How can I find out if my surgeon is properly
RACS certified surgeons can be found through the RACS Find a Surgeon directory
(note this doesn't include all surgeons). Qualified specialist
surgeons are also listed by the Medical
Board of Australia and the Medical Council of New Zealand, and can be
located on their websites.
You are encouraged to ask for your surgeon's qualifications, and
if in doubt contact the relevant regulatory authority.
What are the usual qualifications for a
All surgeons must first qualify as doctors, so they will have a
university medical degree.
On passing the exam and assessment of clinical experience, they
are admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons (FRACS), and can use the post nominal FRACS.
What do the letters after a surgeon's name
FRACS: Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The
letters FRACS after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's
education and training, professional qualifications, and surgical
competence have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found
to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded
by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, of which the surgeon
is a current Fellow, and recognised by the regulatory authorities
as a specialist.
How do I find a surgeon?
The RACS website has a Find a Surgeon
directory. This is a listing of Fellows of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons (FRACS) who meet the requirements of the
College's CPD program and have opted to be included on the list.
Note this does not include all surgeons.
The main thing to keep in mind is that RACS surgeons are highly
trained and qualified to perform surgery in Australia and New
Zealand. A RACS surgeon can be identified by the letters FRACS.
Is my doctor qualified to be called a "Specialist
The benchmark qualification for a trained plastic and
reconstructive surgeon in New Zealand and Australia is a FRACS in
Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. In Australia, the Medical
Board of Australia states that the "Specialist Plastic Surgeon"
title can only be used by a Fellow of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons (FRACS) trained in Plastic and Reconstructive
In New Zealand, the title "Plastic Surgeon" can only be used by
a surgeon who has been granted vocational registration in Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery by the Medical Council of New
For more information visit the Australian
Society of Plastic Surgeons or New Zealand
Association of Plastic Surgeons websites.
What do I do if I have a complaint about a
If you have any complaints or concerns about a surgeon you can
raise this directly with the surgeon or the hospital or you can
contact the relevant authority in Australia or New Zealand.
Australia Health Practitioner Regulation
Medical Council of New Zealand
The Health and
Disability Commissioner, New Zealand
RACS also has a formal process for lodging complaints about RACS
Fellows who may have breached the RACS Code of Conduct. If you
would like to make a complaint please consult RACS
If you need help to complete the form please contact the Manager
Complaints Resolution on 1800 892 491 (Australia) or 0800 787 470