A Breast Surgeon is a qualified surgeon who specialises in the management of people with breast cancer and benign breast problems.
Breast surgeons are the trusted experts in the management of breast cancer, providing coordinated care within a multidisciplinary team.
Our members are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) who are either dedicated Breast Surgeons or surgeons who perform both Breast and General Surgery.
Our members manage the health care needs of most patients with early breast cancer and prioritise the acquisition of ongoing knowledge and learning, demonstrating a commitment to developing further expertise in breast surgery treatment and care.
Breast Surgeons can and do work collaboratively with plastic surgeons. However, many breast surgeons have training and experience in more complex breast surgery procedures such as breast reduction, breast lift and reconstruction which they can incorporate into the surgical management of breast problems such as breast cancer. The term “Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon” is sometimes used to describe Breast Surgeons with this skillset.
The purpose of the ABDR is to identify and report on possible trends and complications associated with breast device surgery; to track the long-term safety and performance of implantable breast devices; and to identify best surgical practice and optimal patient health outcomes.
BreastSurgANZ, together with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons, the Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration and Medical Technology Association of Australia are all key stakeholders of the ABDR.
BCNA is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. For the past 22 years, BCNA have worked tirelessly to ensure that all Australians who are affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.
BCNA is committed to this legacy, and are excited by the opportunities that digital innovation, emerging medical research, and leading practice offer to deliver better information and support, connection and voice for people affected by breast cancer.
Cancer Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia aims to reduce the impact of cancer, address disparities and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by leading and coordinating national, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care.
Cancer Australia works collaboratively and liaises with a wide range of groups, including those affected by cancer, key stakeholders and service providers with an interest in cancer control. The agency also focuses on populations who experience poorer health outcomes, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in rural and remote Australia.
As the lead national cancer control agency, Cancer Australia also makes recommendations to the Australian Government about cancer policy and priorities.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding world-class, game-changing breast cancer research. 8 women lose their life every day to breast cancer.
The Australasian Society for Breast Disease (ASBD) is a multidisciplinary society for health professionals with an interest in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research aspects of breast disease.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is the country’s foremost breast cancer education and awareness organisation.
The Foundation actively promotes breast awareness and early detection to all women and men; helping to break down the barriers that stop every eligible woman getting her mammogram; and by actively encouraging the development and testing of new technologies for early detection.
By funding the latest technologies and equipment for our hospitals, BCFNZ ensure Kiwis have access to new treatments as early as possible, with trained doctors and nurses to use them. The Foundation supports clinical trials, actively lobby for wider access to trials of new drugs and continue to urge the government to introduce powerful new drugs faster. Funding supports world-class Kiwi researchers to develop new treatments, including a vaccine that could prevent cancers spreading beyond the breast.
The Foundation also actively supporting patients recovering from treatment and those living long term with breast cancer, to improve their quality of life and extend survival.
General Surgeons Australia (GSA) is the specialist Society representing General Surgeons in Australia with a vision to maintain Specialist General Surgery as a respected, prestigious and rewarding surgical career and to meet the surgical needs of patients in Australia.
The key function of GSA is to ensure the provision of high quality, comprehensive Specialist General Surgical services, including emergency and planned services, to the Australian community. We achieve this through the promotion of specialist training, continuing medical education, research, advocacy, and audit for our Members.
The New Zealand Association of General Surgeons is a membership based organisation of general surgeons throughout New Zealand. The principal functions of the Association are to represent the broad and collective interests of general surgeons particularly in the areas of vocational training, continuing professional development, workforce planning as well as acting as the interface between general surgeons, Government and components of the health sector generally.
NZAGS promotes and supports education and training programs that produce Specialist General Surgeons of the highest professional standard including assuming responsibility for Specialist General Surgical training, to the level of Fellowship of RACS.