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    William

    This piece is entitled ‘Why the cosmetic industry needs reform’….Am I missing the point here. There is no mention of reform or even the word ‘reform’ in the whole article. It just seems to be the recounting of a tragic death of a healthy young person following cosmetic surgery, relating to poor postoperative communication and care.

    This looks an awful lot like self promotion by Maurice Blackburn and it’s lawyers…

    So now Croakey publishes pieces by medical negligence lawyer’s expounding their most recent triumph? and dressing it up as a constructive piece on how the system needs ‘reform’?!!! Please!

    How does this sit with your views on conflict of interest Croakey?

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    Croakey

    Croakey

    Hi William
    If you can read that piece and not see that it is about the need for change – whether of individual behaviour, systems of care or service delivery – then I suggest you read it again.
    Cheers
    Melissa

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    William

    Hi Melissa,

    If you can read that piece and not see that it is an advert by a legal firm specialising in personal injury and medical negligence work – then I suggest you read it again.

    Cheers
    William

    PS Might I respectfully suggest that the piece would have some credibility had it been from someone with no pecuniary interest in the case, it’s outcome and it’s relevance to regulation of the cosmetic surgery sector.

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    marilyndramsay

    Does it really matter if Melissa made this post with some kind of professional interest? Who cares? At least she mentioned it! Why is it so often the case that when women draw attention to matters that support other women, someone comes out and focusses on the messenger rather than the message. I don’t care if Melissa has some connection with Maurice Blackburn. It does not make her post less credible. The events shown on 60 minutes were clearly based on fact, and if Melissa wants to draw attention to the need for health reform via the piece, her motive doesn’t really matter. At least she’s DOING IT !! Where are our current health regulation authorities? Kerry Mullins mentioned the name of her plastic surgeon; Dr. [Edited] from [Edited] and [Edited]. Dr [Edited] was not so long ago on A Current Affair, flogging a potion called Macrolane, which enables women to have a boob job via injection! Marvellous isn’t it? This insanely expensive procedure has not yet been passed by The Theraputic Goods Administration in Australia, but that didn’t stop Dr. [Edited] from making sure that eveyrone knew HE was the one doing the “Tiralls”. In this crass peice of marketingm Dr. [Edited] did not mention any “risks”, he underplayed the real extent of pain that women are often in afterwards and he didn’t mention the fact that the jury is not out on the safety of Macrolane, with many doctors believing it to be potentially dangerous and others who are very concerned that women cannot feel lumps in their breasts while this “stuff” is inside them. The “advertorial” went against all the advertising guidelines laid down by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria and the ACCC, but despite this, the health commissioner, Beth Wilson, went on the show to warn women not to believe that all things are safe simply because they are said to be so. I want to know why our Health Commissioner was wasting time with this narcissistic plastic surgeon, rather than pulling his segment, which would have been in line with the regulations. This flogging of macrolane came after Dr. [Edited] massacre of Kerry Mullins via his suggested mum’s make-over. Yeah – wow – what a mum’s makeover. Dr. [Edited] even told Kerry Mullins to stop breast feeding her baby so that she could have the breast implants. It’s hard to believe that such a mentaililyt exists in “health care”. And that’s the real issue here. These kinds of doctors should not be registered as “health care professionals”. The real push for change should come via definition. Plastic/cosmetic surgery is here to stay. It’s not going away. In some cases, it is justified perhaps. However, Dr. [Edited] is not a health care professional as much as he is the owner of a seriously big business with an income closer to an oil sheek than a surgeon. So- Why not push for “surgeons” like him to be registerd as “BEAUTY THERAPISTS WITH MEDICAL AND SURGICAL TRAINING”. Then we would approach them with the same buyer beware attitude that we might apply to a house renovator or a plumber- except that these tradies are far more honest. Women should join forces to stop this shocking level of disregard for the female body and write about it, whenever and however they like.
    Moderator: this comment has been edited.

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    Just for the record, I have no professional connection with Maurice Blackburn whatsoever. I was approached by them asking if I’d be interested in a post on this case and I thought it worth posting because of the public interest issues involved. Clearly Maurice Blackburn has an interest in talking about this case and related issues, but their authorship is clearly disclosed, and I’d assume most Croakey readers would be sensible enough to draw their own conclusions about the merits of the issues raised here.

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    Stanley-Clarke Helen

    I have my own case happening at the moment which involves an Australian cosmetic surgeon, HQCC, AHPRA, the Medical Board of Aust, legal representation for the Board and QCAT.

    My dealings with all of these entities and people have shown there is a lack of integrity in the Medical field and I have created a petition to the Ministerial Council for appointments to the Medical Board of Australia to update legislation to include a mandatory oath of impartiality for members appointed to the Board and they be made accountable for the decisions they are making.

    PLEASE – anyone who also believes legislation needs to be updated to account basically for the lack of integrity within this profession and the agencies engaged to deal with complaints from the public regarding any medical practitioner – whatever field they operate in – SIGN the PETITION. Link Below.

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/medical-board-of-australia-oath-of-impartiality.html

    I found this website when I googled ‘advertising laws cosmetic surgery’ but see the last comment was in Sept 2010. Obviously things have gotten worse since that time
    and I am looking into what I can do to update the advertising laws as well. The Law is way too lax in both of these areas.

    Where it fails is back when the original National Scheme was set up by COAG. The Ministerial Council is responsible for appointments to the Board but the only requirement is that they are professionally qualified for the position. It failed to take into account that the very success of the Scheme depended on the integrity of each member of the Board and person engaged in the process;

    Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 states this:

    4 How functions to be exercised

    An entity that has functions under this Law is to exercise its functions having regard to the objectives and guiding principles of the national registration and accreditation scheme set out in section 3.

    The Ministerial Council are not empowered to insert themselves into the day to day business of the entities concerned, they appoint the members and must abide by legislation in this regard though. Board members are not responsible for the decisions they are making regarding public complaints about medical practitioners. A public petition to this body is the first step (I know of & am capable of doing) in presenting a Bill to parliament to update legislation.

    The success of the Scheme then depends on whether each of the people involved in the scheme are PERSONALLY abiding by the objectives and guiding principles of the national registration and accreditation scheme. (The Scheme)

    I have presented Affidavit proof to QCAT that my allegations against the surgeon involved are true and requested a review of the Medical Board decision in my case. The Board has taken legal action against me to prevent it.

    On the petition is a link to my website where relevant documents and records can be viewed along with photos and details of the event (sans names of course). Anyone who does not have their own reasons for deciding to sign the petition is welcome to view this information – everything is under menu option Medical Board only – the rest of the website is not related to the Board, its just my website.

    I would really appreciate any feed-back from people – even opposing views are welcome, I believe in this petition and the need for it but these Laws affect every person in Australia as it is a National Scheme and each of us need to decide for ourselves. Here is the link again.

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/medical-board-of-australia-oath-of-impartiality.html

    Cheers

    Helen

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    Stanley-Clarke Helen

    Website http://WWW.theenchantedgardenau/cosmetic surgery. A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE CONTEMPLATING COSMETIC SURGERY IN AUSTRALIA.

    Helen Stanley-Clarke

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