PSC 2017


Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), with the participation of the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (AFPS)  is pleased to invite you to attend the Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) from 1 – 4 June 2017 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.

PSC brings together the best in contemporary scientific and medical education from around Australia and the world. Participate in high quality presentations and networking events with colleagues, peers and .opinion leaders.

Darrell Perkins
Convenor, Plastic Surgery Congress 2017

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts opens - Learn more 5 September 2016
Registration opens - Click here to register 5 September 2016
Call for Abstracts closes 3 February 2017
Notification to Authors 24 February 2017
Plastic Surgery Congress 2017 1-4 June 2017

Local Organising Committee

Darrell Perkins, Convenor PSC 2017
Cameron Mackay, Education Committee Chair ASPS

Plastic Surgery Conference 2017 Secretariat

Waldron Smith Management

119 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia

T +61 3 9645 6311 F +61 3 9645 6322


  • General Information

    General Information

    Weather in Winter

    Average daily temperature 21°C

    Some tips from the Locals

    • You can get sunburnt even on cloudy days – wear sun protection year round.

    • While casual is the Gold Coast norm, some golf courses have dress codes so check when booking.

    • Gentlemen may need a jacket when fine dining, or enjoying a sophisticated evening at a club or restaurant.

    • Hinterland areas may be cooler and wetter. Take a jacket just in case and wear comfortable walking shoes.

    • Pack swim wear year round.

    • Climate and dress code

    • Include average day and evening temperatures for the time of year of the Congress.

    • Include dress code for the Congress and social events.


    Delegates are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel and health insurance. Delegate registration fees do not provide any such insurance coverage. The Organising Committee and the Congress Office accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.


    The official language of the Congress is English.

    Name badges

    Your official Congress name badge must be worn at all times, as it is your entry to all sessions and functions. Entry to anyone not wearing their name badge will be refused.

    People with Special Needs

    Every effort is made to ensure people with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, please include a notation with your registration form to enable us to make your stay pleasant and comfortable.


    The PSC 2017 Congress including the Congress Organisers will not accept liability for the damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons for loss or damage to their personal property as a result of PSC 2017 Congress and exhibition or related events.

    Privacy Statement

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  • Program Highlights


    Following are some of the highlights of the PSC 2017.

    Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma of the breast (Thursday)

    This will be a state of knowledge master class on all aspects of ALCL of the breast including pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, oncology and management. It will be presented by a world leading panel including Anand Deva (Sydney), Mark Magnusson (Toowoomba), Miles Prince (Haematologist Melbourne) and Rod Cooter (Adelaide).


    Melanoma Masterclass

    This will be presented largely by members and associates of the Queensland Melanoma Unit. It will cover the most up to date knowledge on all aspects of the management of melanoma including surgery, indications for SNB, confocal microscopy, lymph node ultrasound, radiotherapy and chemo and immune therapy.


    Free Paper Sessions

    There will be 4 to 5 free paper sessions in the program, as well as extensive E-poster facility available. Invitations are currently open for abstracts to be submitted for consideration of inclusion. All subfields of the greater topic of Plastic Surgery will be considered including basic science, reconstruction, CMF, paediatric plastic surgery, hands, burns, aesthetics etc.


    Wound Management Forum (Friday and Saturday)

    Following the incredibly successful inaugural WMF run at PSC 2013, the Plastic Surgery Foundation will again run an extensive program over 2 days covering all aspects of wound management. This forum will suitable for everyone with an interest in wounds and healing including Plastic Surgeons, Burn Surgeons, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Plastic Surgery Unit Nurses, Practice Nurses and Community Nurses.


    One Day Hand Surgery Program (Saturday)

    This will be suitable to both Plastic and Orthopaedic based hand Surgeons. It will be a one day program covering selected topics. Dr Mike Ruettermann, who is on the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Hand Surgery, will be actively involved in the presentations. One of his main interests is peripheral nerve surgery including endoscopic cubital tunnel and endoscopy of the soft tissues of the hand and forearm.


    Dr Peter Rubin - Science of Fat Grafting and Adipose Stem Cells (Thursday)

    Dr Rubin is the UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Bioengineering University of Pittsburgh. He is the immediate past President of IFATS. Apart from being a busy clinician, Professor Rubin heads up an extensive laboratory unit that investigates the science of fat grafting and adipose stems cells to distinguish what of our practices are “voodoo rituals”, and how techniques can be modified to improve clinical outcomes. Professor Rubin is a world leader in this research, and this definitive class should not be missed by reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons alike.


