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.

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