Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

Short Courses

The IAS strongly supports and encourages ongoing learning and is working hard to develop a range of short-courses that will complement and strengthen the educational and professional development needs of all staff within the realm of academic surgery.

New courses are added regularly so check back for updates.

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Art In Surgery Workshop

Taking an innovative approach to improving the way clinicians communicate with patients, this unique 3 day workshop includes a range of artistic activities and exercises aimed at enhancing participants’ perceptual abilities, observational skills and consideration of the patient’s point of view.

Developed and delivered by eminent artist and academic Professor Mike Esson, a past artist-in-residence at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and a specialist in teaching art to clinicians, the intention of the workshop is not so clinicians can become better artists, but so they can develop their artistic skills to become better clinicians.


Surgical Nursing Research and Innovations Group (RIG)

This innovative working group provides a supportive learning environment for enthusiastic nursing staff where topics related to initiating and conducting surgical nursing research are explored and discussed.

Meeting monthly, topics will include:

  • Research methodology for surgical research
  • Developing a research question
  • Research design principles
  • Abstract writing and submission
  • Data collection
  • Role of Ethics
  • Academic vs. Educational Presentation Skills
  • Critiquing the literature

For more information please contact us: (02) 9515 1955

Surgical Nursing Research and Innovations Group Level 2 (RIG2)

The aim of the Surgical Nursing Research and Innovations Group Level 2 (RIG2) is to provide a continuum of support for those nursing staff that have completed RIG Level 1 and are looking to develop their own research project.

The RIG2 program will build on the knowledge gained by participants in RIG1 by providing mentorship and facilitation support throughout the research process, including but not limited to:

  • Finalising/clarifying your research question
  • Establishing outcome measures
  • Determining feasibility of your project
  • Formal literature review
  • Writing your research protocol
  • Submitting the ethics application
  • Data collection and storage processes
  • Data analysis/interpretation


Quarterly meetings with the entire RIG2 group will allow for individuals to share their progress and raise any challenges encountered.

The objective is that at the end of 12 months, the participants have a formalised research protocol with a submitted ethics application and are ready to commence in February 2017 or have commenced their project.

For more information please contact us: (02) 9515 1955

Microsurgery Training Course

The Microsurgery course is a 5 day workshop split over two weekends, that aims to introduce participants to the basic techniques, equipment and skills used in microsurgery such as suture placement, knot tying and anastomosis. It is composed of both didactic learning from microsurgical videos to practical training in the laboratory. It is suitable for surgeons with and without previous microsurgical experience.

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