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Stay alive this festive season (NZ release)

23 December 2015

Surgeons from across Australia and New Zealand are urging caution and restraint in regard to speed, alcohol and road safety awareness over the Festive season, in what is traditionally a busy time for emergency departments across the country.

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Surgeons say earlier Coromandel closing times put community's health first

18 December 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports the Thames Coromandel Districts Council's new measures to introduce earlier closing times for the regions bars and liquor outlets.

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Surgeons warn of dangers of children swallowing small batteries over the holiday break

17 December 2015

The festive season is traditionally a time of gift giving and many gifts involve small batteries. Ear Nose and Throat surgeons are warning parents and child caregivers to be aware that serious internal injuries and even death could result from small children swallowing button batteries.

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RACS launches Action Plan to build respect, improve patient safety

30 November 2015

An overhaul of complaints management, fundamental shifts in surgical education and a commitment to respect and collaboration are the cornerstones of an Action Plan announced today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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National Audit highlights safer surgical practices

27 November 2015

The 6th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), highlighting a significant drop in the number of adverse events due to issues with health care.

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NSW Coroner adds weight to quad bike recommendations

26 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the NSW Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a NSW coronial inquest into quad bike deaths.

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Safe Surgery the theme for Global Health Symposium

26 November 2015

Safe surgery and anaesthesia are crucial for the provision of effective healthcare in the developing world and yet an estimated five billion of the world's population are unable to access safe surgery when they need it.

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Drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to crash

18 November 2015

Surgeons from around the country are meeting today in Melbourne to explore the correlation between distractions such as using a mobile phone while commuting and the epidemic of road trauma.

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RACS supports 'one-way-door policy'

09 November 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) commends work by Brisbane Surgeon Anthony Lynham and the Queensland Government in advocating for reduced late-night trade hours in Queensland.

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Brilliant Surgeon Recognised For Inspirational Career

02 November 2015

In an emotional ceremony Dr Katherine Edyvane was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) International Medal, for her exceptional and long lasting contribution to health care in developing countries.

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RACS launches Indigenous Web Portal as a valuable resource for Australian medical specialists

23 October 2015

The Network for Indigenous Cultural and Health Education portal (NICHEportal) will be launched at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne at 4pm today with a special 'smoking ceremony' by an Elder of the Wurundjeri Tribal Council.

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Bariatric surgery guidelines in Australia lack consistency

16 October 2015

There is little uniformity among Australian regional guidelines when it comes to publicly-funded bariatric surgery policy and variable consistency among national guidelines, according to a presentation today at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) VicTas Annual Surgical Meeting in Hobart.

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Road safety experts call for national trauma registry

15 October 2015

Road safety experts attending the Australasian Road Safety Conference on the Gold Coast this week have called for ongoing funding for a national trauma registry to better quantify trends in road trauma.

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Surgeons discuss coping with change at conference in Hobart

15 October 2015

Victorian and Tasmanian surgeons will gather in Hobart this Saturday for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) combined regional Annual Surgical Meeting (ASM).

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WA Mortality Audit notes 15 per cent reduction in hospital deaths over 5 years

12 October 2015

The 2015 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows a 15 per cent drop in reported deaths over the five years from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014.

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Gender Equity the big winner in RACS Council Election

09 October 2015

In the largest number of candidates on record for Fellowship Elected Councillor positions at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), six of the eight positions on offer have gone to female surgeons.

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Largest RACS Research Scholarship continues important legacy

09 October 2015

The John Mitchell Crouch (JMC) Fellowship has been supporting cutting edge medical research for the past 36 years and is the largest scholarship funded by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). An article in the latest RACS publication the ANZ Journal of Surgery, takes a look at its important legacy.

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Response from the President - Professor David Watters

01 October 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has publicly and unreservedly apologised to everyone who has suffered from discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery.

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Surgeons welcome release of consultation papers on review of Medicare rebate

28 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the consultation papers released today by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce, saying that the Schedule is outdated and in need of review.

