GP referral required for cosmetic surgery under latest AHPRA reforms 

Medical board chair Dr Anne Tonkin says the changes raise standards and safety for patients
Dr Anne Tonkin
Dr Anne Tonkin.

Patients wanting cosmetic surgery will need a GP referral from 1 July, under new guidelines designed to reduce the risk of exploitation by practitioners. 

AHPRA said patients should be able to discuss their motivation for cosmetic surgery with their GP, who had the best understanding of their medical history.