6 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.
In recognising its responsibilities to support the education and
training of surgeons across Australia and New Zealand, the College
is committed to advocating on issues that are critical to the
advancement of healthcare in Australasia.
Chaired by Professor David Fletcher, Head of General Surgery at
Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, the group will draw on the
collective knowledge and wisdom of leading directors of surgery
from across Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Fletcher said the group would provide specialist
health knowledge and advice.
"One of the aims of the group will be to provide a peer network
of senior surgeons in leadership roles to foster better
opportunities for leadership development and result in better
collaboration between surgeons and hospital administrators," Prof
"A major role of the group will be to improve the quality and
efficiency of surgical services and contribute to a sustainable
"It will be well-placed to offer meaningful direction in areas
such as emergency surgery, elective surgery and management of
waiting lists," Prof Fletcher said.
Prof Fletcher said while being a useful tool for government,
this group would also have direct benefits on patient care and
Over a thousand surgeons from the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons as well as international surgeons from the Royal College
of Surgeons of Edinburgh are gathering at the Perth Convention and
Exhibition Centre this week for a series of workshops, discussions,
Plenaries and masterclasses across a broad range of surgical
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