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RACS Post Op Podcast

English, Sciences, 1 seasons, 106 episodes, 23 hours 34 minutes
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RACS Post Op Podcast is a medical podcast by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It features extended interviews on articles in the current issue of Surgical News magazine, plus practical advice that surgeons can implement in their practices, including insights on financial management and wealth creation, legal and tax advice and economic forecasts.
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Resilience and sustainability in the Northern Territory

For nearly 20 years, general and acute care physician Dr Simon Quilty has witnessed up-close the poverty that inflicts indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. The conditions are exacerbated by systems failures and lack of health care. Despite the incredible challenges, there are opportunities. Dr Quilty commends the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ attempts to encourage surgeons to work in remote parts of the country. Dr Quilty has been instrumental with Purple House, an initiative which provides Aboriginal communities with much needed medical and social support. Dr Simon Quilty is presenting at the RACS NT, WA & SA Annual Scientific Meeting 2023Date: 10-11 August 2023Venue: Darwin Convention CentreMore Information: https://surgeons.eventsair.com/tristate2023   Purple House – https://www.purplehouse.org.au/
20/06/202314 minutes 57 seconds
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A surgeon’s journey from Texas to Queensland

When Dr Emilia Dauway decided to relocate to regional Queensland from Texas, she didn’t intend for it to be permanent. The 40-bed Queensland hospital she relocated to was a far cry from the 700-bed academic hospital in the US where she was Chief of Breast Surgery and Director of the Breast Cancer Program. Now, based permanently in Harvey Bay, Dr Dauway’s committed to raising funds and educating women in regional Queensland on breast cancer treatments, through ‘Restore More’ a non-profit she founded in 2018. Dr Emilia Dauway: http://dremiliadauway.com/ RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform
06/06/202313 minutes 52 seconds
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Striving for better Indigenous health

The Surgical Education &amp; Training (SET) One-Year scholarship that Dr Jamie-Lee Rihari received is an opportunity she says to help continue her passion to promote health equity among Indigenous people, particularly among the Maori and Pacifika community of Aotearoa New Zealand. That passion is exemplified by many things she’s done, including her PhD research, which focused on investigating equity in access to bariatric surgery for Māori, and also understanding how health benefits could be optimised for Māori post-surgery.Having a safe and supportive workplace – that’s inclusive of everyone – is an important step, she says, for the greater good of patients.  RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/ See <a href="https://omnystudio.c
23/05/20237 minutes 33 seconds
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Welcome the new RACS President

This month, we welcome the College’s new president, Associate Professor Kerin Fielding. Based in the New South Wales regional centre of Wagga Wagga since 1992, Assoc Prof Fielding has been a role model to younger surgeons working in rural areas.  She was the first woman in New South Wales to become an orthaepedic surgeon, and only the third in Australia. She’s also an associate professor with the University of Notre Dame.  Assoc Prof Fielding discusses what her priorities are, and what she hopes to achieve in her role as President. RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/05/202318 minutes 41 seconds
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Pathway for specialist international medical graduates

Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) with formal postgraduate specialist qualifications in surgery who wish to work in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand can apply to RACS for an assessment of their qualifications and experience. Graeme Campbell, Clinical Director for SIMG Assessment &amp; Support at RACS, explains the application process, which includes exams for some, supervised practice and face-to-face interviews.  SIMG Overviewhttps://www.surgeons.org/en/SIMGs/simg-overview See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/04/202315 minutes 31 seconds
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RACS 2023 ASC – Equity in Surgery

The 2023 RACS Annual Scientific Congress will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 1-5 May. There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare for what should be an exciting event, with a variety of topics and speakers. The theme this year is ‘Equity in Surgery’. Convener of the 2023 RACS ASC is Professor Amal Abou-Hamden, who discusses the event’s details in this episode. 2023 RACS 91st Annual Scientific Congress:https://asc.surgeons.org/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/04/202311 minutes 54 seconds
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Great strides in combating trauma

RACS’s Trauma Committee has been pivotal in helping prevent acute trauma in the community. That includes encouraging surgeons to pursue a trauma specialty. Instrumental to its success is Dr Li Hsee, who stepped down as Chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Trauma Committee in late 2022, after eight years in the role. Among other leadership roles in trauma both at home and internationally, Dr Hsee’s responsible for the development and implementation of the first Acute Surgical Unit in Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s also the Clinical Director in General Surgery at Auckland City Hospital. RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/03/20238 minutes 54 seconds
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It’s hip to be active – from world champ to surgeon

Dr Mat Brick’s journey into the world of surgery wasn’t the most conventional.  He studied at medical school, but shifted direction to focus on running and cycling. He is a two-time world champion duathlete and he’s represented Aotearoa New Zealand at the world championship level in cycling. That passion for sports and activity-related injury enticed him back to the medical fold as an orthopaedic surgeon. Today he’s one of just a handful of surgeons world-wide who have experienced thousands of hip arthroscopies. Dr Brick is on several international committees relating to hip arthroscopies, and he’s actively involved in research and teaching. RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/See omnystudio.
14/03/202317 minutes 53 seconds
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Pride in Medicine – building awareness and respect

WorldPride is the biggest event on the world’s LGBTQIA+ calendar. This year, it’s being hosted by Sydney – the first time WorldPride is held in the Southern hemisphere – coinciding with the iconic Sydney Gay &amp; Lesbian Mardi Gras. This year, RACS is participating in WorldPride alongside several other medical colleges. The involvement has come about through the advocacy of a new LGBTQIA+ community, Pride in Medicine. Two key figures of the group are Dr Matt Marino, a surgical Fellow who is President of Pride in Medicine and Dr Sarah Rennie, Aotearoa New Zealand Surgical Advisor and a driver of this initiative for RACS. Both participated in the Mardi Gras parade. The College’s participation demonstrates its advocacy on behalf of the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQIA+ communities. It is also part of the College’s strategic focus of building a culture of respect and embracing diversity as well as serving all communities equitably to build sustainable surgical services.
01/03/202318 minutes 10 seconds
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Freeing up cashflow for surgeons

Economically, it’s a tough time right now. Interest rates are rising, there are labour shortages, residential rents are up, house prices are down, almost everything is more expensive – all these issues are exacerbated by world events including the war in Ukraine.  And that means cash flow is tight for everyone, including those in the medical profession. That’s according to Nick Fennessy, Director and Partner at the The Bongiorno Group. He joins Mark Bremner, the Bongiorno Group’s Senior Financial Consultant, to discuss options for surgeons who are looking to get ahead financially in the near and long term. RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.</p
14/02/202317 minutes 36 seconds
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Debut novel shines light on gruelling surgical career

A new novel shines the light on excessive workloads faced by junior doctors and specialist trainees. The Registrar is written by debut author, Dr Neela Janakiramanan, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialising in hands and wrists. She tells the story through protagonist Emma Swann, a surgical registrar who not only is overwhelmed by a punishing schedule, she’s also confronted by bullying and harassment. To purchase a copy from Booktopia, please visit: https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-registrar-neela-janakiramanan/book/9781761066511.html RACS Post Op Podcast is proudly brought to you by leading financial services organisation the Bongiorno National Network: https://bongiorno.com.au/about-us/our-bongiorno-national-network/See omnystudio
31/01/202310 minutes 58 seconds
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What’s behind pregnancy complications among female doctors? (Re-release)

