NOTICE FOR COSMETIC SURGERY PATIENTS
New Medical Board Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery starting 1st July 2023
The Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) are introducing new regulations for Cosmetic Surgery patients from the 1st of July 2023.
The new stronger regulations have been designed to protect cosmetic surgery patients and improve standards of care for cosmetic procedures.
KEY CHANGES AFFECTING COSMETIC SURGERY PATIENTS
- A GP Referral will be mandatory for ALL patients having a consultation for surgery
- A Minimum of TWO consultations are required for cosmetic surgery
- Cosmetic Surgery Patients will need a patient Pre-screening Assessment Test (PAT) for BDD
- A cooling-off period of at least seven days after signing a consent form before booking surgery and paying a deposit etc.
- Patients will have a more detailed Informed Consent before surgery
- There will be Higher Standards in training & experience – CPD requirements
- Accredited facilities will be required for surgery
- Tougher Advertising Standards for Cosmetic Surgery
Articles and Further Information
- MBA Reforms at a Glance
- AHPRA Guidelines for Medical Practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures
- Cosmetic Surgery refers to surgical procedures without a Medicare Item Number
- ASAPS explains how these changes may impact you as a patient
All invasive surgery carries risk and requires a recovery period and good follow-up care regime. Make sure you do your research and seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon before proceeding.
Any details are general in nature and are not intended to be medical advice or constitute a doctor-patient relationship.
If you have already booked your surgery for after 1st July 2023, Dr Carmen’s team will contact you if there are any changes to your current arrangements.
Please phone Dr Carmen’s team if you have any questions.