The Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons was formed in May 1979 to represent Paediatric Surgeons training and practising in Australia and New Zealand and in overseas postings.
Paediatric Surgery is the specialty that includes surgeons who have specialist training in the management of children who have conditions that may require surgery. Specialist paediatric surgeons manage non-cardiac thoracic surgery, general paediatric surgery and paediatric urology. Their responsibilities include involvement in the antenatal management of congenital structural abnormalities, neonatal surgery and oncological surgery of children.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has a specific training program in paediatric surgery, including a Fellowship examination in paediatric surgery.
The ANZAPS consults with the local, state and national governments of Australia to advocate for safe surgery for children and develop appropriate guidelines for delivery of paediatric surgery services. The New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons (affiliated to the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons) liaises with the Ministry of Health to develop the national paediatric surgical service.
Current projects in which the ANZAPS executive is involved include: establishing and improving educational paediatric surgical links and outreach with Asian and Pacific nations, revalidation strategies in Paediatric Surgery, improving access to Outreach Paediatric Surgical Services within regional Australia and New Zealand, and working with our surgical colleagues and stakeholders in enhancing paediatric surgery training for rural surgeons and surgery for adolescents.