By medical reporter Sophie Scott and the National Reporting Team’s Rebecca Armitage.
New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner says from next year, procedures such as breast implants, tummy tucks and liposuction will need to be carried out in facilities that have the same licensing standards as private hospitals.
“Reports of significant adverse health outcomes for some patients has led to growing public concern over high-risk practices by some operators,” she said.
Cosmetic surgeons will be subject to the same licensing rules that apply to private health hospitals.
That means doctors will no longer be permitted to perform major procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction in non-hospital settings.
“These changes will ensure a safer regulatory environment for patients undergoing selected cosmetic surgical procedures,” Ms Skinner said.
Facilities that carry out these procedures will have nine months to obtain the proper licensing under the Private Health Facilities Act and Regulation.
The NSW Health Ministry announced the review into the state’s cosmetic surgery in September 2015 after a woman was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine breast enhancement.
She was the second woman in nine months to go into cardiac arrest during a procedure at The Cosmetic Institute (TCI).
In January 2015, 21-year-old Amy Rickhuss nearly died when her heart stopped during her breast augmentation.