ISSUE #5 ABDR newsletter out now

August 20, 2017

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) Newsletter to keep you up to date on the progress, latest news and upcoming events of this world-first registry.

ABDR National Roll-out*

  • Number of sites contributing to the ABDR: 196 (View full listing)
  • Number of surgeons currently contributing data: 344
  • Patients contributing to the registry: 17,779 – almost 1000 new patients per month!
  • Patients opting out <1%
  • Number of surgeries recorded in the registry: 19,515
    (*as of 01.08.2017)

ABDR steps closer to developing clinical quality indicators

ABDR research fellow Dr Husna Begum and her small team are for the first time, combining scientific research and clinical expertise to answer one of the most important questions of breast device surgery: what is best practice? Their ground breaking work takes a scientific-based approach to identify, measure and account for variations of quality of care and the impact of that care on health outcomes, including rates of complications. Click here for the full story

Data Collection Forms (DCF) tips to ensure quality reports

Data quality is critical to the accuracy of ABDR reports; incomplete DCFs reduce the quality of data captured and subsequently reported to clinicians and stakeholders. Here are a few DCF tips and reminders:

Completing data fields:

  • Please ensure patient’s address and phone number are included on the DCF to give the patient the right to participate in, or opt out off the registry
  • Include data on all implant-related surgery, including reposition and explants
  • For breast reconstruction, the surgeon that ‘inserts the device’ is the surgeon named on the DCF
  • Remember to please tick all relevant boxes on the DCF (to save you time clarifying surgery details later with our team)
  • Returning the forms: Please include a coversheet and ensure that both sides of the DCF are included in a fax. Download coversheet here

New to the registry or need a refresher?
Check out the video walk-through of the whole DCF or take a guided video on what to complete for revision surgery.
For any queries about when or how to complete the data collection form (DCF), please contact your local research officer. You may also like to view the guidance document for primary procedures and revision procedures at your convenience.

Need more leaflets?
All patients in the ABDR need to be provided with a leaflet prior to surgery. To order more pre-printed ABDR information leaflets or posters, please contact your nearest ABDR research officer. The quality of data submitted in the DCFs determines the quality of reports we can send to you!

CPD points for nursing staff:

We have ANMF approval to provide quarterly CPD participation certificates for nursing staff assisting the ABDR. Please contact our research officers with the number of hours contributed to the ABDR over a three month period.

Use ABDR logo to promote your involvement in the Registry:

The ABDR logo recognises the commitment to long-term patient safety and best practice and is suitable for placement on websites and stationary. If you are a contributing surgeon or site and would like a copy of the ABDR logo, please email

ABDR Presentations and Papers (May- July):


  • Australasian Health and Research Data Manager’s Association scientific meeting hosted by VASM Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (July)
  • PNAQ (Peri-operative Nurses Association of Queensland) MAD Conference (May)
  • Day Surgery Special Interest Group, Melbourne (May)
  • ABDR Webinars – very successful series of webinars conducted by the ABDR team (May)


  • Ahern S, Hopper I, Evans S. Clinical quality registries for clinician-level reporting: strengths and limitations. Med J Aust. 2017 June; 206: 427-9. DOI: 10.5694/mja16.00659
  • Rakhorst HA, Mureau M, Cooter RD, McNeil JJ, van Hooff M, van der Hulst R, Hommes J, Hoornweg M, Moojen-Zaal, Liem P, Mathijssen IMJ. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2017 May 12. pii: S1748-6815(17)30156-0. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2017.04.003. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Loch-Wilkison A, Beath KJ, Knight R, Fick Wessels WL, Magnusson M, Papadopoulos T, Connell T, Lofts J, Locke M, Hopper I, Cooter R, Vickery K, Joshi PA, Prince M, Deva AK. Breast implant associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in Australia and New Zealand – higher risk for macrotextured implants supports a bacterial etiology. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2017, May 5. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003654 [Epub ahead of print]

Diary Notes: Upcoming Events

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For general enquiries about the Australian Breast Device Registry contact the ABDR co-ordinator:
Ms Catherine Mulvany
Phone: +61 3 9903 0205 Fax: +61 3 9903 0277 Email:

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