An Australian-first study investigating fertility and pregnancy complications among Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand doctors discovered greater pregnancy complications than the general population. Dr Jasmina Kevric was one of three doctors who conducted the survey of 1099 doctors. She says training requirements have delayed family planning and subsequently increased age-related pregnancy complications. She discusses what measures can be taken to address these issues. Medical Mums and Mums to Be (Australia &amp; Aotearoa New Zealand) Facebook page is available to those who provide their AHPRA number.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/01/202311 minutes 29 seconds
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Norway’s vision of zero road deaths (Re-release)

In 2019, Norway’s capital of Oslo recorded just one death from a traffic accident. From a peak of 570 annual roads deaths in the 1970s nationwide, in recent years Norway’s toll has been reduced to just 80 deaths a year.  Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Council for Road Safety Bard Johansen says its success has been a multi-faceted and integrated approach. It includes lower speed limits, safer vehicles, safer roads, better technology, stricter policing of those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and a significant education campaign.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/01/202319 minutes 19 seconds
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A determined path to a surgical career (Re-release)

Dr Samantha Pillay graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1992 to become the first female urological surgeon in South Australia.  From a very early age a physical condition prevented Dr Pillay from being able to walk. But it’s made her all the more determined to pursue her dreams and to help others in need.  Dr Pillay is the founder of Continence Matters, an online resource to educate the medical professional and the general public on bladder and continence issues. She’s also an accomplished public speaker, an entrepreneur, and author of ‘The No Recipe Cookbook’ and ‘When I’m a Surgeon’.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/12/202217 minutes 16 seconds
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From patient to doctor – a desire for change

Ben Bravery was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in his late 20s. That led to many months of treatment and much of his time in hospital wards and doctors’ clinics. He was confronted with over-worked and stressed medical staff and a health system which placed grades over patient bed-side manner. Once treated, he decided to enact change in the health system by becoming a doctor himself. He’s written a memoir about his experience, The Patient Doctor, where he shines a light on what needs to change to ensure the patient is at the heart of healthcare.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/12/202215 minutes 38 seconds
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Surgical practice: owning your own room

There comes a time in a surgeon’s career when they’ll start to think about obtaining their own medical practice. It’s a big decision, with a substantial financial outlay. There’s much to consider, including the location, the size of the space, and whether to obtain a room on their own or with others. Also important are the tax implications, structure considerations, and the option of buying rooms via a self-managed super fund. Simon Farmer, Managing Director of Walshs Financial Planning and Hugh Walsh, Partner at Walshs, discuss the details of owning a room.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/11/202213 minutes 33 seconds
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A new foundational course in surgical robotics

Technology in surgery continues to evolve in leaps and bounds, particularly the advances of robotics. A little under 20 years ago, Professor Tony Costello performed the first radical prostatectomy using robotics in Australia. Since then, he has performed 2,500 robotic procedures and has trained dozens of international robotic surgeons at International Medical Robotics Academy (IMRA), an institution he founded and of which he is currently Executive Director and CEO. RACS has partnered with IMRA to deliver ‘The Foundations of Robotic Surgery’ online introductory course, which provides foundational theory and principles required to safely perform robotic surgical procedures. This course is the first of its kind to have surgeons instructing surgeons on how to use robots in surgery. International Medical Robotics Academyhttps://amraaus.org.au/See omnystudio.com/listener
08/11/202215 minutes 52 seconds
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Trauma prevention: within four walls

The incidents of domestic violence resulting in trauma (injury) would probably shock a lot of people. In Australia, a report from the Australian Institute of Health &amp; Welfare showed that more than 29,000 people had at least one hospital stay due to family and domestic violence in the seven years between 2010-11 and 2017-18. In fact, the leading cause of homicide in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand is domestic and family violence, mostly against women. Surgeons are very much on the frontline dealing with trauma in a medical sense. But, they’re also in a position to help mitigate future harm. RACS Fellow, Assoc Prof Payal Mukherjee would like to see more education within the surgical community on how to help prevent family and domestic violence. On November 10th this year – during Trauma Week – Assoc Prof Mukherjee and Dr Ken Harrison, a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists will be convening a joint symposium to addres
25/10/202210 minutes 10 seconds
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The Pasifika Medical Association: serving the pacific

Since 1996, the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) has worked closely with governments and communities to meet the health needs of people across the Pacific region. The PMA helps boost the workforce of Pasifika healthcare professionals and to increase the number of Pacific people in leadership roles. It also provides disaster support for Pacific countries, and helped with the COVID-19 response, both within Pacific countries and Pasifika communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. The current PMA president is Dr Teariki ‘Kiki’ Maoate, an Aotearoa New Zealand-based paediatric surgeon. In this podcast he discusses the PMA’s focus and the future of healthcare for Pacific people. Pasifika Medical Association Group – <a href="https://aus01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pmagroup.org.nz%2F&amp;data=05%7C01%7CAlexandra.Kury%40surgeons.org%7C2468c8b2a52146c3a8c008daa8188898%7C35254406146a48d986e2903d07f85ccb%7C0%7C0%7C638007120567169116%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb
11/10/202213 minutes 39 seconds
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Behind the curtain: ANZ Journal of Surgery

First published in 1931, the ANZ Journal of Surgery is a prestigious publication serving the surgical community in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia It’s purpose? To publish articles that further the art and science of all of surgery. It’s the job of Professor Julian Smith, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Editor in Chief of the ANZ Journal of Surgery, to painstakingly sort through and select the cream of the submissions crop. Professor Smith delves into the submission process and offers some tips for how to get your articles in print.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/09/202221 minutes 49 seconds
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Eyes on the battle against Type 2 Diabetes (Re-release)

In 2020, Dr Muecke was awarded Australian of the Year in recognition for his many decades of pioneering blindness prevention, particularly in South East Asia. He cofounded ‘Vision Myanmar’ and ‘Sight for All’, both initiatives to help prevent and treat blindness. These days, Dr Muecke is championing action to prevent Type 2 diabetes – a preventable disease and the leading cause of blindness in Australian adults. His profile is helping raise awareness of the role sugar and processed foods play in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/09/202230 minutes 29 seconds
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A tree change with RACS’s New Fellow Rural Place

As a new Fellow, Dr Zainab Naseem was hoping to achieve a more comfortable work-life balance when she came across an advertisement for the New Fellow Rural Placement – or NFRP – on the College’s website. The NFRP is an initiative delivered by RACS through the Specialist Training Program, funded by the Australian Department of Health. Dr Naseem was at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital at the time when she applied for the rural placement at Griffith Base Hospital, in the Riverina region of central New South Wales. Although it was hard to adjust at first, Dr Naseem and her young family have learned to love the regional city.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/08/202214 minutes 12 seconds
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How to prepare for a RACS Surgical Education and Training interview

One of the requirements for Surgical Trainees is the RACS Surgical Education and Training interview. If you’re a junior doctor who has yet to face your questioners, don’t fear! With the right preparation, it doesn’t have to be so daunting. Someone who has been through the process is Dr Teriana Maheno, a SET 3 Orthopaedic Trainee in Aotearoa New Zealand. She shares her insights on how the interviews are structured, how to prepare for them, and – importantly – how to manage those nerves on interview day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/08/202216 minutes 31 seconds
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Important Australian superannuation changes

Before the Australian federal election, the Coalition had legislated a number of changes to superannuation, which came into effect in July this year. What are those changes and what do you need to do to take advantage of tax concessions with your own super? For answers we turn to Michael Walsh, CEO of chartered accountants and financial advisors, Walshs.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/08/20229 minutes 48 seconds
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Two surgeons stitched together in marriage

