Medical Questions FAQ

WHO CAN ADMINISTER COSMETIC INJECTIONS SUCH AS BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a trade name for a group of medications referred to as muscle / wrinkle relaxants. Muscle/wrinkle relaxants and most dermal fillers are Schedule 4 medications that require prescription by a registered medical practitioner (Doctor). Registered nurses can inject these products but only under the supervision of a medical doctor and once they have completed the appropriate training course.

CAN ENROLLED/DIVISION 2 NURSES PERFORM COSMETIC INJECTIONS?

Enrolled or Division 2 Nurses can complete additional training in medications; that is hold a schedule 4/8 endorsement (if trained prior to 2009). Legally, this means you can administer cosmetic injections under direct medical supervision. However, EENs are not readily employed purely as injectors in Australian cosmetic medical practices because of the limitations under scope of practice requiring supervision.

AACDS will not prevent EENs from completing unit 3.1 Evaluate Injectable Cosmetic Procedures, but we do advise that it is more suitable for EENs who have an arrangement in place to work under medical supervision.

CAN I JUST COMPLETE UNIT 3.1 EVALUATE INJECTABLE COSMETIC PROCEDURES?

No. A safe and effective cosmetic injector must have a broad knowledge of both surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities in order to properly select the most appropriate treatment for each patient. Not all patients will be suited to cosmetic injections and most require a multi-treatment approach.

You also need to learn the associated theory including patient assessment, facial anatomy, pharmacology, dilutions, nerve blocks, contraindications and complications management.

The modern cosmetic medical practice requires the nurse to be skilled and knowledgeable in a number of areas, not just injectables. This role will often encompass dermal therapies, theatre assisting, providing consultations, handling enquiries, pre and post-operative care and some aspects of practice management and administration. You must complete Units 1.1 Dermal Science Theory, 1.2CN Analyse the Principles of Cosmetic Nursing before you can enrol into Unit 3.1 Evaluate Injectable Cosmetic Procedures.

I'M NOT A NURSE OR DOCTOR THOUGH I WANT TO DO INJECTABLES?

In Australia, only Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses (with a medications endorsement) are able to perform cosmetic injections and there are no plans to change this criteria or regulations in the near future. Cosmetic injections are Schedule 4 medications and can only be purchased and prescribed by a Medical Doctor. There are NO exceptions to this law.

If you wish to pursue a career in cosmetic injectables, you have two options. Option 1: you can complete the Advance Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, gain industry experience and then complete an Enrolled or Registered Nursing course and then study the 52709WA Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Nursing. Option 2: study a Bachelor of Nursing and then return to AACDS to complete the 52709WA Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing.

CAN A NURSE PRACTITIONER PRESCRIBE BOTOX® AND DERMAL FILLERS?

There has been a recent change in Nurse Practitioners being able to prescribe medications – however there is a strict application and assessment process to complete. Nurses are not able to open/hold accounts to purchase muscle relaxers and dermal fillers.

I AM DENTIST AND AM CURRENTLY PERFORMING BOTOX®, CAN I DO UNIT 3.1 WITH YOU?

AACDS does not currently offer injecting courses for dentists. Please contact april@nicheeducation.edu.au for further information about cosmetic injectable training for dentists.

I HAVE NOT FINISHED MY PREREQUISITE QUALIFICATION YET AND/OR I'M NOT REGISTERED WITH AUSTRALIAN HEALTH PRACTITIONER REGULATION AGENCY YET, CAN I ENROL?

You MUST complete a prerequisite qualification before enrolling in any of the AACDS Graduate Diplomas or Graduate Certificate, however you can enrol in the 10510NAT Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science first and then and then transfer to a Graduate Diploma upon completion of your prerequisite qualification and/or registration with AHPRA.