The criteria for Full Membership will be based on the requirement of registration as a specialist surgeon in the applicant’s health jurisdiction and in three main areas:
- Full Involvement in the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit (BQA) process.
- Evidence of Continuing Medical Education in Breast Disease.
- Support for membership by 2 Full members of BreastSurgANZ.
These criteria will be assessed as follows:
Full Members of the Society will demonstrate ongoing participation in the BreastSurgANZ Breast Cancer Audit Program. All cases of breast cancer treated will be submitted to audit each year. Each part of the audit form must be completed for those cases and that information will be assessed against key clinical indicators and previously determined quality thresholds. Specialist breast surgeons are expected to treat a minimum of 10 cases of breast cancer per year, irrespective of practice location.
Members who feel that they cannot comply with the requirement to treat a minimum of 10 cases of breast cancer per year, should apply in writing to the Membership Subcommittee stating their reasons why they are unable to do so. Such cases will be considered and the member will be notified.
The key clinical indicators and quality thresholds will be determined and reviewed by the Council of the Society after consideration by BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit.
2 CPD Activities:
Members should demonstrate an ongoing commitment to CPD activities in breast disease or in accordance with the requirements recommended by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons.
3 Letters of Support:
New surgeons seeking membership must forward letters of support from 2 Full members of BreastSurgANZ to the Chief Executive Officer. Requests will be considered by BreastSurgANZ Council.
Voting rights at Business Meetings and Annual General Meetings of the Society and public listing on the ‘Find a Surgeon’ webpage are confined to Full Members only.
SPECIALIST TRAINEE MEMBERSHIP
Specialist Trainee Membership includes surgeons who are post fellowship trainees in the BreastSurgANZ Post-Fellowship Training program or equivalent accredited positions.
Associate Membership includes surgeons who participate in breast surgery and request access to the educational program of the society but are unwilling or unable to comply with the requirements of Full Membership. Associate members may include post fellowship trainees in accredited positions, overseas breast surgeons and plastic surgeons with an interest in breast surgery.
Affiliate Membership includes health professionals involved in breast cancer management, care and/ or research. Affiliate members may include breast physicians and specialist breast nurses.