Referrals


Why refer patients to Specialist Plastic Surgeons?

A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Commonwealth Government accredited plastic surgeon, trained and qualified to perform invasive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries. The Medical Board of Australia states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by FRACS approved specialist surgeons in the recognised Specialty of Plastic Surgery.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a surgical specialty accredited by the Australian Medical Council. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons train in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as one of the nine surgical specialties of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). RACS is the only College that is accredited by the Commonwealth Governments of Australia and New Zealand to deliver specialist surgical training.

All Specialist Plastic Surgeons listed on this website  fully trained and qualified, and are all Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
 

How  are Specialist Plastic Surgeon educated, trained and accredited?

Specialist Plastic Surgeons are accredited by the Commonwealth Governments of Australia and New Zealand through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC) respectively, to perform all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. All Specialist Plastic Surgeons must undergo extensive medical education and training to become accredited. The surgical specialist pathway includes a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

The five year postgraduate Plastic Surgery Education and Training Program (SET) for surgical registrars is provided by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and administered by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc (ASPS). It is important to note that RACS is the only College in Australia that is accredited by the Commonwealth Government to deliver specialist surgical training. Upon completion of their surgical education and training, qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons become  “Fellows” of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).