‘Surgeon’ title to be restricted to just three specialties, health ministers declare

After years of debate, the title 'surgeon' is finally being restricted in an attempt to prevent patients from being misled
Minister for Health Mark Butler
Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler.

Only doctors with specialist registration in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology or ophthalmology will be allowed to refer to themselves as surgeons under reforms agreed upon by Australia’s health ministers.

Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler announced his plan to change legislation to protect the title ‘surgeon’ back in September, in response to the AHPRA-commissioned review of the cosmetic surgery industry.