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RACS position on transfer of asylum seekers to PNG

19 December 2017

RACS is concerned about the health and welfare of people transferred to Papua New Guinea from the decommissioned Manus Island detention centre.

Our moral obligation is to ensure that asylum seekers are medically assessed and offered a good quality standard of care. This is a basic human right.

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East Metropolitan Health Service and RACS sign Respect Agreement

05 December 2017

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) today signed a Statement of Intent with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Surgeons applaud launch of Indigenous Report Card on ear disease

29 November 2017

RACS applauds the launch of the AMA Indigenous Report Card which focuses attention on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear disease and its impact on Closing the Gap efforts.

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Surgeons opposed to any relaxation of helmet laws

27 November 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out in strong opposition to any relaxation of mandatory helmet legislation, following the release of survey results by Australian cycling member organisation Bicycle Network.

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Trauma Surgeons to Motorists – Please be Safe

23 November 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging New Zealand motorists to take care as the road toll for the year to date has already surpassed than the toll for the whole of 2016.

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Verification of systems of care on the table during RACS Trauma Week

14 November 2017

Qualifying a hospital's readiness to accept trauma patients requires a stringent verification process, one that includes multiple assessments of processes and procedures as well as thorough examination of equipment. The quality of a hospital's trauma 'system of care' could be the difference between injury and fatality, making the verification processes a critical talking point during RACS Trauma Week from 13-16 November. 

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Inter-hospital transfers: suitability of care versus delay

13 November 2017

Inter-hospital transfers have the potential of delaying emergency surgery, prolonging the patient's stay or worse, can be fatal, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Strengthening safety statistics: how to make the hospital safety data we have more useful

09 November 2017

The Grattan Institute released a report today titled Strengthening safety statistics: how to make the hospital safety data we have more useful.

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ACT surgeons recognise surgical educator of the year

04 November 2017

Teaching and mentoring students across Australia throughout his career, has earned Gastroenterologist and Trauma Surgeon Dr Philip Jeans the ACT Academy of Surgical Educators Supervisor of the Year Award.

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Canberra surgeon recognised for outstanding service to the community

04 November 2017

Vascular surgeon, teacher and Order of Australia recipient Associate Professor Stephen Bradshaw will be presented with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award at this year's ACT Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) to be held on 4 November at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School in Garran, ACT.

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Collaboration and innovation theme of the 2017 RACS ACT Annual Scientific Meeting

01 November 2017

Collaboration and innovation is the theme of this year's Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) ACT Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held on 4 November at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School.

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RACS echoes call for Government cooperation to end child death on quad bikes

26 October 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) acknowledges Federal Government's formation of a national Quad Bike Safety Taskforce yesterday, and praises the call by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and the Hon Michael McCormack for close cooperation between governments to address quad bike safety as an urgent priority.

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Collaboration and networking for research during New South Wales Surgeons Month

20 October 2017

Surgeons will be encouraged to engage in collaboration and networking activities during NSW Surgeons' Month, in an effort to inspire more people to get involved in research, and to allow further collaboration with different stakeholders. The comprehensive event, that will also include a number of panel forums and lectures covering the barriers to surgical innovation, work-life-balance and surgical education, will be held from 24 October to 21 November at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) NSW State Office in Sydney.

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Duckett to discuss safety in surgery

20 October 2017

Grattan Institute Health Program Director, economist and well-known policy leader Dr Stephen Duckett will be presenting his keynote lecture Safety in Surgery in Victoria at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victorian Annual Surgical Meeting on 21 October, 2017.

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Safety in Surgery the theme of the Victoria ASM

19 October 2017

Safety in Surgery will be top of mind at this year's Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Victoria region Annual Scientific Meeting to be held 20-21 October at the Novotel, Geelong.

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Leading medical groups call for tougher regulation of day surgery clinics

19 October 2017

Three of Australia's leading medical groups have called for tougher regulations and regular safety and quality checks of day surgeries, including cosmetic centres, in an unprecedented joint statement.

