The Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) is a national body comprising representatives from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
The CCRTGE recognises the training of endoscopists who have completed their training in Australia or who are now practising in Australia.
- Endoscopy training is assessed by the CCRTGE usually in the context of the Specialist Advanced Training Program of either the RACP or RACS.
- Full recognition is dependent on the completion of training, experience and supervision pursuant to those Training Programs.
- Recognition of satisfactory endoscopy training will only be given at the completion of Specialist Advanced Training.
- Trainees of other specialist medical colleges will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- The CCRTGE recognises that some specialists and trainees will undergo, or have undergone, training that does not fit into the mainstream. The CCRTGE has established criteria to meet some of these situations. The criteria for alternative entry pathways can be viewed here. Prospective applicants who believe they may be considered under one of the categories of alternative entry should email details of their particular situation to the CCRTGE administration office. Applications made through an alternative entry pathway are assessed during the CCRTGE's ordinary meeting.
Facilities for training in endoscopy should be available in major hospitals, with exposure to endoscopic procedures being available to all gastroenterology and general surgery trainees.
Trainees are encouraged to attend relevant workshops to improve their skills in endoscopy.
Successful applicants are encouraged to maintain continuing medical education in the field of endoscopic practice, including regular audits of their own endoscopic practice.
The CCRTGE recommends that gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures in children thirteen years of age and under should only be performed by those who have satisfied the training requirements for paediatric endoscopy.
An updated list of all endoscopists, whose training has been recognised, is maintained by the Secretariat, and is available to browse here.
Gastroenterological Society of Australia
Dr Gregor Brown - Gastroenterologist (Chair)
Dr Sulman Ahmed - General & Hepatobiliary Surgeon (Chair-elect)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Dr Sam O'Connor - Rural Physician
Dr Darren Pavey - Gastroenterologist
Dr Looi Ee - Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Melinda Van Oosterum (materinty leave) - Rural Surgeon
Mr Iain Skinner - Colorectal Surgeon
Dr Ben Thomson - GI Surgeon