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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), formed in 1927 and the first meeting of the College Council was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in February of that year. The College was incorporated under the Companies Act Victoria 1928. It is a non-profit organisation training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand. The College's purpose is to be the unifying force for surgery in Australia and New Zealand, with FRACS standing for excellence in surgical care.

  The College represents nine regions; the eight states and territories of Australia, and New Zealand; ACT, NSW, QLD, NT, WA, SA, VIC, TAS, NZ . The Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE) aims to foster and promote the pursuit of excellence in surgical education.

  The Foundation for Surgery actively supports innovative surgical research, aid projects in underprivileged communities, skills transfer and education programs. Donations help to facilitate all of these activities.

  The Museum was established in 2006, and officially opened by the then president, Dr Russell Stitz, on 21 February 2007. The Art Gallery was established in 2008 and is located in the College building in Melbourne.

  The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is governed by a Council made up of elected and co-opted members. A number of boards, committees and working parties report to Council and contribute to the running of the College.

  The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' values are the strong beliefs of our organisation. They describe the way in which our Fellows, Trainees and staff behave, interact and work together and determine the culture of the College. Our values are held in high regard by everyone within the organisation.

  • Service and professionalism - performing to and upholding high standards

  • Integrity - upholding professional values

  • Respect and compassion - being sympathetic and empathetic

  • Commitment and diligence - being dedicated, doing one's best to deliver

  • Collaboration and teamwork - working together to achieve the best outcome.


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