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RACS continues to push for more Indigenous surgeons

16 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) continues its efforts to increase the number of Indigenous medical graduates training as surgeons as it prepares for the 2015 Australian Indigenous Doctors Association's (AIDA) annual conference in Adelaide this week.

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RACS apologises for discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

10 September 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) today accepted in full, the draft report and the recommendations of its Expert Advisory Group (EAG) into discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

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Successful neurosurgery from a distance at Royal Darwin Hospital

03 September 2015

Mortality rates for severe head trauma at the Royal Darwin Hospital are down 40 per cent from the 79 per cent rate reported in a Darwin study 10 years ago, according to an article in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons say all patients have the right to appropriate health care

21 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is extremely concerned that patients are being denied cover for appropriate care and are becoming increasingly confused about what their private health insurance will provide for them.

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Fewer surgical deaths in Victoria over the past seven years

15 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has cited a significant reduction in the number of deaths of patients while undergoing surgery in both private and public hospitals in Victoria over the past seven years according to the 2014 report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), released today.

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Positive Attitude a Key to Health and Happiness after Cancer

14 August 2015

A positive attitude while being treated for cancer of the head and neck may help patients live longer lives, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting have been told.

The research, presented by Professor Randall Morton, asked patients to rate their own quality of life while receiving on-going treatment for head and neck cancer.

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NZ Surgeon Honoured for Exceptional Contribution to Surgery

13 August 2015

Professor Alastair Rothwell ONZM FRACS was today presented with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) Colin McRae Medal in recognition of his contributions to surgery across a long and celebrated career.

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Letter to the Editor

12 August 2015

Re: Bike helmet laws 'discourage adults from riding for fitness' - August 11

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Surgeons warn cyclists to 'keep a lid on it'

12 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has slammed a report published in The Australian that quotes doctors as saying mandatory bike helmet laws have discouraged adults from riding for fitness.

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Surgeons to Address Health Priorities in New Zealand

12 August 2015

Over 90 of New Zealand's leading surgeons and other health professionals will attend the New Zealand Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to be held in Queenstown this week.

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Telehealth a proven recipe for success for isolated communities

08 August 2015

Some of the more challenging aspects of delivering rural and remote health care may be disappearing, as evidence continues to grow of the benefits that technological advancements are providing to isolated communities.

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Surgeons say life expectancy gap in NT is still no closer

07 August 2015

A twelve-year gap in life expectancy still exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, according to a recent study comparing surgical deaths in the Northern Territory.

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Surgeons call for action on child quad bike deaths

02 August 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is calling on the Queensland Government to act swiftly on the recommendations handed down by a coronial inquest into quad bike deaths. The inquest examined the deaths of nine Queenslanders aged from nine to 86 between March 2012 and January 2014 with the aim of making safety recommendations that would help prevent quad bike-related deaths. Three of the deaths were children.

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Surgeon warning on children's playground equipment

30 July 2015

Injuries from children's playground equipment are well documented and the latest edition of the ANZ Journal of Surgery contains a warning that severe injury can result when children do not use monkey-bars appropriately.

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Smokers face greater risk of heart attack and stroke during surgery

18 July 2015

Tobacco experts are sharing their research with surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) at a conference on Magnetic Island this weekend, which is exploring lifestyle factors that affect surgical outcomes.

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Surgeons say alcohol reforms will reduce Queensland ED presentations

16 July 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Trauma Committee Dr John Crozier is calling on the Queensland Government to push ahead with its plans to roll out reduced trading hours across the state for bars and clubs.

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SA Govt's new patient admin system still an issue for Surgeons

03 July 2015

SA Health's planned Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) due to be rolled out in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital still has a long way to go before it becomes operational according to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS launches Surgeons Support Service

25 June 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Support Program was launched at a special event this afternoon by Mr Jeff Kennett AC, former Victorian Premier and founding chairman of national depression initiative beyondblue.

