Developing a Career and Skills in Academic Surgery (DCAS) Course

Monday 11 May
7:15am – 4:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $250.00 incl. GST

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In collaboration with the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Section of Academic Surgery (SAS), we invite you to attend this one-day course to be held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria on Monday 11 May 2020. The course is intended for surgical trainees, research fellows, early career academics, and surgeons who have considered involvement with the publication or presentation of academic work. This fully interactive course with a high faculty/participant ratio will help trainees acquire the skills required to satisfy the RACS research requirements and boost the academic content of their CV. The course covers topics ranging from identifying academic mentors to effective communication of novel research to achieving academic, clinical, and personal balance.

GSA Trainees' Day - Breast and Endocrine Surgery

Monday 11 May
7:30am – 4:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Please visit the GSA website for event updates.

Practical Quality Colonoscopy Skills Workshop

Monday 11 May
8:30am – 3:00pm
Venue: RACS Melbourne Office, 250 – 290 Spring Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Cost: $70.00 incl. GST

Registration is available through the RACS 2020 ASC online registration form.

This workshop provided by the National Endoscopy Training Initiative [NETI] is designed to provide educational opportunities for skills improvement in colonoscopy and will be convened by Mr Iain Skinner. Practical elements of colonoscopy technique, methods and tips for greatly increasing polyp detection rates are dealt with in this workshop. It is an ideal adjunct to address any quality improvement issues raised by the Recertification Audit process and strongly promotes the ideal of high quality colonoscopy.

BreastSurgANZ Level 1 Ocoplastic Breast Surgery Workshop

Monday 11 May
9:00am – 3:30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: BreastSurgANZ Members – $400.00 incl. GST
BreastSurgANZ PFT & NZ SET 2020 Trainees – $330.00 incl. GST
Non-members (RACS or equivalent general & breast surgeons) – $660.00 incl. GST

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The BreastSurgANZ OPBS Level 1 workshop is an interactive workshop focusing on breast
conservation therapy and level one Oncoplastic procedures, with an emphasis on techniques that
can be used in routine practice, as well as providing an introduction to breast reconstruction.
Video sessions, interactive and case discussions will ensure this one-day course will be highly
relevant to all breast surgeons.

This comprehensive one-day program includes:

  • Incision placement
  • Patient selection
  • Surgical techniques
  • Approaches for dealing with difficult tumour locations including central and inferior tumours
  • Therapeutic mammoplasty
  • Management of complications
  • Overview of breast reconstruction

Cultural Complexity in the Taro Patch

Monday 11 May
8:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $75.00 incl. GST
Minimum: 12 participants

Registration is available through the RACS 2020 ASC online registration form.

This workshop will introduce participants to:

  1. The concept that Pacific cultures are diverse, with the Pacific now encompassing many different countries, each with their own distinct and varied cultures and histories
  2. Support participants to understand their own cultural backgrounds, biases, beliefs and traditions: and how your cultural background influences your decision making and relationships
  3. Understand that culture is complex with intersecting issues such as gender and religion, adding to that complexity when working with pacific families and patients.
  4. Understand the effect of culture in development settings.
  5. A deeper understanding of the effect of culture in any development or humanitarian setting.

Participants will be provided with an opportunity to experience the age old “Talanoa” methodology during the workshop and will reflect on their own clinical practice when working alongside Pacific clinicians in countries. It will touch on the cultural complexity encountered when working with Pacific patients and their families.

As part of the workshop participants will work on scenarios which will provide reflections for participants on challenges and dilemmas faced in working in a development context.

ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop

Monday 11 May
9:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: VascuLab, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville
Cost: $880 incl. GST for ANZAST members; $1,100 incl. GST for non-members
Minimum: 12
Maximum: 24

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Trauma is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Australian and New Zealand populations up to the age of 45, and a significant contributor in the elderly trauma population. It is estimated that chest injury accounts for 25% of all trauma deaths and contributes to at least another 25%. Almost all chest trauma in our region is due to blunt mechanisms. Flail chest injury is a severe form of chest wall injury and is considered an immediate threat to life. It is also associated with significant morbidity and delayed mortality.

