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New BreastSurgANZ-Avant partnership to drive improved breast cancer care

20 May 2019 | Avant media

Avant has formed a three-year partnership with Breast Surgeons of Australia & New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ). The partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for patients with breast cancer through supporting quality surgical care by breast surgeons and trainees.

Formed in early 2019, the partnership aims to enhance the quality, safety and professionalism of the practice of breast surgeons through education, monitoring quality of care, research and training.

Avant will collaborate with BreastSurgANZ on medico-legal education at state and national events and education and training workshops, throughout the year. Upcoming events include the Post Fellowship Trainees’ Day on July 24 in Adelaide where Avant will present on ‘Communication in surgery – managing difficult patients, discussing difficult diagnosis and managing adverse outcomes.’ Avant will also be formally recognised as a partner at all BreastSurgANZ conferences in the coming years. 

In addition, Avant will share risk management resources with breast surgeons through both organisation’s member communications.

A key focus is to understand the areas of medico-legal risk for breast surgeons. Avant will support the BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit, developed to improve quality of care for breast cancer patients by supporting BreastSurgANZ to review and update the Quality Audit program and pave the way for improved reporting of outcomes from it.

Piloted by the Section of Breast Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1998, the audit collects data on the surgical care of early and locally advanced breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ. The database currently contains over 175,000 episodes of breast cancer, with over 300 surgeons contributing data each year.

“BreastSurgANZ is delighted to partner with Avant to help further develop our BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit, which is central to assuring quality of surgical care for patients with breast cancer in Australia and New Zealand,” Christobel Saunders AO, President of BreastSurgANZ said. “We are looking forward to this partnership contributing to enhancement of the audit and an education program developing around it.”

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