The Bariatric Surgery Registry is run by Monash University, who are Australia’s largest manager of clinical registries, with over 30 registries gathering powerful data on health service provision and patient outcomes across medical devices and treatments, medical conditions and clinical domains. The primary aim of the Bariatric Surgery Registry is to measure outcomes for patients undergoing bariatric surgery across public and private hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. It is predominantly a quality and safety registry. The Bariatric Surgery Registry is a part of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

The BSR has the support of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand (OSSANZ) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), who regard the registry establishment as an important step forward in monitoring and evaluating patient outcomes across Australia. The BSR is predominantly funded by the Commonwealth government.

The Registry collects information on patient weight loss, change in diabetes status and problems related to the surgery, both in the short and long term.

Data collection techniques and processes have been established and evaluated using a 2 year pilot study. Data collection has now been expanded to have national coverage.

Data collection is standardised and of high quality. Outcomes are risk adjusted to take into effect important factors not within the control of the treating surgeon, and data is fed to stakeholders in an appropriate and timely manner to drive quality improvement.

The project is unique and important. It provides us with an unprecedented tool for quality assurance. The outcomes of the Registry will provide hospitals, device manufacturers, government bodies and insurers with a greater understanding of the outcomes of bariatric surgery patients. It provides a valuable resource to better understand and reduce factors associated with sub-optimal outcomes and improve surgical practices.

The stated aims of the Registry are to:

  1. Record the immediate safety of bariatric surgery in Australia
    • Surgical safety
    • Surgical quality
  2. Study longitudinally the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in Australia
    • Procedure
    • Devices
    • Complications
    • Re-operations
  3. Track key health changes following bariatric surgery in Australia
    • Weight change
    • Diabetes treatment

Participation in the registry is optional and further information can be obtained from our staff at reception.