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Vic Alt-Wednesday webinar - July - New cosmetic surgery and updated telehealth guidelines from Ahpra- How these changes may affect General Practice Members login for free access About RACGP online events


Type: On-demand
Recorded: 5 Jul 2023


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Vic Alt-Wednesday webinar - July - New cosmetic surgery and updated telehealth guidelines from Ahpra- How these changes may affect General Practice

On-demand recorded 5 Jul 2023

Well known media commentator and respected GP Dr Sally Cockburn will be deep diving into various GP-relevant clinical topics with guest panellists to address “stuff they didn’t teach you in medical school”.

As of July 1st this year, new Ahpra guidelines and rules relating to cosmetic surgery became live. There has been much confusion in the media about requirements for both practitioners and patients, in particular relating to referrals. 

In this session, we will clarify the guidelines for GPs who might be approached by patients for referrals and discuss how these new guidelines might affect those practising cosmetic procedures. 

Also, as of September 1st this year revised guidelines relating to telehealth will come into force. We will touch on this topic as well. 
We will go to the source and be joined by the Chair of the Medical Board to clarify the issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. Gain better understanding of the new Ahpra guidelines and rules around cosmetic procedures.
  2. Know what is required of any GP in relation to patient requesting referral for a cosmetic procedure.
  3. Know how these new guidelines affect GPs who may or wish to practice cosmetic procedures.
  4. Have a better understanding of how updated Ahpra guidelines on Telehealth might affect your practice

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Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn is a practicing GP and health educator. She graduated MBBS from Monash University in 1982 and recently completed her Masters of Health And Medical Law from Uni Melbourne. Sally has also been a high-profile media presenter (Dr Feelgood) for over 30 years on radio, tv and in print. She has a strong commitment to Medical Education and has held various teaching positions. She is currently an adjunct Senior Lecturer in Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has a strong commitment to better health outcomes and social justice and behind the scenes has been involved in health policy and legislation reform. She has sat on some high profile not for profit boards Sally has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a radio industry award for best documentary , the Monash University Alumni Service Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. She is a sought after public speaker, MC and panel facilitator.


Emeritus Professor Anne Tonkin AO
PhD, Med, BMBS, FRACP- Chair Medical Board of Australia

Dr Anne Tonkin has been involved in medical regulation for more than 10 years and was first appointed to the Medical Board of South Australia in 2009, prior to the National Scheme. She held the position of Chair of the South Australian Board from 2012 until she was appointed as Chair of the National Board in 2018. Dr Anne Tonkin trained as a general physician with a sub-specialty in clinical pharmacology, and practised at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for more than 25 years. She was a clinical academic in the Adelaide Medical School for 22 years, becoming Professor in Medical Education with responsibilities for curriculum planning and implementation. Dr Tonkin has also served the Australian Medical Council as a council member and had long-standing involvement with its accreditation processes for medical school and specialist colleges up until her appointment to the Medical Board of Australia. Through her sub-specialty in clinical pharmacology, Dr Tonkin has been involved in drug regulation nationally for more than 20 years. She has served terms on the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and provided evaluation services to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for many years. In 2023, Dr Tonkin was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to medical professional regulation, to tertiary education, and to clinical pharmacology.


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