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Medicare Item Number Changes from 1 November

From 1 November 2018, some Medicare item numbers changed for plastic surgery procedures, as the Australian Government wishes to ensure Medicare item numbers are only used for patients’ functional needs and not for ‘cosmetic’ purposes. Included in these changes are: Adjustments to some Medicare rebates and health fund coverage Cessation of some item numbers Stricter… Read more »

Medical Advertising Overhaul Needed to Protect Patients

Featured on ABC’s Four Corners program recently was an insight by Journalist Louise Milligan into the misleading advertising practices of Cosmetic Surgeons in Australia, from the lure of glamorous posts on social media like Instagram and YouTube, to the widespread misrepresentation of doctors claiming to be Plastic Surgeons. The story included interviews with Associate Professor… Read more »

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Breast Implants – Safety Update May 2018

An update on the safety of breast implants has recently been reported in the media, regarding a rare incidence of breast implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Read further information here…

The Meaning Behind the Title Specialist Plastic Surgeon Explained

Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons | 26 July 2018 A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Surgeon who has a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [FRACS (Plast)]. The distinction ‘FRACS’ however represents more than a Surgical Qualification, it assures the public that the Surgeon is trained to… Read more »

Plastic Surgeons Notice a Surge in Cosmetic Surgery Complications

Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons | 19 July 2018 Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever, but with the rise in popularity has also been a rise in complications. Dr Naveen Somia, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Vice President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons explains why. Millions of dollars each year are… Read more »

Breast Implant Illness – fact or fiction?

Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons | 13 July 2018 You may have heard the term ‘breast implant illness’ and wondered how prevalent it is writes Associate Professor Mark Magnusson, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and President of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. However, the term is not well defined and tends to be a… Read more »