03 Sep 2022
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the Medical Board of Australia welcome the strong decisions from Australia’s Health Ministers to make cosmetic surgery safer, as reported in the media today.
Medical Board Chair, Dr Anne Tonkin, said an area of practice endorsement for cosmetic surgery, along with title protection, would help consumers make informed decisions.
‘Protecting the title surgeon will limit who can call themselves a surgeon and make it easier for consumers to know who is trained and qualified in surgery. It is an important step forward’.
‘Consumers choosing cosmetic surgery have a right to know who they can trust. When these changes are made, only qualified surgeons will be able to call themselves a surgeon. The endorsement for cosmetic surgery doctors will clearly define who has met high training standards, so that consumers can go to them for safe care,’ Dr Tonkin said.
Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher said, ‘We welcome the support from Health Ministers for the recommendations of the Independent Review and the actions we have recently announced.’
Last week, the Board and Ahpra announced a continuing ban on testimonials in cosmetic surgery because they are inherently misleading and deceptive, Mr Fletcher said. We respect Ministers’ decision to maintain the ban more widely.
‘We’re also pleased Ministers have committed to joint work on facilities licensing and other gaps that pose risk to consumers, while wider industry reforms are underway’.
Backed by a $4.5 million investment for extra resources, Ahpra will establish a Cosmetic Surgery Enforcement Unit to work with the Medical Board to: