RACS Advocacy


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.

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Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency General Registration on Completion of Training

22 December 2011

The College has no objections to the consultation paper and its proposals, but makes observations with a view to clarifying and enhancing one proposal in particular.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency definition of Practice

02 December 2011

The College believes the definition of practice must be considered in the context of an ageing health workforce and the unprecedented number of medical school graduates who will soon be seeking specialist training.

The Department Of Health And Ageing Public Consultation on Plain Packaging Of Tobacco Products

03 June 2011

The College is on the record as supporting the plain packaging of all tobacco products sold in Australia and has also called for a review of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act to take place every three years.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) on National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action

27 May 2011

The College has opted not to employ the template provided by HWA for the purpose of this submission. This is because many of the questions in the template do not address issues raised in HWA's Background Paper and the accompanying National Consultation document and are not pertinent to the key issues of health workforce reform. Other questions contain inherent assumptions which the College does not accept.


Council of Australian Government's Expert Panel on a four hour national access target in emergency departments

24 May 2011

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons believes that the precipitate implementation of such a four hour rule, particularly without a corresponding commitment to associated services, runs the risk of putting promptness of care before quality of care.

Council of Australian Government's Expert Panel on the case for the separation of elective and emergency surgery

01 May 2011

With increasing demand for elective surgery, the need for a new model of surgical care in our hospitals has become a pressing issue.

National Health and Medical Research Council on the development of advanced health research centres in Australia

21 March 2011

While the College supports in principle the development of Advanced Health Research Centres, concern has been expressed that the selection of such centres might be biased towards entities already receiving higher levels of NHMRC funding.

Department of Health and Ageing Lead Clinicians Groups

09 February 2011

The College has long advocated a more prominent and effective role for clinicians in the decision making processes of hospitals, health boards and health departments.

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing's Inquiry into Registration Processes and Support for Overseas-Trained Doctors

04 February 2011

The College does not support any change to registration standards that may create a two-tiered system in which IMGs are not required to meet the same standards as those required of an Australian trained surgeon.

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