Education & Training

NZAGS delivers General Surgery training through a Service Agreement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Governance of General Surgery training across Australia and New Zealand is administered by the Board in General Surgery (BiGS).

The College (RACS) is the principal body for the training and education of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand. Accreditation is given by the Australian and New Zealand Medical Councils to the College and standards for education and training are established by the College.

Trainees are selected for the five year training course each July. For more information regarding the minimum requirements and regulations for this process please click here.

Board in General Surgery communique regarding recent controversy regarding sexual harassment


Dear Trainee,

 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