    Dr Steven Jacobson (Mayo Clinic)

    Steven has become one of the most requested breast plastic surgery speakers in the USA. He recently gave 7 talks at the famed Santa Fe breast surgery meeting and was judged by Garry Buckland to have given the best presentations at the BC3, Breast Cancer Coordinated Meeting in Washington this year. He will present evolving innovative approaches to breast reconstruction including prepectoral DTI with wrapping of the prosthesis in ADM.

    His topics will include: Overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of excellence; Evolution of implant based breast reconstruction; Fluorescence imaging; Minimally invasive breast reconstruction in the obese; Direct to implant single stage immediate breast reconstruction; Pre pectoral approach using implants for IBR; Radiation and implant based breast reconstruction – is ADM protective?; and Treating animation deformities in patients with breast implants.


    Dr Bryan Mendelson

    Bryan of course requires no introduction, anywhere in the world of facial aesthetic surgery. He will impart his vast knowledge of anatomy applied to facial rejuvenation including meloplasty, eyelid and midface surgery, browlift and facial volumisation with hydoxyappatite.


    Prof Nichola Rumsey (UWE Bristol)

    Professor Rumsey is the founder of the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE, Bristol. Nichola Rumsey has built an international reputation for her research in this field. She was British Psychological Society Consultant to the UK Dept of Health 2004-2010, is an Honorary Life Member of the South African Burns Society, and an Honorary Life Member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).  Her current projects include establishing the psychosocial needs of people who are distressed by their appearance and developing interventions to meet these needs; interventions to promote positive societal attitudes towards diversity in appearance; screening and follow-up of patients seeking cosmetic surgery.  She has published widely in the field. Her area of expertise is quality of life in people with appearance related concerns; the psychosocial needs of burn injured patients; the provision of care for patients with disfiguring conditions; the psychological consequences of whole face transplantation. Her presentation is sponsored by the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery.


    Dr Steven Fagien (Florida, USA)

    Dr Fagien is one of the foremost oculoplastic surgeons in the USA. His practice covers reconstruction as well as his main passion of aesthetic eyelid plastic surgery. His reputation has been built on challenging traditional techniques, and developing cutting edge advances.

    Dr Fagien has extensive experience with facial injectables and will share his clinical experience with Belkyra for fat dissolution and treatment of “double chin”. He has authored over 300 publications in peer reviewed journals, and penned his own best selling textbook on “Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery”. He has made over 1000 presentations on his techniques and best practices to surgeons globally. Dr Fagien will provide a definitive tour de force of oculoplastic surgery techniques and the use of Belkyra.


  • Workshops and Forums

    Allergan Injectable Workshop

    Dates:                   Wednesday 31 May 2017

    Times:                  1300 – 1700 hrs

    Location:             Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Cost:                     Included in all full Congress registrations (registration required)


    The Total Face Approach: The importance of the Cosmetic Consultation and Treatment Planning in improving cosmetic outcomes

    Total Face Assessment and Consultation; patient education, treatment planning, and the art of the Cosmetic Consultation.

    A hands on workshop with Allergan’s Juvederm® range, focusing on facial assessment, treatment planning and injecting technique.

    Space is limited and registration is required to this workshop.


    AirXpanders Breakfast Session

    Dates:                   Friday 2 June 2017

    Times:                  0700 - 0800

    Location               Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Cost:                      Included in all full Congress registrations


    AeroForm: Australian Trial Results of the New V3.0 Device

    An interactive panel presentation by Australia’s most experienced users of the AeroForm Breast Tissue Expander System on their experience and results with the next generation of this novel device.


    Dorevitch Pathology Breakfast Session

    Dates:                   Friday 2 June 2017

    Times:                  0700 - 0800

    Location               Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Cost:                      Included in all full Congress registrations


    Dermatopathology for Plastic Surgeons


    Dr Joel Pinczewski

    MD (USA) PhD

    This breakfast session is designed to provide an introduction or refresher course on basic dermatopathology concepts relevant to plastic surgeons. It will include discussion around basic dermatopathology terminology, common benign and malignant non-melanocytic skin tumours and how immunostains are used in their diagnosis, and also benign and malignant melanocytic tumours, including dysplastic naevi and melanoma. Key terms in melanoma synopsis will be discussed and illustrated, including Clark Level, Breslow thickness, lymphovascular invasion and perineural spread. Finally the presentation will cover the use of immunostains in melanoma diagnosis along with a discussion of treatment guidelines.

    Space is limited and registration is required to this session.




