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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):

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


  • 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:

  • 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

  • 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,

    Current study

  • ROMANS Study: Rates Of Morbidity & Mortality Associated with Neonatal Stomas.  Ethics approved at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, Perth Children’s Hospital and Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland

  •  Study registered at ANZCTR: ACTRN12622001307796.  Available at


  • 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: Bapesh Bollu, Rosemary Lane and Rachael Stokes

  • Immediate Past Trainee Representatives: Kiera Roberts and Tim Little.

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

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