Have you ever thought what it’s like to be married to another surgeon? Well, for married surgical couple Dr Sandra Krishnan and Dr Adrian Fernandez, it’s been a blessing, not only for each other (of course!) but also for the surgical work they do. Dr Sandra Krishnan is a senior breast and surgical oncologist in Sydney and Canberra. And Dr Adrian Fernandez is a general and colorectal surgeon based in the Far South Coast, NSW and Canberra. They reflect on their work, which can involve long and odd hours, and the early days of bringing up their children. Drs Krishnan and Fernandez will be convening at the upcoming ACT Annual Scientific Meeting in August on the topic of technology and the future of surgery. For details on the ASM, please visit: https://www.surgeons.org/en/about-racs/racs-offices/australian-capital-territory/act-activities YouTube promo vi
19/07/202213 minutes 2 seconds
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Insider’s tips on getting into surgical training

There comes a time when a medical student or junior doctor decides to proceed on the path of a surgical career. The first step is the process of surgical training, education, and assessment conduct by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Joseph Xavier, General Surgery SET Registrar, SET 4 Trainee, and RACSTA Committee member explains the application process. He reflects on his own experience, including what he would have done differently if he’d had his time again. SET selection requirements, process and application:https://www.surgeons.org/en/become-a-surgeon/how-do-i-become-a-surgeon/set-selection-requirements-process-and-applicationSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/07/202217 minutes 15 seconds
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Doctors breaking world records for melanoma awareness

Despite decades of media campaigns, more work still needs to be done to raise the awareness and treatment of skin cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia &ndash; two countries with the highest rates of melanoma in the world. To help fight the disease, ten doctors have committed to reclaim their world record of rowing for 60 hours in Brisbane&rsquo;s Princess Alexandra Hospital foyer from the 22nd to the 24th of June. Their &lsquo;A Million Metres for Melanoma&rsquo; team set the world record in 2016, while raising funds melanoma. Charity founder, orthopaedic surgeon and RACS Fellow Dr Chris Conyard, discusses the reasons behind the team&rsquo;s campaign, and what they hope to achieve in this year&rsquo;s challenge. A Million Metres for Melanoma:https://millionmetresformelanoma.com/&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/06/20227 minutes 27 seconds
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What’s behind pregnancy complications among female doctors?

An Australian-first study investigating fertility and pregnancy complications among Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand doctors discovered greater pregnancy complications than the general population. Dr Jasmina Kevric was one of three doctors who conducted the survey of 1099 doctors. She says training requirements have delayed family planning and subsequently increased age-related pregnancy complications. She discusses what measures can be taken to address these issues. Medical Mums and Mums to Be (Australia &amp; Aotearoa New Zealand) Facebook page is available to those who provide their AHPRA number.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/06/202211 minutes 8 seconds
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John Corboy medalist’s commitment to help others

Since 2010, the College has awarded the John Corboy Medal in recognition of exceptional service of surgical Trainees. The medal is named after Dr John Corboy, former Chair of RACS Trainee Association, who gave generously to his peers and who offered energetic service for surgery despite facing personal adversity. On the recommendation of the Trainee&rsquo;s Association, the medal is awarded annually to a Trainee who demonstrates the characteristics for which Dr Corboy was admired. The award is made to a candidate for one or more of the following qualities: outstanding leadership, selfless service, tenacity, and service to Trainees of the College. RACS is proud to announce the 2022 John Corboy Medal is awarded to Dr Amanda Nikolic, who has worked tirelessly to help surgical Trainees.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/05/20227 minutes 43 seconds
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Norway’s vision of zero road deaths

In 2019, Norway&rsquo;s capital of Oslo recorded just one death from a traffic accident. From a peak of 570 annual roads deaths in the 1970s nationwide, in recent years Norway&rsquo;s toll has been reduced to just 80 deaths a year. Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Council for Road Safety Bard Johansen says its success has been a multi-faceted and integrated approach. It includes lower speed limits, safer vehicles, safer roads, better technology, stricter policing of those driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and a significant education campaign.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/05/202219 minutes
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An advocate for quality and safety

Health care delivery has shifted from one of blame-seeking to a more enlightened and sophisticated understanding of a modern complex system. That&rsquo;s according to Dr Mark O&rsquo;Brien, Associate Fellow &amp; Programme Director, Oxford Healthcare Leadership Programme, Sa&iuml;d Business School, University of Oxford. Dr O&rsquo;Brien, a passionate advocate of quality and safety in healthcare, says it&rsquo;s important to minimise the mistakes people make, as well as to have systems and cultures that are safe.&nbsp; Dr Mark O&rsquo;Brien will be speaking at RACS 90th Annual Scientific Congress, 2-6 May 2022. For more information and to register: https://asc.surgeons.org/&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/04/202212 minutes 31 seconds
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Australian federal budget take-outs for surgeons

Although the Australian federal election had yet to be announced, it was very much on the minds of everybody when the Australian federal budget was delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on the 29 March. Michael Waycott, Director of The Bongiorno Group, discusses the key take-outs for surgeons in Australia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/04/20229 minutes 9 seconds
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A determined path to a surgical career

Dr Samantha Pillay graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1992 to become the first female urological surgeon in South Australia.&nbsp; From a very early age a physical condition prevented Dr Pillay from being able to walk. But it&rsquo;s made her all the more determined to pursue her dreams and to help others in need. Dr Pillay is the founder of Continence Matters, an online resource to educate the medical professional and the general public on bladder and continence issues. She&rsquo;s also an accomplished public speaker, an entrepreneur, and author of &lsquo;The No Recipe Cookbook&rsquo; and &lsquo;When I&rsquo;m a Surgeon&rsquo;.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/03/202216 minutes 52 seconds
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Time for a name change?

RACS is considering a proposal to change the name of the College following a request from our Fellowship. RACS Council appointed a working party to progress the matter and it was agreed that an electronic vote of members on the proposed name change will be conducted later in 2022, allowing ample time for member and stakeholder education and engagement. The working group has agreed to go with the name, Royal Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand College of Surgeons (RAANZCS). In this episode, otolaryngologist Dr Rachelle Love discusses the details. You can share your thoughts by emailing us:&nbsp;[email protected] Opinions can be sent to Surgical News: [email protected]&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/03/202210 minutes
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Embracing digital health technologies for better care

Surgeons have benefited greatly in recent years with a range of digital tools allowing them to innovate, learn and communicate with patients. One benefit of digital health technologies is that they enable efficiencies in the workplace, says Dr Jill Tomlinson, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Melbourne. Dr Tomlinson outlines the range of tools available and how to incorporate them into your own practice. MORE INFORMATION Digital Health Hubhttps://www.surgeons.org/Resources/digital-health-hub Digital Health for Specialistshttps://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/healthcare-providers/specialists &nbsp; &nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/03/20229 minutes 42 seconds
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Experiences of flexible surgical training

Flexible training increases diversity in the surgical workforce by enabling Trainees to broaden their experience and pursue wider interests and opportunities while progressing towards Fellowship. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trainees' Association (RACSTA) supports trainees pursue more flexible training if required. In this episode we hear from two surgeons who have taken advantage of flexible training: Dr Winnie Gill, a Hepatobiliary Fellow at Royal Melbourne Hospital; and Dr Tim Sladden, a general surgery SET 2 Gen Search Trainee at Brisbane&rsquo;s Mater Hospital. Please note that maximum training time still applies. If you need information about the maximum training time for your specialty and how flexible training will impact your unique situation, please contact your specialty training board directly. More about flexible training:https://www.surgeons.org/en
01/02/20228 minutes 11 seconds
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A life-time of service in the NT (Re-release)