    Wound Management Forum

    Dates:                  Friday 2 June – Saturday 3 June 2017

    Times:                  0800 – 1700 hrs

    Location:             Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

    Cost:                    2 Day Registration - $487 (including GST)

                                 1 Day Registration - $350 (inlcuding GST)

    Following the inaugural Wound Management forum run at the PSC 2013, the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery will again run an extensive program covering all aspects of wound management, over 2 days. This forum is suitable for everyone with an interest in wounds and healing including Plastic Surgeons, Burn Surgeons, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Plastic Surgery Unit Nurses, Practice Nurses and Community Nurses.

    Attendees to the Wound Management Forum will receive morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the day(s) of your attendance. 2 Day Wound Management Forum Registrants will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Congress Welcome Reception on Thursday 1 June.

    Attendees may purchase tickets to the Congress Dinner held on Saturday 3 June.


  • International Keynote Speakers

    We are delighted to have the following International Keynote Speakers presenting at the Congress:


    Steven R. Jacobson, MD

    Steven R. Jacobson MD, a former Mayo Clinic consultant, is now a private practice plastic surgeon in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Jacobson earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis. He completed both his general and plastic surgery residencies at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, College of Medicine.

    As a member of the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Priestley Society, Dr. Jacobson has had articles published in multiples journals such as PRS, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, American Journal of Surgery, World Journal of Surgery, The Breast Journal, and Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jacobson has served as a consultant and principal investigator in breast reconstruction studies and he is a frequent presenter at both national and international conferences and symposia.

    Dr. Jacobson currently resides in Rochester, Minnesota with his wife Dyan and their 4 children. He enjoys hockey, boating, wakeboarding, surfing, and other outdoor activities. He is excited to share his passion for breast reconstruction and patient care with all of us.


      J. Peter Rubin, MD

    J. Peter Rubin, M.D. is Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, the UPMC Endowed Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Grinnell College and his M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Medicine.


    Dr. Rubin is well recognized for his surgical skills and innovative solutions to complex reconstructive problems. In addition to his active clinical program, Dr. Rubin directs a basic science research program in the biology of adipose derived stem cells and serves as co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the principal investigator in an NIH funded line of research aimed at developing cell based methods for clinical soft tissue reconstruction after cancer therapy. He directs a related line of research aimed at soft tissue reconstruction for injured military personnel as an investigator for the Department of Defense Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). To facilitate the rapid translation of new technology, he founded the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM) at the University of Pittsburgh.


    Dr. Rubin is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The Presidential Award is the highest honour bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers. It is intended to recognize some of the finest scientists who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. He has served as editor for four textbooks, published over 130 peer reviewed articles, and presented over 300 invited lectures.

    Dr Mike Ruettermann

    Dr. med. Mike Ruettermann is a consultant plastic surgeon at the University Medical Center Groningen/The Netherlands and works in private practice “HPC – Institute for Hand and Plastic Surgery” in Oldenburg/Germany.

    He went to University of Münster Medical School, Germany and to New York University, USA. He completed his residency in plastic surgery in several hospitals in Germany and did a fellowship in reconstructive facial plastic surgery at the “Fachklinik Hornheide” in Münster, Germany as well as an aesthetic fellowship in South Africa.

    Before becoming a consultant in Groningen, The Netherlands, he was vice-chairman of the department for “Plastic and Hand Surgery/ Burn Center” in Gelsenkirchen in Germany, where he earlier had completed his subspecialisation in hand surgery.

    His clinical interests are paediatric plastic surgery, mainly cleft surgery, including speech improving surgery and congenital hand surgery, functional and aesthetic rhinoplasty as well as nose reconstruction, hand/wrist and peripheral nerve surgery as well as reconstructive microsurgery.

    His research interests are cleft treatment and outcomes, peripheral nerves, especially minimal invasive treatments and diagnostics/regeneration and wound treatment/healing.

    Dr. Ruettermann is a member of multiple national and international societies for plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery as well as cleft and craniofacial surgery and rhinoplasty. He is an editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume).

  • Sponsors

    The Plastic Surgery Congress 2017 (PSC 2017) Organising Committee would like to thank the following organisations who, at the time of publication, have given their support:


    Platinum Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

    Congress App Sponsor

    Breakfast Session Sponsors


    PSC 2017 is proudly hosted by:


    PSC 2017 is proudly supported by:


  • Registration

    Registration for the Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) 2017 is open and suitable for Plastic Surgeons, FRACS Accredited Surgeons, Doctors in training with hospital positions, Research Fellows, SET Trainees & Residents and Senior Practice Managers of ASPS Members. Don't miss out!

