New cosmetic surgery guidelines

The Medical Board of Australia has developed new guidelines for medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.  The guidelines will take effect on 1 October 2016 and aim to keep patients safe, without imposing an unreasonable regulatory burden on practitioners.  The guidelines include, among other things, a mandatory 7 day cooling off period for all patients before major procedures and explicit guidance on patient assessment and informed consent.  They also require that the treating medical practitioner take responsibility for post-operative patient care and for making sure there are emergency facilities when they are using sedation, anaesthesia or analgesia.

To view the guidelines, click here.

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner releases first annual report

The Aged Care Complaints Commissioner’s first annual report was released on 5 October 2016.  The report includes data on aged care complaints, including the number and type of complaints, case studies and outlines the support provided by the Commission to care recipients and service providers.

The Commissioner supports independent and impartial complaint handling for Australian Government funded aged care services and provides education for care recipients and providers about the best way to deal with complaints and issues as they arise.

To read the report, click here.

Fake nurse convicted and fined over $40,000

Nicholas Crawford, a Darwin man purporting to be a registered nurse, has been convicted and fined $33,500 for falsely claiming to be registered and ordered to pay an additional $8,250 in costs.  Under the National Law, only registered health practitioners who have the required training and qualifications can use protected titles such as “Nurse”.  Two separate legal actions were commenced in Queensland and Western Australia resulting in the fines. 

To find out more, click here.

Safer monitoring for Victorian pregnant women

Following the review of stillbirths and newborn deaths at Djerriwarrh Health Services, 46 hospitals across Victoria will share $1.4 million in funding to improve their fetal surveillance processes and strengthen the quality and safety of Victorian maternity wards.

Depending on their size, hospitals will receive a grant of between $10,000 and $88,000 to build their fetal surveillance capacity.  The new fetal surveillance grant program will develop the skills and knowledge of all staff providing maternity care in monitoring the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.

To find out more, click here.