Category Archives: Cosmetic Surgery Regulation

NSW Parliamentary Health Care Complaints Committee inquiry into Cosmetic Health Service Complaints

The cosmetic health services industry is a growing industry with an increasing demand for services. This NSW government inquiry has demonstrated that there are a number of complexities that make regulating this area very challenging. There are various State and Commonwealth agencies and entities which play an important role in regulation or complaint handling. There …

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NSW Report on the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures

NSW Health has finalised its review of the regulation of cosmetic procedures in NSW. The review was announced by the NSW Minister for Health, the Hon Brad Hazzard MP, in September 2017 following the death of a woman who underwent a non-surgical breast augmentation procedure at a beauty clinic in inner-Sydney. The review report is …

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Queensland changes legislation for regulated surgical cosmetic procedures

From 1 January 2018, legislative changes to surgical cosmetic procedure regulations under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 in Queensland will be introduced, meaning prescribed cosmetic surgical procedures will be required to take place in licensed premises. More information is available here: Read More  

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Qld Government reviews Cosmetic Surgery regulation

The Palaszczuk Government is seeking public input into a possible change in legislation covering cosmetic surgery to provide more protection for people undergoing such procedures. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said Queensland Health was considering whether further regulation of the cosmetic industry was required so certain surgical procedures are carried out on government-licensed premises. …

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NSW Government reviews cosmetic surgery regulation

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has, for many years, called for nationally-consistent regulation of cosmetic surgery, particularly  around the use of anaesthetic in unlicensed facilities, arguing the current lack of  oversight poses an unacceptable risk to patient safety. ASPS applauds Minister Jillian Skinner for this timely initiative.  We hope the Discussion Paper will lead to …

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Warning: Risks associated with cosmetic surgery

ASPS’ number one priority is patient safety. For that reason we have called for nationally-consistent regulations over cosmetic surgery that help provide protection for patients over many years. ASPS President, Associate Professor Bartholomeusz, said in a recent media release: “We can only reiterate that cosmetic surgery is not trivial surgery. Anaesthesia and surgery carries risks and …

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Female genital cosmetic surgery – A resource for general practitioners and other health professionals

Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) refers to non-medically indicated cosmetic surgical procedures which change the structure and appearance of the healthy external or internal genitalia of women. According to figures from Medicare, the number of women undergoing FCGS in Australia has increased dramatically in recent years. It appears that in …

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Unregulated office-based cosmetic surgery and anaesthetic use

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons is calling for nationally-consistent regulation of office-based cosmetic surgery and guidelines around the use of anaesthetic in these settings, arguing the current lack of oversight poses an unacceptable risk to patient safety. In its submission to the Medical Board of Australia’s public consultation on cosmetic surgery, the ASPS says …

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Best way to protect consumers of cosmetic procedures

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons welcomes consultation on draft guidelines for cosmetic, medical and surgical procedures proposed by the Medical Board of Australia on 17 March 2015. ASPS is the specialty’s peak body and will make a submission to the Medical Board on behalf of all Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. “The guidelines which include …

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Cosmetic surgery not without risks

Cosmetic surgery is not trivial surgery. Anaesthesia and surgery carries risks and it is vitally important that all surgeries, including all cosmetic procedures, are carried out, not just by appropriately qualified surgeons, but also in properly accredited facilities with an anaesthetist present.

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