Ensuring the ongoing professional development of breast surgeons is a core pillars of the Society.
As breast surgery is now well established as a surgical sub-specialty, it is imperative that our members maintain the skill base required to meet the demands of being a major component of the multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients.
BreastSurgANZ is committed to maintaining and enhancing the skills of today’s surgeons, training and supporting tomorrow’s breast surgeons and striving to improve outcomes for all women and men diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast surgeons can be either single specialisation or more often they combine with other specialties such as Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Oncology (particularly melanoma and sarcoma surgery), general surgery and/or rural surgery.
BreastSurgANZ is committed to delivering high quality, relevant educational programs as part of the ongoing professional development of our members and the wider breast surgical community across Australia and New Zealand.
Our educational workshops are outcome focused, with an emphasis on creating dynamic learning environments that help optimise patient care by improving the skill capabilities of breast surgeons.
The Society also partners with a number of affiliated organisations in the delivery of large-scale national and international breast surgery conferences, educational webinars as well as delivering a range of customised, dynamic Oncoplastic workshops covering basic to advanced Oncoplastic techniques.
BreastSurgANZ members are regularly asked to present at a range of breast cancer workshops and events both locally and internationally aimed at continuing the professional development of breast surgeons.
In recent years there has been increased interest in Oncoplastic surgery in Australia and New Zealand and BreastSurgANZ has committed to offering an annual educational program to meet this demand.
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery (OPBS) is a combination of optimal cancer surgery with traditional plastic surgical techniques to achieve the best oncological and aesthetic outcome after breast surgery. This includes reshaping of the breast after lumpectomy and immediate reconstruction after mastectomy. In some cases it also includes surgery to the other breast to achieve symmetry.
The aim of Oncoplastic surgery is to improve women’s long-term quality of life and body image after breast cancer treatment.
The Level 1 workshop focuses on breast conservation therapy, level one Oncoplastic procedures with an emphasis on techniques that can be used in routine practice as well as providing an introduction to breast reconstruction.Level 2 OPBS Workshop
The Level 2 OPBS workshop is a cadaveric workshop focusing on theoretic and practical experience in breast reconstructive techniques including implant -based reconstruction, latissimus dorsi (LD) reconstruction and more complex mammoplasty procedures.
The Level 3 OPBS workshop designed to acknowledge the increasing skill set of many experienced breast and Oncoplastic surgeons in Australia and New Zealand and focuses on sophisticated Oncoplastic breast conservation and reconstruction surgical procedures, specifically covering the volume replacement techniques of the Lateral Intercostal Perforator (LICAP) and Anterior Intercostal Perforator (AICAP) flaps.
The BreastSurgANZ Oncoplastic Committee has oversight of the development and delivery of the OPBS workshop program.
As breast surgery continues to evolve as a recognised surgical sub-specialty the Society has responded by establishing a new Education Committee to oversee an expanded educational offering to the membership targeted at enabling our members to deliver best practice, optimal breast cancer care through continuous learning and education.
The new educational program, launching in March 2022, will include an annual education webinar series and the establishment of an educational resource library for the membership.
BreastSurgANZ oversees the appointment of a convenor and/or co-convenors who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the breast program for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Conference (ASC).
BreastSurgANZ is involved in the development of the curriculum for breast Surgical Education and Training (SET) in partnership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)