NHHRC Additional submission


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.


14 July 2008

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.