Boards of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency have been cracking down on unsafe conduct from medical practitioners and nurses.
Effective on 1 October 2016, the Medical Board of Australia imposed new cosmetic guidelines to ensure patient safety. These guidelines appliy to medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.
The new guidelines require:
- A seven-day cooling off period for all adults before major procedures
- A three-month cooling off period before major procedures for all under 18s and a mandatory evaluation by a registered psychologist, general practitioner or psychiatrist
- A seven day cooling off period before minor procedures for all under 18s, and when clinically indicated, evaluation by a registered psychologist, general practitioner or psychiatrist
- The treating medical practitioner to take explicit responsibility for post-operative patient care and for making sure there are emergency facilities when they are using sedation, anaesthesia or analgesia
- A mandatory consultation before a medical practitioner prescribes schedule 4 (prescription only) cosmetic injectables, either in person or by video consultation
- Medical practitioners to provide patients with detailed written information about costs
Meanwhile, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) made a statement about providing advice on vaccinations clear to registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives after a small number of them promoted anti-vaccination statements via social media.
The NMBA supports the use of the Australian National Immunisation Handbook 10th edition by registered nurses, enrolled nurses and midwives who are giving vaccines. The NMBA expects them to use the best available evidence in making practice decisions. This includes providing information to the public about public health issues.
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