Surgical Education and Training (SET) Policies and Regulations

Policies for SET

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has the overall responsibility for the training, education and accreditation of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for the determination of general standards in these areas.

RACS has been accredited by the Australian Medical Council to deliver specialist medical education and training for surgery in Australia. RACS produces principle-based policies for surgical training.

RACS SET Principle Based Policies

PRS Regulations

The Board develops specialty-specific regulations for SET in PRS, based on the College principle-based policies. Published Training Regulations have been approved by RACS.

The Training Handbook compliments RACS Policies and Board Training Regulations.

All queries regarding the PRS SET training program requirements may be directed to the ASPS Education and Training Unit by email: education@plasticsurgery.org.au.

Below are a list of approved regulations followed by draft amendments and new draft training regulations.

List of Training Regulations

Approved Training Regulations for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Assessment of Clinical Training
(Updated: May 2021)
Recognition of Prior Learning
(Updated: October 2020)
Research Requirements
(Updated: October 2020)
Surgical Supervision
(Updated: May 2021)
Variations to Training
(Updated: May 2021)
Trainee Misconduct
(Updated: October 2020)
Training Agreement Regulation
Training Agreement
(Updated: May 2021)
Variations to Training
(Updated: May 2021)

2022 Draft Changes to
Training Regulations

In early 2022 the Board finalised changes to its training regulation framework enabling the implementation of competency based medical education (an Australian Medical Council accreditation standard). The draft amendments regulations are under review for validation by RACS against its published policies and regulations. A copy can be downloaded below:

Draft amended Training Regulation:
Assessment of Clinical Training
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Dismissal from SET
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Recognition of Prior Learning
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Research during SET (TBA)
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Surgical Supervision
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Trainee Misconduct
Draft NEW Training Regulation:
Training Requirements and Progression
Draft NEW Training Regulation:
Transitioning Arrangements
Draft amended Training Regulation:
Variation to Training

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