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Audit shows number of deaths continues to decrease

13 October 2017

The 2017 Report of the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) shows that while the total number of deaths has plateaued off, mortality is still falling after allowing for population growth.

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Reduced Surgical Mortality in Australia

10 October 2017

The 8th National Report of the Australian and New Zealand Audits of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) was released today by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), which highlighted the continual reduction in adverse events since the first national report.

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Surgical death investigations: could a dreaded experience be turned into an opportunity?

04 October 2017

Anxiety associated with mortality audits could be reduced by making death investigations a compulsory component of pre-vocational and specialty training curricula according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Multinational liquor industry giants exploit a major TV advertising loophole to promote alcohol to children

28 September 2017

Current advertising regulations ban TV alcohol advertising in time slots when children are likely to be watching, but a loophole allows advertising during sport on weekends and public holidays.

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Epworth HealthCare signs RACS Respect Agreement

27 September 2017

Epworth HealthCare today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Tasmania to host eighty-third Annual Scientific Meeting

21 September 2017

The Tasmanian region of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) will host its eighty-third Annual Scientific Meeting, titled Surgery in One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes on 23 September this year, a milestone that will see Fellows, Trainees and Associates from around the country take part in a number of interesting discussions.

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US evidence shows reduction in child quad bike deaths and injury

14 September 2017

New evidence from the United States shows that legislating to prohibit children from riding quad bikes has reduced death and serious injury among this group.

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US evidence shows reduction in child quad bike deaths and injury (NZ)

14 September 2017

New evidence from the United States shows that legislating to prohibit children from riding quad bikes has reduced death and serious injury among this group.

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Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann Scholarship in surgeon’s honour

11 September 2017

Following the tragic death of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann following a workplace assault, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) together with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have established the Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann Cardiothoracic Young Achievers Award. 

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Long-term effectiveness of preoperative smoking cessation

06 September 2017

A case study that examined the effectiveness of an intervention program at Western Health in Victoria to encourage patients to quit smoking prior to surgery, and details how preoperative intervention may contribute to long-term changes in smoking behaviour, is one of the latest articles to feature in this month's issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship awarded for the treatment of obesity in the public health system

28 August 2017

Professor Wendy Brown, Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has just been awarded the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship valued at $150,000. 

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Growing skeletal implants for the treatment of sarcoma: because size matters!

25 August 2017

Limb-sparing surgery, also called limb salvage, is often the goal for surgical treatment for malignant bone and soft tissue tumors (sarcomas) of the extremities. The procedure involves the removal of the tumor without the need for amputation.

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Surgeons Scrub up in Perth for Annual Scientific Meeting

25 August 2017

'When Disaster Strikes' will be the focus as surgeons from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory gather in Perth today for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Meeting.

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Wise choices and futile surgery on the agenda at the Queensland Annual State Meeting

18 August 2017

To operate, or not to operate… that is the question, or rather, it is one of the questions in the decision making process for both surgeon and patient. Dr Will Cairns, Clinical Lead for Queensland's Statewide Strategy for care at the end of life, and past Director of the Townsville Palliative Care Service will be tackling this subject on Sunday 20 August at this weekend's Queensland Annual State Meeting in Palm Cove.

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Transoral Robotic Surgery lowering morbidity rates in Queensland

18 August 2017

The utilisation of transoral robotic surgery minimises operative morbidity and allows access to the pharynx and larynx, which has previously not been possible, according to Dr Samuel Dowthwaite, an ENT Head and Neck Surgeon from the Gold Coast University Hospital.

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Wirrabara Surgeon Honoured in Special Ceremony

18 August 2017

Wirrabara local and retired Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), Mr Peter Byrne, was this evening presented with an Outstanding Service to the Community Award in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

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Climate Change a Health Issue

17 August 2017

Why is climate change a health issue? There are two answers to this question according to Professor Alistair Woodward, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. First, he says, health is an early casualty of unprecedented, accelerated global warming.

