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New data shows there is a lack of government understanding about the role nurses play in cosmetic medicine

The results of a survey of 621 cosmetic Nurses in Australia, conducted by the Cosmetic Nurses Association (CNA), has found that a resounding 99 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the CNA that there is a lack of government understanding about the non-surgical cosmetic industry and the role that Cosmetic Nurses play in providing treatments.

President of the Advisory Committee to the CNA, Jacinta King, said this new data highlights the desperate need for nurses in the cosmetic industry to have their own, independent voice representing them to government.

“To date, nurses who perform cosmetic procedures in Australia have fallen through the cracks in terms of official representation. As a dispersed group working in many different parts of cosmetic medicine, there has not been an officially formed and recognised Association to represent Cosmetic Nurses.

“I am thrilled to be part of the inaugural Advisory Committee and to be part of the leadership team looking to professionalise and lift the standards of my colleagues in Australia, Ms King said.

The survey was sent out to the Cosmetic Nurses who have registered their support of the Association when it launches, which is expected to start taking registrations by the end of the year.

“One of the key priorities for the CNA will be to introduce Best Practice Standards for Cosmetic Nurses. So, it was very pleasing to hear that our potential members agreed this was of dire need,” Ms King said.

Ninety-six percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the development of clearly defined Standards and Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses who perform non-surgical cosmetic treatments would be beneficial to them.

Eighty-six percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the most pressing issue facing Nurses performing non-surgical cosmetic treatments is there is not a defined ‘Cosmetic Nursing’ speciality that is recognised by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Eighty-five percent of respondents agree or strongly agree they would benefit from being a member of the CNA as it will serve as a collective voice for all Nurses within the Cosmetic Industry who provide non-surgical cosmetic services in Australia.

Ms King said that while much work was currently underway to set up the CNA and for it to achieve not-for-profit accreditation, she was looking forward to the real job starting when membership applications finally open.

“There is so much hope and anticipation for the CNA and all that it will set out to achieve. It certainly is an exciting time to be a Cosmetic Nurse in Australia,” Ms King said.


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