28 April 2018
NSW Health today issued a report recommending tighter regulations of cosmetic procedures and urged consumers to be more cautious of budget deals and dodgy practitioners.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard ordered the review following the death of a woman who underwent a non-surgical breast augmentation at a beauty clinic in inner-Sydney last year.   

NSW already has some of the strongest laws in the country to regulate cosmetic surgery and procedures and these new measures will make existing regulations more robust.

The report made nine recommendations which have been, or are in the process of being, implemented including:
  • ​A new offence for medical practitioners who carry out certain cosmetic services and treatment in an unlicensed private health facility.
  • Tighter regulations for the prescribing, use, storage, access, and administration of medicines commonly used in procedures.
  • Additional regulations on extreme body modification procedures which are carried out by non-medical practitioners.  
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said regardless of the new measures, no cosmetic procedure is risk-free and people wanting any treatment should do their homework.

“It is important to remember that every cosmetic procedure carries some form of risk and people should check to see if their practitioner is legitimate and safe,” Dr Chant said.

“If someone claims to be a doctor or a nurse, search the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to see if that practitioner is registered here.

“If the procedure is surgical, the premises should be licenced and if the medications on offer are cheaper than competitors, they may be counterfeit and not Australian registered.”

The full Report can be viewed online at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/patients/cosmetic/Pages/default.aspx 

Check list for people considering cosmetic procedures: