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It is with a great deal of excitement that I ask you to mark your calendars and clear your diaries for this year’s Annual ASAPS Conference. This will be the 38th Annual Meeting or our Society and we will be gathering at the Sydney Hilton between the 22nd and 25th of October.

The 38th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery will be held at the Hilton Sydney, 22-25 October 2015. 

Sydney is Australia’s largest and one of our most famous cities. It is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquility of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone. It has a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination. Be prepared to love every second of your time in Sydney.  


This meeting will be different from 2014. In Hobart there was a strong business focus. In 2015 year we will work with the strengths of our keynotes, Dr James Grotting, Dr Joseph Hunstad and Dr Michael Edwards. We will discuss body-contouring, breast and facial plastic surgery. We look forward to enhancing the program again with substantial local content. 

The feel

We will once again have an adult and business feel to the conference. Expect luxurious and exciting social functions that are out of the ordinary. The Production House Events will again coordinate the meeting with Suzane Ali and we have all come to expect outstanding events and seamless organisation associated with this combination. 

The plenaries

The clinical sessions will include a return to increased local content and a strong practice management element. 

Local contributions

There is a vast amount of experience and knowledge hidden within our practices. 

I ask all of you to consider bringing your game face and submitting abstracts for presentation. 

There are 2 straightforward formats that can be utilised for those uncertain about how to start presenting: 

1      5 or 10 in a row (10 mins) 

2      Petcha Kutcha. 

After an entertaining and dynamic introduction in Port Douglas and a successful return in Hobart, Petcha Kutcha is back in our Short Talks on Cosmetic Surgery (SToCS) session. 20 slides in 20 second autoforward (6 mins 40 second duration). We can give you more guidance on this presentation technique however these session have become both entertaining and informative. Hold on tight, it moves fast!

I would also ask you to approach me personally if you have a special presentation that won’t fit this format which will potentially enhance the topics our guests are presenting. We are under scrutiny with so many International Guests so lets be Best in Show.

Practice Managers sessions

The practice management sessions will involve time combined with the plenaries and separate sessions specifically designed for your staff. 

This year we are outsourcing elements of the PM program to create a program that is unattainable for most individual clinics. We are creating a highly Professional Development Workshop for your managers in areas such as leadership and sales. There will be other sessions in areas such as Social Media.

Those who attended last year were taken a little unawares by the quality and intensity of the practice management sessions that we delivered for you. Many members were heard to comment wistfully with regards to not bringing their staff to take advantage of the valuable sessions. Don’t be taken by surprise again, we will have some unique offerings for you and an excellent program, so invest in your team and educate your practice staff. 

ISAPS Symposium: Fat Grafting

On the day prior to the meeting, we have successfully partnered with ISAPS to deliver the first ISAPS Symposium at the ASAPS Annual Conference. The focus is fat grafting.

On the 22nd there will be having a full day ISAPS Sponsored Symposium on fat grafting. 4 international experts in the field starting with the history and biology of fat and fat derived stem cells. The course will then move onto the technical aspects of harvest and then the art of use. 

The speakers for the ISAPS Symposium include Kotaro Yoshimura (Japan), Ewa Siolo (South Africa), Raphael Sinna (France) and Nimrod Friedman (Israel). 


Saturday 24 October 2015
The workshop will include topics on aesthetic breast surgery including breast reduction, mastopexy, augmentation and augmentation mastopexy. The focus is directed toward the less experienced surgeon and we will discuss patient selection, mark up for surgery and surgery. Aside from local experts, this will allow small group exposure to some of the international leaders attending our meeting as invited guests. This will be a wonderful opportunity.

Suitable for:

  • Junior Surgeons
  • SET 4 & 5 P&RS Trainees


Sunday 25 October 2015

The workshop will include topics on assessment and treatment planning, theory component on the science behind these unique products, live assessment and treatment of upper facial lines and midface volume deficit.

Suitable for:

  • SET 4 & 5 P&RS Trainees

Scientific Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr Mark Clemens Texas, USA

Mark W. Clemens, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He completed his plastic surgical training at Georgetown University, fulfilled research training programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Harvard Children’s Hospital, and also received advanced training in microvascular reconstructive surgery through a fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Clemens has lectured nationally and internationally and has written more than 45 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters. He was a member of the surgical team that performed the world’s first skull and scalp composite tissue transplantation. Dr. Clemens’ research interests include outcomes and translational research involving microvascular and prosthetic reconstructive surgery of the breast. Dr. Clemens is the MD Anderson site principal investigator for the NIH R01-funded Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium (MROC) Study. He leads a multidisciplinary research team and tissue repository focused on the study of breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BI-ALCL). Dr. Clemens was chosen as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) representative to the RAND corporation in 2014, serves as an ASPS society liaison to the United States Food and Drug Administration, and chairs a subcommittee for ASPS overseeing national research and education efforts for BI-ALCL.

