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RACS Post Op Podcast is a medical podcast by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It features extended interviews on articles in the current issue of Surgical News magazine, plus practical advice that surgeons can implement in their practices, including insights on financial management and wealth creation, legal and tax advice and economic forecasts.

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RACS Post Op Podcast is a medical podcast by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It features extended interviews on articles in the current issue of Surgical News magazine, plus practical advice that surgeons can implement in their practices, including insights on financial management and wealth creation, legal and tax advice and economic forecasts.

    In favour of a surgical career outside the capital cities

    In favour of a surgical career outside the capital cities

    Since 1992, RACS Councillor Dr Kerin Fielding has lived and worked in the NSW Riverina city of Wagga Wagga. As an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in a regional part of the Australia, she's cognisant how health outcomes for people in rural areas are impacted by the lack of facilities and medical professionals. Using her own experience as an example, she'd like everyone to know how country areas are uniquely rewarding for surgeons and their careers, as well as being great places to live.

    • 10 min
    To treat or not to treat: the palliative care question (Re-release)

    To treat or not to treat: the palliative care question (Re-release)

    Modern medical treatments can do so much to prolong life. But at what point should surgeons hold back, despite a conviction that treatment will benefit the patient? Palliative medicine specialist Dr Will Cairns from Queensland Health in Townsville brings decades of experience to the issue. His message: look beyond your expertise to the wishes of patients. And that means conversations.

    • 15 min
    The effects of unconscious sexism in surgery (Re-release)

    The effects of unconscious sexism in surgery (Re-release)

    Dr Katrina Hutchison – Gender biases can be so subtle that often the behaviour is not obvious to victims or offenders alike. However, the consequences can be very real and, in surgery, quite devastating. Dr Katrina Hutchison is a Macquarie University Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy; her current project focuses on gender biases in surgery and their impact on both surgeons and patients.

    Systemic gender biases in the development, testing and approval of medical devices can have debilitating effects on patients. Dr Katrina Hutchison, from a paper she co-authored, examines two cases: hip prostheses and tissue repair meshes to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP). She discusses the impact of unconscious sexism in surgery and steps needed to raise awareness of this important issue.

    • 26 min
    The story behind surgical separation of conjoined twins, Nima and Dawa (Re-release)

    The story behind surgical separation of conjoined twins, Nima and Dawa (Re-release)

    A medical team at the Royal Children's Hospital successfully separated conjoined Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa. The 14-month-old girls and their mother were brought to Australia in October 2018, courtesy of the charity organisation Children First Foundation, to undergo the surgery led by Dr Joe Crameri, Head of Paediatric Surgery at the RCH. He explains the details of the successful operation and the ongoing post-surgical care for the resilient and much-loved twins.

    • 13 min
    Benefits of surgical overseas volunteering

    Benefits of surgical overseas volunteering

    Volunteering overseas is a goal for many doctors. While it’s not for the faint hearted it’s also incredibly rewarding, as Dr Thomas Schaefer, an orthopaedic surgeon in Western Australia explains. Making a difference to in-need communities like those in Gaza, is what humanitarian work is all about for Dr Schaefer. He lets us into his journey from Switzerland to working in WA and volunteering overseas when and where he’s needed.

    • 11 min
    Port Macquarie: Tale of two surgeons in a regional city

    Port Macquarie: Tale of two surgeons in a regional city

    Living and working in regional parts of Australia can be immensely rewarding for surgeons. Port Macquarie on NSW's mid-north coast has been an attractive place to call home for both Dr Kesley Pedler and Dr Rupert Snyman and their respective families. They discuss why they made the move, the work that they do, some of the challenges of working in a regional city, and why they want to stay.

    • 12 min

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