The principal functions of the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons are to represent the broad and collective interests of general surgeons, particularly in the areas of vocational training, continuing professional development, workforce planning, as well as acting as the interface between general surgeons, Government and components of the health sector generally. 


A new RACS Support Program for Fellows, Trainees and IMGS has been launched through Converge International. Follow this link for details.

Communique to trainees from the Board in General Surgery regarding recent media interest in harassment

Re. Speaking Out Against Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination

 The Board in General Surgery is deeply concerned by the recent comments of a consultant surgeon that appeared in the Australian print and broadcast media and in the social and international media since. The comments advise surgical trainees to submit to sexual harassment and to stay silent on such abuse in order to avoid adverse career repercussions. The Board believes there is no circumstance that would justify this view.

 The Board firmly advocates the reporting of bullying, harassment (sexual or otherwise) and discrimination experienced by any Trainee. Trainees who are aware of, or who are subjected to bullying, harassment or discrimination are encouraged to notify their hospital and the relevant Training Committee. Trainees may also approach the Board directly. There are various avenues for Trainees to take action against unwanted behaviours and to be appropriately supported in doing so. Reports of alleged bullying, harassment or discrimination are taken seriously and will be appropriately addressed by the Board. The Board will continue to work with various bodies to ensure the training environment is a safe one for all Trainees.

Yours sincerely,

 Adrian Anthony

Chair, Board in General Surgery

Current topics of interest: Mesh hernia repair

Position Statement by Steven Kelly, General Surgeon, Christchurch on behalf of the Executive, New Zealand Association of General Surgeons (NZAGS) 

For further information please contact NZAGS on 04 384 3355

 click the link below to read the position statement.

New Zealand Association of General Surgeons position statement on mesh hernia repairs 

One News article on surgical mesh 9th August 2014


The New Zealand Familial GI Cancer Registry has changed its name to the New Zealand Familial GI Cancer Service.  Please see attached newsletter for current actions and recommendations.