‘Nurse Injectors’ – Why we are a Doctor-Only Clinic!

‘Nurse Injectors’ – Why we are a Doctor-Only Clinic!

Over the last 20 years, Australia has witnessed a huge increase in the appeal, popularity and usage of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments such as Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers.

As a result more and more doctors, and some nurses, have entered the field. While nurses are admirable professionals in their own field, they do not have the intimate knowledge of facial anatomy that a well-trained and experienced Cosmetic Surgeon has.

Accordingly, with the aim of delivering the very best possible results for our patients we only have well-trained doctors injecting patients at our Clinic.

Moreover, people considering or already having Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers, should be aware that it is illegal for any Registered Nurse to inject such prescription-only Schedule 4 products unless:

  • You have been first consulted by a doctor of that particular practice. Skype consultations are not an acceptable substitute.
  • The doctor has issued written orders or prescription allowing the nurse to inject you with such S4 products.

As a case in point, in July 2014, The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) successfully prosecuted a Registered Nurse over the inappropriate use of anti-wrinkle injections and fillers, in breach of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW) (PTGA) and the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law).

The HCCC found that the nurse entered into an arrangement with a plastic surgeon who ordered supplies of Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers which the nurse then administered to patients at the medical practitioner’s surgery. In contravention of the PTGA, the nurse administered such restricted S4 substances to patients in the absence of any consultation, review or assessment of the patients by the said medical practitioner, without prescriptions or written orders from the medical practitioner, nor under any supervision by the medical practitioner.

The HCCC finding is available at:

http://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/action/PJUDG?jgmtid=172043