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Seven surgical robots in action across the Camperdown campus

Sydney Robotics Masterclass

June 2019

Seven surgical robots in action across the Camperdown campus

Seven surgical robots in action across the Camperdown campus

A robotic surgery training and education program for surgeons, nurses and other clinical staff topped off a successful Innovation Week 2019.

Hosted by RPA’s Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS), the Sydney Robotics Masterclass saw seven surgical robots across the Camperdown campus in action at the same time.

Participants had an opportunity to trial a number of different robots including the intuitive da Vinci Surgical System in thoracic, urology and colorectal workshops. Orthopaedic robotic surgery took place using the Stryker Mako and Corin Ominbot sytems.

IAS Executive Director Kate McBride said the Masterclass was a great opportunity to utilise all seven robotic-assisted surgical platforms on the RPA-Chris O’Brien Lifehouse campus, the most in Australia.

“The day gave our surgeons and junior medical staff in particular the opportunity to interact with this technology in a way they don’t normally have access to,” Ms McBride said.

The program also included a half-day seminar discussing current robotic practice across a range of surgical specialties as well as the future of robotic surgery. Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Brett Fritsch told the surgeons in the audience that while developments in robotic surgery are advancing at a rapid pace, human surgeons “were unlikely to be replaced by robots any time soon”.

More than 120 people attended the workshops and seminar with some surgeons travelling from interstate for the advanced training opportunity.

RPA is one of only a small number of hospitals in Australia offering pubic patients access to robotic-assisted surgery. The hospital has most robotic surgical systems on any one campus in Australia, including the southern hemisphere’s only surgical robotics training laboratory, the Surgical and Robotics Training Institute.

Ms McBride said it is important for the public health sector to ensure we are undertaking comprehensive research to support the implementation and use of robotic technology.

RPA was the first hospital to introduce robotic-assisted technology within a comprehensive research framework, meaning all patients are enrolled in a research study.

The IAS will host the Sydney Robotics Summit in 2020 in partnership with the internationally recognised group, Society of Robotic Surgery to deliver an international multi-specialty robotics program in June 2020.

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