The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is accredited by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) and the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to train surgeons and maintain surgical standards in New Zealand and Australia. 

 Surgical training involves a progression in levels of competency from being a doctor with at least three years of postgraduate experience to becoming a practising specialist. 

 RACS aims to ensure that trainees progress through an integrated program which provides them with increasing professional responsibility under appropriate supervision. RACS accredits hospital based training posts that enable trainees to acquire the competencies needed to become consultant surgeons who are able to practice independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

SET Program Administration

The SET Program in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) is the accredited program to obtain Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in the specialty of OHNS. The Board of OHNS delivers the OHNS SET Program in Australia and New Zealand and these Regulations apply to both countries. The OHNS SET Program is administered in Australia by ASOHNS in accordance with the Collaboration Agreements signed with the RACS by ASOHNS and in New Zealand by RACS New Zealand.  

Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership Agreement

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is accredited by the Australian Medical Council and the Medical Council of New Zealand to provide surgical training. RACS and the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which confirms each party’s’ commitment to consultation and cooperation in the maintenance and promotion of surgical education standards.

ASOHNS and RACS have also entered into a contract for the administration of the Surgical Education and Education Program in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in Australia. This contract, known as the Partnership Agreement, defines the responsibilities of RACS and ASOHNS in the delivery of the training program and the support of the Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. ASOHNS has primary responsibility for the management of trainees within the program, with RACS managing the selection of trainees and hospital accreditation on behalf of the Board.  ASOHNS and RACS co-operatively undertake curriculum development for the training program.

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