Review the legislation for cosmetic injectables

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This petition calls on the Australian Government and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to review the legislation relating to the cosmetic medical industry.

Why is this important?

This petition is in response to the recent death of Jean Huang, who was having breast filler performed in a beauty salon in Sydney.
It’s time that legislators do something to protect the public from unregistered and/or unregulated people working illegally in this industry.

Cosmetic medical procedures are not beauty treatments. They are medical treatments with the risks associated.
Cosmetic injectables gone wrong can cause anaphylactic reactions, blindness, skin necrosis and infections.

We are also opposed to the widespread and indiscriminate use of the terms medical, clinic, medi, specialist and health practitioner by unregulated, unregistered and uninsured people. The overuse of these terms causes significant confusion amongst the general public as to who is actually trained, registered, regulated and insured in this realm of medicine especially. "Medical" relates to doctors and NOT to dentists, nurses, and other health care or beauty industry workers.

In Australia currently, we have a farcical situation where Skype calls with medical practitioners are substituted for proper consultations, allowing nurses and others to administer potentially dangerous cosmetic injectables with dire consequences from beauty salons, hairdressers and other unsupervised premises.

The legislation needs to change to make sure that:

  • The doctor dispensing/prescribing cosmetic injectables must have an in-person consultation with the patient, and be on the premises if a nurse acting on his/her behalf is injecting patients.
  • Cosmetic injectables should not be given in non-medical settings where complications cannot be dealt with.

We urge the Australian government and AHPRA to change the legislation and stop putting patient health at risk.

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