Specialist Plastic Surgeons are trained to restore, rebuild and transform the lives of patients affected by injury, birth anomalies, cancers and other diseases.

Specialist Plastic Surgery includes reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and procedures.

The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery uses an evidence-based approach and works closely with its partners and stakeholders to develop and implement its programs. 

Our programs aim to make a real difference to people’s lives.

The right procedure, for the right patient, at the right time can be transformative. However, there are an increasing number of people striving to meet unattainable beauty ideals.

The Foundation’s Body Image Program recognises psychological processes play a part in all stages of surgery, from the motivation to seek treatment, to satisfaction with results.

Research reveals that psychological conditions influence a patient’s expectation of the process and outcomes of appearance altering surgery, and the presence of psychological vulnerabilities increases the risk for poor psychological outcomes post-operatively.

The Foundation is proud to deliver the Remote Wound Program to remote communities in Australia.

The Program successfully trains remote area health workers through a combination of face-to-face workshops and lectures to improve their capacity to better assess and manage wounds.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons are soft tissue experts and remote health workers can benefit from their specialist expertise in the basic surgical principles of wound care. Similarly, Specialist Plastic Surgeons gain a greater understanding of traditional and local approaches to wounds.

Education, Research and Innovation

The Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery strives to advance excellence, integrity and safety in plastic and reconstructive surgery. We have achieved this by funding targeted, innovative and catalytic initiatives that can be taken to scale:

  • To promote patient safety in plastic surgery in Australasia.
  • To promote integrity in the practice and delivery of plastic surgery services in Australasia.
  • To support curriculum development for life-long learning for health professionals.

 Innovation, continuing professional education, training and scientific research delivers direct benefit to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialty and, in turn, to the local, national and global community.