Surgical Directors


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.


Surgical Directors Section overview

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The Section supports Fellows and International Medical Graduates who currently hold or aspire to a senior leadership role in surgery by providing a network of peers, professional development opportunities and a forum for discussion on leadership in healthcare settings.

The Section aims to:

  • Develop and influence the education and training of Directors of Surgery in leadership and management roles.
  • Foster research in health services and in the education and training of Surgical Directors.
  • Serve as a reservoir of issues in management and possible solutions, plus benchmark measures those members might access for assistance.
  • To promote and coordinate continuing professional development activities, mentoring and networking opportunities for Surgical Directors in leadership and management roles.
  • Serve as a resource of and promulgate principles of continuous quality improvement throughout institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Promote RACS educational activities to the Fellowship.

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2018 RACS Surgical Leaders Forum

Patient Outcome Puzzle: Registries and audits measuring to improve patient outcomes
Friday 19 October 2018, 8.30am - 12.15pm
Education Centre, Royal Children's Hopsital Melbourne

This year's Surgical Leadership Forum will be held on a professional development day, prior to the Victorian Annual State Meeting. The theme is 'Patient Outcome Puzzle: Registries and Audits Measuring to Improve Patient Outcomes'.

The half day forum will include updates from a range of audits and registries with a focus on strengths, weaknesses and how data is actioned. Special guest Professor Christine Jorm, Director for NSW Regional Health Partners, will present on what administrative data has to offer. Professor Jorm co-authored a number of healthcare reports with Dr Stephen Duckett for the Grattan Institute as a Visiting Fellow. The forum will include presentations from Directors of Surgery and a Q&A panel on what information is required by Surgical Directors to facilitate quality improvement in their directorates.

Register now and view the Final Program (PDF 1MB).

The Surgical Leadership Forum is a free event, offered as part of the 2018 Victorian Annual State Meeting. RACS Members can register for one or all three events for the meeting:

Friday 19 October 2018
8.30am - 12.15pm - Surgical Leadership Forum
12.15pm - 1.30pm - Lunch
1.30pm - 4.30pm - Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality Workshop

Saturday 20 October 2018
9.00am - 4.30pm - Victorian Annual State Meeting
6.00pm - Victorian Annual State Meeting Dinner

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Leadership Resources

A summary of citations to specific, RACS-licensed e-books, chapters, journal articles and listings of links to useful resources to be found on other websites for Surgical Directors is available at the RACS Library (log in required).


2017 RACS Surgical Leadership Forum

Below are a selection of presentations from the 2017 Surgical Leadership Forum, combined with the QLD Annual State Meeting in Palm Cove 18 - 20 August 2017

Session 1: Education, Culture and Outcomes

The Changing Nature of the Health System: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century - Dr John Wakefield (PDF)

Session 2: Clinical Governance and Audit

Achieving a Systematic and Integrated Approach to Clinical Governance - Mr Adrian Anthony (PDF)

A Practical Approach to Audit - Professor Rob Padbury (PDF)

Benchmarking for Single Clinician / Regional Surgical Units - Dr Tim Elston (PDF)

QASAM: TEN Years, 10,000 Cases - Dr John North (PDF)

Session 6: Accountability, Quality and Sustainability

Clinical Variations and Transparency - Dr Linda Swan, Medibank (PDF)

ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program - Mr Bruce Hodge (PDF)

Choosing Wisely and Futile Surgery - Dr Will Cairns (PDF)


2016 ASC Surgical Directors Program

Gerald_Hickson_VanderbiltProfessor Gerald Hickson, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention at Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee was the International Visitor for the inaugural 2016 Surgical Directors Program.

Below are audio recordings of Professor Hickson's ASC presentations accessed via the RACS Virtual Congress.

Thursday 5 May 2016: Plenary Session - President's Hot Topic Forum: Bad Behaviours and Good Outcomes
Collaboration to Build Respect and Improve Patient Safety: The Why

Friday 6 May 2016: Surgical Directors Program Session: Leadership for Cultural Change and Improving Surgical Outcomes
The Vanderbilt Model Cultural Change And How To Achieve Better Outcomes

Friday 6 May 2016: Quality and Safety Program Session: Making Change
Early And Often: Addressing Behaviours That Undermine a Culture of Safety and Respect

Friday 6 May 2016: Surgical Education Program Session - When is it Performance Management and when is it bullying?
Performance Management Versus Bullying And How Do You Know The Difference? One US Perspective

Professor Hickson's interview on Addressing Unprofessional Behaviour by Surgeons is also featured in the May 2016 edition of the Surgical News Extra Audio Program.

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Membership enquiries

Membership to the section is open to all Fellows and International Medical Graduates. If you are interested in becoming a member, please forward your details to the Secretariat.

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The Section is governed by a Committee reporting to the College Fellowship Services Committee.

Sections Terms of Reference

Committee Chair - Professor David Fletcher FRACS

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Surgical Directors Section Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7494