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 dtails.

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 will have a heavily discounted membership fee, online journal access, conference registration discounts but no voting rights.

Annual General Meetings

Saturday 5 September 1998, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Saturday 18 September 1999, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Saturday 18 November 2000, Peppers Fairmont Resort, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW

Saturday 22 September 2001, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Thursday 28 November 2002, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW

Saturday 20 September 2003, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Friday 12 November 2004, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, NSW

Saturday 24 September 2005, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Sunday 1 October 2006, Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Port Douglas, Qld

Saturday 29 September 2007, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Friday 19 September 2008, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW

Saturday 3 October 2009, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Saturday 10 July 2010, The Langham Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday 8 October 2011, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Friday 26 October 2012, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, NSW

Friday 10 September 2013, Cairns Convention and Exhibition Centre, Qld

Saturday 11 October 2014, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Saturday 19 September 2015, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Qld

Friday 28 October 2016, Fairmont Resort, Leura, NSW

Saturday 7 October 2017, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, Qld

Scientific Meetings

Inaugural Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
4-5 September 1998
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast

Second Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
17-18 September 1999
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast

Third Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
20-22 September 2001
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast

Fourth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
18-20 September 2003
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast

Fifth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
22-24 September 2005
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort, Gold Coast

The Port Douglas Primer
29 September - 1 October 2006
Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Port Douglas

Sixth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
27-29 September 2007
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast

ASBD Surgical Workshop - Improving outcomes in breast disease - optimising diagnosis and optimising surgery
13-15 June 2008
Sydney Harbour Marriott, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

Seventh Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
1-3 October 2009
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast

Looking to the Future - A Practical Meeting on the Breast
8-10 July 2010
The Langham Auckland, New Zealand

Eighth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
6-8 October 2011
Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

Ninth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
12-14 September 2013
Cairns Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD

Level II Oncoplastic Surgery Cadaveric Workshop - jointly with BreastSurgANZ
8-9 October 2014
Holy Spirit Northside Hospital & MERF lab, Chermside

Australasian Breast Congress - jointly with BreastSurgANZ
9-11 October 2014
Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort

Tenth Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
17-19 September 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

2nd Australasian Breast Congress - jointly with BreastSurgANZ
7-10 July 2016
The Langham & North Shore Hospital Auckland, New Zealand

Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Breast Disease
5-7 October 2017
Sheraton Grand Mirage 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 and breast medicine.

Executive Committee composition as at December 2017: 

Dr Yvonne Zissiadis, Radiation Oncologist, President
Dr Reena RamsaroopPathologist
A/Prof Nirmala PathmanathanPathologist
Dr Michelle Reintals, Radiologist 
Dr Catherine Shannon, Medical Oncologist
Dr Minjae Lah, Radiation Oncologist 
A/Prof Elisabeth Elder, Breast Surgeon
Dr Jennifer O'Sullivan, Breast Physician
Dr Nalinia Bhola, Radiologist

Ms Kerry Eyles, Executive Officer

Previous Executive Committee members 

Dr Geoffrey Beadle, Medical Oncologist (2001-2005; Secretary/Treasurer 2003-2005; co-opted 2005-2007)
Prof Shih-Chang (Ming) Wang, Radiologist (incoming co-opted)
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)
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 Roslyn Drummond, Radiation Oncologist (2009-2015)
Dr Susan Fraser, Breast Physician (2009- 2015)
Dr James French, Surgeon, (2013-2016, co-opted 2012-2013)
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)
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)
Dr Margaret Pooley, Surgeon (1999-2003; President 2001-2003; co-opted 2003-2006)
Dr Wendy Raymond, Pathologist (2005-2015)
A/Prof Mary Rickard
, Radiologist (1997-2004; President 1999-2001; co-opted 2004-2007)
Dr Belinda Scott, Surgeon (2008-2012; co-opted 2008-2010)
Prof Robin Stuart-Harris, Medical Oncologist (2004-2012; President 2007-2010; co-opted 2004-2005)
Prof Shih-Chang (Ming) Wang, Radiologist (co-opted 2011-2012)
Prof Sunil Lakhani, Pathologist (2011-2014)
Dr Roslyn Drummond, Radiation Oncologist (2009-2015)
Dr Susan Fraser, Breast Physician (2009-2015)
A/Prof Bruno Giuffre, Radiologist (2010-2015)
A/Prof Dr Wendy Raymond, Pathologist (2005-2015)
Dr Kerry McMahon, Radiologist (2009-2016)
Dr James French (2012-2016)
A/Prof Meagan Brennan (2013-2017; treasurer 2015-2017)
Dr Daniel de Viana, Surgeon (2008-2017)
Mr Richard Harman, Surgeon (2015-2017)
A/Prof Donna Taylor (2016-2017)
Dr Debbie Pfeiffer (2016-2017)
Dr Reuben Broom co-opted (2016-2017)

  • Bring together individuals wherever in Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific rim countries, having the purpose of promoting better knowledge in biology, medicine and human sciences related to the breast in order to establish an Australasian society, with the intention of advancing multidisciplinary understanding and cooperation in the areas of prevention, detection, diagnosis and management of breast disease.
  • Promote and encourage scientific research and publications related to the purposes of the Society.
  • Instil an increased consciousness within the medical and lay communities with regard to breast disease, by using available means of education, information and publicity.
  • Cooperate with relevant international associations, societies, other groups and individuals to promote the purposes of the Society.