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Consequently the College is now working with the Health
Workforce Principal Committee and the various jurisdictions to
improve the sustainability of surgical training. More surgical
supervisors need to identified, motivated, supported and trained.
The College is now formally establishing a Faculty of Surgical
Educators with these challenges as a remit. Progressively, we will
identify the training requirements for Educators and provide a
number of opportunities for Surgeons to gain these essential skills
or to have their skills enhanced.
Motivators are critical and recognition of key educational roles
needs to be highlighted more prominently in the surgical community
but also importantly in the health sector. As we move forward the
pre-eminence of this role needs to be properly acknowledged by more
appropriate remuneration and local support. Although it is not the
role of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission to
promote remuneration issues, there needs to be awareness that the
various professional groups where unremunerated or
under-remunerated training (pro-bono) which was provided in the
past will be substantially challenged for the future.
Surgical services thrive on busy clinical loads, active clinical
teaching, ongoing professional development, robust audit and peer
review and demands of excellence. The sustainability of training
surgeons into the future requires these issues to be acknowledged
and addressed. Significant financial, infrastructural and cultural
support from health authorities is required to train and maintain
the surgical workforce of the future.