Plastic surgery trainees are trained at State Government accredited training posts in major teaching hospitals in the public sector and Commonwealth Government approved places in private hospitals throughout Australia and New Zealand. These posts undergo a strict accreditation and review process. A wide distribution of surgical exposure at these posts ensures that trainees cover the complete reconstructive and cosmetic curriculum throughout their formal postgraduate surgical training period. The quality of supervision of all trainees by fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons ensures that patients receive the highest quality of care.
In Australia, elective surgery is mainly conducted in private hospitals and day surgeries. In 2009, the Australian Government initiated a funding scheme for training in the private sector. This program, titled the Specialist Training Program or STP, has facilitated the creation of training posts which focus on elective and cosmetic procedures. These posts are affiliated with major teaching hospitals to ensure that trainees receive a balanced learning experience during each surgical rotation.
Training sites provide training and experience for the gamut of plastic surgery procedures including hand surgery, microsurgical procedures, treatment of burn injuries, cranial and maxillofacial techniques, melanoma and other reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Advanced trainees also have the opportunity to apply for placement at special craniomaxillofacial training posts in various parts of Australia and New Zealand.
The accreditation process incorporates all of the Standards, Process and Criteria for the Accreditation of Hospitals and Posts for Surgical Education and Training published by RACS. Additional criteria relevant to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have been added to the ASPS inspection application form.