Safer Surgical Teamwork (SST)


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Workshop information

Registrations are now open. (log in required).

SST Course on Moodle - access the pre and post workshop information. There is background information, pre-reading and details of each course for participants.

What will you learn?

SST (Previously known as Safer Australian Surgical Team work- SAST) is a combined workshop for surgeons, anaesthetists and scrub practitioners. The workshop focuses on non-technical skills which can enhance performance and teamwork in the operating theatre thus improving patient safety.

It explores these skills using three frameworks developed by The University of Aberdeen, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the National Health Service - Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS), Anaesthetists Non-Technical Skills (ANTS) and Scrub Practitioners' List of Intra-operative Non-Technical Skills (SPLINTS). These frameworks can help participants develop the knowledge and skills to improve their performance in the operating theatre in relation to communication/teamwork, decision making, task management/leadership and situational awareness. The program looks at the relationship between human factors and safer surgical practice and explores team dynamics. Workshops will be delivered in four regional Australia centres in 2019. A faculty of four, cross-College facilitators will lead you through a series of interactive exercises to help you to reflect on your own performance and that of the operative team you work with.

Key learning outcomes

  • A better understanding of how human factors effect performance
  • Development of a language (taxonomy) for discussing non-technical skills
  • Use of an assessment tool for non-technical behaviours
  • Reflection on your own non-technical skills

Target group - Fellows, International Medical Graduates, Anaesthetists, Perioperative nurses

Key details

Location and date:

Wednesday 19 June 2019 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Friday 23 August 2019 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Saturday 16 November 2019 - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Fee (all values incl GST):

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

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

Registration:  Please contact the SST Co-ordinator:

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, ANZCA, ACN, ACORN members

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


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East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

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