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NZAPS Membership

NZAPS works to represent the interests of its members in many areas by:

  • advocating for its members on a range of issues across a number of agencies.
  • managing media enquiries and placements on behalf of the Association.
  • supporting the NZAPS website which is a source of information for members and surgical trainees and for the public on plastic and reconstructive surgery and topics of interest. The ‘Find a Surgeon’ page provides easy to find contact information for the increasing number of consumers who are choosing to research their options online.
  • convening the NZAPS Annual Scientific Meeting and supporting the biennial Plastic Surgery Congress.
  • producing newsletters and general information to keep members up to date on the activities of NZAPS.
  • enabling members to join the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and so gain access to their information resources through the streamlined pathway made possible by the Agreement between NZAPS and the ASPS (US).

Membership Categories

There are four categories of membership available. The criteria for each are listed below. For more information about joining the Association please contact NZAPS at info@plasticsurgery.org.nz

(i) Full Membership

To be eligible for ordinary membership applicants must be:

  • Plastic Surgeons who are resident in New Zealand;
  • vocationally registered to practice Plastic Surgery in New Zealand, and
  • hold a current Licence issued by the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • either a Fellow of the College as a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or a Fellow of the College awarded prior to 1985, who satisfies the same training requirements as those laid down for Fellowship in the College for a specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; or
  • a Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons or its academic equivalent; and;
  • satisfy the same training requirements as those laid down at the time for the Fellowship Diploma taken in Plastic Surgery of the College.

(ii) Associate Members

To be eligible for associate membership applicants must be:

Surgeons whose primary practice is in plastic and reconstructive surgery:

  • Resident in New Zealand but without full vocational registration; or
  • Resident in countries other than New Zealand and Australia and who have adequate training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Associate Members shall not be eligible to exercise a vote but are entitled to receive notice of and to attend General Meetings of the Association.

Associate members resident overseas for more than one year or permanently shall pay a reduced membership subscription as determined by the Council.

(iii) Trainee Associate Members

To be eligible for trainee associate membership applicants must be:

  • trainee Plastic Surgeons who are resident in New Zealand; and
  • have been selected for SET Training Post by the College; and
  • have been appointed to a specialist registrar post in Plastic Surgery recognised by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the College as suitable for training.Trainee Associate Members (Trainees) shall not be eligible to exercise a vote but are entitled to receive notice of and to attend General Meetings of the Association.Trainees shall be eligible to be co-opted as Members of the Council.

    Trainees shall receive the usual benefits and privileges of membership.

    Trainees wishing to seek a different category of membership of the Association must apply to the Association in respect of that membership category in accordance with these Rules, within three months of gaining FRACS.

(iv) Honorary Members

The following persons may apply or be nominated to be Honorary Members of the Association, subject to Council approval:

  • Members who have retired from active practice;
  • Members who have reached the age of 70 years;
  • such other persons as the Council may from time to time determine.

Honorary Members shall not be liable for payment of any subscription to the Association but shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Association.

(v) Overseas Membership
A person practicing in the Speciality in countries overseas may be elected as an Overseas Member of the Association on the recommendation of the Council. Overseas Members shall not be entitled to vote and are ineligible to be an Office Beater in the Society. Overseas Members shall not be liable for payment of any Subscription to the Association.

Full, Honorary, Associate and Trainee members who are or intend to be overseas for a term exceeding one year should notify the Association, and such members are entitled to become Overseas Members from the time of their departure from New Zealand.

Applying for membership

To apply for membership contact the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons at info@plasticsurgery.org.nz and request an application. Completed applications are considered by the NZAPS Council which will take into account the applicant’s training, experience and expertise.