Regulation

We recently wrote an article on the regulation, or under-regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry in Australia.

This article highlighted that although there have been attempts to regulate an industry growing at a rapid rate; it is still not taken completely seriously by the government Health Ministers and so these attempts have failed. In response to this, the Medical Board of Australia has recently released a paper suggesting reforms necessary to ensure patient safety.

The subject is finally gathering momentum amongst the major media outlets and here at the Hub, we’re pretty pleased about this. Remember, the difference is that plastic surgery is a recognised specialty field, whereas cosmetic isn’t. Having said that there are some Australian colleges, associations and memberships, which DO provide additional training in cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine, such as the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS), Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM),and the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA). Our advice is to get informed. If you are looking at having a treatment or procedure, get yourself informed of who is doing the procedure, what the procedure actually involves, and how experienced your practitioner is in the procedure or treatment you are looking at having done.

We have some very qualified, experienced and highly skilled and recommended plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and practitioners listed on our website. See our directory if you want to find a quality practitioner.

We encourage each of you to read the following articles to get yourself up to speed on the dangers of going to unlicensed practitioners, and the risks of not doing appropriate research when choosing a doctor to do any surgery.

Safety before profits: why cosmetic surgery is ripe for regulation

Cosmetic surgery under the microscope

Cosmetic surgery industry faces national regulation after NSW inquiry

Board consults on cosmetic procedures

Oh, and of course, feel free to send us an email if you have any further questions.

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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