The Australasian Society
of Breast Physicians

Welcome to the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians (ASBP). We are registered medical practitioners working in breast medicine in Australia and New Zealand. Breast Physicians have specialised training in the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant breast disease.

The Australasian Society of Breast Physicians (ASBP) was formed in 1990 and has specific membership and skill categories.

Our members work in dedicated breast clinics with other breast specialists who follow a multidisciplinary philosophy, which ensures the best outcomes for patients.

President’s Message

Dear ASBP Members and visitors to our website.

This is my first message on the ASBP website as newly-elected President of the Society. It is indeed an honour to be appointed to this position and I hope to be able to do it justice.

The ASBP turns 25 this year. We remain a small but dedicated organisation with a significant role to play in the training, support and promotion of those doctors in Australia and New Zealand involved in the provision of holistic Breast Medicine, whether this be in the screening, diagnostic or the therapeutic arena.

The non-uniform recognition of Breast Medicine as a specialty or discipline of advanced credentialed practice in Australia and New Zealand is starting to have a major impact on the recruitment and retention of Breast Physicians in key areas such as BreastScreen Australia Services and private diagnostic clinics. The lack of a Provider Number for trainees impedes the take-up of Breast Medicine by younger graduates unless they already have a Fellowship or Vocational Registration by another pathway.

The ASBP has tasked itself to address viable options for postgraduate training and recognition in Breast Medicine. We are likely to survey our membership in 2016, and I will greatly value your opinions and contributions.

Before closing, I would like to welcome Miss Ann Tolman as new Secretary of the ASBP. This is the first time we have had a non-doctor member in this position, and we look forward to the expertise Ann brings to this role and to the Society.

It will be an interesting year ahead, and I look forward to the journey with you.

Dr Deborah A Pfeiffer, BM, BS, FASBP
President ASBP