Transforming Australia’s Breast Implant Registry

Amy E Jeeves and Rodney D Cooter
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10117
Published online: 5 March 2012

A recall of breast implants from a French manufacturer has highlighted a low data capture rate — and considerable room for improvement — in Australia’s registry

Breast implants have long been a subject of media hype and controversy. Despite the debate surrounding the use of silicone prostheses in the 1990s, demand continues virtually unabated. Although Australia has a registry of breast implants, it has recently become clear that it contains insufficient data to provide comprehensive implant statistics. Growing concerns regarding lymphoma risk and the recall of one brand of implant have highlighted the need for more complete data on implantable breast devices.

  • Amy E Jeeves1
  • Rodney D Cooter2,3

  • 1 Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Waverley House Plastic Surgery Centre, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Sydney, NSW.

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