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.