Dr Michael Edwards Nevada, USA

Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS, is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in group practice (Anson, Edwards and Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates) in Las Vegas, Nevada and is dual board-certified in plastic surgery and general surgery.
Dr. Edwards is the Immediate Past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and Immediate Past President of the Clark County Medical Society. Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), where he has served on a number of committees, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), and the Rocky Mountain Society of Plastic Surgery as a past president among others. Dr. Edwards lectures both nationally and internationally on all facets of breast surgery with a particular interest on complex breast revision surgery.

Dr Nimrod Friedman, Israel

Dr. Nimrod Friedman is board certified plastic surgeon and a member of IPRAS, ISPS & ISAPS. His private clinic is based in Tel Aviv, Israel and Dr. Friedman’s main fields of interest are: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Facial Rejuvenation and Body Contouring, both through surgeries, minimally invasive and non-invasive techniques.

Dr. Nimrod Friedman Graduated medical school with honors and distinction and receive several awards for outstanding academic achievements.

Dr. Nimrod Friedman is a consultant and KOL for several international companies and a frequent lecturer at meetings and workshops around the world.

Dr James Grotting Alabama, USA

Dr. James C. Grotting is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the founder of his private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been listed for 21 consecutive years in “ The Best Doctors in America.” He is a director and senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Grotting is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He serves on the Board of Directors and is President-elect for The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), for which he has also served as the Education Commissioner. He is past president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Grotting has been a traveling Professor for both the Plastic Surgery Foundation and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Currently, he is the International Traveling Professor for ASAPS. He is the founder of CosmetAssure, an insurance program that covers unexpected financial exposure for patients from complications in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Grotting serves on numerous editorial boards and is the author of six major textbooks in plastic surgery. He has lectured around the world and published numerous chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in the fields of cosmetic surgery, aesthetic breast surgery, patient safety, and breast reconstruction. He has provided free plastic surgery for children with facial deformities in developing countries, through Operation Smile, since 1987. Dr. Grotting is a private pilot who enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and sailing. He and his wife Ann, have two boys, Jimmy and Ben.

Dr Joseph Hunstad North Carolina, USA

Joseph P. Hunstad, M.D., FACS is the founder of Hunstad Kortesis. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and completed a General Surgery residency at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He completed his Plastic Surgery residency at the Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Center, where he later served as Plastic Surgery Chief Resident for a year. He completed a Fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery at the MECOM Microsurgical Institute in Houston and is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Michigan, and Texas. Dr. Hunstad has been named one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in America by Castle Connolly, among numerous other awards and distinctions.

He is a pioneer in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery, having written a textbook about abdominoplasty techniques, invented surgical tools, and developed a technique called the “Hunstad System” that is widely used in liposuction procedures. Dr. Hunstad has hand-selected and trained Dr. Kortesis and Dr. Augenstein in his innovative techniques so that all surgeons at Hunstad Kortesis are skilled and experienced in these state-of-the-art methods.

Dr Peter Scott, South Africa

Dr Peter Scott is a Board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and has served on the Exco of APRSSA and has been the National Secretary of ISAPS South Africa and is currently Chairman of the National Secretaries for ISAPS and a Board Member. He is also a Member of the Educational Committee and the Membership Committee for ISAPS. In addition to this, he is a member of the European Rhinoplasty Society and is a Past President of the South African Melanoma Advisory Board.

Dr Scott has been a part time consultant in plastic surgery and has been in private practice at the Morningside Mediclinic since 1988. He is a frequent attendee at International meetings and workshops around the world and his aesthetic practice is largely facial plastic surgery concentrating on rhinoplasty, face lift, blepharoplasty and otoplasty but also has a steady stream of patients having breast, abdomen and liposculpture surgery. His reconstructive interests are in melanoma and oculoplastic surgery.

Outside interests include cycling and the paleo-neuropsychology of rock paintings and engravings and both South Africa and Australia share a wealth of research opportunities for these.

Dr Raphael Sinna, France

Professor Raphael Sinna is currently the head of the department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery at the Amiens Picardie University Hospital, France.

