GSA eZine - 29 October, 2021

Important Survey for Members - Prostheses List Reform

Further to the feedback provided in response to Consultation Paper 1, GSA has received an urgent request from the Australian Private Hospitals Association for our members to take part in a survey regarding the impact of the proposed reforms to the Prostheses List. The briefing paper prepared by AHPA can be accessed here.

APHA has compiled a list of products affected by the Department’s proposals, grouped by ‘category’ of device. The survey also invites members to answer five brief voluntary questions about how removal of these items might affect their practice.

We encourage our members to take part in this survey, as the items flagged for removal could have a considerable impact on the practice of General Surgery. The survey can be accessed here:

Prostheses List Reform Survey

New Item Number - Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

We are pleased to advise that the November 2021 release of the MBS will include a new item number for use by our members, as follows:

  • New item 30311 is being introduced for a sentinel lymph node biopsy or biopsies for intermediate thickness melanoma. Patients with malignant cutaneous melanoma primary legion greater than 1mm in depth (or at least 0.8mm depth in the presence of ulceration) will be able to receive a service under the new item.

A Fact Sheet is available on the MBS website; the full news release is available here.

GSA commenced the MSAC Application process for this new number back in March 2016! The process has been led throughout by GSA past-President Michael Donovan, supported along the way by a number of expert advisers.

We extend our sincere thanks to Michael for his persistence and patience in navigating the MSAC Application process over the past 5 ½ years, and to David Gyorki, Chris Allan, and Andrew Spillane for their support and expert advice.

Members are reminded that the Melanoma Institute Australia have released the first stage of their Sentinel Node Biopsy Training Program, a comprehensive training course designed to upskill surgeons on SNB in melanoma.

The 1-hour online interactive learning module is accredited through the RACS CPD Program and covers the role of SNB in the management of melanoma. It includes an overview of the procedure, expert interviews, outlines SNB in practice today, reviews a case study and more. A free log in is required for access via:

MSAC Application 1555.1 - Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

GSA Members are invited to provide input as part of the MSAC targeted consultation process on application 1555.1 - Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty for the treatment of patients with Class I and II obesity who have failed first line (lifestyle modification) and second line (pharmacotherapy) treatments.

Members who wish to comment on the application for a new item number can access the Application and Consultation Survey via the MSAC Website. Alternatively, written input can be sent directly to Feedback is requested by Friday 5 November 2021.


The GSA Research Paper Day was held as a live stream event on Friday 8 October, with 12 verbal and 18 quick-shot poster presentations from Trainees, younger Fellows, and Junior Doctors.

Congratulations to Dr Emma-Anne Karlsen awarded the prize for Best Presentation, for her project titled “Utilising Prochlorperazine as an Endocytosis Inhibitor to Improve Response to Trastuzumab in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer”.

Reminder - GSET Training Webinars
Supervisors and Trainers

General Surgery Supervisors and Trainers are reminded that registration is open for General Surgery Education and Training (GSET) Training Webinars in early November.

The webinars will provide Supervisors and Trainers with important information on the new GSET Program, and will run for approximately 3 hours.

All Hospital Surgical Supervisors are expected to attend one session. Supervisors and Trainers will have an opportunity to ask questions and will have the opportunity to pre-submit questions.

Note: You may register for any available session if you are unable to attend the date that has been designated for your region.


Thursday 4 November
9:30am - 12:30pm (AEDT)
South Australia/Northern Territory
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Friday 5 November
9:00am - 12:00pm (AEDT)
Victoria/Tasmania, Queensland
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Saturday 13 November
10:00am - 1:00pm (AEDT)
New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory
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Registration now open
GSA Trainees Weekend

19-21 November, 2021

Scientific Convenor

Miss Sarah Martin FRACS

Running over two-and-a-half days, the annual Trainees’ Weekend is an important national forum that brings together SET Trainees from across Australia for an intensive educational weekend, focusing on key areas of the General Surgery Curriculum where day-to-day surgical exposure may be limited - bridging the knowledge and skills gap.

Another key program-focus is the Fellowship Examination, where delegates potentially have access to Fellow/s from the RACS Court of Examiners, providing first-hand advice and invaluable knowledge to those preparing for the exam.

Faculty is made up of senior Consultants who are experts in their chosen specialties, providing valuable insight and experience, and aiming to guide delegates through their training into their ongoing careers.

*Please note, this event is for those already enrolled in the General Surgery SET Program.


$66 per day (inc. GST)
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For your diary

PSA 2022 Annual Scientific Conference

4-6 August 2022
Mackay, Queensland

2022 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting

Surgical Oncology
6-9 October 2022
Hyatt Regency Sydney


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