Cosmetic Preparedness Consultations

Cosmetic Preparedness Consultations

OCD Clinic Brisbane - Cosmetic Preparedness Consultations

In 2023, the Medical Board of Australia introduced updated ‘Guidelines for registered medical practitioners conducting cosmetic medical and surgical operations,’ effective from 1st July 2023. These guidelines prioritise patient suitability for cosmetic surgery and recommend psychological assessments for concerned individuals to minimise potential risks and ensure better outcomes. The assessment process also provides valuable support for those in need of psychological aid and treatment.

Cosmetic Preparedness Consultations Procedure

  • Consultation: A comprehensive 50-minute consultation conducted by a Clinical Psychologist
  • Testing: Inclusive psychometric testing
  • Reporting: A letter will be sent within 3 days to all parties involved
  • Referral: While not mandatory, a GP referral is necessary for a Medicare rebate

Cost for Cosmetic Preparedness Consultations

  • Consultation Pricing: $260 per session, below the recommended $300 by the Australian Psychological Society. Eligible clients with a referral from there GP will be entitled to claim a Medicare rebate of $136.35. If you have registered for the Medicare safety net you can access a higher rebate.
  • Reporting: Letter writing incurs an additional cost

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with us. We are committed to providing the best possible care and support for all our clients.

The final decision on proceeding with the cosmetic procedure will be made jointly by the cosmetic practitioner and the patient, considering our assessment and recommendations.


How to Refer?

To refer a patient, click here or email us at

Please provide concise details about the reason for referral, the requested cosmetic procedure, and the patient’s contact information with consent.

After the assessment, we provide the following feedback to the client and referrer:

  • Client’s preparedness and suitability for the cosmetic procedure.
  • Identifying concerns that may increase the risk of negative psychological outcomes.
  • Recommendations for additional risk evaluations.
  • Psychotherapy suggestions to address identified risks.
  • If the procedure isn’t recommended, a rationale will be provided, along with patient education about contraindications.
  • If the procedure proceeds, advice will be offered on post-procedure resilience, identifying potential psychological issues, and finding support.