What we do for you


Looking for surgical events and opportunities? From the Australasian Golden Scalpel Games to the ASSA Leadership Day to the Australasian Students' Surgical Conference - we have it all covered!

Student Resources Network

Don't know how to decipher the RACS site? Want some resources to help you going? ASSA has got your back with our resource network to make life easier for everyone.

For Students. By Students

We are a not for profit. We're not here to make money, we're here to share our love in surgery for all the surgically inclined medical students in Australasia.

President's Welcome

Dear all students and guests,

Welcome to the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association (ASSA)!

ASSA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to representing the student surgical societies across Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is primarily to unite and inspire the next generation of surgical leaders – and thus improve surgical care and access in our community.

The surgical societies of Australia and New Zealand cater for an extremely large base of over 20’000 medical students, and each society hosts unique events and opportunities. ASSA connects these societies to ensure their optimal functioning, for the benefit of each University and hospital network. Recent successes have seen the collaboration of surgical societies to host events of even greater quality, and we are determined to build on this sharing of ideas.

In keeping with our mission, ASSA also provides a number of key opportunities for students across Australia and New Zealand, including:

  • Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC)
  • Australasian Golden Scalpel Games® – in partnership with HETI and RACS
  • ASSA Leadership Day
  • ASSA Essay Competition
  • InciSioN/ASSA Australasian Global Surgery National Working Group Research and Advocacy
  • International Collaborative Research Opportunities

In addition to this, we hope to provide useful information to both the societies and every student with a surgical inclination or interest.

Our Executive this year is very excited about the possibility to make appreciable differences to your surgical exposure and we hope that your professional experience may benefit as a result. I am eager to meet many of you throughout the upcoming year, and I look forward to hearing of your interests and equally, your concerns.



William Ridley
Australasian Students’ Surgical Association (ASSA)

William Ridley

William Ridley


Will is a fourth year medical student at the University of New England, and is currently completing his clinical years at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. 

Will has been extensively involved within student surgical societies throughout his degree, including the positions of President of the University of New England Surgical Society (2016-17), the Vice President of the University of Newcastle Surgical Society (2017-18) and Academic Co-Convenor of the Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC) in 2018. 

He is very passionate about establishing collaborative efforts between the surgical societies of Australia and New Zealand, and providing more opportunities of professional quality for surgically-inclined medical students.

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