Laparoscopic ACW

This two-day course is open to laparoscopic surgeons who undertake procedures requiring a reasonably advanced level of laparoscopic skill, including laparoscopic suturing and knot tying. Participants must operate at RANZCOG/AGES Level 4 or above and must have attended the standard (open) ACW previously*. Although we will suggest tips and tricks around laparoscopic suturing and knot tying, this is not a basic skills workshop and this knowledge will be assumed. Rather, we wish to refresh your anatomical knowledge and to teach techniques for the safe identification of the structures of the pelvic sidewall, including the ureter, and techniques for the safe repair of the bladder and bowel.

The three modules are:
1) Anatomy and Laparoscopic Surgical Skills
2) Live Animal Surgery
3) Case Presentations

Participants work in triads and pairs that are allocated by the workshop organizers. All participants rotate through six different groupings in order to maximize interaction and to allow for the different skill and speed of participants. At the conclusion of the workshop each participant completes a formal structured evaluation questionnaire. This gives valuable feedback to the course organizers and allows for continued improvement in the quality and content of the workshop.

There is a limit of twelve (12) participants per workshop, ensuring each participant receives maximum benefit from the practical and discussion components. The facilitator/participant ratio is pretty close to 1:1 to enable you to get the most from the training.

Each participant is eligible for 14 professional development points in the Conferences/Workshops/Meetings category of the Clinical Expertise domain (CPD Online Program). Further details can be obtained from a RANZCOG Continuing Education Co-ordinator via

The fee for the Laparoscopic Workshop is AUD 4,150 which includes applicable taxes (GST), registration, workshop attendance, refreshments, the workshop dinner, plus access to an online portal containing all course materials.

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* Exceptions can be made to this requirement so please contact us with more information about your current position, RANZCOG/AGES level and any other relevant details.