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AHPRA Changes for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Starting from July 1st, 2023, practitioners responsible for conducting both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures have been mandated to incorporate regular screening for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) during the consultation process. This includes a GP referral as a requirement moving forward.

We must thoroughly assess the patient’s motivations and expectations to make sure that they are choosing to undergo the procedure in a realistic manner. If we are concerned that a patient may be showing signs of potential underlying psychological issues that can interfere with suitability for a procedure, we will need to refer them for an evaluation by a

General Practitioner (GP), psychiatrist, or psychologist before going through with the procedure.

We also have two significant updates regarding our pre-surgical consultations:

  • A new waiting period has been introduced for patients under the age of 18. A mandatory three-month waiting period will now be observed to ensure young patients have adequate time to reflect on their decision and to provide an opportunity for any underlying concerns to surface before proceeding with the procedure.
  • Patients will now be required to have two pre-surgical consultations.

These regulations have been established by the AHPRA to uphold the highest standards of care and ensure that all patients receive appropriate treatment tailored to their individual needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require further clarification.