Welcome to BreastSurgANZ
It is an honour to be elected President of BreastSurgANZ, the chief 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.
How are we doing this? We are achieving this through multiple fronts:
- The first is the training we are offering to our fellows. By providing a centralised accredited training program, we can develop a surgeon who at the end of the training program has comprehensive knowledge of breast surgery. The Society’s two year ‘apprenticeship’ model of Post-Fellowship training is complimented by multiple education courses offered by the Society – including a 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 well educate the next generation of surgeons.
- Our second focus is trying to upskill our existing membership so that they have access to educational networks, mentorship and developing techniques. This has been achieved through the annual college meetings and Oncoplastic workshops that the Society coordinates, involvement in leading breast conferences, and keeping our members updated with educational information.
- Another way the Society improves patient care is through our membership participating in the Breast Quality Audit. This is a key membership component of BreastSurgANZ and we will continue to evolve the quality assurance program and maintain its relevance moving forward, and ensure the Society brings all our breast surgeons together to develop and maintain common professional standards.
- Advocacy is a key component of our Society and we are here to fight for 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.
During our time in leadership it is my hope, with the great support of the other members of our dynamic Executive (Vice President Melanie Walker, Treasurer Robert Whitfield) and our Council (Dr Ben Green, Dr Melissa Bochner, Dr Caroline Baker and Dr Kylie Snook), to build on the strong platform that has been laid by previous Committees to improve the opportunities for members and evolve our training and professional standards within the diverse needs of our membership and the community.
Kind regards, Sanjay
Associate Professor Sanjay Warrier