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New clinical model for predicting risk of death before surgery

24 June 2015

Surgeons and patients will benefit from a new clinical tool that is able to predict the likelihood of mortality before colorectal surgery according to the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Accessible simulated learning for Trainee Surgeons

29 May 2015

Easily accessible simulated training can promote learning for Trainee surgeons and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback according to a study in the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons support stance on alcohol

29 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) says the Christchurch City Council's recent decision to approve its Local Alcohol Policy is a big step forward.

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Critical operating theatre missing in New Royal Adelaide Hospital

22 May 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has warned that the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is in danger of being out dated before it even opens its doors, unless a decision to abandon the construction of a specialist operating theatre is overturned.

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Surgeons support stricter controls on quad bikes

21 May 2015

New Zealand surgeons are urging the Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children under the age of 16, following comments by the Children's Commissioner that voluntary guidelines are not working.

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Adelaide Surgeon recognised with Outstanding Service to the Community Award

20 May 2015

Retired Vascular Surgeon and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Mr Philip Glynn, was today presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the College, in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Patients support camera phones in hospitals

08 May 2015

The use of camera phones by clinicians is discouraged in Australian hospitals, however a survey of Newcastle hand surgery patients found that the overwhelming majority of patients support the practice.

Dr Jill Tomlinson is presenting the findings of her research undertaken with Dr Bryce Meads and Dr Andrew Myers, at the Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Perth today.

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Exercise is a proven 'medicine' for cancer

07 May 2015

Regular and vigorous exercise has been scientifically established as providing strong preventative medicine against cancer, according to West Australian Professor Daniel Galvão.

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Bike helmets also good for people who climb ladders

07 May 2015

You don't have to be a cyclist to enjoy the benefits of a bicycle helmet according to a group of Adelaide researchers who have developed a body of research to highlight the life-saving benefits of wearing a simple bike helmet when climbing a ladder.

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Parents need to use age-appropriate seat restraints for children

07 May 2015

A significant number of intra-abdominal seat belt injuries in young children can be avoided with the correct use of age-appropriate seat restraints, according to West Australian doctor Bernadette Lee.

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Unexpected Benefits Observed in Cancer Treatments

07 May 2015

Australian researchers have made significant progress into cancer research, with results from a study highlighting the potential benefits that innovative treatments may offer to cancer sufferers.

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Training Future Surgeons - low cost, large benefit

07 May 2015

The difference in operating times between trainee surgeons and their more qualified colleagues may not be as long as previously thought, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' 84th Annual Scientific Congress have been told.

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Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (NZ Release)

07 May 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth.

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Celebrating Indigenous health achievements (AU Release)

07 May 2015

Four surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Indigenous health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Perth.

The inaugural Indigenous Health Medals are part of the College's efforts to celebrate individuals who are helping to close the gap in health outcomes for Māori, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Post-operative NZ mortality data a driver for surgical safety

07 May 2015

The collection of data regarding deaths during and after surgery can be used to influence surgical safety, delegates to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon's 84th Annual Scientific Conference have been told.

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Breast cancer among Indigenous women

07 May 2015

Surgeons are meeting in Perth today to discuss the prevalence of breast cancer among Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori women, and how to address the issue.

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Surgeons still the preferred source of information for cancer sufferers

06 May 2015

Despite the ease of the internet and the changing technological landscape, health professionals are still the number one source of information for sufferers of colorectal cancer, according to Adelaide surgical registrar, Dr Reizal Mohd Rosli.

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Simulation training - a paradigm shift in how doctors are educated and trained

06 May 2015

Simulation-based learning to acquire and maintain medical and surgical skills has a growing role to play in the training of doctors and surgeons according to visiting Irish University Professor Tony Gallagher.

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Bi-National surgical leaders group set up to advise government

06 May 2015

A bi-national group of experienced surgical directors has been formed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth. This high profile group has been created by the College to assist governments, work collaboratively with clinicians and hospital administrators and provide the surgical voice on sustainable health services and solutions.

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Surgeons want more Indigenous doctors

06 May 2015

Six Indigenous doctors and final year medical students interested in surgical training are in Perth this week as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 84th Annual Scientific Congress.

