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RACS Post Op Podcast
14 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
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.
16 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
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 for privacy information.
10 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
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 & 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 address family violence. RACS/ANZCA/ACEM Joint Symposium: Family Violence – Health System ResponseThursday 10 November, 9am - 4pmJubilee Room NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie Street, SydneyDetails: https://www.surgeons.org/Resources/interest-groups-sections/trauma/trauma-week#Trauma%20Week%202022 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
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 – https://www.pmagroup.org.nz/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
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.
30 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
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.
14 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
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.
17 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
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.
10 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
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.
13 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
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 video from Drs Krishnan and Fernandez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC7j_yMWNNY See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
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-application See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
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 – 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’s Princess Alexandra Hospital foyer from the 22nd to the 24th of June. Their ‘A Million Metres for Melanoma’ 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’s campaign, and what they hope to achieve in this year’s challenge. A Million Metres for Melanoma:https://millionmetresformelanoma.com/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
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 & Aotearoa New Zealand) Facebook page is available to those who provide their AHPRA number. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8 minutes | May 24, 2022
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’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.
19 minutes | May 10, 2022
Norway’s vision of zero road deaths
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.
13 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
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’s according to Dr Mark O’Brien, Associate Fellow & Programme Director, Oxford Healthcare Leadership Programme, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Dr O’Brien, a passionate advocate of quality and safety in healthcare, says it’s important to minimise the mistakes people make, as well as to have systems and cultures that are safe. Dr Mark O’Brien will be speaking at RACS 90th Annual Scientific Congress, 2-6 May 2022. For more information and to register: https://asc.surgeons.org/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
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.
17 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
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. 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.
10 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
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: RACS.Communications@surgeons.org Opinions can be sent to Surgical News: firstname.lastname@example.org See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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