Internet Service
Provider's logs, and thus gain information about users and their
All of the identified information that the College has used to
grant access can be viewed and changed by users when they view
their personal details. In addition, users may contact the
Privacy Officer at any time to access personal information about
themselves. They will be required to fill out a form to
access this information. Access will be provided unless the
request is unreasonable or the applicable privacy legislation
permits or requires the College to decline that access. As
permitted by law, a fee may be requested to cover the cost of
Use and disclosure of information collected
The College collects personal information for a
number of purposes (being the primary purposes of collection),
- to provide membership services and benefits and maintain
membership and service/benefits records;
- to assist, support, provide and improve continuing professional
development and education and training;
- to monitor and investigate conduct;
- to implement, monitor and maintain quality assurance processes
and systems, as well as processes and systems concerning regulatory
matters, registrations, accreditation, audits, risk and claims
management (including dealings with insurers);
- to procure funding, donations or other support for the
activities of the College; and
- to enable internal administration, training, assessments and
Any information users provide will only be used for the primary
purposes for which users have provided it or a secondary purpose if
it directly relates to the primary purpose or for any other lawful
The College engages third parties to perform certain business
functions. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to disclose
personal information to those suppliers. Disclosures may also
be made to other third parties, including advisors and regulatory
authorities. Where disclosure takes place, the College seeks to
ensure that personal information is handled appropriately.
Quality Assurance Activities
Aspects of the functions within the RACS Portfolio have been
declared in Australia as Quality Assurance Activities under the
Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth), Overview of the Commonwealth Qualified Privilege
Scheme, Australian Government (opens in new window); and in New
Zealand as Protected Quality Assurance Activities under the Health
Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, Overview of Quality Assurance Activities under the
Act, New Zealand Government (opens in new window).
As a result of these declarations, the data that becomes
available as a result of the prescribed activity cannot be
disclosed outside of the activity (in reports or publications) in a
manner that identifies a person. The confidentiality of the
information received is protected accordingly and high-level data
security procedures are maintained.
For details on the activities protected please refer to:
We endeavour to ensure the College website is secure through the
use of firewalls. Personal data is maintained under strict security
and can only be accessed internally by the College employees who
have permission to do so.
Find a Surgeon directory
Information retrieved by the Find a surgeon directory on the
College website will be limited to the practice address, phone and
website URL of Fellows who are listed.
about being listed in Find a Surgeon.
Exam results on the website will be published by number and
never by name.
Complaints and concerns
Any concerns about the College's handling of personal
information should be directed to the Privacy Officer on +61 3 9249
1200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests may be required in writing and resolution of concerns will
be sought as promptly as possible.
The Australian Government's Privacy Commissioner (opens
in new window) is an additional source of information, as is
the New Zealand
Government's Privacy Commissioner (opens in new window).
Changes to privacy statement
The College reserves the right to modify or amend this privacy
statement at any time, provided that those modifications or
amendments comply with applicable laws.
The College may provide further relevant privacy information to
users at the point of collection, in which case, such information
should be read in conjunction with this policy.
Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyse the audience
of the website and improve our content. No personal information is
collected from Google Analytics. Read more about the privacy
policy concerning Google Analytics (opens in new window).
governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia.