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Prof. Peter Woodruff

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The Australian Association of Surgeons
PO Box 1131
Penrith, New South Wales 2751


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  • medical degree
    University of Adelaide
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Peter Woodruff - ..., 8 Jan 2014 [cached]
Peter Woodruff - Distinguished Councillor
Recent President of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), Associate Professor Peter Woodruff, is a vascular surgeon based in Brisbane. Not withstanding a busy and successful career in clinical medicine - marked by his appointment as Clinical Associate Professor Surgery by the University of Queensland - he found time and energy to become a surgical leader in Queensland, Australia and New Zealand.
He is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery.
Professor Woodruff was educated in Melbourne and Adelaide. e completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide. e trained in Scotland from Senior House Officer to Senior Registrar and spent two years in Boston as a Harvard Surgical Fellow.
He returned to Australia and joined the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a general surgeon with a special interest in vascular surgery. At this time, he became involved with the then developing field of renal transplantation - an area of interest which continued throughout his surgical career. Professor Woodruff later moved to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane to participate in the newly developed specialised vascular unit and subsequently became the Director of Vascular Surgery. Professor Woodruff served as Chairman of the Queensland State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He was elected to the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1997, and was Vice President in 2002 - 2003. He is a past President of the Australian Association of Surgeons. Professor Woodruff has served on numerous Government committees and is a consultant to the Health Rights Commission and is on the Private Practice Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. He was recently elected to the Board of ISQua.
Associate Professor Peter Woodruff
President, ACHS
Professor Peter ..., 12 Nov 2012 [cached]
Professor Peter Woodruff
Professor Peter Woodruff
Board Member
Peter Woodruff, represents the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) on the Board where he was President and Board member.
Peter is a vascular surgeon and Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of Queensland.
He is the immediate past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Vascular Surgery; and formerly held the positions of: Vice President; Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Chairman of the Queensland State Committee of that College; and President of the Australian Association of Surgeons. He was also Director of Vascular Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.
Peter has served on numerous Government committees and is at present a member of the Medical Board of Queensland, a consultant to the Health Rights Commission and is on the Private Practice Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.
Our People, 17 Oct 2013 [cached]
Professor Peter Woodruff
Professor Peter Woodruff Board Member
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 10 Mar 2004 [cached]
The Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Mr Peter Woodruff, today announced that he will quit private practice because of rising medical indemnity costs.
The announcement came as senior representatives of the surgical profession said that they have never seen it worse for surgery in Australia and cannot guarantee enough surgeons will stay working in the public or the private system.
Surgeons have received levies for claims Incurred But Not Reported (IBNR Levy) in the last week, which in some cases is taking the amount they are paying for medical indemnity insurance into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
College Vice President, Peter Woodruff, will be joined in Sydney today by some of the most experienced surgeons in Australia to again call on the Government to do more to solve the medical indemnity issue which is crippling the delivery of surgical services in this country.
"We want a stop to the band-aid solutions which are going to cost the government, surgeons and ultimately patients a lot of money without fixing the long-term problem.All the government is doing is plugging holes in what appears to be the sinking ships of medical indemnity organisations.
"We need a sustainable solution in which doctors can have certainty about their medical indemnity.We need to know we are covered for past events as well as in retirement.We need the government to restructure the insurance system so that this certainty can be achieved, at an affordable cost, as currently it simply is not," Mr Woodruff said.
Although Mr Woodruff's decision to quit private practice was met with much disappointment by his patients and the College, he says that his departure will be one of many.
"The College has been tracking the departure of surgeons from all specialities over the past few months because the cost of medical insurance has seen an unprecedented exodus from the profession.
"Our latest survey shows that one in eight surgeons will leave, or will have already left, by the end of the year.
"The loss of surgeons as a result of the medical indemnity crisis compounds an already existing shortage of surgeons, which a recent study has suggested is only going to become worse in the future.
"We know now that unless we increase surgical trainee positions by 30 per cent across Australia we will not have enough surgeons to meet the expected 50 per cent increase in demand for surgical services within the next 20 years, as predicted in the recently published Birrell report," Mr Woodruff said.
Mr Woodruff will today be joined by Mr Phil Truskett, Vice President of the College's NSW Committee, and Dr Andrew Pesce, Secretary of the National Association of Specialist Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and representative of the Australian Medical Association, to say that the issue is creating so much uncertainty in the profession that in some surgical specialities and some regions in Australia there will be no surgeons operating at all.
"We can't maintain numbers now; what happens a couple of years down the track is anybody's guess," Mr Woodruff said.
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