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ASAPS receives confirmation about restriction of surgeon title

Posted on Thursday, 5 December 2019

Rogue and unregistered doctors are set to face tougher regulatory oversight with Australia’s Health Ministers agreeing to pass new legislative amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law at the last Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Ministers’ meeting on 31 October and 1 November.

The communique from the COAG meeting stated, ‘the use of the title “surgeon”, including by way of “cosmetic surgeon”, by medical practitioners, non-specialist surgeons or those without other appropriate specific training can cause confusion among members of the public.

The ASAPS President, Dr Naveen Somia has received the following letter from the Hon Greg Hunt MP confirming this move: Letter from Hon Greg Hunt MP regarding the title of surgeon.

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