events in july 2024

2024 Simulation Workshop 1

On behalf of General Surgeons Australia and the Victorian/Tasmanian Training Committee, it is with pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 2024 Simulation Workshops.

There will be three simulation workshops on offer for Trainees and SIMGs to attend which are being coordinated convened by Dr Fiona Reid and Dr Yuen Chiu Kang. Each workshop is convened by experts in the field.

As these workshops are being offered free of charge, we anticipate that they will be extremely popular. Places will be offered on a first-come first served basis.

Note: Due to the workshops being offered free of charge, any Trainee or SIMG who registers but does not attend will be prohibited from attending any future simulation workshops.

Workshop #1


Laparoscopic Tissue Approximation Workshop

Date & Time

Saturday 13 July 2024
Morning group - 09:00 – 12:00, followed by lunch
Afternoon group - 12:30 – 15:30, lunch prior (replica of morning session)


Introduction to principle and technique of laparoscopic suturing. The acquisition of FLS skill sets, laparoscopic suturing skills on lap box trainer model and on pig small bowel model and the Acquisition of laparoscopic stapling skills.


Dr Fiona Reid and Dr Yuen Chiu Kang

Number of participants

12 (3 groups of 4 trainees) per session


Skills and Education Centre
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street, EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002


Please click 'Register Now'


Fiona Bull
Manager - Education & Training
E: [email protected]
T: +61 3 9249 126

Maximum of 12 participants per group; please select either morning OR afternoon session below (NOT BOTH).


NSW-ACT Educational Program #6

Time & Location

GSA Online (Zoom Webinar)

For further information & log-in queries please contact:

E [email protected]


WA Registrar Training in Surgery Program

Time & Location

1:30pm (AWST)
RACS WA - 216 Stirling Hwy, Claremont, WA
GSA Online (Zoom Meeting) - rural trainees only

For further information please contact:

Rachel Craddock
P +61 427 148 304
E [email protected]


QLD Core Couse Program #8


The duodenum (pancreas & bile duct)
• Anatomy, embryology
• Duodenal obstruction: pathophysiology & management of the acute presentation

Small Bowel Bleeding
• Aetiology - Benign, malignant, Meckel’s Diverticulum
• Case based workup & management of the mid small bowel bleed

Time & Location

GSA Online (Zoom Webinar)

For further information please contact:

Rachel Craddock
Queensland Regional Executive Officer
P +61 427 148 304
E [email protected]

Until Friday
26th Jul

Breast Cancer Trials 45th Annual Scientific Meeting

Please click here to register and for more information.


24-26 July 2024


Cairns Convention Centre, QLD

Conference Organiser

E: [email protected]


Open Abdomen Management Webinar

Best Practice Guidelines & Strategies for Fascial Closure; Is There Room for Improvement?

This is a virtual webinar for PSA delegates and GSA members, brought to by Solventum

  • Wednesday 24 July
  • 18:30 - 19:45 AEST
  • $Complimentary
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Danette Wright FRACS

Event Objectives:

  1. Consider complications of the open abdomen and preventative measures - is it possible to avoid a planned ventral hernia repair?
  2. Identify when to leave the abdomen open, when & how to close
  3. Explore dynamic versus static closure methods
  4. Explore best practice, according to ACGBI & WSES guidelines

About Dr Danette Wright

  • Clinical Network Director of Surgery, Western Sydney Local Health District; Head of Department General Surgery/Staff Specialist at Blacktown & Mount Druitt Hospitals, Western Sydney Local Health District

Dr Danette Wright is a general and colorectal surgeon with subspecialty interests in intestinal failure, inflammatory bowel disease and complex abdominal wall construction. She completed general surgical training and CSSANZ Colorectal Fellowship in Australia and further post-fellowship training in Complex Colorectal Surgery (Intestinal Failure and Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction in the United Kingdom.
Danette is the Head of Department of General Surgery at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital and is an Executive member of the NSW Committee of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. She has an interest in surgical quality and safety and sits on the CEC Serious Incident Review Committee and has other surgical specialty committee roles in the CEC. In her spare time, Danette is a medieval history enthusiast.

Registration details coming soon.


SA Long Course Program

This is a state based educational program, suitable only for SA-NT Trainees/SIMGs.

Time & Location

GSA Online (Zoom Webinar)

For further information please contact:

Rachel Craddock
P +61 427 148 304
E [email protected]


CTEC 2024 - Core Skills: Abdominal Wall Hernia Workshop

This unique new cadaveric workshop is an Australian first in training in the surgical treatment of groin and abdominal wall hernias. It offers a unique opportunity to delve into the core anatomical aspects and operative intricacies of groin and midline hernias in CTEC’s highly realistic simulated setting.

This workshop serves as the first step towards understanding anatomy, pathophysiology and complex abdominal wall issues in a rapidly evolving subspecialty involving cutting edge research and newer operative techniques.


Dr Anand Trivedi


This workshop will feature one expert faculty member per cadaveric station:

Morning Open Surgical Sessions


  • Anatomy – Groin

Cadaveric Practical Sessions:

  • Open repair of inguinal hernia
  • Open repair of femoral hernia (Low Approach)


  • Anatomy – Umbilicus and Linea Alba

Presentations – Clinical Cases:

  • Umbilical hernia
  • Paraumbilical hernia

Practical Sessions:

  • Open repair of umbilical hernia
  • Open repair of paraumbilical hernia

Afternoon Laparoscopic Surgical Sessions

Practical Sessions:

  • Ergonomics
  • Entry techniques
  • Trocar placement
  • Instrument placement
  • Role of the assistant


  • Anatomy – Extra peritoneal approach
  • Clinical case of recurring inguinal hernia

Practical Sessions – Laparoscopic TEP:

  • Left Total Extraperitoneal Approach
  • Right Laparoscopic Transabdominal Pre-Peritoneal (TAPP)

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to securely close a surgical wound using a subcuticular suture technique
  • Discuss the anatomy of the abdominal wall, inguinal and femoral regions relevant to ventral and groin hernias
  • Demonstrate safe and ergonomically sound minimum access techniques
  • Perform open ventral hernia repairs and laparoscopic groin hernia repairs under supervision

Time and Location:

07.45am to 5.00pm, CTEC, The University of Western Australia, Perth

Further information and registrations:

CTEC Contact:

John Linehan
T +61 8 6488 8049
E [email protected]