Memberships

Choosing your surgeon can be an overwhelming experience, so it is important to understand a surgeon's credentials prior to undergoing any procedure.

Currently in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons, on the other hand, have extensive surgical education and training including a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.

All surgical procedures carry risk, but you can reduce the risk of complication by consulting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is trained, qualified and accredited to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. The initials FRACS in your surgeon's credentials indicate that he or she has completed extensive surgical training with the Royal Austalasian College of Surgeons.

All Form & Function Clinic surgeons hold FRACS qualifications and active membership with the following organisations:

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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), formed in 1927, is a non-profit organisation training surgeons and maintaining surgical standards in Australia and New Zealand. The College's purpose is to be the unifying force for surgery in Australia and New Zealand, with FRACS standing for excellence in surgical care.

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Founded in 1970, the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons Inc (ASPS) is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons (both reconstructive and cosmetic) in Australia. Their role is to protect the integrity of plastic surgery as a specialty and to provide the highest quality Plastic Surgery care to all Australians by:

  • Administering the AMC accredited Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program for all Specialist Plastic Surgeons
  • Upholding ethical and professional standards
  • Promoting public education about reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures

Membership criteria are stringent. All ASPS members hold a specialist qualification from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) which is the only College for specialist surgical training accredited by both Australian and New Zealand Governments through the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC), respectively. Members of ASPS have undertaken a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, including at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training, and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).

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ASAPS (Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) is a combined Australian Specialist Plastic Surgery and New Zealand Society whose primary function is the promotion of excellence in Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery.

Its members are all:

  • Specialist Plastic Surgeons
  • Registered in either New Zealand or Australia with their respective medical boards as Specialists in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Members of their respective countries Specialist Plastic Surgical Societies – either ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons or NZAPS – New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Maintaining a specialist interest in Cosmetic Surgery