Forty-one years after first arriving in the Northern Territory, general surgeon Assoc. Prof. Phillip Carson has retired from clinical practice. He talks about his career highlights in the Top End, including his immense satisfaction being involved with the local and surgical communities of the NT.&nbsp; Assoc. Prof. Carson continues his active engagement with the College - in surgical education, governance of cancer services, and facilitating the delivery of surgical services across Australia's vast and remote areas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/01/202217 minutes
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How SET selection helps health outcomes for rural people

The Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program is designed to ensure surgical trainees become competent surgeons to the communities they serve, which include regional areas of Australian and New Zealand. Associate Professor Matthias Wichmann is a general surgeon who has been highly supportive in mentoring SET aspirants in Mount Gambier in South Australia. A recent general surgical SET trainee is Dr Matt Watson. Both discuss the benefits of the program and the attraction of working and living rurally.&nbsp;Learn more about Select for Rural https://bit.ly/31OyjnZ&nbsp;&nbsp;For more information on the SET program and application to SET please visit https://www.surgeons.org/Trainees/the-set-program&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/12/202118 minutes 19 seconds
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Delivering respect in surgery

It&rsquo;s been almost six years since the College commenced work on the Building Respect Improving Patient Safety initiative.&nbsp; A 2015 investigation led by an expert advisory group &ndash; or EAG &ndash; uncovered issues around discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. Since the findings, the College has been implementing a long-term program of work to support professionalism in surgery. Recently, the College has conducted to surveys: the evaluation survey and a prevalence survey to ascertain current behaviours and attitudes relating to discrimination, bullying and harassment. Ruth Friedman is the external evaluator of the RACS Building Respect Action Plan, who has been evaluating its work to build a culture of respect in surgery. More information https://www.surgeons.org/about-racs/about-respect &nbsp;See omnyst
30/11/202118 minutes 23 seconds
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Wellbeing Charter for Doctors

The Wellbeing Charter for Doctors was created by medical colleges to signify the importance of the role that such colleges, hospitals and health jurisdictions have to play to support doctors and ensure that they have the opportunity to prioritise their physical and mental wellbeing. It is important that doctors thrive in all aspects of life, not only in medicine, and this is a key principle of the charter.&nbsp; The charter is only the beginning of work on shining a spotlight on doctors&rsquo; wellbeing. It was created to start conversations about wellbeing amongst doctors themselves, and their supervisors and managers, and to demonstrate a unified approach to doctors&rsquo; wellbeing. We speak to Dr Ruth Bollard, Chair of the RACS Wellbeing Working Group, and Dr Eric Levi, a member of the working group. Dr Bollard and Dr Levi are both passionate advocates for shining the spotlight on doctors&rsquo; wellbeing. To access the Wellbeing Charter for Doctors: <a h
16/11/202115 minutes 54 seconds
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Benefits of surgical overseas volunteering (Re-release)

Volunteering overseas is a goal for many doctors. While it&rsquo;s not for the faint hearted it&rsquo;s also incredibly rewarding, as Dr Thomas Schaefer, an orthopaedic surgeon in Western Australia explains. Making a difference to in-need communities like those in Gaza, is what humanitarian work is all about for Dr Schaefer. He lets us into his journey from Switzerland to working in WA and volunteering overseas when and where he&rsquo;s needed.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/11/202112 minutes 12 seconds
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Building respect through a new information-sharing protocol

This year a new protocol has been in development aimed at supporting information sharing between the College and hospitals. Instrumental in its evolution is the College&rsquo;s Censor-in-Chief, Dr Adrian Anthony. He explains how the information-sharing protocol is about supporting patient safety through a culture of respect. More information https://www.surgeons.org/about-racs/about-respectSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/10/202114 minutes 33 seconds
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Combating the rise of mental illness (Re-release)

After facing his own battle with mental illness, cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Toogood champions mental health support for fellow medical professionals and the general public. He says it's important for people to talk about mental health issues in order to break down the stigma. For support and advice, talk to your GP, or contact Oz Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. For Aotearoa New Zealand listeners, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354. RACS has partnered with Converge International to provide confidential support to Fellows, Trainees, International Medical Graduates, RACS Global Health Volunteers and their immediate family members.&nbsp; Telephone 1300 687 327 in Australia or 0800 666 367 in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is a popular episode originally released in October, 2019.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/10/202112 minutes 51 seconds
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Phasing out of gendered titles

The only profession that continues to use gendered titles in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand is surgery. Spearheading a push to phase out its archaic and discriminatory usage is Dr Christine Lai, a general surgeon based in Adelaide, and Chair of the Fellow Services Committee at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She&rsquo;s encouraging surgeons to replace gendered titles such as Mr, Ms, Miss, and Mrs, with Doctor or academic titles such as Professor.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/09/20217 minutes 16 seconds
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Doing your bit for the environment

Climate change and other environmental issues may not be at the front of your mind when you&rsquo;re dealing with any number of minor or major medical crises. But, it might surprise you how much healthcare contributes to emissions. So says thoracic surgeon Dr Ben Dunne, who&rsquo;s taken up the mantle of raising awareness among Fellows in the College. Dr Dunne says medical professionals can do their bit by &ndash; among many things &ndash; consciously reducing, reusing, and recycling their equipment at work.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/09/202112 minutes 17 seconds
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Important changes to income protection insurance

Australian financial regulator APRA has announced major reforms to income protection insurance, which will reduce the amount of benefits available to Australian policy holders . So, if you haven&rsquo;t looked at your current cover for a while, best you do so now. That&rsquo;s according to Michael Waycott, Director of The Bongiorno Group, who discusses the changes which will be implemented by 1 October 2021.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/09/20218 minutes 55 seconds
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Learning and Development Grants: A travelling grant for rural surgeons

RACS Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons helps provincial surgeons to take time away from their practice to travel and develop existing skills or acquire new skills. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sarah Coll, who is based in Cairns in Far North Queensland, was delighted to discover she was entitled to apply for a Learning and Development grant. She explains her own experiences with the grant and the benefits the grant provides for RACS Fellows located in non-metropolitan areas of Australia &amp; Aotearoa New Zealand. The Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons is one of many grants now open for application through RACS Learning and Development grants round, with outcomes advised in November. Applications close 12 September 2021. For more information and to apply, visit: www.surgeons.org/scholarshipsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy infor
24/08/202112 minutes 15 seconds
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Improving surgical care with CTANZ

The RACS Clinical Trials Network Australia and New Zealand &ndash; or CTANZ &ndash; was formed in 2017 to provide a structure for RACS Trainees, Junior Doctors, and medical students to lead &ndash; and be involved in &ndash; high quality surgical research and trials. Since then, CTANZ has driven improvements in surgical care by enabling investigator-led multi-centre trials to be carried out in Australia and New Zealand. CTANZ has proven valuable to trainees, who work at the coalface of surgical care, and are able to identify gaps in knowledge and procedure. These gaps are the genesis of future clinical studies, changing patient care for the better. More informationhttps://surgeons.org/CTANZSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/08/202116 minutes 37 seconds
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The benefits of a Learning and Development grant

One of the largest providers of scholarships and grants for the surgical community worldwide is the RACS Foundation for Surgery&rsquo;s Scholarships and Grants Program, which offers two rounds of applications each year. Consultant colorectal surgeon Mr Ryash Vather was awarded a&nbsp;​Bongiorno National Network Younger Fellows Travel Grant to undertake a prestigious six-month pelvic exenteration fellowship at St Marks in London. He discusses the opportunity, and his advice for others who might be thinking of applying. For further information, or to apply for a Learning and Development Grant, please visit, https://surgeons.org/scholarships&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/07/20219 minutes 11 seconds
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Eyes on the battle against Type 2 Diabetes

