Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS)


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.


Registrations are now open. (log in required).

Workshop information

What will you learn?

The NOTSS workshop focuses on the non- technical skills which underpin safer operative surgery. It explores a behaviour rating system developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which can help you develop the knowledge and skills to improve your performance in the operating theatre in relation to situational awareness, communication, decision making and leadership/teamwork. Each of these categories is broken down into elements or behavioural markers that can be used to identify a superior or substandard performance. A faculty of four RACS Fellows will lead you through a series of interactive exercises to help you better understand how these markers can be used to reflect on your own performance and that of the surgeons you work with.

Key learning outcomes

  • A better understanding of how non-technical skills underpin safer operative performance
  • Be able to use structured observation and a rating scale to assess non-technical skills.

Target group - Fellows, International Medical Graduates and senior SET Trainees.
Rural practitioners may also be interested in attending the Safer Australian Surgical Teamwork (SAST) workshop.

Key details


9am to 4pm

Location and date:

Friday 9 August 2019 - Perth , WA, Australia

Friday 27 September 2019 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Friday 4 October 2019 - Auckland, NZ

Saturday 26 October 2019 - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Fee (all values include GST):

 A$470 or NZ$530 for members (Fellows, Trainees or International Medical Graduates with the College)

A$580 or NZ$655 for non-members of the College

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points: This educational activity has been approved in the College's CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (maximum of 8 points) in Category 3 - Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. For those with a RACS CPD requirement this activity will be automatically uploaded to your record.

Presenters: RACS Fellows


Registrations are now open. (log in required).

More information: Please view the Patient Safety Board website or contact the Department of Professional Development.


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

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7440
Fax: +61 3 9276 7412