Welcome to BreastSurgANZ
It is an honour to be elected President of BreastSurgANZ, the peak body representing breast surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.
The Society’s principal purpose is simply to provide high quality patient care. We proudly recognise the longstanding efforts of the Society and its surgical leaders to ensure that our breast surgeons are achieving high standards. We will continually strive for improvements to the quality care of our patients and for best practice breast surgery outcomes.
We are achieving this on multiple fronts:
- Post Fellowship Training (PFT): providing a centralised accredited training program, we are developing surgeons who will complete our PFT program with a comprehensive knowledge of breast surgery. This two year program is complimented by multiple education courses offered by the Society – including a PFT Trainees Day, and Level 1 and 2 Oncoplastic workshops. The training program is now offered in over thirty participating Hospitals throughout Australia and New Zealand and is producing well trained and experienced breast surgeons. We have also collaborated on curriculum development with Sydney University, who offer a quality graduate certificate and Masters option to educate the next generation of breast surgeons.
- Upskilling of existing Membership: creating access to educational networks, mentorship and developing surgical techniques. This has been achieved through the annual RACS ASC meetings and Oncoplastic workshops that the Society coordinates, together with the Society’s involvement in leading breast conferences, and keeping our members updated with educational information.
- Improving patient care through membership participation in the Breast Quality Audit (BQA). This is a core component of BreastSurgANZ Membership. Our Council is committed to the continual evolution of this quality assurance program to maintain and enhance its relevance moving forward, and to ensure the Society brings all our breast surgeons together to maintain common professional standards.
- Advocacy is a key component of our Society and we are here to fight for and on behalf of the patient. We debate, influence and develop policy for the benefit of patients, and we collaborate, facilitate and advocate for patient access to quality health services. This includes relationships and communication with key bodies including Cancer Australia, BCNA, ABDR, Hospitals, the TGA and Government.
With the great support of our dynamic Executive including Vice President Kylie Snook and Treasurer Robert Whitfield, together with my fellow Councillors Dr Ben Green, Dr Melissa Bochner, Dr Caroline Baker and A/Prof Sanjay Warrier, we hope to build on the strong foundation that has been laid by previous Committees and to improve the opportunities for members and evolve our training and professional standards within the diverse needs of our membership and the community.
Miss Melanie Walker, MBBS (HONS) FRACS