Core Skills: Laparoscopic General Surgery


This workshop provides Junior General Surgical Trainees and Service Registrars with the opportunity to learn new skills in a range of procedures in minimal access surgery. There are limited places available for Service Registrars with strong laparoscopic experience.

Suitable for: RACS Junior General Surgery Trainees and Service Registrars with strong laparoscopic experience.


Friday, 19 June 2020



This cadaveric workshop will use a combination of pre-reading, discussion and dissection and will provide participants with the valuable opportunity to practise skills and procedures they may have limited exposure to in the clinical setting. The workshop aims to improve operative knowledge and confidence in commonly performed laparoscopic general surgical procedures.  It is of particular relevance to trainees about to commence or in the early stages of a rotation in general surgery.  

Each practical session will also focus on the immediate anatomy of the structures operated on and their adjacent structures, broadening and consolidating participants' anatomical knowledge and understanding.


Workshop Content

Trainees will deepen their understanding and skills through a combination of presentations, demonstrations and practical cadaveric sessions.


  • Entry techniques
  • Trocar placement
  • Instrument placement
  • Role of the assistant
  • Dealing with difficult cases: patient with previous surgery; obese patient/lean patient; developing the 3D concept
  • Critical points during surgery
  • Dealing with an emergency situation - bleeding and intra-abdominal organ injury

Demonstrations and Cadaveric Practical Sessions:

  • Trocar Placement
  • Laparoscopic appendicetomy
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic extraperitoneal inguinal hernia and choice of mesh


Workshop Inclusions

  • Fresh frozen human cadaveric dissection
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time



WA Participants: $870
Non-WA Participants: $1090
Theatre Nurses: Free of charge - limited places

CTEC Terms & Conditions


Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.




This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (to a maximum of 8 points) in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online.


"All sessions of the workshop were valuable. The authenticity of the model and valued feedback from the faculty during procedures was also valuable. "
"I enjoyed the practical sessions as I was able to develop my skills and the sessions were very supportive and all the surgeries were explained very clearly. "
"It was invaluable to operate in as real a field as possible where we were allowed to make mistakes without significant consequences to patient care."
- 2019 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2 
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia


For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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