JDocs: Foundations of Minimal Access Surgery


The JDocs: Foundations of Minimal Access Surgery Workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn skills in minimal access surgery in a dynamic teaching environment.

Suitable for: Junior Doctors - Interns, Resident Medical Officers and Service Registrars. Limited places are available for rural GPs who may be required to assist on laparoscopic surgeries at rural and remote hospitals.


Sold out (doctor)
Friday, 25 October 2019
Available (doctor)
Thursday, 5 March 2020
Available (doctor)
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Available (doctor)
Friday, 30 October 2020



This highly interactive workshop features case discussion with demonstration videos, discussions and demonstrations on laparoscopic suturing models. The program allows sufficient time for practising skills.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have gained knowledge and familiarity with the physiology, basic techniques and technical skills required for minimal access surgery.  This will enable them to effectively assist on laparoscopic surgeries when they return to their hospital setting. Participants are welcome to further practice laparoscopic techiques and extend their professional development by utilising CTEC's Research and Skills Practice Lab.  Please contact CTEC Senior Course Co-ordinator Mr John Linehan for further details:  T 08 6488 8049 or E john.linehan@uwa.edu.au

Workshop Content

The workshop focuses on the following areas:

  • Overview on laparoscopic equipment and set-up
  • Trouble shooting
  • Visual axis of laparoscopic ergonomics
  • Patient positioning
  • Pre and post-procedure practical skills  assessment

Demonstration and Practical Stations:

  • Entry techniques
  • Trocar placement
  • Skills exercise using elastic bands / gloves / bolts and sugar cubes
  • Tissue dissection using electrosurgery
  • Knot tying single handed
  • Two handed / instrument
  • Endoloops
  • Closing ports


Training Grant

The Australian Government is offering training grants of $2000 per day to rural and remote procedural and emergency medicine GPs to maintain their respective skills. Reaccreditation in the Training Grant Program will be sought for the 2020-2022 triennium.

Please contact:

Cheryl Shepley
RACGP National Rural Faculty 
1800 636 764  


Workshop Inclusions

  • Practical stations
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time



WA Participant: $550
Non-WA Participant: $670

CTEC Terms & Conditions

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


This educational activity is RACS accredited and contributes towards the JDocs e-Portfolio record of clinical experience, achievements and assessments.
RACGP reaccreditation will be sought for the 2020-2022 triennium.


"Great emphasis on practical skills and very useful tips. "
"One to one coaching and feedback was fantastic"
"Welcoming, helpful and positive learning environment"
- Past 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
E john.linehan@uwa.edu.au

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