NSW Health is
urging people who are considering having minor cosmetic procedures to check the
practitioner’s credentials before undergoing treatment.
Dr Jeremy McAnulty,
NSW Acting Chief Health Officer, said NSW Health has received reports that some
unregistered people were
offering surgical and other cosmetic procedures from their homes in Sydney
investigations into these complaints are ongoing, we are concerned there may be
other unregistered people carrying out these risky procedures in the
community,” Dr McAnulty said.
“I find this
very concerning as it places people at greater risk from poor surgical
outcomes, severe infections and even nerve damage or disfigurement.”
procedures involving surgery, injections or other restricted medicines such as
eyelid surgery, injection of butulinum toxin (Botox) and dermal fillers, should
only be performed by a medical practitioner registered in Australia.
said unregistered practitioners, who may be offering services at a cheap rate,
are unlikely to have appropriate training in how to properly perform procedures
and how to avoid infection, or to have insurance if something goes wrong.
“If people do
choose to undergo surgical or cosmetic treatments, they should seek the advice
of their family GP and check the credentials of the person before undergoing
any procedure,” Dr McAnulty said.
To check if a
medical practitioner is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners
Regulation Agency visit: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx
urges anyone who has concerns about any medical treatment they have received to
contact the Health Care Complaints Commission by telephoning 1800 043 159.