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What is the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons?

Mark Kohout - Thursday, May 15, 2014
shutterstock_180222182The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons was founded in 1970. The aim of the ASPS is to protect the integrity of plastic surgery as the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons. This includes both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Ensuring that all Australians have access to the best plastic surgeons The ASPS prides itself on overseeing and educating the surgeons of Australia in the following ways:
  • By upholding and clearly outlining the important professional and ethical standards.
  • By hosting the AMC accredited Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program for surgeons.
  • Assisting with the promotion of plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive.
How does a surgeon become a member of the ASPS? To be a member of the ASPS, a surgeon must hold a specialist qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). This is because RACS is the only College for specialist surgical training recognised by the Australian and New Zealand Government through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC). Each ASPS member must:
  • Have undertaken at least 12 years medical and surgical education
  • Have completed a minimum of 5 years specialist postgraduate training
  • Be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
What does it mean to be a specialist plastic surgeon? Specialist plastic surgeons are Commonwealth Government accredited. They are not only trained and qualified to carry out cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in public and private hospitals and in day surgeries, but in Australia the Medical Board stipulates that in order to uphold and use the title “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” one must also be a FRACS approved specialist surgeon in their area of expertise. The benefits of finding a specialist plastic surgeon At present in Australia, any doctor with a medical degree can perform surgery. The difference between a doctor with basic training and a specialist plastic surgeon is extensive surgical education and training, with a minimum of 5 years postgraduate training in their specialised field of surgery. We all know that any form of surgery carries a level of risk. So naturally, if you are putting yourself in the hands of a specialist plastic surgeon you know you are choosing the best surgeon who is trained, qualified and has experience. Dr Mark Kohout is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery and has the training, education and experience you want when looking into plastic surgery for yourself or a loved one. When only the very best will do, you want a speak with a specialist plastic surgeon.
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