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A Steering Committee was formed in 1995 with a view to form an Australian Society of Senology (ie. breast disease), based on the concept of a need to provide a multidisciplinary society which would bring together individuals interested in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research into aspects of breast disease.
The Steering Committee consisted of Dr Cherrell Hirst (Chair), Dr Michael Bilous, Dr John Boyages, Dr Colin Furnival, Dr Jack Jellins, and Dr Mary Rickard.
A number of similar societies were in existence in different countries but no comparable group was present in Australia. The formation of such a society in Australasia was encouraged by the Senologic International Society (SIS) which had shown that a multidisciplinary approach to breast disease provided the best medical management for the patient.
On the recommendations of the Steering Committee, the Australasian Society for Breast Disease (ASBD) was established in 1997 to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussion on the prevention, detection, diagnosis and management of breast disease and research into this area of medicine.
Dr Cherrell Hirst from Brisbane was the first President of the Society, and the inaugural scientific meeting was held in September 1998 at the Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland. More than 200 registrants attended the Meeting, and the speakers covered a variety of topics devoted to developing best practice in the medical management of patients with breast disease.
To date, scientific meetings have been held biennially. See the Meetings page for details.
In 2004, the Australasian Society for Breast Disease was accepted as an Honorary Member of the Scientific Centers Network of the Senologic International Society, and this will enable the Australasian Society for Breast Disease to participate and collaborate to a greater extent in international activities relevant to improving the management of breast disease.
Membership benefits of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease include a print subscription to and / or online access to full text articles of The Breast, a peer reviewed, bimonthly journal published by Elsevier.
In 2016 at the Strategic Planning Meeting on 13th February it was decided to launch a new level of ASBD membership, to be inclusive of the whole multidisciplinary team. The level of Associate Member was introduced for nursing, allied health, trainees and registrars. The membership has a heavily discounted membership fee, online journal access, conference registration discounts but no voting rights.
In 2017 the Australasian Society for Breast Disease celebrated 20 years at the 11th Scienitfic Meeting. Read about it here.
Dr Yvonne Zissiadis was elected as the Senologic International Society vice-president Oceania in 2019. Dr Zissiadis will attend the 21st World Congress of the Senologic International Society in Greece in 2020, representing the Australasian Society for Breast Disease.
Thirteenth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease 14-16 September 2023Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
Twelfth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease 10-12 October, 2019RACV Royal pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease5-7 October 2017Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
Tenth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease 17-19 September 2015 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ninth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease12-14 September 2013Cairns Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD
Eighth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease6-8 October 2011Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
Seventh Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease1-3 October 2009Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast
Sixth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease27-29 September 2007Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast
Fifth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease22-24 September 2005Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast
Fourth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease18-20 September 2003Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast
Third Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease20-22 September 2001Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast
Second Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease17-18 September 1999Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast
Inaugural Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease4-5 September 1998Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast
Melbourne International Joint Breast Congress - jointly with BreastSurgANZ and the Controversies in Breast Cancer group11-13 October 2018Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2nd Australasian Breast Congress - jointly with BreastSurgANZ 7-10 July 2016 The Langham & North Shore Hospital Auckland, New Zealand
Australasian Breast Congress - jointly with BreastSurgANZ 9-11 October 2014 Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort
Looking to the Future - A Practical Meeting on the Breast8-10 July 2010The Langham Auckland, New Zealand
The Port Douglas Primer29 September - 1 October 2006Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Port Douglas
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2019
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2018
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2017
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2016
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2015
Level II Oncoplastic Surgery Cadaveric Workshop - jointly with BreastSurgANZ 8-9 October 2014 Holy Spirit Northside Hospital & MERF lab, Chermside
Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians 2013
ASBD Surgical Workshop - Improving outcomes in breast disease - optimising diagnosis and optimising surgery13-15 June 2008Sydney Harbour Marriott, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia
Friday 15 September 2023, Adelaide Convention Centre
Thursday 14 October 2022, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane Qld
Thursday 14th October 2021, Via Zoom
Friday 28th October 2020, Via Zoom
Friday 11th October 2019, RACV Roya Pines Resort, Benowa Gold Coast
Saturday 13th October 2018, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Vic
Saturday 7 October 2017, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Friday 28 October 2016, Fairmont Resort, Leura, NSW
Saturday 19 September 2015, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Qld
Saturday 11 October 2014, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Friday 10 September 2013, Cairns Convention and Exhibition Centre, Qld
Friday 26 October 2012, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW
Saturday 8 October 2011, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
Saturday 10 July 2010, The Langham Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 3 October 2009, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Friday 19 September 2008, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW
Saturday 29 September 2007, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Sunday 1 October 2006, Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Port Douglas, Qld 2006 AGM Memo
Saturday 24 September 2005, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Friday 12 November 2004, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, NSW
Saturday 20 September 2003, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Thursday 28 November 2002, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW
Saturday 22 September 2001, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Saturday 18 November 2000, Peppers Fairmont Resort, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW
Saturday 18 September 1999, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Saturday 5 September 1998, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld
Membership to the Society is not limited. However, the membership of the Executive is specifically defined so as to include representation from the major medical disciplines within the field of breast disease and also to provide for representation for membership from other discipline areas. The Australasian Society for Breast Disease Constitution states that the mandatory disciplines to be represented on the Executive are medical oncology, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, surgery, breast medicine and allied health.