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Queensland ASM highlights advances in surgical technology

17 August 2017

The Queensland region of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is hosting a combined Annual State Meeting and Surgical Directors Section Leadership Forum from 18-20 August this year.

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Surgeons meet in Wellington to discuss the future of surgery

16 August 2017

Leading surgeons and health professionals from across the country will be in Wellington this week to attend the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting.

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RACS committed to building respect and improving patient safety

15 August 2017

A study commissioned by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has confirmed that concerns about the culture of surgery including bullying, discrimination and harassment are high on the list of reasons some surgical trainees had chosen to leave their training.

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RACS Announces New CEO

09 August 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) - the leading advocate for surgical standards, education and professionalism in Australia and New Zealand - has appointed Ms Mary Harney as the College's new Chief Executive Officer.  

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RACS and Ballarat Health Services sign Respect Agreement

09 August 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Ballarat Health Services.

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The evolution of FRACS (Urology)

03 August 2017

The urological surgical training program has evolved a number of times in order to tackle the challenges presented by evolving technology, the needs of trainees and  community expectations, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS applauds launch of Bariatric Surgery Registry

20 July 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) applauds the launch of the Bariatric Surgery Registry in New Zealand this week.

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Audit highlights reduced mortality rate, but improvements still to be made

19 July 2017

The 2016 Report of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) was released today, highlighting that overall improvements in clinical practice have led to fewer surgical deaths since the audit's inception in 2007. The audit also detailed ongoing areas for improvement in surgical practice.

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Alfred Health signs RACS Respect Agreement

03 July 2017

Alfred Health today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. 

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Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann

28 June 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons offers its sincere condolences to the family of Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann who passed away over night following an assault on 30 May.

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Almost 1000 more doctors in Timor Leste since 2001: a work in progress

09 June 2017

The creation of a new independent health system for Timor-Leste over the last 16 years has seen a growth of more than 980 doctors enter the system, from only 20 in 2001.

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RACS deplores hospital violence and one-punch attacks

01 June 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has come out strongly against violence in Australian hospitals and in particular, one-punch attacks.

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Auckland District Health Board signs RACS Respect Agreement

29 May 2017

Auckland District Health Board (Auckland DHB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery.

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Better treatment options for appendicitis during pregnancy

23 May 2017

Having your appendix out while pregrant isn't something many mothers would wish to face during their gestational period, let alone the thought of potentially losing the baby as a result of the procedure.

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Surgery and the Ageing

12 May 2017

The decision to operate or not operate on an elderly frail patient can often be difficult - will the patient survive the surgery and what sort of quality of life can be anticipated?

This was one of the questions posed to surgeons attending their Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week.

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Gunpowder Injuries Prove Challenging for Surgeons

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard how injuries from home-made gunpowder are presenting an added conundrum for surgeons in the management of burn injuries.

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Beware the male DIY 5 years of angle grinder injuries

12 May 2017

The dangers of power saws and angle grinders have been raised at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Serious hand injuries evident in NZ from saws and log splitters

12 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today heard that hand injuries caused by saws and log splitters are placing a significant burden on individuals, and the New Zealand health system.

Dr Ryan Ruxton, a plastic and reconstructive surgical registrar at Hutt Hospital, presented the findings of a retrospective study to the RACS Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide today.

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Study highlights importance of running cold water on children’s burns

11 May 2017

The impact of cold running water first aid on paediatric burns has been discussed at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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A rash of mango madness in the NT discussed at surgeons conference

11 May 2017

A case of complex hand infections secondary to Mango Sap Burns has been raised for discussion at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide.

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New technology managing post-surgical pain

11 May 2017

The incidence of chronic pain after major surgery is estimated to range between 20 and 50 per cent, and between 2 and 10 per cent of patients will suffer severe disabling pain, surgeons at the Royal Australasian College of Surgone (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) have been told in Adelaide today.

