News Category

Mr George Ngaei – Queen’s Birthday Honour 2020

General Surgeon, Mr George Ngaei,  has received the Companion of the New Zealand Order Merit. It’s the second time Southland general surgeon George Ngaei has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Ngaei had previously received the Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015, but said he

Andre Van Rij – New Year’s Honour

Prof Adrianus van Rij – Dunedin Named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, Prof van Rij has been at the forefront of bariatric and vascular surgery for decades. University of Otago professor Andre van Rij has changed thousands of lives, not only as a

Andrew Connolly – New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to general surgeon Mr Andrew Connolly for his New Year’s  honors  Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health. Associate Professor Andrew Connolly was appointed as Middlemore Hospital’s first specialist colorectal surgeon in 1997 and was sole colorectal surgeon there until 2002. Associate Professor Connolly became

Phil Bagshaw – New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to General Surgeon Phil Bagshaw. A year after he was shortlisted for New Zealander of the Year, Bagshaw has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s honours for his services to health. The general surgeon started a charity hospital. He was one of

Mesh Hernia Repair

Position Statement by Steven Kelly, General Surgeon, Christchurch on behalf of the Executive, New Zealand Association of General Surgeons (NZAGS) There has been much controversy in the media recently regarding transvaginal mesh prolapse repair and its potential associated risks of infection, erosion and chronic pain. 1 Unfortunately, the media have

National Endoscopy Quality Programme

Endoscopy standards and Guidelines for credentialing in endoscopy can be found here 

RACS Support Program for Fellows

A new RACS Support Program for Fellows, Trainees and IMGS has been launched through Converge International. RACS recognises Trainees, Fellows and International Medical Graduates may face stressful situations on a daily basis. Coping with the demands of a busy profession, maintaining skills and knowledge and balancing family and personal commitments

Statement Regarding NZ Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Statement regarding the New Zealand Bowel Screening Programme New Zealand has one of the highest rates of colorectal (bowel) cancer in the world, with approximately 3200 new cases a year and over 1200 deaths from the disease. The NZ Bowel Screening Programme (NZBSP) has undertaken a pilot study in Waitemata