Why does this website exist?
It has come about because of the growing concern amongst Gold
Coast Plastic Surgeons that patients are being misinformed by
doctors who are not surgeons misleading patients on the Gold Coast
and attempting operations well beyond their level of ability.
This leads to unsatisfactory results, unhappy patients and gives
cosmetic surgery a bad name.
The purpose of this website is to provide information to the general
public of the Gold Coast that will help them make an informed decision
as to how to pick an appropriately qualified surgeon to perform
their cosmetic surgery.
What qualifications does a doctor need to have in Australia
in order to perform surgery?
Most people find it very surprising that no regulations govern what
type of medical practitioner can perform plastic surgery procedures.
General practitioners, many who have not been through rigorous
training, perform plastic surgery procedures.
This is legal in Australia.
They often call themselves 'Cosmetic Surgeons' although in Queensland
recent legislation states that a doctor must only describe themselves
by the qualifications that they have.
THE ONLY SURGEON IN QUEENSLAND THAT IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM
COSMETIC SURGERY IS A PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON.
All surgeons in Australia have to undergo rigorous training and
examinations in surgery to obtain the degree “Fellow of the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
This is abbreviated as “FRACS” and is the most important
qualification to look for when determining if your selected surgeon
is actually a surgeon.
Surgeons specialize in different branches of surgery, for example,
orthopaedics, heart surgery etc.
The one thing they all have in common is that they have completed
their surgical training supervised by the Royal Australian College
of Surgeons and all have the same “FRACS” qualification
after their name.
General practitioners DO NOT have these qualifications and cannot
describe themselves as surgeons because they have not been trained
by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Australia are members of
a society known as the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The logo of the ASPS identifies Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
who are members of this society.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Incorporated (ASPS) is
a not-for- profit membership organisation representing Plastic Surgery
ASPS is authorised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
to administer post graduate surgical training programs for the specialty
of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
ASPS promotes research in the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive
Medicare Australia recognises all ASPS members as specialist plastic
Plastic Surgery incorporates both Reconstructive and Cosmetic surgery.
ASPS promotes, develops and advances the practice of Plastic Surgery
ASPS aims to maintain the highest standard of surgical practice
and ethics in Plastic Surgery in Australia in order to provide the
highest quality plastic surgery care to all Australians.
The difference between Plastic Surgeons and other Medical Practitioners
is specialist training.
Many health care providers are now performing cosmetic procedures,
but that doesn’t mean they’re all qualified to perform
ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in plastic surgery that encompasses
both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
All Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
are distinguished by these unique attributes:
- Members are bona fide specialist plastic surgeons who are in
full-time plastic surgery practice.
- Are certified by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
to perform plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body.
- Members have undertaken a minimum of 12 years education and
Members hold a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons (FRACS Plast) or its equivalent.
- Operate only in accredited medical facilities.
- Adhere to a strict code of ethics.
- Fulfil continuing professional development requirements, including
standards and innovations in patient safety.