In 2020, Dr Muecke was awarded Australian of the Year in recognition for his many decades of pioneering blindness prevention, particularly in South East Asia. He cofounded &lsquo;Vision Myanmar&rsquo; and &lsquo;Sight for All&rsquo;, both initiatives to help prevent and treat blindness. These days, Dr Muecke is championing action to prevent Type 2 diabetes &ndash; a preventable disease and the leading cause of blindness in Australian adults. His profile is helping raise awareness of the role sugar and processed foods play in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/07/202130 minutes 13 seconds
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Welcome to the new RACS Vice President – Dr Lawrie Malisano

In this episode we welcome the new RACS Vice President, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Lawrie Malisano. Based in Spring Hill, Queensland, Dr Malisano has had numerous roles in the College, including RACS Councilor and Chair of Professional Development. He&rsquo;s a foundation member of the Anthroplasty Society of Australia, a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and former president of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Dr Malisano discusses his role and the opportunities ahead.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/06/20219 minutes 18 seconds
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Foundation for Surgery’s support in the Pacific

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Foundation for Surgery have been instrumental in supporting surgical needs in remote and disadvantaged communities, not only in Australia and New Zealand but also our neighbours in the Asia Pacific. One surgeon who&rsquo;s benefited from their support is Dr Trevor Cullwick, Head of Department of Surgery and Orthopaedic surgeon in Vila Central Hospital, the main referral hospital in Vanuatu. Born and raised in Vanuatu, Dr Cullwick discusses his career and experiences working in a remote Pacific-island nation. MORE INFORMATION Foundation for Surgery &ndash; https://www.surgeons.org/en/foundation-for-surgery Pledge-a-Procedure &ndash; https://fees.surgeons.org/Fees/Fundraising/RacsDonationDetailAU.aspx?ItemId=DON_PAPGH21See <a href="https://
15/06/20219 minutes 12 seconds
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Tax planning before June 30

As we turn the page on another financial year, what do you need to think about between now and June 30? For answers we turn to Michael Walsh, CEO of chartered accountants and financial advisors, Walshs, who outlines some of the major tax considerations for surgeons in Australia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/06/20217 minutes 43 seconds
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Welcome to the new RACS President – Dr Sally Langley

This month the College extends a warm welcome its new President, Dr Sally Langley, who takes over the role from Dr Tony Sparnon. Dr Langley is a New Zealand plastic surgeon, former president of the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons and who&rsquo;s worked in both public and private surgery for more than 30 years. She discusses her role and the challenges and opportunities facing the College in the near future.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/05/202111 minutes 27 seconds
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2021 Australian Budget – A big spender

The much-anticipated Federal Budget delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last week was certainly a big-spending one, particularly in relation to aged-care and mental health. For commentary, we turn to Michael Waycott, Director of The Bongiorno Group, who guides Chris Ashmore through the major take-outs for surgeons.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/05/202112 minutes 52 seconds
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Transitioning from plastic surgeon to sculpture artist

After 30 years as a plastic surgeon, Chris Edwards transitioned smoothly into a career as a sculptor. Chris is a former president of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, who initially chose plastic surgery all those years ago because of his interest in art. He says learning and practicing art has improved his powers of observation. Chris firmly believes studying art or photography helps elevate the skills of a plastic surgeon. Chris&rsquo;s artwork will appear on the virtual gallery at this year&rsquo;s RACS Annual Scientific Congress in May. Also, as part of the Congress&rsquo;s opening plenary, Chris will give a presentation titled &lsquo;The art of being a creative surgeon&rsquo;. For more information and to register for RACS 89th Annual Scientific Congress, please visit: https://asc.surgeons.org/&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/liste
05/05/202121 minutes 51 seconds
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A new and improved system to address complaints

Supportive, confidential, respectful, and non-judgemental &ndash; these words best describe new and enhanced complaints process at RACS. As an organisation that furthers the interests of our members by supporting their ongoing development and maintenance of expertise, the College is in a unique position when it comes to investigating complaints. Concerns raised in the past by Fellows, Trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates offered lessons in preparing a new way to handle the process. Emily Wooden, RACS Chief Operating Officer, discusses the changes and why they were introduced. RACS Surgeons Support Program Website: https://convergeinternational.com.au/ Contact our Feedback and Complaints team Phone (Australia): 1800 892 491 Phone (New Zealand): 0800 787 470 Email: [email protected] <a href="https://omnystud
20/04/20217 minutes 21 seconds
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Supporting surgeons outside the major cities

A common challenge to both New Zealand and Australia is providing medical care for people in remote communities. The College is actively working on issues like workforce recruitment, retention and professional development to areas outside the major cities. RACS&rsquo;s Rural Surgery Section Committee (RSSC) is dedicated to providing solutions to surgical challenges in remote and regional areas. Chair of the RSSC is Dr Bridget Clancy, who discusses its strategy and aims for the next twelve months. For more information about Rural Surgery Section Committee, please visit: https://www.surgeons.org/resources/interest-groups-sections/rural-surgery/about-the-rural-surgery-sectionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/04/202112 minutes 35 seconds
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CPD Program is set for a refresh

The RACS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is undergoing changes for 2021, providing more flexibility, and with an emphasis on health equity and the importance of cultural competency. CPD is viewed as a way RACS Fellows can demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning and patient care; the new program will reflect this and support their learning journey. To discuss the changes is Professor Andrew Hill, Chair of the College&rsquo;s Professional Standards Committee. If you have any feedback about the CPD program, please email [email protected] &nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/03/20217 minutes 11 seconds
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The benefits of scholarship: experiences from two surgeons

Each year RACS provides a number of scholarships through the Foundation of Surgery. Scholarships are important to help surgeons, trainees and health professionals facilitate changes and improve the quality of surgical care and practice. Two past scholarship recipients include Professor Greg O&rsquo;Grady and Doctor Deborah Wright, both based in New Zealand. They share their experiences and discuss the benefits that scholarships have provided to each of them in their fields of research and their careers. Research scholarships open in March, and Learning and development grants open in August. 2022 research scholarships are &lsquo;now open&rsquo; until 12 April, with outcomes advised in August; learning and development grants open in August this year. If you are a current Trainee or active Fellow, a 2022 Research scholarship could help you contribute to improving the quality of surgical care and practice. To learn more about the Scholarships and grants p
09/03/202111 minutes 51 seconds
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Countdown to the 2021 Annual Scientific Congress

Due to COVID-19 many events were cancelled last year, including the College&rsquo;s 2020 Annual Scientific Congress. But, with a lot of planning and plenty of hard work from all involved, ASC coordinator Dr Liz McLeod is looking forward &ndash; as we all are &ndash; to the 2021 Congress to be held from May 10 &ndash; 14. In this episode, Dr McLeod explains the theme of the ASC and what participants can look forward to. For more information about RACS ASC 2021, please visit: https://asc.surgeons.org/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/02/20217 minutes 45 seconds
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RACS telehealth survey – results are in!

