Travelling Surgeons In Roadshow
Surgeons will tell the New Zealand public about the latest advances in surgery in the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons National Roadshow “Progress in Surgery and Anaesthesia” to mark 75 years of the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons involvement in New Zealand surgery. The doors will be open to the public at 6.30pm but the official opening
will be by Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill at 7.00pm on the 29 November 2002 at Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill.
“We want the public to share how much progress has been made in the last 75 years. Surgery is now much safer than it has
ever been and the range of ailments that can be treated surgically grows steadily,” says John Simpson Executive Director
for surgical affairs for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. “We aim to show the people who may need surgery, at
some time, the improvements that have taken place with a particular emphasis on cancer treatment.
The Roadshow tour will include displays and talks by surgeons about common surgical problems including the latest in
cancer treatments, joint replacements and what happens in operation theatres that people don’t normally get told. There
will also be an opportunity to view the new High-tech mobile surgical unit which will play an important role in delivery
of surgery to those living in rural areas.
“It is unusual for the public to have the opportunity to chat to surgeons and ask questions about surgery in a relaxed
environment. We want to get the public talking to the surgeons and anaesthetists from their own regions. The specialists
who will be part of the Roadshow will be based locally” says Invercargill surgeon, Murray Pfeifer.
The Roadshow which will run for 5 to 6 months will travel from Invercargill to Queenstown and Greymouth before going on
a nationwide tour.
“We aim to have a better informed public as the result of the exhibition. It may even help surgeons to communicate
better with the public, which can only be a good thing” says John Simpson