PFET Program in Rural Surgery


The GSA Rural Training Committee is responsible for the delivery of the PFET Program in Rural Surgery in Australia and New Zealand, the accreditation of hospital posts, and the supervision and assessment of Post Fellowship Trainees.

The PFET Program in Rural Surgery is governed by GSA’s policies and procedures of Post Fellowship Education and Training.

Rural (non-metropolitan) Surgery is and will be carried out by General Surgeons across Australia and New Zealand. It is hoped that this defined program will facilitate the training of sub-specialised rural surgeons.

GSA Rural Training Committee

The GSA Rural Training Committee is the overseer of the PFET Program in Rural Surgery, and reports directly to the GSA Board of Directors.

Below is a list of the current Training Committee Members.


Dr Sally Butchers, FRACS

Deputy Chair

Dr Damian Fry, FRACS - Younger Fellows & RACS Rural Section Representative

Committee Members

Mr Stephen Bell, FRACS - Chair, ANZTBCRS & CSSANZ Representative
Dr David Cavallucci, FRACS - Chair, ANZHPBA Training Committee & ANZHPBA Representative
Mr Trevor Collinson, FRACS - GSA President & Australian Representative
Dr Michael Donovan, FRACS - PFET Representative
Dr Ben Green, FRACS - Chair, BreastSurgANZ PFT Committee & BreastSurgANZ Representative
Mr Julian Speight, FRACS - NZAGS President & New Zealand Representative
Mr Iain Thomson, FRACS - ANZGOSA Representative

2022 Training Fee

The GSA Board of Directors has approved the Training Fee of $2,500 (inc GST) for the 2022 PFET Program in Rural Surgery. A 10% Administration Fee is payable for Trainees not in Clinical Training.

For all Rural Training Program queries, please contact:

Elizabeth Pedersen
Executive Officer - PFET
General Surgeons Australia
Suite 29, 213 Greenhill Road

P +61 8 8274 3791
F +61 8 8373 7032