COVID-19 has greatly affected the way we&rsquo;ve all worked in the last 12 months. If there&rsquo;s a silver lining, it would be the fact that surgeons and their patients can rely on technology to talk to each other online. The College conducted a survey with several hundred Fellows and patients and their attitudes towards using telehealth services. The response? Overwhelmingly positive, says Professor Mark Frydenberg, who explains the results of the survey in this episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/02/202121 minutes 21 seconds
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Innovators in stem cell transplantation (Re-release)

In April, orthopaedic surgeon&nbsp;Associate Professor Claudia Di Bella, and her team at BioFab3D, trademarked a revolutionary new method of stem cell transplantation. Located within St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne,&nbsp; the 3D laboratory is Australia's first hospital-based bio-fabrication lab. In this episode Assoc. Prof. Di Bella explains how its cartilage project aims to build biological structures with the use of stem cells printed within a gelatinous scaffold, and then cultured in 3D.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/01/202115 minutes 17 seconds
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The most interesting ASC yet!

The title of the 2021 Annual Scientific Congress is &lsquo;Celebrating the Art of Surgery in a Time of Disruption&rsquo;. After cancellation of the 2020 Congress due to COVID-19, the 89th ASC is expected to be a hybrid of in-attendance and online events. Convenor, Professor Wendy Brown, discusses the challenges and rewards of preparing for what will be the most interesting ASC yet. For more information, please visit&nbsp;asc.surgeons.org&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/01/202116 minutes 38 seconds
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In favour of a surgical career outside the capital cities (Re-release)

Since 1992, RACS Councillor&nbsp;Associate Professor&nbsp;Kerin Fielding&nbsp;has lived and worked in the NSW Riverina city of Wagga Wagga. As an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in a regional part of the Australia, she's cognisant how health outcomes for people in rural areas are impacted by the lack of facilities and medical professionals. Using her own experience as an example, she'd like everyone to know how country areas are uniquely rewarding for surgeons and their careers, as well as being great places to live.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/12/202010 minutes 53 seconds
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Opening up opportunities for women in surgery (Re-release)

Associate Professor&nbsp;Payal Mukherjee&nbsp;is completing a PhD in new technologies in ear surgery. As one of few females studying technology, she's pushing for greater female participation in STEM disciplines &ndash; that is, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.&nbsp; Assoc. Prof. Mukherjee is an Ear, Nose, Throat Surgeon with a special interest in ear surgery.&nbsp; She's Deputy Chair of the RACS State Committee of New South Wales and an Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Sydney. And, she was a finalist in the 2019 New South Wales Premier's Woman of the Year Award. In this episode Assoc. Prof. Mukherjee explains why she chose surgery as a vocation and how rewarding it's been for her.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/12/202011 minutes 2 seconds
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Applauding flexible training

To promote flexible training and encourage take-up across the profession, RACS have published new resources on their website, including a toolkit with tips for establishing flexible roles and a series of interviews with surgeons and Trainees who have experienced it personally. For more information about flexible training go to: www.surgeons.org/flexibletraining &nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/11/202014 minutes 54 seconds
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Father and son surgical team

Experienced vascular surgeon Dr Bernard Bourke founded his surgical practice in Gosford, NSW, in 1986. In recent years, his son Dr Victor Bourke has joined him at Central Coast Vascular. The Bourkes explain their passion for surgery, their love of learning, and what it&rsquo;s like to work closely together.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/202016 minutes 10 seconds
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New Fellow Rural Placement in the Top End

Dr Priya Nandoskar is one of two Fellows selected to participate in a pilot coordinated by the RACS Specialist Training Program for new Fellows in regional and rural areas. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, the program is designed to offer Fellows a comprehensive, high-quality experience outside the big cities. Based in Darwin for her twelve-month placement, Dr Nandoskar discusses her highlights so far and how worthwhile the program has been. Specialist Training Program https://www.surgeons.org/en/Education/specialist-training-programSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/10/20207 minutes 43 seconds
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2020 Budget – Takeouts for surgeons

On 6 October 2020, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered a big-spending budget in a year where the economy has been hit hard by unprecedented events. Michael Waycott, Director at The Bongiorno National Network, looks at the takeouts from the budget for those in the medical profession and for surgeons in particular.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/10/20209 minutes 45 seconds
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One College Transformation: improving engagement

Since its establishment, the One College Transformation program has been gaining momentum. It was designed to help streamline processes and deliver more reliable data among the College&rsquo;s many people working and learning across various fields and locations on both sides of the Tasman. To provide an update on its progress we turn to John Biviano, Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He explains how One College Transformation Program is changing the way Fellows, Trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates engage with the College.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/20206 minutes 46 seconds
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New Fellow Rural Placement

In 2019, the Australian Government Department of Health approved a proposal from the RACS Specialist Training Program to coordinate a pilot for New Fellows in regional and rural areas. It was designed in consultation with the RACS Rural Surgery Section to give them a comprehensive, high-quality experience, outside the big cities. Dr Michael Basedow is one of two Fellows funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Specialist Training Program. He explains his involvement in the program and highlights so far.&nbsp; Specialist Training Program https://www.surgeons.org/en/Education/specialist-training-programSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/09/20208 minutes 44 seconds
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One College Transformation program for all

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons comprises more than 9000 Fellows, Trainees, International Medical Graduates and Staff. With so many people working and learning across various fields and different regions, a program was recently established to help streamline processes and deliver more reliable member data. The initiative is called &lsquo;One College Transformation&rsquo;; it&rsquo;s a huge task which aims to reform organisational structure and capabilities, governance, and communication channels. Instrumental to its establishment is Dr Richard Perry &ndash; a colorectal surgeon and, until recently, RACS Vice President &ndash; who explains the background of the program.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/09/202017 minutes 57 seconds
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Giving the gift of sight in Timor Leste (Re-release)

Dr Nitin Verma &ndash; For the past 16 years, leading Hobart ophthalmologist Dr Nitin Verma has taken his skills, passion and determination to Timor Leste to combat the serious issue of eye disease in that poverty-stricken nation. In the process he and his teams of volunteers have transformed the lives of thousands. Dr Verma discusses the development of his East Timor Eye Program since its small beginnings in the year 2000.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/08/202013 minutes 58 seconds
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The importance of Telehealth in a pandemic

COVID-19 has affected the way many people in the community communicate with their health professionals. &nbsp;Fortunately, great strides had already been taken in the use of Telehealth &ndash; that is, the provision of health via online technology. An advocate for Telehealth is Prof. Mark Frydenberg, a urological surgeon and Chairman of the Department of Urology at Monash Health in Melbourne. In this episode, Prof. Frydenberg discusses the advantages Telehealth has brought to both patients and medical professionals.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/08/202010 minutes 27 seconds
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A life-time of service in the NT

Forty-one years after first arriving in the Northern Territory, general surgeon Assoc. Prof. Phillip Carson has retired from clinical practice. He talks about his career highlights in the Top End, including his immense satisfaction being involved with the local and surgical communities of the NT.&nbsp; Assoc. Prof. Carson continues his active engagement with the College - in surgical education, governance of cancer services, and facilitating the delivery of surgical services across Australia's vast and remote areas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/07/202017 minutes
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MALT: a useful tool for mentors and trainees

The RACS Morbidity Audit and Logbook tool (MALT) has been useful to electronically log procedures, conduct self-audit and peer-review audit. Paediatric surgeon Mr Paul Jackson uses MALT for recording his own personal data as a surgeon as well as mentoring trainees by examining their data. Mr Jackson works as a specialist Paediatric Surgeon and Paediatric Urologist at Wellington Children's Hospital, New Zealand. He is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer for the School of Medicine &amp; Health Sciences at the University of Otago in Wellington. In this episode he explains the benefits of MALT for both mentors and their trainees.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/07/20206 minutes 20 seconds
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A migrant's journey to practice in regional Victoria

