The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), formed in 1927, is a non-profit organisation training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand. The College’s purpose is to be the unifying force for surgery in Australia and New Zealand, with FRACS standing for excellence in surgical care.
The Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia & New Zealand has existed since 1988 and is formed by subspecialty trained colorectal surgeons from both countries. The Society aims to improve the outcome for patients with colorectal disease through subspecialty training, research and education. Both Dr. Gillespie and Dr. Slack are members of the society and have completed its training programme.
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The Continence Foundation of Australia is an organisation aiming to support patients with bowel and bladder control problems across Australia. It includes physiotherapists, nurses, doctors and surgeons. Dr. Slack and Dr. Gillespie work with many allied health practitioners to help with managing patients with pelvic floor problems. The CFA website is a useful link for more information on these conditions.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia, with 80 people dying of the disease per week. It is a common condition and as colorectal surgeons we are specifically trained in its treatment. We spend a lot of time helping patients understand their condition; and some websites also provide valuable information such as Bowel Cancer Australia.