Cosmetic surgery review welcome but late: ALA

Following numerous new revelations regarding negative practices within the cosmetic surgery industry, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has announced that it will be commissioning an external review. While this is a welcome initiative, a national legal body fears it is too late.

After decades of patient harm caused by self-proclaimed cosmetic surgeons, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the Medical Board of Australia have commissioned an external review of the many safety issues within the industry with the aim of strengthen its risk-based regulation. .

The announcement comes just a day after Ahpra banned controversial surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer after Four corners and Nine newspapers uncovered allegations of troubling practices including serious hygiene issues, safety breaches and several procedures that left patients in extreme pain and in need of further treatment.

Responding to the announcement, Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) spokesperson and medical law attorney Ngaire Watson said this was long overdue given the enormous growth of the industry in the United States. decades and the lack of regulation to suit it.

“We have been very concerned for some time about the growing number of people who are suffering from serious complications and persistent injuries as a result of elective cosmetic procedures,” Ms Watson said, adding to last month’s statement in which she said lawyers for ALA were seeing more and more people seeking legal help.

ALA and Ms. Watson are particularly concerned about promotional practices in the industry. On social networks in particular, women are targeted by cosmetic surgery advertisements that do not provide the necessary information, especially if the practitioner has the right qualifications. As a result of these advertisements, women – and in particular young women – are victims of deceptive marketing ploys.

“It is extremely important that the messages communicated by cosmetic clinics make it clear to people, especially younger ones, that cosmetic procedures, by their very nature, are risky and may involve complex surgery,” explained Ms. Watson.

As part of the review, the external investigator will consider the titles protected to deal with the misleading advertisements. Ms Watson said this is important “because we believe it should be mandatory for practitioners to clearly identify their qualifications and in particular whether or not they are a specialist” on all marketing materials.

“Too many people who seek legal advice for botched surgery are surprised to find that the ‘cosmetic surgeon’ they have consulted does not have recognized surgical qualifications, and that they often do not fully understand the risks. intervention,Commented Ms. Watson.

“The industry review is urgent and must lead to changes before more people experience the consequences of cosmetic procedures without having access to all the relevant information. ”

Cosmetic surgery review welcome but late: ALA

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Last updated: December 03, 2021

Posted: 03 December 2021

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