1. Promote the profession of surgery to all members.
  2. Foster interest in the surgical profession and its required foundation in anatomy.
  3. Act as an information resource for members who are interested in surgery.
  4. Provide awareness of entry requirements, including the expected competencies, which are required in order to be selected for the Surgical Education and Training program.
  5. Link members with the surgical profession, through hospital exposure and networking opportunities with surgeons.
  6. Provide information and networking opportunities for related career paths, including obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics and academic surgery.
  7. Facilitate access into the surgical profession for underrepresented groups, such as female students.
  8. Promote participation in research in the context of a core requirement of entry into surgical training.
  9. Foster student participation in research and provide opportunities for members to further develop these skills.
  10. Develop extra-surgical skills in members, such as in professionalism and leadership.
  11. Function as a health advocate in the local and global community, by fostering strong public support and health literacy, as well as supporting surgically-orientated charities.