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Supporting Best Practice and Long-term Patient Safety
A health Initiative funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health
Welcome to the latest ABDR news 

In this issue:
ABDR Milestone - 10,000 patients!
Thanks to the support of Australian surgeons and nurses and our hardworking team, this month we reached a significant milestone, enrolling 10,000 patients into the national database!
The ABDR is a landmark registry, and the first in the world to be endorsed by all craft groups performing breast device surgery in Australia: plastic and reconstructive surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and general breast surgeons.
Head of Drug and Device Registries, Monash University, Dr Ingrid Hopper said the new milestone was testament to the commitment of surgeons to provide optimal patient outcomes. More than 300 surgeons across Australia are contributing to the ABDR, with less than 1% of patients opting out.
Distribution of participating sites across Australia
*(as of 28.11.2016)  Full list of participating sites can be found on
Total number of sites, surgeons, patients and procedures recorded in the ABDR database
Participating sites  

     Participating surgeons
       Participating patients          Number of procedures
    202 314 10,318 11,360
We welcome Healthscope and all Epworth Healthcare sites to the Australian Breast Device Registry!
  • Following Healthscope Hospitals' agreement to participate in the ABDR, our team is approaching Medical Advisory Committees (MAC) at each site to commence implementation of the registry.
  • Melbourne’s Freemasons Hospital is the sixth and final Epworth HealthCare site ready to contribute surgical data to the ABDR.  
  • Ramsay Health has recently agreed, in principle, to support the ABDR. We know several collaborating surgeons have been waiting on Ramsay Health Care to come on board and we thank them for their patience. We are working towards implementation in the early new year. 
The ABDR would like to thank surgeons, nurses, theatre and administrative staff in Australian hospitals and health centres for their ongoing assistance and support with this important health initiative.
The ABDR Showcase toured Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Launceston, Hobart, the Gold Coast, finishing in Brisbane on November 16 this year. The events provided fantastic opportunities to update surgeons, theatre nurses, practice managers and industry representatives on data collection and sample reporting and we very much appreciate the effort of those who attended.
Special thanks goes to the following surgeons for generously giving their time to MC and/or present at a showcase event: Adelaide and Melbourne: Prof Rod Cooter (Clinical Lead, ABDR); Sydney: Dr Elisabeth Elder and A/Prof Colin Moore (Clinical Leads, ABDR); Perth: Dr Tony Connell; Launceston: Mr Gary Kode; Hobart: Dr Andrew Castley; Gold Coast: Dr Craig Layt; Brisbane: Dr Dan Kennedy. Expressions of interest in attending events in the ACT and possibly Darwin next year are most welcome. Please email your details, including your title and place of work to  

One of the aims of the ABDR is to understand medium to long term outcomes of breast device surgery from a patient perspective. We anticipate following up patients through their preferred mode of contact (SMS, mobile, letter etc) at one, two, five, and 10 years post-procedure. 
Currently being testing is the acceptability of a 5-item PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) questionnaire for follow up. The 5-item PROMs is drawn from the BREAST-Q Implant Surveillance (BREAST-Q IS) tool, which is designed to predict device failure.  Surgeons are encouraged  to provide feedback on the PROMs questionnaire. Those interested will be emailed the PROMs, followed by a five minute phone call at a mutually convenient time. To be involved please ring 03 9903 0132 or email

Data Reports
Preparations for site and surgeon reports are underway.  We also aim to provide feedback to surgeons on the level of data completeness submitted on their Data Collection Forms (DCF). Data quality is critical to the accuracy of ABDR reports; incomplete DCFs reduce the quality of data captured and reported to clinicians and stakeholders.
Audit Report
Monash’s Research Governance Sub-Committee, which recently audited ABDR’s handling and processing of data collection forms (DCF), were impressed with our processes. Further internal and external site audits are in the pipeline for early 2017.

All patients must be given a leaflet from their surgeon prior to surgery which explains that their data will be sent to the registry (and that they may opt out at any time (including prior to surgery)). The ABDR poster should also be visible to the patient at the time of consultation.
Following surgery, we send to your patient a detailed explanatory statement with more information about the ABDR and local governance/ethics and investigator details. The statement reiterates that your patient may opt out at any time. 
Please contact your local ABDR Project Officer or email to order information leaflets and posters to comply with ethical requirements of participating in the ABDR.  

Do I complete the Data Collection Form (DCF ) when repositioning a device?
Yes! Please record in the DCF any surgery involving breast devices -  insertion, repositioning and removal.  Device insertion details are written the blue section of the DCF, while details of procedures involving any in situ breast device (including removal) are written in blue and pink sections of the DCF. Device explant data is particularly important to help monitor health outcomes. 

Not sure or forgotten how to complete a section of the DCF? 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  at your convenience.
The quality of data submitted in the DCFs determines the quality of reports we can send to you!

As we rapidly head towards the end of the year, the ABDR team would like to sincerely thank all our stakeholders, contributing surgeons, supportive nursing, theatre, administration and practice staff and the thousands of generous patients enrolled in this important registry. 
Please note: Monash University is closed from Thursday 22nd of December 2016 - Tuesday 3rd January 2017. 

The ABDR team wishes you a safe and festive season and we look forward to working with you in 2017 to promote patient safety and best practice for patients undergoing breast device surgery
Contact the ABDR
SITES ABDR Research Officer Phone
QLD  (03) 9903 0105
VIC and
 (03) 9905 2571 
 (03) 9903 0260
NSW and ACT  (03) 9903 0105
SA  (03) 9905 2571
TAS  (03) 9905 2571
WA  (03) 9903 0260
NT  (03) 9905 2571
For general enquiries contact the ABDR co-ordinator:
Ms Catherine Mulvany
Phone: +61 3 9903 0205
Fax: +61 3 9903 0277
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