Released: 14 November 2022
Closed: 11 December 2022
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) consulted on three documents relating to regulation of medical practitioners who provide cosmetic surgery. The documents are in response to recommendations in the Independent review of the regulation of medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery.
Public consultation: Regulation of medical practitioners who provide cosmetic medical and surgical procedures (899 KB,PDF), Word version (370 KB,DOCX)
Please note: Health Ministers expect the Board to take urgent action to reform medical regulation of cosmetic surgery. This was a shorter, streamlined consultation process designed to meet the timeframes expected by Ministers. The approach to consultation takes into account the extensive public consultation undertaken as part of the independent review.
The Board received more than 130 submissions. Some stakeholders requested that their submission remain in confidence. Submissions from organisations are listed alphabetically below. Due to the number of submissions received, all other submissions are available in combined PDFs as listed below. Some submissions have been published with the person’s name withheld.
We have redacted contact details and potentially defamatory, sensitive or identifying comments from published submissions.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the submissions are those of the individuals or organisations who submitted them and their publication does not imply any acceptance of, or agreement with, these views by Ahpra or the Medical Board.
Released: 13 July 2022
Closed: 7 September 2022
Ahpra and the National Boards (except the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia) carried out a public consultation on revised English language skills registration standards in July 2022.
National Boards invited practitioners, community members, employers, education providers and other stakeholders to give feedback on the standards.
National Boards published a consultation paper that included an overview of the review, proposed changes to the standards, frequently asked questions (FAQs), a literature review and questions to help frame feedback.
To practise safely in Australia, registered health practitioners must have effective English language skills. This includes being able to communicate effectively with patients/clients/consumers and their relatives and carers, collaborate with other health care professionals and keep clear and accurate health records. The National Boards set requirements for English language skills to make sure all registered health practitioners can provide safe care and communicate effectively in English.
The English Language Skills Registration Standard (the ELS standard) is one of the five core registration standards required by all National Boards. It helps to ensure that everyone who registers as a health practitioner in Australia has these skills, regardless of their language background.
Ahpra and the National Boards (except the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia) have reviewed their respective ELS standards to ensure that they stay current and keep pace with our changing and dynamic environment.
The review process has included considering available evidence of best practice, international benchmarking and consulting with various stakeholders whose feedback has been taken into account. For more details about the background and review process, please see the consultation paper
Submissions will be published soon.
Released: 14 March 2022
Closed: 14 April 2022