When general surgeon Dr Ruth Bollard migrated to Australia from England in 2006, she chose Victoria's regional city of Ballarat to established her own practice. She says rural and regional areas like Ballarat offer terrific lifestyle opportunities. Dr Bollard would like to encourage more medical specialists to consider regional and rural areas, which can offer fulfilling professional opportunities too.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/06/202014 minutes 56 seconds
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Innovators in stem cell transplantation

In April, orthopaedic surgeon Associate Professor Claudia Di Bella, and her team at BioFab3D, trademarked a revolutionary new method of stem cell transplantation. Located within St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne,&nbsp; the 3D laboratory is Australia's first hospital-based bio-fabrication lab. In this episode Assoc. Prof. Di Bella explains how its cartilage project aims to build biological structures with the use of stem cells printed within a gelatinous scaffold, and then cultured in 3D.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/06/202014 minutes 58 seconds
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Tackling ear infections in remote indigenous regions of Australia (Re-release)

Overcrowding, lack of running water, poor hygiene, nutrition, lack of access to medical care &ndash; all are symptoms of acute poverty into which Aboriginal children are born in remote corners of Australia. And they're the reasons why indigenous children have the highest rates of middle ear infection in the world. For forty years Paediatric Otolaryngologist Dr Harvey Coates has spent up to several weeks each year providing treatment to the most vulnerable of Australian children, and continues to lead the charge of better health outcomes for children and ear disease. Dr Coates was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his work and research in paediatric otolaryngology and ear disease in Aboriginal children.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/06/202010 minutes 39 seconds
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Covid-19 and the impacts on Indigenous health

While most of us have been impacted in some way from the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis has also exposed the health vulnerabilities of Indigenous people. Deputy Chair of the Foundation for Surgery and member of the Indigenous Health Committee, Dr Ruth Mitchell, says an important part of our response with tackling the pandemic is addressing inequalities of health outcomes.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/05/202012 minutes 28 seconds
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From Broken Hill to Oxford - a PhD student's passion advance Indigenous health

Junior doctor and Wiradjuri woman Dr Claudia Paul is passionate about Indigenous health and opportunities for Indigenous medical students and junior doctors. Dr Paul is only the third Australian Aboriginal woman to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. With welcome the support from Foundation of Surgery, she's currently studying a PhD at Oxford University. In this episode, she says would like to see surgical care more equitable to all Australians, including better accessibility and health care outcomes to Indigenous Australians. If you would like to learn more about the studies mentioned, we&rsquo;ve included a list of references below: Secombe P, Brown A, McAnulty G, Pilcher D. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients requiring critical care: characteristics, resource use, and outcomes. Crit Care Resusc. 2019.&nbsp;http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url
05/05/20209 minutes 54 seconds
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Using MALT as an audit tool

The RACS Morbidity Audit and Logbook Tool &ndash; often referred to its acronym, MALT &ndash; is a system designed to log procedures electronically. Easily accessible from a web-based device, MALT, is provided to Trainees, international medical graduates, RACS Fellows, and registered JDocs. Bariatric surgeon Dr John Treacy explains how he and his colleagues at the Royal Darwin Hospital have participated in an audit using MALT &ndash; which has provided some encouraging findings. Morbidity Audit and Logbook Tool: https://www.surgeons.org/research-audit/morbidity-audits/morbidity-audit-and-logbook-toolSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/04/20208 minutes 10 seconds
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Coronavirus cash flow assistance for businesses and what medical practitioners need to know about their own finances

Without doubt, the pandemic we're facing is disrupting much of what we do, where we go and how we travel. The impact on the economy will be huge, which has led the federal government to announce a range of initiatives for businesses who are on the front line of this unprecedented crisis. To help understand the effect the coronavirus is having on the global economy we hear from Simon Farmer, managing director of Walshs Financial Planning. He's joined by Partner, Hugh Walsh, who details the federal government's cash flow assistance for businesses and other packages to assist medical practices.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/03/202016 minutes 49 seconds
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Opening up opportunities for women in surgery

Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee is completing a PhD in new technologies in ear surgery. As one of few females studying technology, she's pushing for greater female participation in STEM disciplines &ndash; that is, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.&nbsp; Assoc. Prof. Mukherjee is an Ear, Nose, Throat Surgeon with a special interest in ear surgery.&nbsp; She's Deputy Chair of the RACS State Committee of New South Wales and an Associate Professor of Surgery at The University of Sydney. And, she was a finalist in the 2019 New South Wales Premier's Woman of the Year Award. In this episode Assoc. Prof. Mukherjee explains why she chose surgery as a vocation and how rewarding it's been for her.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/03/202010 minutes 43 seconds
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How major changes to income protection insurance might affect you

Major changes to the rules covering income protection insurance have been proposed by APRA, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Michael Waycott, a Director of the Bongiorno Group, discusses what the changes mean and what you can do before the new policies take effect on 1 April this year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/03/20206 minutes 54 seconds
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Reflections on frontline volunteering

Sydney vascular surgeon Dr John Swinnen OAM has risked his life treating hundreds of gunshot wounds, bomb blast injuries and performed countless operations not often seen in developed countries like ours. Dr Swinnen's voluntary work with M&eacute;decins Sans Fronti&egrave;res (MSF) has taken him to the world's most dangerous regions, including Eastern Congo, the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Yemen and Gaza. He discusses the kinds of operations he performs in these combat zones, and why he's continued to volunteer his time for one or two months every year for the last decade.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/02/202017 minutes 15 seconds
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In favour of a surgical career outside the capital cities

Since 1992, RACS Councillor Associate Professor&nbsp;Kerin Fielding has lived and worked in the NSW Riverina city of Wagga Wagga. As an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in a regional part of the Australia, she's cognisant how health outcomes for people in rural areas are impacted by the lack of facilities and medical professionals. Using her own experience as an example, she'd like everyone to know how country areas are uniquely rewarding for surgeons and their careers, as well as being great places to live.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/02/202010 minutes 34 seconds
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To treat or not to treat: the palliative care question (Re-release)

Modern medical treatments can do so much to prolong life. But at what point should surgeons hold back, despite a conviction that treatment will benefit the patient? Palliative medicine specialist&nbsp;Dr Will Cairns&nbsp;from Queensland Health in Townsville brings decades of experience to the issue. His message: look beyond your expertise to the wishes of patients. And that means conversations.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/01/202015 minutes 53 seconds
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The effects of unconscious sexism in surgery (Re-release)

Dr Katrina Hutchison &ndash;&nbsp;Gender biases can be so subtle that often the behaviour is not obvious to victims or offenders alike. However, the consequences can be very real and, in surgery, quite devastating. Dr Katrina Hutchison is a Macquarie University Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy; her current project focuses on gender biases in surgery and their impact on both surgeons and patients. Systemic gender biases in the development, testing and approval of medical devices can have debilitating effects on patients. Dr Katrina Hutchison, from a paper she co-authored, examines two cases: hip prostheses and tissue repair meshes to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). She discusses the impact of unconscious sexism in surgery and steps needed to raise awareness of this important issue.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/01/202026 minutes 4 seconds
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The story behind surgical separation of conjoined twins, Nima and Dawa (Re-release)

A medical team at the Royal Children's Hospital successfully separated conjoined Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa. The 14-month-old girls and their mother were brought to Australia in October 2018, courtesy of the charity organisation Children First Foundation, to undergo the surgery led by Dr Joe Crameri, Head of Paediatric Surgery at the RCH. He explains the details of the successful operation and the ongoing post-surgical care for the resilient and much-loved twins.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/12/201913 minutes 3 seconds
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Benefits of surgical overseas volunteering

