GSA eZine - 30 September, 2021

As we enter the last months of 2021, we continue our work in delivering education & training opportunities for the GSA membership in an online format, with plans underway to return to face-to-face meetings in 2022. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year after what has been a very difficult time, particularly for those members in the Eastern states facing continued lockdowns and restrictions.

We remind all our Trainees and SIMGs, and especially those sitting the Fellowship Exam, that your supervisors, trainers, and the General Surgery administration team are here to support you, and can be contacted via Professional and confidential support is also available via RACS and Converge International at no cost.

Prostheses List Reforms

GSA has provided a response to Consultation Paper 1, as part of the Department of Health request for stakeholder feedback on proposed changes to the Prostheses List. The fundamental shortcoming with the approach taken in the consultation process is that items required for specialty General Surgery procedures are bundled under ‘Product Category 03 - General Miscellaneous’, most of which have been flagged for removal as ‘general use’ items.

GSA has advocated strongly for several items flagged for removal in the General Miscellaneous Category to be retained and recategorised into a new listing ‘Product Category 14 - Specialist General Surgery’, to reflect more accurately their specialised nature, and to make them distinct from items such as topical adhesive that are designed for ‘general use’. We will continue to update our members as the consultation process progresses.

Elective Surgery

The RACS has recently published an updated Statement on Elective Surgery during COVID-19, endorsed by GSA, which supports a position where hospitals are allowed to continue their elective services. The full statement can be accessed here.

Australasian Melanoma Conference (AMC) 2021

19-20 November 2021

GSA members are invited to join the Australasian Melanoma Conference 2021, which is now a fully virtual event.

Hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia, the conference will showcase an outstanding program covering the latest understanding of melanoma across all stages of the disease spectrum and feature experts from across the globe.

This two day event will be filled with inspiring presentations, engaging debates, and panel discussions, skill-based workshops and networking opportunities.

To register, please visit the website:

Registration closing soon!
GSA Virtual Trainees’ Day - Trauma Surgery

Thursday 7 October 2021

Scientific Convenor

Miss Katherine Martin FRACS - Specialist General & Trauma Surgeon
Royal Melbourne Hospital


Trainees' Day: $99 Inc. GST
Research Paper Day: FREE
Click here to register

Abstract Submission now open
SA/NT Training Committee - Virtual Registrar’s Paper Day

Saturday 4 December 2021

This important event is open to Australian General Surgery Trainees and SIMGs, GSA Junior Doctor members, Fellows, and Consultants, and is a great platform to deliver research projects in an online peer group forum. The event will once again be held via a fully hosted Zoom webinar, with presenters able to address live questions from the panel of judges and the audience.

Abstract Submission

Click here to submit an abstract for consideration.

Scientific papers submitted for consideration should have relevance to the broad discipline of General Surgery and its related subspecialties (Colorectal, HPB, Upper Gastrointestinal, Breast/Endocrine, Rural Surgery, Trauma, Transplantation, and Surgical Oncology). Please note that case reports will not be accepted.


Audience Member = Free of Charge
Abstract Submission = Free of Charge (maximum of two (2) abstracts)
Presentation Fee = $110 inc GST (selected presenters will be invoiced)
Click here to register

GSA Junior Doctor Research Grants

The Junior Doctor Research Grants have been established to support GSA Junior Doctor Members in progressing or commencing research in General Surgery. In 2021 we will be offering up to ten (10) grants, valued at $1,000 each, to be used towards costs associated with research.

Key Dates

Applications open - 8 September 2021
Applications close - 25 October 2021
Grant recipients notified - 14 December 2021

For further information, please click here.


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