Australian Breast Device Registry

Academic Lead:Professor Susannah Ahern
Head, Clinical Outcomes Data Reporting and Research Program
Clinical Leads:
  • Associate Professor Dr Gillian Farrell, representing the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Mr Patrick Tansley, representing the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (ACCSM)
  • Miss Melanie Walker, representing Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ)
Registry Contact: Email:
Phone: +61 3 9903 0105
Purpose / Aims: The ABDR is a clinical quality registry designed to monitor the performance of breast implants and breast tissue expanders, and the quality and safety of breast device related surgery. It tracks the outcomes and quality of all breast device surgery performed across Australia. It will report progressively on the long term performance of implanted devices with the aim of improving patient safety.
Population Captured: A pilot population-based registry was established in 2011. In 2015, the registry was rolled out to all breast device implanting sites nationwide. It will benchmark best surgical practice and report progressively on the long term performance of implanted breast devices with the aim to improve patient health outcomes by monitoring the safety and quality of breast implants.
Outcomes Collected:
  • Time to revision
  • Postoperative complications (e.g. capsular contracture, infection)
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures (at follow-up)
  • Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma
Funding Source: Commonwealth Government (as represented by Department of Health)