01.Nurse suspended for unsupervised cosmetic injections
Concerns around just who is providing Botox and other cosmetic injections to customers in day spas and salons have been raised again with the news that a NSW nurse has been found guilty of professional misconduct for administering Botox and other injectables without a prescription or medical supervision.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
found that the nurse, who worked in a suburban Sydney clinic and day spa had an arrangement with a doctor who ordered the products that she then administered to patients.
Currently cosmetic injections such as Botox, are listed as Schedule 4 of the Poisons List, which require a prescription and must be administered under the supervision of a doctor.
However the procedure is regularly offered in clinics, beauty salons, day spas and even at so-called mobile "Botox parties" and concerns have been raised around the actual medical supervision being provided.
For more on the cosmetic "lunchtime procedures" industry in Australia check out CHOICE journalist Kate Browne’s report for the ABC1 consumer affairs program The Checkout.