L to R: Gavin Harris, Patty Connor, Nirmala Pathmanathan, Jenny Gilchrist, Elisabeth Elder, Yvonne Zissiadis, Jenny O'Sullivan, Peter Chin, NIck Repin. Absent: Catherine Shannon, Minjae Lah
23 Feb 2020: ASBD Directors attended the 2020 Strategic Planning Meeting, coming together in Sydney just before the first COVID outbreaks in Australia. No-one relaised how long it would be before we would see each other in person again.
27 February 2021: Sydney based ASBD Directors met at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse while directors from Brisbane, Perth and New Zealand joined via Zoom.
Dr Geoffrey Beadle, Medical Oncologist (2001-2005; Secretary/Treasurer 2003-2005; co-opted 2005-2007)Dr Nalini Bhola, Radiologist (2017-2018)A/Prof Michael Bilous, Pathologist (1997-2001)Dr Natacha Borecky, Radiologist (2006-2011, co-opted 2004-2006)A/Prof John Boyages, Radiation Oncologist (1997-2001; co-opted 2001-2002)A/Prof Meagan Brennan, Breast Physician (2013-2017; Treasurer 2015-2017)Dr Reuben Broom, Medical Oncologist co-opted (2016-2017)Dr Marie-Frances Burke, Radiation Oncologist (2004-2010, Treasurer / Secretary 2005-2009; co-opted 2003-2004, 2009-2011)Dr Jacqueline Chirgwin, Medical Oncologist (co-opted 2009-2011)Dr Patty Connor, Radiologist (2019 -2022) Dr Daniel de Viana, Surgeon (2008-2017, President 2011-2015)Dr Roslyn Drummond, Radiation Oncologist (2009-2015)Dr Susan Fraser, Breast Physician (2009- 2015)Dr James French, Surgeon, (2013-2016, co-opted 2012-2016)Prof Michael Friedlander Medical Oncologist (co-opted 2007-2009)Dr Colin Furnival, Surgeon (1997-1999; co-opted 1999-2001)Prof Michael Green, Medical Oncologist (1997-2001; co-opted 2001-2003)A/Prof Bruno Giuffre, Radiologist (2010- 2015)Mr Richard Harman, Surgeon (2015-2017)Prof Jennet Harvey, Pathologist (2001-2009; President 2005-2007; co-opted 2008-2009)Dr Cherrell Hirst, (1997-2000; President 1997-1999)A/Prof Nehmat Houssami, Breast Physician/Clinical Epidemiologist (2001-2009; co-opted 2009-2010)Ms Elspeth Humphries, (BCNA Representative, co-opted 2001-2003) Dr Michael Izard, Radiation Oncologist (2001-2005, co-opted 2005-2007)A/Prof Jack Jellins, Scientist (1997-2002; Secretary/Treasurer 1997-2001; co-opted 2002-2005)Mr Wayne Jones, Surgeon (2013-2014; co-opted 2012-2013)Prof Bogda Koczwara, Medical Oncologist Mr James Kollias, Surgeon (2002-2009; co-opted 2009-2010)Prof Sunil Lakhani, Pathologist (2011-2015) Dr Warwick Lee, Radiologist (2001-2009; President 2003-2005; co-opted 2009-2010)Dr Julia Leeds, BCNA Representative (co-opted 2008-2011)Ms Veronica Macaulay-Cross, (BCNA Representative, co-opted 2004-2006)Dr Lynne Mann, Surgeon (2005-2010, co-opted 2003-2005, 2009-2011)Mr William McLeay, Surgeon (1997-2001, co-opted 2001-2003)Dr Kerry McMahon, Radiologist, (2009 - 2016, Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2015)Ms Lyn Moore, (BCNA Representative, co-opted 2006-2007)A/Prof Nirmala Pathmanathan, Pathologist, (2014 - 2021)Dr Debbie Pfeiffer, Breast Physician (2016-2017) Dr Margaret Pooley, Surgeon (1999-2003; President 2001-2003; co-opted 2003-2006)Dr Reena Ramsaroop, Pathologist (2015-2019; co-opted 2014)A/Prof Wendy Raymond, Pathologist (2005-2015)Dr Michelle Reintals, Radiologist ( 2013-2018)A/Prof Mary Rickard, Radiologist (1997-2004; President 1999-2001; co-opted 2004-2007)Dr Belinda Scott, Surgeon (2008-2012; co-opted 2008-2010)Dr Catherine Shannon, Medical Oncologist (2012 -2020; co-opted 2012-2014, secretary 2018-2020)Prof Robin Stuart-Harris, Medical Oncologist (2004-2012; President 2007-2010; co-opted 2004-2005)A/Prof Donna Taylor, Radiologist (2016-2017)Prof Shih-Chang (Ming) Wang, Radiologist (co-opted 2011-2012)Dr Yvonne Zissiadis, Radiation Oncologist (2012-2021; co-opted 2012, President 2016-2019, Vice President 2020-2021)
To strive to improve outcomes for patients with breast disease by fostering education and multidisciplinary collaboration and in so doing to be recognised as the premier multidisciplinary society for breast disease in Australia and New Zealand.