Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc
Founded in 1970, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons (both reconstructive and cosmetic). Its main role is to protect the integrity of Plastic Surgery as a Specialty. The Society’s mission is to provide the highest quality Plastic Surgery care to all Australians by:
- Facilitating government accredited surgical education and training for all Specialist Plastic Surgeons
- Upholding ethical and professional standards
- Promoting public education about Plastic Surgery procedures (reconstructive and cosmetic)
Membership criteria are stringent and by invitation only. All members of ASPS have undertaken a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, including at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training, and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). Visit the ASPS website for more information.
New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons
The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) is a non-profit, professional association that is devoted to the maintenance of excellent ethical and professional standards within the field of cosmetic and reconstructive Plastic Surgery. NZAPS represents the majority of New Zealand's plastic surgeons.
NZAPS provides a voice for plastic surgeons in discussions with the government, the Ministry of Health and bodies such as the Medical Council. The New Zealand Education and Training sub-committee oversees matters regarding the training of plastic surgeons in New Zealand and liaises closely with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
NZAPS aims include:
- Upholding the highest standards of ethical practice in which the patient's safety and welfare are the first consideration
- Upholding the highest standards of surgical excellence, both in clinical practice and in the training of future specialists
- Fostering the growth and spread of knowledge within our discipline by the promotion of research and adherence to the principles of evidence-based practice
Visit the NZAPS website for more information.