Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

The peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons, both reconstructive and cosmetic.

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Cosmetic Surgery Updates

Top doctors back calls for crackdown on cosmetic surgery ‘cowboys’

SMH – 22 April 2022 – Dozens of the country’s top doctors have backed calls for a crackdown on the scandal-tainted cosmetic surgery industry, with hundreds of submissions to the national medical watchdog as part of a landmark inquiry into patient safety.

More than 800 responses from doctors and patients were received by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) after the regulator opened a sweeping review of the sector, many demanding an end to the unfettered use of social media by practitioners and laws to stop rogue medicos calling themselves “cosmetic surgeons”.

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Cosmetic surgery industry needs more than a tummy tuck

October 28, 2021 – Alan Fels, former chairman Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has written an opinion piece for the Fairfax Media. Alan Fels is entirely independent of ASPS but his thoughts align with ours. You can read his piece “Cosmetic surgery industry needs more than a tummy tuck” here.

 

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Patient Safety: Plastic Surgery Regulation

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons understands the many different options patients have when considering plastic surgery. This includes who to ask for advice or recommendations, how to select the best surgeon, as well as understanding what is actually involved to ensure your safety. Making these life-changing decisions can be daunting if you don’t know where to turn.

Only Specialist Plastic Surgeons are accredited by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, through the Australian Medical Council, to perform all reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Click on the Find a Surgeon button below to help you find an accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeon and provide you with important information to make your decision easier.

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The highest quality plastic surgery care for all Australians

Is your surgeon qualified to be called a “Specialist Plastic Surgeon”?

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. However, only Specialist Plastic Surgeons have a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, including 5 years of specialist postgraduate training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Important to know: When deciding on your surgeon, remember that the Medical Board of Australia states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) – approved specialist surgeons within the recognised specialty of Plastic Surgery.

 

Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR)

The Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) is run by Monash University. Patients and health care practitioners looking for information on the new ABDR click below.

 

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Selecting the right Plastic Surgeon for you

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons represents all areas of Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Your General Practitioner is a trusted source to help you select a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Read our list of questions which you can take to your consultation.

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons and consults with State and Federal Governments and legislative and regulatory authorities to advocate for patients to ensure the highest level of Plastic Surgery care for all Australians.

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What is Plastic Surgery?

Reconstructive plastic surgery is concerned with improving bodily function and performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumours or disease.

Cosmetic plastic surgery is designed to improve a person’s aesthetic appearance by altering or reshaping a bodily feature whereas plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Information for General Practitioners

ASPS understands that the General Practitioner’s role in advising patients seeking Plastic Surgery is critical. As Australia’s peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgery, ASPS is able to help you guide your patients to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who can provide the highest level of plastic surgery care, as recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

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We have also compiled reference material and questions that you can share with your patients to help them become more informed and educated about the processes involved in selecting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and their procedure.

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Training to become a Specialist Plastic Surgeon

The specialty of Plastic Surgery is one of nine surgical specialties governed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Entry into the Surgical Education and Training (SET) program is highly competitive.

Trainees for Plastic Surgery are competitively selected based on their potential to become the best surgical leaders and ability to provide the highest quality of patient care.
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WHO WE ARE

About Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc (ASPS) is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons (both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery). Our main role is to protect the integrity of Plastic Surgery as a specialty. Our mission is to provide the highest quality plastic surgery care to all Australians.

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ASPS welcomes Budget announcement: new MBS item number for abdominoplasty

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