    Congress Sessions and Exhibition:

    Congress Day



    Day 1

    Thursday 1 June 2017

    0830 – 1730

    Day 2

    Friday 2 June 2017

    0830 – 1730

    Day 3

    Saturday 3 June 2017

    0830 – 1730

    Day 4

    Sunday 4 June 2017

    0830 – 1300




    Welcome Reception

    Thursday 1 June 2017

    1730 – 1930

    Congress Dinner

    Friday 2 June 2017

    1930 – 2200

    * Please note that times are subject to change.


    click here to view registration brochure



  • Sponsorship and Exhibition

    Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), with the participation of the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery Limited (AFPS) invite you to sponsor,  exhibit or a combination of both at the Plastic Surgery Congress (PSC) in 2017.

    The Exhibition will be open from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th June 2017 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), Queensland, Australia. 

    PSC 2017 returns with high quality content and presentations of world’s best practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is designed to facilitate extensive networking with workshops, three and a half days of medical education and networking  social functions. 

    The trade exhibition will be an integral part of PSC 2017, with catering served in this area during each refreshment break. The Welcome Reception on Thursday 1st June will be hosted in the exhibition hall to maximise exposure to delegates.  Trade exhibition will feature leading companies that provide products and services to specialist plastic surgeons, related specialties  and allied health professionals.

    With a number of excellent sponsorship and exhibition packages available, PSC presents your business with an unique opportunity to build upon existing relationships or gain further exposure to a highly targeted audience.

    To make an application for sponsorship or exhibition, please complete the online application form.  Subject to the organising committee’s approval, upon receipt of the application, a confirmation email will be forwarded to you by the Congress Office together with an invoice for 50% payment within 14 days of receipt of the tax invoice. The balance of payment is required by 28 February 2017.


  • Accommodation

    WALDRONSMITH Management has arranged special rates at a number of hotels within close proximity of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) for PSC 2017.

    This includes:


    Walking Distance to GCCEC (approx.)

    Jupiters Gold Coast (5 stars)

    500m - Time: 7min via an elevated walkway

    Sofitel Gold Coast (5 stars)

    300m - Time: 4min

    Peppers Broadbeach (5 stars)

    550m - Time: 7min

    Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise (4 stars)

    1.3km - Time: 15min

    Mantra Sierra Grand (4 stars)

    850m - Time: 11min

    Mantra Broadbeach on the Park (4 stars)

    280M - Time: 4min

  • Key Dates
    Call for Abstracts opens 5 September 2016
    Registration opens 5 September 2016
    Call for Abstracts closes 3 February 2017
    Early Bird Registration closes 3 February 2017
    Notificatoin to Authors 24 February 2017
    Plastic Surgery Congress 2017 1-4 June 2017


  • Call for Abstracts


    Call for Abstracts


    The Plastic Surgery Congress 2017 (PSC 2017) Scientific Committee invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the program. Both research and clinical abstracts will be considered.


    Submission deadline: Friday 3 February 2017


    Click to download the Call for Abstracts Brochure

    Click for full details



    By submitting an abstract for the Plastic Surgery Congress 2017 (PSC 2017) you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

    (i) I take full responsibility for the content of my abstract and presentation.

    (ii) I understand that any case studies in the content of my abstract and presentation should not identify any patient details and consent is already obtained from my patient to use their information for educational purposes.

    (iii) I understand that my submission, as displayed on the "Your Submissions" page, reflects the data and material that is held in the PSC 2017 Secretariat database. I acknowledge that I have checked this page for accuracy and I am satisfied with the information contained therein.

    (iv) I confirm that I have successfully viewed and checked my submitted abstract(s)..

    (v) I understand that, while I retain ownership of copyright of my presentation, the PSC 2017 Secretariat and the PSC 2017 may publish my abstract including any biographical and bibliographical information, provided by me in the final program, media releases, and on the PSC 2017 Website.

    (vi) I have permission from all the authors listed on the "Your Submissions" page to submit this abstract for consideration by the Organising Committee. This abstract has not been accepted for publication elsewhere. This abstract has not been presented at another conference.

    (vii) I give permission for my/our abstract to be published in the programme handbook.

    (viii) I understand I should not use my presentation as means of selling my organisations' products or services.

    (ix) I undertake to provide all required items to the PSC 2017 Secretariat by the appropriate deadline.

    (x) I understand that submission of my abstract does not guarantee acceptance by the Organising Committee.

    (xi) I understand that accepted abstracts must be confirmed with a completed registration via the PSC 2017 website at

    (xiii) I understand that authors are responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodation and travel visas to attend the Congress. Visit for more information.

    (xii) I understand that the Organising Committee reserves the right to withdraw any abstract from the programme and refund any associated registration fees without reason and without warning.

    (xiv) All documents, memoranda, notes and records relating to the Meeting produced by either Waldron Smith Management, its agents, the staff or representatives of the PSC 2017 are and remain the property of the PSC 2017.







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