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REGULATIONS

Changes to WA Laser Laws Article submitted by April Jorgensen Director, Niche Education Group IN MAY 2018, the Radiological Council of Western Australia amended the laser licensing laws in WA to allow nonmedical practitioners to operate Class 3B and Class 4 laser devices. The amendment has been welcomed by the dermal profession as previously only medical or dental practitioners could use Class 3B and Class 4 lasers. This significantly limited treatment options in non-medical clinics and created a bias towards intense pulsed light modalities. The laser licensing laws in WA are established and governed by the Radiological Council of WA as part of the Department of Health. The new laws apply to Beauty Therapists, Dermal Therapists/Clinicians and Enrolled or Registered Nurses. These changes do not apply to medical doctors. To gain a licence exemption (the term exemption is used in reference of being exempt from holding medical practitioner status), applicants must adhere to a strict criterium as outlined for each licensing category: Superficial Cosmetic Laser Procedures Category:

1. Hold a Certificate IV or Diploma of Beauty Therapy (or equivalent dermal qualification) or hold registration with AHPRA as an Enrolled or Registered Nurse; 2. Hold a recognised laser safety certificate; 3. 50 hours immediate supervision for treatment of vascular lesions (excludes varicose veins); 4. 50 hours of immediate supervision for treatment of pigmented lesions

Hair Reduction Category:

1. Hold a Certificate IV or Diploma of Beauty Therapy (or equivalent dermal qualification) or hold registration with AHPRA as an Enrolled or Registered Nurse; 2. Hold a recognised laser safety certificate; 3. 50 hours immediate supervision for treatment of hair reduction Tattoo Removal Category:

1. Hold registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and have 5 years nursing experience; 2. Hold a recognised laser safety certificate; 3. Complete an approved laser tattoo removal course; 4. 50 hours immediate supervision for treatment of tattoo removal

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Prior to any course of treatment that falls within the superficial cosmetic laser category, a patient/client must have a skin check evidenced by a doctor’s letter. A doctor must also be involved in establishing the clinic’s laser procedures and protocols. This is evidenced by the doctor signing the protocols or writing a letter to confirm his/her involvement in establishing the protocols. To demonstrate practical experience in accordance with the

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Profile for APAN - Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

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