The New South Wales Government has published a regulation under the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 to amend the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2010 to ensure that cosmetic surgery (excluding dental surgery) will be subject to the same licensing requirements that currently apply to private health facilities.

The new law specifically aims to protect the most vulnerable patients, such as those undergoing surgeries for breast augmentation or reduction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), large volume liposuction and facial implants. Those private health facilities that perform procedures of this type will be given nine months to obtain the correct licensing.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner commented that “a NSW Health discussion paper informed the changes made today, which will ensure a safer regulatory environment for patients undergoing selected cosmetic surgical procedures”.

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