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New Zealand pioneers of facial surgery remembered 100 years on

05 May 2015

New Zealand's pioneers of facial reconstruction surgery were today remembered in a keynote lecture delivered at this year's 84th Annual Scientific Congress hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Perth.

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New study has potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer

05 May 2015

A study conducted by some of the country's leading academics has the potential to reshape the fight against breast cancer, as evidence continues to mount that long held theories about the disease may be inaccurate, according to Adelaide University Associate Professor Brendon Coventry.

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Dog bite injuries an increasing burden for New Zealand

05 May 2015

Injuries caused by dog bites are an escalating problem for New Zealand, delegates to the 84th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have been told.

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RACS welcomes better health outcomes for Tasmania

04 May 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Tasmanian Regional Committee Mr Brian Kirkby, welcomes the Tasmanian Government's commitment to deliver better health outcomes to the Tasmanian community.

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New App successful in improving trauma care

21 April 2015

Trauma specialists at Sydney's Westmead hospital have been trialling a new digital application (App) to assist in the quick decision-making needed to treat patients, according to an article from the latest ANZ Journal of Surgery, released by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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New Zealand Surgeons acknowledge public interest in how well they do their job

14 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is keen to engage in discussions on a framework for the public release of surgical data

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Students meet surgeons and trauma victims in Canberra Hospital

02 April 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) supports a new pilot program that is underway with ACT schools to educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and the life-altering consequences it can have for trauma victims.

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Patient Information on Excessive Fees

27 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has developed an information sheet to support patients and referring doctors of the issues surrounding surgical fees.

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RACS not involved re media claims of 2008 scientific conference presentation

18 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) had no involvement in a presentation relating to a conference in 2008, which has surfaced in the media.

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Surgeons welcome expansion of NSW clinical services

18 March 2015

The Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW Regional Committee Dr Mary Langcake welcomes the Liberal Government's commitment to an enhanced NSW medical workforce if re-elected on 28 March.

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Surgeons assess health policies during NSW election debate

17 March 2015

Surgeons attended an election debate last night at the NSW regional office in Sydney, with the Minister for Health and Medical Research Jillian Skinner, the Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord, and the Greens health spokesman John Kaye.

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RACS establishes expert advisory group to combat bullying and harassment

12 March 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has moved swiftly to establish an expert advisory group to deal with concerns of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the health sector.

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Response to the Age anonymous letter from the President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

10 March 2015

Thank you for having the courage to write your letter, albeit anonymously, outlining your substantial concerns about the health sector and the practice of surgery.

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Letter from RACS Trainees Association Chair to Trainees

10 March 2015

The recent media coverage of comments made by a Sydney surgeon has brought a very important issue to light.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not condoned in any context.

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Public Statement from The President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

09 March 2015

It is very disappointing and quite appalling that recent media reports have suggested that it is preferable for female surgical trainees to silently endure sexual harassment. The College of Surgeons refutes this advice emphatically. The inference is that this is what successful female surgeons and trainees have done in the past and this is deeply insulting.

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Professor David Watters elected as 45th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

26 February 2015

Professor David Watters, Professor of Surgery at Deakin University and Director of Surgery at University Hospital Geelong, and a General Surgeon with special interests in endocrine, emergency and colorectal surgery, has been elected the next President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Life expectancy gap reflected in NT surgical audits

13 February 2015

A gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians is reflected in statistics from the Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM), according to an article in the latest issue of the ANZ Journal of Surgery.

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Surgeons call for action on waiting lists

30 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has called on Queensland's political parties to explain how they will ensure outpatients are not left waiting years for an operation.

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Stay alive this festive season (AU release)

23 January 2015

Surgeons from across Australia and New Zealand are urging caution and restraint in regard to speed, alcohol and road safety awareness over the Festive season, in what is traditionally a busy time for emergency departments across the country.

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Surgeons support ARLA finding as a step towards addressing Alcohol Related Harm

22 January 2015

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in support of the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority's reported rejection of the Wellington City Council's proposal to allow bars and on-licence premises to stay open until 5am.

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