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products or ingredient names," says the new
"It is not acceptable to use acronyms,
nicknames or abbreviations of the
medicine's name, which may be taken by a
consumer to be a 'reference' to a specific
medicine or substance."
Breaches of the legislation attract
a maximum penalty of $10,800 for an
individual and $54,000 for a body corporate.
TIME TO BE LASER SHARP
Laser and IPL for cosmetic use in Australia
has been under the spotlight since the
Australian Radiation Protection and
Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) called
for submissions from the cosmetic medical
and aesthetics industries in 2015.
These were to assess standards by which
operators can practice to ensure optimum
patient safety and outcomes.
The result of the inquiry was not all
everyone hoped, but is a step in the right
direction and puts the onus on ethical
operators to lead the way, according to
Elissa O'Keefe RN NP FFACNP MACN,
managing director of Bravura Education
and advisor to The Australasian College of
Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).
"While laser/IPL regulations per se are
not going to be national, those in place
in Queensland, Tasmania and WA will
continue to be enforceable," she says.
"What will happen, though, is that there
will be a release of Australian standards,
possibly in the next 12 months that will
be applicable to lasers in health in all
contexts, not just cosmetics.
"These standards will form the
backbone of workplace health and safety
with regard to laser and IPL and give
strong direction on laser governance
including, but not limited to, education,
devices and safety auditing.
"Furthermore, ARPANSA is currently
drafting a guidance document that should
complement those standards where
specific requirements of the cosmetic
industry with regard to laser and IPL use
will be made explicit.
"It is not known when this document
will be released for public comment but it
is not unrealistic to expect it in the next
Elissa explains that laser and IPL
safety in cosmetic practice has never been
governed by an enforceable standard in
Australia, despite such part of a cosmetic
business being held to the same account re
workplace health safety as sharps disposal
or manual handling would be.
It has been informed instead by a
number of guidance documents and
accepted professional practices.
The most recent of these is the much-
anticipated ARPANSA publication,
expected to be released soon.
"In this guidance document, minimum
laser and IPL safety education, terminology,
the import, sales, ser vicing and staff training
for specific laser and IPL equipment, best
practice for patient care and the reporting
of injuries are the key elements in raising
the standards of cosmetic medicine and
keeping the public safe," says Elissa.
"But the ante is about to be upped. To
add to this there is now also a revision of
the aged AS/NZ 4173 Lasers in health care
standard in the pipeline due for release
later this year and it will set the national
standard not only for cosmetic practice
but for hospitals and other health care
facilities that use lasers too.
"Therefore, managers in all healthcare
facilities where a medical or surgical
laser is used will need to apply the
new standards, incorporate them into
workplace health and safety policies,
and devise procedures demonstrating
compliance with the standards.
"Clinic owners and managers will soon
be expected to restructure their laser and
IPL safety programs, policies, educational
requirements, audit and QA activities, and
daily operational procedures to align with
these strict standards."
Australian men's attitudes to non-surgical
cosmetic treatments to combat premature
ageing have changed significantly in recent
years, according to the latest sur vey*
conducted by the Cosmetic Physicians
College of Australasia (CPCA),
The sur vey, now in its ninth year and
whose findings were released in March,
indicates 75 percent of Australian men now
think it's acceptable to have treatments to
address premature ageing.
It found the most popular procedures
in Australia for men included anti-wrinkle
treatments, non-surgical fat reduction and
laser hair removal.
Being in the workforce longer and
competing in job inter views were key
driving factors, says the CPCA.
The CPCA's 2014 sur vey found less than
50 per cent of male respondents thought
addressing premature ageing through
cosmetic inter vention was acceptable.
The latest sur vey found that more than
one third of Aussie men are worried about
looking old, with the top ageing concerns
focusing on thinning hair and wrinkles.
"Although not a common conversation
topic, men are recognising some of the signs
of facial ageing and realising that they can
do something to increase self- confidence,"
said Dr Catherine Porter, spokesperson for
"This increased confidence often filters
into many aspects of working life."
The sur vey also found that of those men
who had a cosmetic treatment, one quarter
experienced some form of treatment in the
last six months.
"We think one factor inf luencing men's
attitudes is the realisation that many will need
to remain in the workplace longer than they
previously thought and they want to project
a more youthful appearance, particularly if
they are in the job market and think they'll
have to compete with younger people," said
* NineRewards survey of 1,020 Australians,
commissioned by the Cosmetic Physicians College
of Australasia, May 2016.
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