Volunteering overseas is a goal for many doctors. While it&rsquo;s not for the faint hearted it&rsquo;s also incredibly rewarding, as Dr Thomas Schaefer, an orthopaedic surgeon in Western Australia explains. Making a difference to in-need communities like those in Gaza, is what humanitarian work is all about for Dr Schaefer. He lets us into his journey from Switzerland to working in WA and volunteering overseas when and where he&rsquo;s needed.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/201911 minutes 56 seconds
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Port Macquarie: Tale of two surgeons in a regional city

Living and working in regional parts of Australia can be immensely rewarding for surgeons. Port Macquarie on NSW's mid-north coast has been an attractive place to call home for both Dr Kesley Pedler and Dr Rupert Snyman and their respective families. They discuss why they made the move, the work that they do, some of the challenges of working in a regional city, and why they want to stay.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/11/201912 minutes 54 seconds
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Celebrating the work of surgeons during NSW Surgeons Month

Specialist upper gastrointestinal surgeon, Dr Ken Loi has a number of priorities he'd like to address as regional chairman NSW RACS. In this episode, Dr Loi also discusses NSW Surgeons month which helps recognise and celebrate the wide variety of work that surgeons do.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/11/20197 minutes 6 seconds
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Starting out in private practice – what you should know

To help shine a light on the financial considerations involved for Fellows entering into private practice, the Bongiorno National Network is running a series of workshops around Australia. It includes the upcoming 'Preparation for Private Practice' in Brisbane. Presenting at the event is Simon Farmer, Managing Director of Walshs. On this episode, Simon discusses some of the workshop's main topics, including: Business structures Debt management Wealth creation Personal insurance Preparation for Practice (Brisbane) 9-10 November, 2019For more information, or to register for the event:Website: https://bit.ly/342ykQxEmail: [email protected]: +61 402 736 732See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/10/201913 minutes
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RACSTA: an important support for surgical trainees

The College's Trainee Association &ndash; or RACSTA &ndash; serves an important role in representing the interests of surgical trainees. Imogen Ibbett, Chair of RACSTA, explains the good work the organisation does and how it strongly advocates the quality of training, workplace culture and well-being of trainees.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/10/201910 minutes 2 seconds
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Combating the rise of mental illness

After facing his own battle with mental illness, cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Toogood champions mental health support for fellow medical professionals and the general public. He says it's important for people to talk about mental health issues in order to break down the stigma. For support and advice, talk to your GP, or contact Oz Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. For New Zealand listeners, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/10/201912 minutes 37 seconds
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Welcome RACS new president, Dr Tony Sparnon

RACS recently welcomed its new president, Adelaide paediatric surgeon, Dr Tony Sparnon, who replaced outgoing president, Dr John Batton. Since his appointment, Dr Sparton has been busy with issues relating to surgeons&rsquo; fees, informed consent and informed financial consent. He says it&rsquo;s important that the College continues to adapt its surgical standards and professional values to keep pace with societal change.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/09/201910 minutes 25 seconds
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Strategies to build resilience, reduce stress and maintain standards of performance

Stress can sneak up on anyone over time, and if left unchecked can affect the quality of behaviour and performance. But there are strategies to help build resilience &ndash; not only at the individual level, but for teams and organisations as well. General surgeon Dr Richard Turner, who is Director of Hobart Clinical School and Professor of Surgery at University of Tasmania School of Medicine, explains the steps you can take to build resilience.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/09/201910 minutes 56 seconds
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Counting the cost of health care in rural & regional Australia

The lack of surgeons based in rural and regional Australia is impacting the health and financial wellbeing of families living in those areas. Long commutes to capital cities to access surgery mean some people are forgoing care entirely.&nbsp; Economic modelling done by ENT Surgeon and newly-appointed Chair of the RACS Rural Surgery Section Committee, Dr Bridget Clancy, reveals the eye-watering cost to the community. Based in Warrnambool, in regional Victoria, she outlines some of the steps that can be taken to address the shortages of surgeons in country regions. Find out more about the Rural Surgery Section: https://www.surgeons.org/resources/interest-groups-sections/rural-surgery&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/08/201917 minutes 32 seconds
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Preparation for Practice workshops: Get set for a profitable future

From the practice structure you choose, to tax, insurance, superannuation, investing and personal finance - all the critical considerations for starting out in private practice are discussed in the Preparation for Practice workshops, launched by RACS and drawing on the expertise of accounting and financial advisory group, the Bongiorno National Network.&nbsp; More information:https://www.surgeons.org/education/professional-development/all-professional-development-activities/preparation-for-practiceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/08/20195 minutes 40 seconds
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Current and future medical developments in South Australia

Dr Phil Worley, Chair for the RACS South Australia State Committee, examines the current and future initiatives in South Australia. In recent times, the state has benefited from major medical developments, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. In early September, Port Lincoln will host the SA, NT and WA ASM; this year's theme is 'Robots in Surgery &ndash; Tsunami or just the next wave?'&nbsp; The SA, NT and WA Annual Scientific MeetingDates: 5-7 SeptemberLocation: Port Lincoln HotelDetails: https://www.surgeons.org/conferences-events/college-calendar/2019-sa-nt-wa-annual-scientific-meetingContact: 08 8239 1000 or email [email protected]&nbsp;See omnystudio.com/listener
06/08/201916 minutes 39 seconds
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Personal reflections used in UK court – can that happen here?

Fellows and Trainees in Australia and New Zealand can be assured that personal or reflective notes are registered under Commonwealth legislation for protection. This clarification from Michael Gorton AM, from Russell Kennedy Lawyers, stems from a negligence case in the UK where it was suggested reflective notes were used against Dr Bawa-Garba in her criminal conviction. Michael says the requirements for a criminal charge in Australia and New Zealand, which have been tested in the courts in both countries, require a higher standard than the UK.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/07/20196 minutes
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Advocating high quality surgical and patient care across Queensland

What do surgeons need to provide high quality surgical care in every part of Queensland? That's the challenge facing Paediatric Surgeon and Adjunct Professor Deborah Bailey, the newly appointed Chair of the RACS Queensland State Committee. She says it's important for RACS to promote the highest standards of education and professionalism in surgery, much of which comes down to communication between surgeons at the coalface, the College office bearers and the government. Queensland Scientific Meeting 12-14 July 2019 https://www.surgeons.org/about/racs-offices/queensland/queensland-state-activities/#ConferenceSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/07/201917 minutes 56 seconds
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorder – surgeons beware!

Most Australian surgeons struggle with shoulder, neck and upper back pain, according to recent research conducted by Dr Katherine Grant and Dr Leong Tiong. Dr Grant is a surgical resident based at Royal Adelaide Hospital and is pursuing a career in general surgery. The research was based on a survey which also showed that female and younger surgeons are more likely to suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMD). Dr Grant discusses the implications of the research and what steps are needed to prevent these disorders.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/06/20199 minutes 21 seconds
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Farewell to outgoing Foundation for Surgery Chair, Prof Kingsley Faulkner

Professor Kingsley Faulkner has overseen significant transformation of the Foundation for Surgery since his leadership in 2010. Stepping down this month, he reflects on the achievements of the Foundation over the last nine years, which has included a significant increase in donations. Professor Faulkner reminisces over his medical career, including time spent in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in the early 1970s.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/05/201926 minutes 52 seconds