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1. Teenagers now required to see a psychologist before getting a breast enlargement or a nose job.
New guidelines by The Australian Medical Board will require teenagers wanting to have major cosmetic surgery performed such as a breast enlargement or a nose job to first receive a psychological assessment.
The new guidelines, set by the Medical Board of Australia, will see children and teenagers have to wait for a three-month cooling off period after the assessment.
The Daily Telegraph reports that teenagers who want minor procedures done, such as piercings, mole removal and the treatment of varicose veins, will only need to wait a week.
The cooling off period also affects adults, who will now face a one week cooling-off period before they can undergo any major procedure such as a breast enlargements, face lifts, nose jobs.
All patients would also need to consult a doctor before receiving injectable treatments such as botox.
Joanna Flynn, chairwoman of the medical board told Fairfax Media the guidelines should send the message that all surgery is serious.”Ultimately our job is to protect patients and we are aware that some patients are harmed by cosmetic procedures and we want to reduce that risk,” Dr Flynn said.
“We want to do it in a way that doesn’t absolutely restrict patients’ rights, but to make sure that the doctors’ responsibilities are very clear.”
Fairfax Media reports that the board also made recommendations on the competitive cosmetics sector that they had no power to regulate, including strengthening the regulation of private cosmetics facilities, including their use of sedatives and anaesthesia.
2. GPs to launch targeted Medicare campaign.
Doctors will today launch a campaign asking patients to join their fight against the government’s freeze on Medicare rebates.
The campaign will see GPs warning patients about the budget measure that extended by two years to 2020 a four-year indexation freeze on the Medicare rebate the federal government pays for services like GP visits.
The government expects the move will save almost $1 billion, but the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners says it will leave patients worse off, especially the disadvantaged.
The college says sick people may delay GP visits and they will eventually cost the system more when they present to a hospital with potentially worse symptoms.
3. Waleed Aly takes out Gold Logie.
Waleed Aly has taken out the top prize at the Logies dedicating his Gold Logie to “Dimitri, Mustafa, and all other people with unpronounceable names like Waleed”.
Aly, who also took home Best Presenter, told the audience people from diverse cultural backgrounds deserved greater representation on the small screen.
“Do not adjust your sets … there’s nothing wrong with the picture. I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal,” he said.