Surgery pre-2020 enrolment

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The following information applies to students who enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery) prior to 2020.

Students enrolled prior to 2020 will be able to complete the course in its original structure or may elect to transfer to the Advanced Surgery (Breast Surgery) program provided they meet the admission requirements.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Surgery (Breast Surgery) pre-2020 enrolment

For continuing students only

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The Graduate Certificate in Surgery is available in the following streams:
(a) Breast surgery
Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study.

Stream units of study

Any of these units of study can be credited if continuing on to the Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery).
SURG5037
Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease
6    A Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.


This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Students completing all 4 breast surgery units must complete them in sequence ie SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040.
Semester 1
SURG5039
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1
6    A Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.


This unit is designed as the third part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease and SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs.
Semester 1
SURG5038
Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs
6    A Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.


This unit is designed as the second part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease. Students completing all 4 breast surgery units must complete them in sequence ie SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040
Semester 2
SURG5040
Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2
6    A Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery.


This unit is designed as the forth and final part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease, SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs and SURG5039 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1.
Semester 2

Surgery (Breast Surgery) pre-2020 enrolment

For continuing students only

Graduate Certificate in Surgery (Breast Surgery)

The Graduate Certificate in Surgery is available in the following streams:
(a) Breast surgery
Students must complete 24 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of core units of study.

Stream units of study

Any of these units of study can be credited if continuing on to the Master of Surgery (Breast Surgery).
SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jocelyn Lippey and Dr Susannah Graham Session: Semester 1 Classes: Online lectures, discussion boards and webinars. Assumed knowledge: Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: Online quizzes (10%); 2 x short essays (20%); clinical case discussions (15%); webinar case presentation (5%); 1 x online examination (50%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is designed as the first part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Ttrainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). Students completing all 4 breast surgery units must complete them in sequence ie SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040.
Breast surgery requires comprehensive knowledge of the basic sciences of the breast and also the various elements of benign breast diseases. This unit of study aims to prepare candidates for a career in breast surgery. The unit focuses on:
1. the anatomy of the breast, axilla and donor sites for reconstruction flaps
2. anatomical variations and physiological changes in the breast and axilla
3. benign breast diseases including mastitis, mastalgia, nipple discharge and aberrations of normal development and involution (ANDI)
4. current radiological modalities in breast disease imaging and risk assessment for patients
5. genetic and non-genetic risk assessment for patients
6. the importance of oestrogen and HER 2 receptors in breast cancer.
Textbooks
ABC of Breast Diseases: 3rd Edition : Michael Dixon
SURG5039 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ben Green andA/Prof Sanjay Warrier Session: Semester 1 Classes: Weekly online lectures; online discussion boards and webinars Assumed knowledge: Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: 3 x case reports (50%); short essay (20%); clinical case discussion (20%), webinar case report (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is designed as the third part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease and SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs.
Breast surgery requires a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease and this unit of study is aimed at post-fellowship training (PFT) candidates committed to a career in breast surgery. You will focus on principles of oncoplastic breast surgery techniques used to extend the role of breast conservation and improve the aesthetics of breast conservation surgery. Techniques of volume displacement, mammoplasty, volume replacement, symmetry procedures and good mastectomy technique are covered. You will develop your clinical judgement regarding the use of different techniques and how they are integrated with the multidisciplinary management of breast cancer.
SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Patsy Soon, A/Prof Sanjay Warrier Session: Semester 2 Classes: Weekly online lectures and discussion boards. Assumed knowledge: Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: Online quizzes (10%); video assignment (10%); clinical case discussion (10%); short answer question (10%); participation in generation and peer review of assessment items (10%); 1 x online examination (50%)) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is designed as the second part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease. Students completing all 4 breast surgery units must complete them in sequence ie SURG5037, SURG5038, SURG5039, SURG5040
Breast surgery requires a thorough knowledge of the science and management of malignant breast disease and this unit of study aims to prepare the post fellowship candidate for a career in breast surgery. The content focuses on the pathology and recent advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of malignant breast disease. You will gain an indepth understanding of available prognostic assessment tools, multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients ( including adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy and the integral role of the breast care nurse and other allied health staff) and survivorship issues. Specific surgical decision algorithms and surgical options for malignant and insitu disease will be thoroughly explored and explained.
SURG5040 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Samriti Sood, Dr Joel Symonds, Prof Andrew Spillane Session: Semester 2 Classes: Weekly online lectures, online discussion boards and webinars Assumed knowledge: Applicants must have completed general or plastic surgical training and have a strong interest in breast surgery. Assessment: 3x case reports (50%); audio assignments (20%); clinical case discussions (30%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit is designed as the forth and final part of a curriculum for contemporary breast surgery for Post Fellowship Trainees and assumes practical skills training is obtained on the BreastSurgANZ PFT Program (or equivalent). The unit assumes knowledge from SURG5037 Basic Sciences and Benign Breast Disease, SURG5038 Malignant Breast Disease and MDTs and SURG5039 Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Level 1.
This unit of study concludes the specialist breast surgery curriculum. The focus is on breast reconstruction after mastectomy. It includes the full range of breast reconstruction techniques - implant based reconstruction, latissimus dorsi reconstruction and free flap tissue options ¿ as well as lipofilling and nipple reconstruction techniques. Students will participate in multi-surgeon meeting case discussions with complex decision-making and management of complications.