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Wednesday, June 14


What do I need to know about the AHPRA cosmetic surgery reform guidelines? 

Patients choosing cosmetic surgery deserve safe care. The Medical Board of Australia has now published new guidelines that aim to raise the standards of care and improve patient safety. These guidelines form a part of a significant cosmetic surgery reform that targets higher standards of care, stricter advertising requirements, and transparency around the qualifications and training of those who perform cosmetic surgery.

Referral from your usual GP

 Under these new reforms, if you are seeking cosmetic surgery, you'll need a referral from the GP. This new measure adds a layer of protection for you as you'll be encouraged to discuss your motivation for cosmetic surgery with your GP who has the best knowledge of your health and medical history and can share this with me, your surgeon.


You need to have at least two consultations prior to being able to book him for your surgery. At least one of these does need to be face-to-face. There will also be a seven-day cooling off period from the time of your second consultation before you'll be able to book your surgery date and pay your deposit.

Patient suitability assessment for cosmetic surgery

As part of our discussions with you, we will need to understand why you want cosmetic surgery, your expectations of the results, and what has motivated you to seek cosmetic surgery. As part of these reforms, we are also required to screen for underlying psychological conditions that could affect your suitability for cosmetic surgery. If the assessment reveals that may make you unsuitable, we will need to refer you to a health practitioner to make sure you receive appropriate care. Remember, these steps are in place to protect your wellbeing and make sure cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you.

What if I already have an appointment or surgery booked after 1 July?

So what does this mean for patients who already have a cosmetic consultation or cosmetic surgery booked for after the 1st of July? So we recommend that you arrange an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible to discuss the new requirements,  your medical history and obtain a referral prior to your consultation or surgery. You will also be sent a cosmetic readiness questionnaire that we ask you to complete within seven days. This will ensure that you are fully prepared and that we can assess and ensure you are still able to proceed with your consultation or surgery.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate our way through these new changes. 

Risk disclaimers: 

All surgical or invasive procedures carry risks and potential complications. We recommend seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner before proceeding with surgery.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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