Founded in 1970, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the topmost body for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons. All surgeons whom are members of ASPS hold a specialist qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) which we have mentioned many times when featuring our list of Australian Plastic Surgeons. Members of ASPS must also hold a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education including 5 years of specialist post-graduate training and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. ASPS is in place for all Australians to receive the highest quality plastic surgery care by upholding and enforcing ethical and professional standards, administrating the AMC accredited Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program for all Specialist Plastic Surgeons and promoting education about plastic surgery procedures to the public.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is defined as procedures that are designed to reshape normal structures of the body so that one’s appearance and self esteem will be improved. The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) motto is “The voice of cosmetic surgery” and is combined with Australian Specialist Plastic Surgery and New Zealand Society whose primary function is the promotion of excellence in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery. The role of ASAPS is to promote, educate, conduct new research, provide information, ensure that Aesthetic Plastic Surgery remains a recognised and respected discipline and develop and encourage the practice of high standards of personal, professional and ethical conduct among members.
The Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery is a not-for-profit fellowship established in 1999 for not only plastic surgeons but a multitude of disciplines including dermatologists, maxillofacial surgeons, ophthalmologists, cosmetic surgeons, ear nose and throat surgeons, doctors, plastic surgeons and other health professionals that perform and practice cosmetic surgery on women and men. Cosmetic surgery is different from plastic surgery as it is defined as enhancing certain physical features of the body for aesthetic appeal and can be performed by a variety of different doctors. Plastic surgery on the other hand is defined as a procedure that focuses on repairing and reconstructing abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumours or disease.
ACCS’s primary goal as a college is to ensure the safe provision of cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgical procedures to the Australian general community through the supply of appropriately trained and certified health care practitioners. To become an ACCS Fellow (FACCS), doctors must typically complete a minimum of 12 years of medical and surgical education and training.
The International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery was founded in 1970. The ISAPS charter that was signed at the United Nations and memberships includes over 2,400 of the world’s best known and respected reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons in 95 countries on every continent reflecting the true international mission of the organization. The mission of the organization is to provide the best education to its members in new procedures, techniques and options in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ISAPS surgeons are members of their national societies of plastic surgery and in this regard, ISAPS serves as an important bridge among many different professional societies and organizations in every different country.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is part of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging and is the regulatory authority for Australia’s therapeutic goods. Their responsibility is to make sure that the therapeutic goods available in Australia are of an acceptable standard. Therapeutic goods include everything from sunscreens, medicines, medical devices, prescription medicines, blood, blood products, vaccines and implants. A complete list of therapeutic goods can be found here.