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Promoting transparency to improve surgical outcomes for patients

11 May 2017

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for eight different surgical procedures are revealed in the latest data released to provide greater transparency on surgical practice to specialists and patients.

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Unconscious sexism in surgery

11 May 2017

Sexism is discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Surgeons can benefit from Whatsapp

11 May 2017

Communication among members in a surgical team is a vital part of patient care.

Traditional communication like the paging system can be disruptive during patient assessment or operations.

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Adelaide Technology Has the Potential to Revolutionise Post-Operative Care

11 May 2017

An Adelaide-based start-up company is reimagining the possibilities of post-operative monitoring, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has been told today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Colorectal cancer treatment in the country comparable to the city

11 May 2017

Surgeons at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide were given a presentation on the outcomes of surgical treatment for colorectal cancer in rural Australia over a decade.

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Beware of swallowing BBQ wire brush bristles

11 May 2017

The 86th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide has been told that ingested foreign bodies are frequently encountered in Australian adults and children.

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15 year breast cancer study shows trend towards increased referral to genetic screening

10 May 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) was told in Adelaide today that it seems rare not to know of someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

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Penetrating injuries from palm fronds and how to avoid them

10 May 2017

What is believed to be the largest series of penetrating palm frond injuries has been presented at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) this week in Adelaide.

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Knee and hip replacement a dangerous option for the morbidly obese

10 May 2017

Obesity doesn't just affect your appearance. It affects you psychologically, socially and physically.

The Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week has been told that Australia's obese have an increased risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and stroke.

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Diabetes related amputation putting strain on hospital resources

10 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) were told that the Australasian Vascular Audit (AVA) database, established in 2010, was recently analysed to better understand and calculate the incidence of amputation and associated hospitalisation across Australia and New Zealand. 

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Study Highlights the Impacts of New Zealand’s High Bowel Cancer Rate

10 May 2017

Bowel cancer has risen significantly in young people over the past two decades a New Zealand study has revealed.

Dr Jamish Gandhi, currently working as a surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but formerly based in New Zealand, has presented his findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Annual Scientific Conference in Adelaide this week.

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Dog Bites Result in More Children Requiring Surgery in WA

10 May 2017

An increasing number of children are presenting at a Perth Hospital for surgery following dog bites, according to a recent study.

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Two Surgeons recognised for their contribution to Indigenous health

10 May 2017

Two surgeons were recognised today for their contributions to better Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori health outcomes at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 86th Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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NZ Surgeons Surprised by Lung Transplant Findings

09 May 2017

A comprehensive retrospective study has found no link between socio-economic status and a patient's likelihood of recovery from a lung transplant operation in New Zealand, despite doctor's expectations that a correlation would exist.

Dr Andrei Beliaev, a cardiothoracic surgical registrar at Auckland City Hospital, will today present the research findings to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide.

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Physiotherapy before abdominal surgery reduces fatal respiratory complications.

09 May 2017

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide have been told that respiratory complications were the most common and serious complication type following open upper abdominal surgery, according to research undertaken at the Launceston General Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

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Early treatment vital in head and neck cancer

09 May 2017

Delays in treating certain types of cancers are proving costly, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has heard today at its Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide.

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Chewing gum won’t get you out of hospital any sooner

09 May 2017

Chewing gum after abdominal surgery does not reduce length of hospital stay according to Adelaide colorectal surgeon Dr Hidde Kroon.

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A speedy recovery for chronic groin pain in ‘sports hernia’

09 May 2017

'Sports hernia' remains a controversial diagnosis for most surgeons, but it describes a syndrome of disabling chronic athletic groin pain, according to Qld Surgical Trainee and researcher at the Hernia Institute Australia (HIA), Dr Omar Rodriguez-Acevedo.

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The benefits of exercise in conquering cancer forever

09 May 2017

Some exercise for pleasure, some exercise for sport, and some exercise to prevent cancer!

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week have seen studies that show regular exercise can improve cancer-related fatigue, reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life for the cancer survivor.