Rib fixation is now recognised as an effective form of management in selected patients with flail chest wall injury. As the burden of trauma increases in our community, the need for surgeons to develop their trauma surgical skills is also increased. The surgical management of severe chest wall injury is an area of specific interest across New Zealand and Australia.

About the Workshop
Directed by Dr Jeremy Hsu, Director of Trauma at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, the ANZAST Rib Fixation Workshop program is aimed at general, orthopaedic and thoracic surgeons. The workshop will suit surgeons who are looking to introduce rib fixation into their practice, as well as those looking to further develop their skills in an area, they may only have had limited exposure to.

The objectives of the workshop are to allow surgeons with experience in the management of trauma patients to develop the clinical and technical skills required to introduce rib fixation into their practice, and to allow surgeons with some experience in the technique to further develop their operative decision making and technical expertise. These will be achieved by a program that includes:
• A review of the literature
• Patient selection
• Pre-operative planning
• Anaesthetic considerations
• Patient positioning and incision(s)
• Case presentations
• A review of the systems available and soon to be available across Australia and New Zealand
• Technique
• Hands-on opportunity to perform rib fixation with the various devices within a cadaver lab
• The post-operative considerations including analgesia
• The logistics of introducing rib fixation into your practice and hospital

The workshop will also give participants an opportunity to discuss research activities across Australia and New Zealand, with the aim to facilitate multi-centre collaboration.

The Australasian and New Zealand Association for the Surgery of Trauma (ANZAST) is a not-for-profit, public company limited by guarantee, that was listed with ASIC in 2011. It was formed by a group of surgeons involved in the care of injured Australian and New Zealand patients. ANZASTs mission is to ensure seriously and critically injured Australian and New Zealand patients receive optimal and world-class surgical care. Surgical skills workshops is one way ANZAST can achieve this goal.

Visit a Local Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health Centre

Monday 11 May
9:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: complimentary for registered delegates (registration is essential)

Registration is available through the RACS 2020 ASC online registration form.

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) was established in 1973 to address the specific medical needs of Victorian indigenous communities. The VAHS has expanded steadily over the past 40 years to provide a comprehensive range of medical, dental and social services for our community.

Delegates will have an opportunity to meet with elders and leaders from the VAHS Aboriginal community in Melbourne.

BreastSurgANZ Level 3 Ocoplastic Breast Surgery Workshop

Friday 15 May
8:00am – 3:30pm
Venue: Epworth Hospital, Richmond
Cost: BreastSurgANZ Members – $550.00 incl. GST
BreastSurgANZ PFT & NZ SET 2020 Trainees – $500.00 incl. GST

Please note this workshop is only open to BreastSurgANZ members and trainees

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The Perforator Flaps workshop will focus on sophisticated oncoplastic breast conservation and reconstruction surgical
procedures, specifically covering the volume replacement techniques of the Lateral Intercostal Perforator (LICAP) and
Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator (TDAP) as well as the Anterior Intercostal Perforator (AICAP) flaps, which can provide superior
aesthetic outcomes as part of the surgical treatment and management of breast cancer.
Under the guidance of expert faculty, including Miss PG Roy (Oxford, UK) this interactive workshop will combine lectures,
video sessions, case discussions and demonstration of marking-up on live models.

This comprehensive one-day program includes:

  • an overview of the background and evolution of perforator flaps surgery in breast reconstruction as part of the surgical
    treatment of breast cancer
  • an overview of AICAP, LICAP and TDAP procedures
  • an overview of AICAP, LICAP and TDAP perforator flaps experience within the UK
  • appropriate patient selection and live model mark up
  • presentations of the local experience in Australia and New Zealand
  • an overview of up-skilling to perforator flaps surgery
  • videos of live surgery