REGISTERED WITH MBA AND MCNZ
ASAPS members are on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons maintained by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). You can always check whether a surgeon is on the Specialist Register by contacting either of these registration bodies.
In Australia, a surgeon is understood to indicate a person with substantial surgical training in addition to their basic medical degree. Yet, it is legal for medical graduates to call themselves Cosmetic Surgeons. Some of these self-described Cosmetic Surgeons include individuals who have failed their GP exams and hold only elementary medical degrees.
Compare this to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who undergoes an additional eight to 12 years of surgical training in addition to their basic medical degree and the situation looks scary. This deliberate lowering of cosmetic surgery standards, can and has, resulted in devastating complications and also taken the lives of innocent victims.
It is important for people to be aware that the mandatory qualifications for Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand is to be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). The letters FRACS represent more than a surgical qualification, it assures the patient that their surgeon is trained to the highest standards and offers a guarantee of surgical safety.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is the only body recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to train Surgeons in Australia. The AMC is an Independent national standards body for medical education and training and the AMC’s purpose is to ensure that the standards of education, training and assessment of the medical profession promote and protect the health of the Australian Community.