Phil Truskett is a General Surgeon with an interest in Upper GI and HPB Surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, where he is a senior staff specialist. He has taken an active role in both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the specialty society General Surgeons Australia. He is a past President of General Surgeons Australia. As a College councillor he has served on many College committees. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Board of Surgical Education and Training and then past Censor in Chief. He is the immediate past President of the College of Surgeons. He is the Chair-Elect of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC). He is Patron of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA). He is an advocate for “closing the gap” health-care initiatives. His major interest is in the provision of Emergency Surgery to our community in our current challenging environment. As a result, he has been involved in the design and assessment of models of care to provide consultant-led timely care. These models of care are now being adopted in Australia and New Zealand. He is a strong advocate of sustainable surgical services, as the provision of patient-centred care in a safe, clinical environment is the benchmark by which we are all judged as professionals and how we should judge one another. It is education in the non-technical skills of surgery which will strengthen our place in the community. This education is a current focus.