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About the Surgical Services Taskforce

The Surgical Services Taskforce supports the provision of high-quality, patient-centred and accessible surgical care in NSW through partnering with senior clinical leaders.

Our key priorities are to:

  • Promote value-based, innovative and effective care models
  • Identify and address unwarranted clinical variation in surgical care
  • Improve healthcare and outcomes for people with hip fracture
  • Enhance the efficiency of operating theatres
  • Implement sustainable surgical quality improvement programs
  • Encourage best practice surgical management of rare and complex cancers.

Surgical Services Taskforce structure

The work of the taskforce is led by a manager and chair.

The Taskforce includes representatives from each local health district and speciality health network in the NSW public health system. It also includes clinical groups such as nursing and anaesthetics, as well as organisations such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The Surgery Community of Practice provides a regular forum for NSW clinicians, managers and health staff to discuss:

  • local challenges in surgical service delivery
  • share innovative care models
  • discuss solutions
  • learn from peers across the state.

Projects and responsibilities

  • Rolling out the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in NSW
  • Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols
  • Implementing strategies to encourage value-based surgical care
  • Supporting best practice care in management of hip fracture

For more information


Surgical Services Taskforce


Crystal Burgess
Manager, Surgical Services Taskforce