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Aspiring Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori specialists attend RACS ASC

09 May 2017

Two Aboriginal medical students and four Māori medical student/doctors with an interest in surgical training are in Adelaide this week as guests at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress.

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Comparisons of domestic violence related injuries from one hospital to another – a prospective cohort study

09 May 2017

East Timorese Doctor Raimundo Dos Santos (Ray) has told attendees at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in Adelaide that one might assume that the way in which a domestic violence injury is managed in one hospital, would be the same as in another, or that all domestic violence injuries would be relatively similar, but Dr Ray said that recent studies had proven otherwise.

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1500 surgeons set to gather in Adelaide for RACS Annual Scientific Congress

04 May 2017

Surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and visiting specialists from around the world will converge on the Adelaide Convention Centre next week for a series of workshops, discussions, plenaries and masterclasses at the 86th RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC).

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RACS & Barwon Health sign Respect Agreement

02 May 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Barwon Health in Geelong.

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New surgery protocols could see kids with appendicitis coming home sooner

21 April 2017

Managing the treatment of appendicitis using more efficient surgery protocols could mean your child being sent home a day sooner to recover, according to a study featured in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Assoc. Prof. David Hillis departs RACS after 13 years as CEO

06 April 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Chief Executive Officer, Associate Professor David Hillis, has decided to retire from his position after 13 years of distinguished service in the role.

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Audit highlights extent of diabetes and liver issues in Northern Territory

05 April 2017

The Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality (NTASM) 2010-2016 Report was released today, and it highlighted that NT patients were considerably more likely to present with diabetes or hepatic (liver) issues, but had lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared to elsewhere in Australia.

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RACS Urges Halt to Road Carnage

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) joins Carers Australia and the Australian Automotive Association in supporting the 2017 Australasian College of Road Safety Submission to Federal Parliamentarians - The way forward to reduce road trauma.

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SA Surgeons and SA Health Shake Hands on Respect

28 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has today signed a Statement of Intent agreement with SA Health based on a commitment to more effectively deal with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) within the surgical profession.

 

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Surgeons Back Rejection of Liquor Store Expansion

15 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has written to the Northern Territory (NT) Government to offer its support for the rejection of a 1200 square metre 'superstore' proposed by Dan Murphy's.

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RACS publishes progress report on bullying

10 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has published a Progress Report on what it did in 2016 to address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in the practice of surgery in Australia and New Zealand.

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Is the role of medical transcriptionist now obsolete?

09 March 2017

Like many traditional roles looking directly into the face of technology, the Medical Transcriptionist (MT) could be one of those roles relegated to the past, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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Surgeons Want Quad Bikes Banned For Under 16s (New Zealand release)

09 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the New Zealand and Australian Governments to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in New South Wales.

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Surgeons want quad bikes banned for anyone under age 16

07 March 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is urging the NSW Government to ban the use of quad bikes by children, following the latest death of a six year old girl in country NSW.

The young girl died after a crash on a quad bike being driven by another 13 year old girl, taking the quad bike toll across Australia to 115 in the last seven years.

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RACS elects new Tasmanian President and NZ Vice President

23 February 2017

John Batten, an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, with special interests in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Arthroplasty, has been elected the 47th President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

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RACS & Qld Metro North Sign Respect Agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in
surgery has been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Metro North
Hospital and Health Service in Queensland.

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RACS signs another respect agreement

13 February 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery has just been signed between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQHHS).

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Australian Breast Device Registry set to improve implant safety

06 February 2017

Critical data collected from the Australian Breast Device Registery (ABDR), rolled out in 2015 to replace the earlier Breast Implant Registry (BIR), is on track to achieve the greatest levels of reliability required to transform breast device safety for women in Australia, according to an article in the latest issue of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Surgery (ANZJS), the peer-review publication of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

 

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Surgeons say stay alert to the festive fears

03 January 2017

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) takes this opportunity to remind all Australians of some of the unseen dangers we face during the festive season, and how to spot them.

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