ANZSCRAFT is the Australia and New Zealand Surgery in Children Registrars’ Association for Trials, a RACS trainee-led research collaboration, which was established in 2019

  • We capitalise on our close-knit and small community of paediatric surgery trainees: nearly every paediatric surgical centre across both countries is covered by our network

  • Multi-centre studies can therefore give representative and relevant data

  • Being trainee-led, the collaboration allows earlier development of skills to initiate and drive multi-centered trials

  • We believe such a collaborative has the potential to lead to higher value research than further single centre retrospective reviews

  • Part of the College’s Clinical Trials Network Australia and New Zealand (CTANZ): https://www.surgeons.org/Resources/interest-groups-sections/academic-surgery/clinical-trials-network-australia-and-new-zealand/about-ctanz

  • Recognised in the research requirement of the Training Regulations for the RACS SET Program in Paediatric Surgery (regulation 5.5.4)

        Publications
 

  • Global PaedSurg Research Collaboration. Mortality from gastrointestinal congenital anomalies at 264 hospitals in 74 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: a multicentre, international, prospective cohort study. Lancet. 2021 Jul 24;398(10297):325-339.  (Coordination of ANZ contribution, available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34270932/)
     

  • Ljuhar D, Rayner J, Hyland E, King S. Management of thoracic empyema in children: a survey of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons (ANZAPS). Pediatr Surg Int. 2021 Jul;37(7):897-902.  (Survey on ANZ management of empyema thoracic, available at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33751198/)
     

  • ANZSCRAFT Collaborative, Roberts K. Impact of COVID-19 on appendicitis presentations in children in Australia and New Zealand. ANZ J Surg. 2022 Apr;92(4):736-741. doi: 10.1111/ans.17566. Epub 2022 Mar 13. PMID: 35285164; PMCID: PMC9111244. (Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric acute appendicitis, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35285164)

    Current study
     

  • ROMANS Study: Rates Of Morbidity & Mortality Associated with Neonatal Stomas.  Currently awaiting ethics approval

  • Study protocol available on request

       Contact
 

  • If you would like to get involved, or have an idea for an ANZSCRAFT study, we’d be delighted to hear from you

  • Trainee Leads: Kiera Roberts (kju.roberts@gmail.com) and Tim Little (mrtlittle@gmail.com)

  • Consultant Lead: Assoc Prof Sebastian King, RCH, Melbourne