FACT: it is legal for doctors without formal specialist surgical training to conduct cosmetic or plastic surgery
Currently, in Australia, it is legal for a medical practitioner with only a basic medical degree (i.e.
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) to perform surgery.
ASPS members are Specialist Plastic Surgeons with extensive post graduate specialist training
in all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
ASPS members are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and have
undergone extensive training to perform invasive surgical procedures. The Australian Medical
Council (AMC) accredits the post-graduate five-year specialist training program delivered by the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
To check whether your doctor or surgeon has an AMC accredited specialist plastic surgery
qualification, call the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on 1300 367 446 or