Above and beyond our training and professional commitments, all of us at Adelaide Plastic Surgery relate to our patients with the greatest care, consideration and respect. We will never talk you into any treatment or procedure. By the same token, we relish every challenge to deal with whatever life has dealt you.
The surgeons at Adelaide Plastic Surgery are all fully qualified and highly experienced in plastic, reconstructive, laser, trauma and cosmetic surgery. Each is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (see below), and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. We regularly undergo a voluntary audit for re-accreditation by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and accept peer reviews for clinical governance. Some of us have also completed additional training to assess permanent physical impairment for WorkCover and one of our surgeons is eligible to sit on medical panels.
A qualified plastic surgeon is not the same as a cosmetic surgeon. In fact, whilst cosmetic surgery is a useful description for one of our specialties, you may be a little shocked to discover how little the term ‘cosmetic surgeon’ actually means amongst the medical fraternity.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was formed in 1927 as a non-profit organisation to train surgeons and maintain 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 the FRACS suffix signifying excellence in surgical care. To become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a doctor must complete their training as a surgeon, including exams and several clinical placements. They must then sit for the Fellowship exam. If they pass this exam, they will be admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and be able to use the FRACS suffix after their name.
To be admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, each of us made the following commitments:
I pledge always to act in the best interests of my patients, respecting their autonomy and rights.
I undertake to improve my knowledge and skills, evaluate, and reflect on my performance.
I agree to continue learning and teaching for the benefit of my patients, my trainees and my community.
I will be respectful of my colleagues, and readily offer them my assistance and support.
I will abide by the Code of Conduct of this College, and will never allow considerations of financial reward, career advancement, or reputation to compromise my judgment or the care I provide.
I accept the responsibility and challenge of being a surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.