He is a French and European board certified Plastic Surgeon. He has several other qualifications, such as forensic medicine and medical expertise, ultrasound techniques, and robotic surgery.

Furthermore he has a PhD degree and is currently following a MBA degree at Paris Dauphine University.

Perforator flaps and microsurgery is his main clinical work. In aesthetic surgery he focuses on breast surgery and body contouring. Concerning fat grafting, he had the honor to work with Emmanuel Delay on lipomodeling and they published together numerous articles on the subject. Since last year he is the secretary of the breast chapter for the French Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr Ewa Siolo, South Africa

Dr Eva Siolo was born in Warsaw & graduated from Medical School over there. She started her postgraduate training at University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Durban in South Africa. She spent 5 years in General Surgery, 5 years in the Burn Unit & received her South African Bachelor Degree in Medicine.

Qualified as Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, she took interest in Craniofacial Surgery & Cleft Surgery. She has vast experience in treating rare Craniofacial deformities such as facial duplication, aglossia, and facial clefts. Over last few years, Dr Siolo took active interest in fat transfer & stem cells research. Her main interest in aesthetic surgery are aging face, liposculpting & fat transfers.

She has been appointed as Honorary Lecturer at University of Kwa Zulu Natal & participates in specialist training being a Councillor for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons College of Medicine of South Africa.

She is the first female Plastic Surgeon qualified from University of Kwa Zulu Natal and first female examiner for Plastic Surgery Fellowship exams in South Africa.

She is a member of numerous professional associations & societie, for example, APRSSA, IFATS, ASPS, ISAPS , ISPRES, ISPRAS. She has been a member of the Education Committee of ISPRAS.

She was recently elected as National Secretary Assistant for ISAPS in South Africa.

Dr Siolo was also awarded dr Peer Traveling Scholarship by ASPS which she is going to use as a preparation for her PhD in field of stem cells & Craniofacial Surgery. She is involved in charity work with Operation Smile & LEAP.

Dr Klaus Ueberreiter, Germany

Dr. Klaus Ueberreiter was born in Berlin/ Germany and studied medicine at the Free University, Berlin. He wrote his thesis about intestinal parasitism including 12 months of field studies in Bolivia. After training in different hospitals of Berlin in general and orthopedic surgery he graduated in general surgery. Thereafter he went to specialized training in Berlin and Hannover University to become both a German and European board certified Plastic Surgeon. 1998 he became head physician of the newly founded Dept. of Plastic Surgery, Asklepios Klinik Birkenerder/ Berlin. Since 2007 he developed the BEAULI method of mega volume fat graft especially for breast reconstruction and augmentation. 1/2012 he founded with two colleagues his own private hospital of Plastic Surgery, the Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/ Berlin, which he is leading now.


Harold Mitchell AC

Harold Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013, was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today, with a growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.

In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts. He has been Chairman of the National Gallery Australia, President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, Director of Deakin Foundation, President of the Museums Board of Victoria and a Board Member of the Opera Australia Council, as well as Chairman of ThoroughVision, Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chairman CARE Australia.

Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of TVS, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney; Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Vice President of Tennis Australia; Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Board Member New York Philharmonic; Non-Executive Director, Crown Limited; Chairman, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Chairman FreeTV Australia and Chairman of Premier’s Job and Investment Panel.

In December 2002 Deakin University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In 2003 he delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media.

In January 2004 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.

On 28 July 2005, he was awarded the Richard Pratt Business Leader Award given by the Australian Business Arts Foundation in recognition of excellence in arts leadership.

Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.

In December 2011 Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University and in 2012 he was inducted into the Adnews Hall of Fame.

Harold was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.

In August 2013 Harold Mitchell was appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Communications Arts, University of Western Sydney.

In December 2014, Melbourne University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

Social Functions

Welcome Reception

Join us at Sydney’s most exclusive event space, The Island – a floating open-air space which fuses European beach club, 5-star service, and an incredible backdrop of the Sydney Harbour.

The Island, Thursday 22 October 2015

6.00pm – 8.30pm

Dress: Smart Casual

Buses from Hilton to Man O War Steps Wharf depart at 5.30pm sharp. Water taxis depart from Man O War Steps Wharf at 6.00pm sharp.

Additional tickets $120 per person

Gala Dinner

Celebrate the 38th Annual ASAPS Conference in style at Zest, Point Piper. Indulge yourself with relaxed luxury and a view that is second to none.

