Thursday, 24 November 2016

SPHPM's Australian Breast Device Registry reaches 10,000 enrolled patients

One of SPHPM’s newest clinical quality registries has reached an important milestone, enrolling 10,000 patients into a national database that tracks the safety of implantable breast devices.

The landmark Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) monitors device performance, patient health outcomes and the quality of the surgery involving breast implants, breast tissue expanders and acellular dermal mesh.


Breast devices are commonly used for breast augmentation, breast reconstruction and to correct congenital deformities.

Head of Drug and Device Registries, Dr Ingrid Hopper credited the milestone to her team’s hard work and the importance surgeons and nurses place on long-term patient safety and best practice.

“This is an impressive milestone for a relatively new clinical quality registry and testament to the commitment of surgeons to optimal patient outcomes.

“We are in the enviable position to be the only registry in the world that has the full support of all three craft groups performing breast device surgery in Australia: plastic and reconstructive surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and general breast surgeons.”

Almost 300 surgeons across Australia forward device and surgery details to the ABDR on behalf of their patients.

Dr Hopper said less than 1 per cent of patients opt out of participating in the ABDR.

“One of the benefits of the ABDR for patients is the reassurance that the safety of their breast device is being monitored and that they can be contacted in the event of a warning or product recall. For cancer patients who have undergone breast reconstructive surgery, this is one less thing they have to think about.”

An estimated 10,000-20,000 Australian women annually are thought to receive implantable breast devices.

More surgeons are expected to contribute to the ABDR as the registry continues to be rolled-out nationally.

The ABDR was established and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health in response to the PIP breast implant crisis in 2010. It is supported by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) and the Breast Surgeons of Australian & New Zealand Inc. (BreastSurgANZ).

To be involved in the ABDR ring (03) 9903 0205 or visit www.abdr.org.au.

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