Medical Board of Australia - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Published on 14 January 2022. Updated on 19 April 2022.

The purpose is to review the existing regulation and regulatory practices in use by Ahpra and the relevant National Boards to ensure they have kept pace with rapid changes in the cosmetic surgery industry and to make recommendations for any required changes.

Today cosmetic surgery is a significant commercial industry. Concerns have been raised that practices and methods of promotion by some registered health practitioners within this industry may be creating both ethical dilemmas and significant patient safety issues.

Regulation of cosmetic surgery is multifaceted, involving multiple state, territory and national regulators. Effective regulation requires clarity of roles and responsibilities and efficient information sharing.

The reviewer wants to hear about patient safety issues in the cosmetic surgery industry to inform the review and our work to protect the public.

The public consultation closed on 14 April 2022. Cosmetic surgery patients, members of the public, health practitioners and organisations were are all invited to provide feedback during the six-week consultation. The consultation received more than 550 survey responses and more than 230 written submissions. 

The Independent Reviewer will report his findings and recommendations to Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia mid-2022. 

Updates on the review will be posted to the Ahpra website and social media. Please check these regularly for updates. National Board newsletters will also be used to update registered practitioners.

The public consultation closed on 14 April 2022. Cosmetic surgery patients and members of the public were are all invited to provide feedback during the six-week consultation.

The public consultation closed on 14 April 2022. Health practitioners, particularly those working in cosmetic surgery, were invited to make a submission during the consultation.

The reviewer will work with an expert panel.

The expert panel comprises Mr Alan Kirkland (CEO, CHOICE), Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan (Chief Medical Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) and Ms Richelle McCausland (National Health Practitioner Ombudsman).

An advisory group or groups may also be appointed and convened at key points throughout the review.

The public consultation closed on 14 April 2022. Cosmetic surgery patients, members of the public and health practitioners were are all invited to provide feedback during the six-week consultation.

The Independent Reviewer will report his findings and recommendations to Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia in mid-2022. 

We publish submissions wherever possible to provide transparency, encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders. Submissions will be published when the Independent Reviewer’s  report and recommendations are published and at the discretion of the Reviewer in consultation with Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia. This will not include those who did not want their submission published or those who requested their submission be treated as confidential. Submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or which are outside the scope of the review will not be published. Before publication, certain identifying information, including contact details, may be removed from submissions.

The ‘Review of the regulation of health practitioners in cosmetic surgery’ is an independent review commissioned by Ahpra and the Medical Board of Australia.

It is separate to the Health Ministers’ current consultation about the use of the title ‘surgeon’ by medical practitioners. Ahpra and the National Boards welcome this consultation.

The review commissioned by Ahpra and the Medical Board may help to inform the Health Ministers’ consultation.

Public safety is our number one priority and we take all notifications seriously.

Anyone with concerns about the care they have received from a registered health practitioner is encouraged to report this to Ahpra so the concerns can be considered. You can call 1300 419 495 or lodge a notification online via the Ahpra website.

 
 
 
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