Zest, Point Piper – Saturday 24 October 2015

6.30pm | Buses depart from Hilton Sydney

7.00pm – 11.00pm | Gala Dinner

Dress: Lounge Suit (no tie required)

Additional tickets $250 per person

The Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner are inclusive of your registration fee for the Conference. Please note there will be no reductions in the registration fee if you choose not to attend one or both of these functions. To book additional tickets to the social functions please indicate the number of tickets required when registering.


How to register

This event is in conjunction with the ASAPS Annual Conference. During the registration process for the conference you will be given the opportunity to book for this masterclass.
Registration fee for the masterclass is $275 (this event is not included in the registration fee for the conference). This fee includes the Photography Masterclass lectures, program and materials, as well as dinner

*Places are limited.

Clinical Imaging

Clinical Imaging is a Australian based agency specialising in photographic solutions for effective medical, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery imaging. Clinical Imaging caters for practices of all sizes with tailored photographic hardware, software and training systems.


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31 July 2015 – Abstract submissions deadline
25 August 2015 – Successful authors will be notified out outcome

Submission Guidelines

PowerPoint presentations will be required as slide presentations will not be available.

  • Speakers will be required to bring PowerPoint presentations on CD, or USB stick with them to the conference.
  • Your presentation must be given to the audio visual team 4 hours prior to the session. It is disruptive to be changing computer connections at the lectern.
  • Free papers will be Pecha Kutcha style presentation consisting of 20 slides each on 20 second auto-forward total time 6:40 mins. A series of these talks with a “panel” joint session for questions at the end.
  • These formats are designed to keep the meeting moving, lively and to encourage new members to present without feeling the need to accumulate large numbers before talking. The format will also enforce a concise presentation.
  • Companies that are either sponsoring or exhibiting are limited to one (1) abstract submission. Independent authors do not have a maximum number of submissions allowed.

Abstract Preparation

  • Organise the abstract as follows: State the purpose of the study (preferably one sentence).
  • State the method used.
  • Summarise the results in sufficient detail to support the conclusions.
  • State the conclusions reached. It is not satisfactory to state “The results will be discussed”.

Full Conference Registration Rates Include

  • Conference lectures
  • Conference program and materials
  • Welcome Reception (one ticket)
  • Gala dinner (one ticket)
  • Lunch, and coffee breaks daily

Day Registration Rates Include

  • Conference lectures
  • Conference program and materials
  • Lunch, and coffee breaks per day

NOTE: Registration fee does not include accommodation or extra tickets for the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Full Conference Registration Rates

Registration Category Early Bird Registration (before 22 July 2015) Standard Registration (before 22 August) Late Registration (22 August onwards)
ASAPS / ISAPS Members $850 $1,050 $1,550
Non Members (Must be a Plastic Surgeon) $1,350 $1,550 $2,050
Corresponding Member (Overseas ASAPS Member) $950 $1150 $1,650
Australasian P&RS Trainees/ Associate ASAPS Members $650 $750 $850
Australasian Registered Nurse Practitioner & Practice Managers (Must work with an ASAPS member) $650 $750 $850

Day Registration Rates

Registration Category Early Bird Registration (before 22 July 2015) Standard Registration (before 22 August) Late Registration (22 August onwards)
ASAPS / ISAPS Members $400.00 per day $400.00 per day $600.00 per day
Non Members (Must be a Plastic Surgeon) $600.00 per day $600.00 per day $800.00 per day
Corresponding Member (Overseas ASAPS Member) $450.00 per day $450.00 per day $650.00 per day
Australasian P&RS Trainees/ Associate ASAPS Members $325.00 per day $325.00 per day $525.00 per day
Australasian Registered Nurse Practitioner & Practice Managers (Must work with an ASAPS member) $325.00 per day $325.00 per day $525.00 per day

Cancellation Policy

Important Registration Cancellation Deadlines

Registration cancellations received up to 10 September 2015 will receive a full refund, less $300.00 administration fee. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after 10 September 2015. As an alternative to cancellation, registrations may be transferred to another person (for the same registration category) before 22 September 2015without receiving any extra cost penalty.

All fees are in Australian dollars inclusive of GST.

The members of the ASAPS Council and The Production House Events do not accept any liability for any losses incurred pre, post or during the Conference due to unforeseen cancellation or postponement. In the event of the Conference being cancelled, no refunds will be issued. All available funds will be credited towards a future Conference held by ASAPS.

ISAPS Education Council

This program has been reviewed by the Educational Council and is officially Endorsed by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).  Endorsement is not approval for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. The organizers may at their discretion provide separate CME credit.