Cosmetic surgery subject to new regulation

29 Sep 2022

Karen Stephens

by Karen Stephens

Female patient having a cosmetic consultation


Cosmetic surgery regulation will be tightened following extensive media coverage, and an independent review which highlighted unsafe practices and misleading advertising.

Ahpra and the Medical Board have accepted all recommendations made by the Independent review of the regulation of medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery.

They will set up a Cosmetic Surgery Enforcement Unit, to:

  • set clear standards, including an endorsement on registration
  • enforce the ban on testimonials in cosmetic surgery advertising
  • encourage reporting of patient harm - set up a confidential hotline for complaints (1300 361 041)
  • increase scrutiny and enforcement of existing guidelines
  • work with state and territory health authorities on areas such as facilities licensing and drugs and poisons rules.


Ahpra has published Cosmetic procedures: #besafefirst to assist patients to make an informed decision. This resource encourages patients to consider:

  • who will carry out the procedure
  • aspects of the place where the procedure will be performed
  • medicines or devices that will be used
  • consent
  • where to go if something goes wrong.


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