Privacy & Disclaimer


The following disclaimer and privacy policy binds the use of the General Surgeons Australia (GSA) website.

Please read carefully and completely the terms of the agreement that follows. By accessing the GSA website you agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. If you do not wish to be bound to the terms of this agreement, you must not access the site.

Online payments

GSA does not capture or store credit card information directly. All online payments to GSA are made via the secure ANZ eGate facility.


Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate. However, protocols, syllabi, courses and other matters contained in this website are subject to change at any time by appropriate action of GSA. We give no assurance or warranty that information on this site is current, and take no responsibility for matters arising from changed circumstances or other information or material that may affect the accuracy or currency of information on this site.

No referrals or medical advice

General Surgeons Australia (GSA) is a professional not-for-profit organisation, and cannot provide medical advice, a second opinion, or referrals to specific General Surgeons.

The information posted here should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. We do not answer specific medical questions. Medical information provided by GSA, in the absence of a visit with a health care professional, must be considered as an educational service only. This mechanism is not designed to replace a physician's independent judgement about the appropriateness or risks of a procedure for a given patient.

No warranties

This website is provided on an 'as is', 'as available' basis without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, but not limited to, those of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purposes or non-infringement or any warranty arising from a course of dealing, usage, or trade practice. No oral advice or written information provided shall create a warranty; nor shall members or visitors to the site rely on any such information or advice. This publication is not intended to be a contract, explicit or implied, and GSA reserves the right to make changes in the information contained.

Disclaimer of liability

The user assumes all responsibility and risk for the use of this website and the Internet generally. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall anyone involved in creating or maintaining this website be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, or lost profits that result from the use or inability to use the website and/or any other websites that are linked to this site. We accept no liability or responsibility to any person as a consequence of any reliance upon the information contained in this site. Nor shall they be liable for any such damages including, but not limited to, reliance by a member or visitor on any information obtained via the website; or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, deletion of files, viruses, errors, defects, or any failure of performance, communications failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access. States or countries that do not allow some or all of the above limitations of liability, liability shall be limited to the greatest extent allowed by law.

Online conduct

Visitors agree to use the website only for lawful purposes and are prohibited from posting on the website any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or obscene material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law. Although in the absence of a specific complaint the postings are monitored for compliance with this provision, in an effort to discourage such conduct, please note that all postings in the discussion forum area will list the author's name - no anonymous posts are permitted.


Users must observe and maintain the confidentiality of all security features relating to use of the website (including passwords, access arrangements etc.) as notified. No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Whilst GSA strives to protect such information GSA does not warrant and cannot ensure the security of information which users transmit. Accordingly, information is transmitted at the user's risk.

Third party content

We are distributors (not publishers) of the content supplied by visitors and other third parties. Accordingly, we have no more editorial control over this content than does a public library. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information or content made available by members, visitors and other third parties are those of the respective author(s) and we are not responsible for any material posted by third parties. We cannot and do not endorse it in any way, nor do they vouch for its accuracy or usefulness. Furthermore, we expressly disclaim any liability associated with material posted by third parties.

Disclaimer of endorsement

Reference to any person, products, services, hypertext link to the third parties or other information by trade name, trademark, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by GSA, nor is an endorsement of GSA implied by such links. Any external links on the GSA website are for convenience only, as an index in a public library.

Information subject to change

Any information on this website may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Furthermore, the information may change from time to time without any notice.

Privacy policy

General Surgeons Australia is interested in the privacy and safety of our visitors. The GSA Privacy Policy has been developed to protect users' privacy in compliance with privacy legislation. The policy details circumstances under which personal information is obtained, used, and shared. Whilst GSA is able to confirm that a particular individual is a member or Trainee, and may provide practice details, GSA may be required to restrict the disclosure of other personal information. In some instances, costs may need to be recovered in supplying or utilising personal information.

Information collected - Identified

GSA may collect identifiable information such as contact details. Further, access to member only services has been made possible by using information contained in GSA databases. Accordingly, we collect personal information to facilitate the granting of access to member only services.

Access to information collected

GSA will not knowingly make an attempt to identify users or their browsing activities. However, in the unlikely event of an investigation, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect our Internet Service Provider's logs, and thus gain information about users and their activities. All of the identified information that GSA has used to grant access can be viewed and changed by users when they view their personal details.

Use and disclosure of information collected

GSA collects personal information for a number of purposes (being the primary purposes of collection), including:

  • to provide membership services and benefits and maintain membership and service/benefits records;
  • to assist, support, provide and improve continuing professional development and education and training;
  • to enable internal administration, training, assessments and reviews.

Any information users provide will only be used for the primary purposes for which users have provided it or a secondary purpose if it directly relates to the primary purpose or for any other lawful purpose.

GSA engages third parties to perform certain business functions. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to disclose personal information to those suppliers. Disclosures may also be made to other third parties, including advisors and regulatory authorities. Where disclosure takes place, GSA seeks to ensure that personal information is handled appropriately.


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Personal data is maintained under strict security and can only be accessed internally by the GSA employees who have permission to do so.

Changes to privacy statement

GSA reserves the right to modify or amend this privacy statement at any time, provided that those modifications or amendments comply with applicable laws. GSA may provide further relevant privacy information to users at the point of collection, in which case, such information should be read in conjunction with this policy.

Google Analytics

Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyse the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. Read more about the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics.

Governing law

These terms of use will be constructed according to and are governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia.

Finding a General Surgeon

Your family doctor will be in a position to refer you to a General Surgeon in your area.

Financial members of GSA who have demonstrated appropriate participation and compliance with Continuing Professional Development can elect to have their details published in the Find a Surgeon Service on this website. The membership directory may be useful in helping you to identify a General Surgeon in your area.

Information retrieved by the Find a Surgeon Service on the GSA website will be limited to the practice address, phone and website URL of members who are listed.

Further information:

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or our use of information gathered through our website, please contact our Webmaster at [email protected]