Education and Training

The Education and Training program is managed by the Foundation's Education Committee. The program provides education and training to a wide range of healthcare practitioners, including surgical trainees and registrars, non-surgical medical professionals, nurses and allied health workers. The program provides further education and training opportunities through a variety of forums including lectures, workshops and conferences, with a particular emphasis on training relating to its Outreach program. The Foundation collaborates closely with other organisations to identify areas of need for further education, training and skills development, particularly in rural and remote communities. From time to time, the Foundation also contributes to existing  educational events by offering content, expertise and practical training opportunities.

Workshop Programs


Cadaver Workshop 2018


"Save the Date"

Sunday 6 May 2018

Combined Plastic Surgery Facial Reconstruction and Cleft and Craniofacial Workshop

U.T.S Anatomy School, Ultimo, Sydney NSW

The distinguished faculty for the cadaver workshop includes:

  • Peter Neligan, Seattle
  • Rod Rohrich, Dallas
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, New York
  • David Chang, Chicago
  • JP Hong, Seoul
  • Robert Mann, Grand Rapids
  • Brian Sommerlad, London
  • Christopher Forrest, Toronto
  • John Phillips, Toronto
  • Jeffrey Fearon, Dallas

The workshop is a collaboration between Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery, Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association, Australian and New Zealand Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons.



Wound Management Forum PSC 2017

Following the inaugural Wound Management forum run at the PSC 2013, the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery will again run an extensive program covering all aspects of wound management, over two days. This forum is suitable for everyone with an interest in wounds and healing including Plastic Surgeons, Burn Surgeons, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Plastic Surgery Unit Nurses, Practice Nurses and Community Nurses.

The forum will be convened by Dr Anthony Kane, a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon and Chairman of the Foundation’s Research Committee. The program will provide clinicians with a comprehensive update in wound management. In addition, an expert panel will provide a special focus on “Health Care Challenges Facing Rural and Remote Communities”.

Knowledge and expertise in treating wounds is a fundamental part of the skill set of Specialist Plastic Surgeons. They are soft tissue experts, and are unique amongst medical specialties in that they are trained to understand and treat the whole anatomy. Specialist Plastic Surgeons work collaboratively with nurses and allied health workers to repair and heal wounds, whether the wound is a result of burns, trauma or other causes.  

Attendees to the Wound Management Forum will receive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days, and a complimentary ticket to the Congress Welcome Reception on Thursday 1 June. Attendees may purchase tickets to the Congress Dinner held on Saturday 3 June.

Dates: Friday 2 June – Saturday 3 June 2017
Times: 0800 – 1700 hrs
Location: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: $465 (including GST)



Cadaver Workshops

The Foundation hosts the annual cadaver workshop as part of the SET 2-5 registrars' conference. The workshop offers surgical trainees the opportunity to further their skills in advanced aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Faculty includes Specialist Plastic Surgeons and guest presenters.

Microsurgery Workshops

The Foundation supports one microsurgery workshop annually as part of the SET 1 registrars' conference. The workshop offers an intensive study of microsurgery, covering the fundamental elements of the discipline. 

Suturing Workshops

The Foundation hosts regular suturing workshops for medical students and general practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

Melanoma Symposium

In collaboration with the Melanoma Institute Australia, in 2013 the Foundation hosted its inaugural Melanoma Education Evening, targeting Specialist Plastic Surgeons, other surgical specialists, surgical trainees and nurses and featuring the latest innovation and research associated with melanoma research and care.

Participation in Australian and International Conferences

Biennial Plastic Surgery Congress

The Foundation is a proud supporter of the biennial Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) and hosts the prestigious Foundation BK Rank Visitor and Plenary Lecture. For more information about the PSC, please visit the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website.

Sydney International Breast Cancer Congress (SIBCC)
Plastic Surgery Symposium, 25 October 2012

On Thursday 25 October 2012 the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery Limited (the Foundation) sponsored the Plastic Surgery Symposium as part of the 2012 Sydney International Breast Cancer Congress (SIBCC). The Symposium showcased the latest advances in breast reconstruction research, surgical techniques and technology, highlighting the significant contributions made by Specialist Plastic Surgeons to the field of breast reconstruction.

Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery

In partnership with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Foundation is in the development stage of establishing a free, open-access online journal with volunteer peer-reviewers and editors. The Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery will serve as a platform for the publication and dissemination of plastic and reconstructive surgery research in the form of research papers, presentations, case studies, editorials, photos and videos. The Foundation will place a particular emphasis on encouraging research and submissions relating to its outreach program. 

Partner with Us

There is an opportunity for industry and other organisations to work with the Foundation to deliver its education and training program to healthcare practitioners. If you share our values and are interested in partnering with the Foundation, please contact us.