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Informed Consent

A mandatory consultation with a Medical Practitioner or Dental Practitioner is required to safely prescribe Schedule 4 Prescription Only cosmetic injection products.

Cosmetic injections are medical procedures and carry the potential of serious risks including blindness, stroke, tissue necrosis and anaphylaxis. An informed consent details the products, procedures, expected results and potential risks. You will be asked to sign a consent form during your consultation. A consent form is a legal document and your signature verifies that you understand the details surrounding your medical procedure.

Please ask questions if you do not understand any details.


Prescribing

All cosmetic injection products are classified as Schedule 4 PRESCRIPTION ONLY medicines.

“Prescription Only Medicine” is clearly printed in bold type on the packaging of all cosmetic injection products. 

By Australian Law, Schedule 4 medicines MUST be prescribed by a Doctor or Dentist in a face-to-face consultation before they can be administered by a qualified nurse. Nurse Practitioners are qualified to prescribe Schedule 4 medicines only under the direct supervision of a Medical or Dental Practitioner.

Please ask to see the Medical Practitioner / Dental Practitioner if you have any concerns about your legal prescription BEFORE any procedure.


Injecting

Suppelle adheres to the Protocol for Delegated Cosmetic S4 Injections released by The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) in 2009. click here

“Suitably-trained Registered Nurses may administer S4 medicines for cosmetic purposes AFTER a doctor has consulted in person, face-to-face with a patient and formulated a written treatment plan".  

On 12 June 2014, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found a nurse “guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and serious misconduct” for the practice of: 

  1. supplying Schedule 4 medication to patients at a practice and/or day spa contrary to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW)
  2. administering the substance in the absence of any:

i) consultation, review or assessment of the patients by a medical practitioner

ii) prescription from a medical practitioner;

iii) written instructions or written orders from a medical practitioner;

iv) supervision by a medical practitioner.

The CPSA is concerned that this type of illegal practice occurs with worrying regularity. The CPSA strongly recommends that doctors and nurses working in the area of cosmetic medicine obey the law and follow the protocols that are in place for these types of treatments, as this type of malpractice endangers patient safety and increases the likelihood of adverse and undesirable result”.


Duty of Care

A duty of care refers to: "...an acceptable standard of care that is ‘reasonably practicable’ be provided to ensure the health and safety of those at the workplace and also to those affected by the work..." of a health care professional.

The nursing profession expects that nurses will conduct themselves personally and professionally in a way that will maintain public trust and conīŦdence in the profession. Nurses have a responsibility to the individual, society, and the profession to provide safe and competent nursing care which is responsive to individual, group and community needs, and the profession.

For the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Professional Standards click here.

The Medical Board of Australia states “Cosmetic medical and surgical procedures are performed by medical practitioners with a range of different qualifications. The problems that arise for patients are not all caused by one group of practitioners. By setting guidelines that apply to everyone, the Board is doing what it can to make sure that all medical practitioners practise within their skill and ability and provide safe care to their patients.”

Local anaesthesia is present in some cosmetic injection products, and also forms a part of the skin preparation process prior to injections. At Suppelle®, emergency equipment and Medical Practitioners are always onsite during all medical procedures. This provides you with immediate medical attention and intervention if a complication occurs.

“The treating practitioner is to take explicit responsibility for post-procedure patient care”. If you are ever unhappy with your results, it is primarily the treating practitioner’s responsibility to assess, advise and correct this for you. 

If you have had an unhappy experience elsewhere, Suppelle® requires your treatment records before undertaking any corrective measures.


Advertising

Advertising is common in cosmetic medicine and there are a variety of requirements which must be satisfied to avoid invoking the wrath of various societies, Medical Boards or the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). In Australia, advertisements for therapeutic goods must comply with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

Advertising must not:

  • Be false, misleading or deceptive;
  • Offer discounts, inducements or special offers;
  • Use testimonials or purported testimonials;
  • Create unreasonable expectations or promote unnecessary use of services.

Schedule 4 medication names must not be used in advertising. Neither the trade nor generic name nor any corruption thereof may be used.

For TGA regulations click here

REPORTING

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has guidelines for raising concerns click here.

If you want to lodge a complaint to AHPRA about a Registered Health Practitioner click here.

If you want to lodge a complaint to the Australian Government, Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) click here.