6th of August 2013

Demystifying Medical Qualifications – What is a specialist Plastic Surgeon?

A Specialist Plastic Surgeon is a Commonwealth accredited plastic surgeon, trained and qualified to perform invasive cosmetic and re-constructive surgery in public and private hospitals, and accredited day surgeries.

In Australia, the national Medical Board states that the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by FRACS (Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) approved specialist surgeons in the recognised Speciality of Plastic Surgery.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the peak body for Specialist Plastic Surgeons (both re-constructive and cosmetic). The main role of the society is to protect the integrity of Plastic Surgery as a speciality, with their mission to provide the highest quality plastic surgery care to all Australians.

Common acronyms, suffixes and titles

  • MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. This degree is awarded to medical practitioners upon graduation from university. A doctor with an MBBS holds a basic medical degree.
  • RACS: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. RACS is the only College in Australia that is accredited by the Commonwealth Government to deliver specialist surgical training.
  • FRACS: Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.

The distinction is awarded by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons to specialist surgeons who have completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least 5 years of specialist postgraduate training.


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