Secret exam meeting ends in revolt


Professor Mark Ashton was one of the most vocal critics of the briefing. Ashton, who was not the source of the leak, has been contacted for comment but said he was bound by confidentiality and could not comment other than to say he was “deeply disappointed ” by the recommendations.

Dr Robert Sheen, president of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, who was also not the source of the leak, said in a statement after the briefing that it had become clear that significant reform that protects patients was not going to come without leadership. change to AHPRA and Medical Board. “Is AHPRA now complicit in patient harm? They have to go,” he said.

“AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher and Medical Board of Australia Chair Anne Tonkin presided over a culture that tolerated a lack of responsibility and accountability for the dangerous situation that was allowed to flourish in Australia, with violation after violation of medical conditions and conduct of practitioners,” Sheen said.

“Expressing concern that harms suffered by patients were made known to the media before they were, confirms what we have known all along. We have seen that formal complaints that are made are either ignored or left behind. in a drawer for an indefinite period, until there is public scrutiny via the media.And perhaps negative media coverage is more concerning than acting to protect patients and enable victims to ‘be heard,'” Sheen said.

“If patients were to hear the comments made at today’s briefing by AHPRA chiefs and the medical board, they would be appalled,” he said. “Patients have already been let down by the country’s health regulator and its lack of regulation. And now we see a disregard for their welfare and a desire to further weaken the rules, and at best to maintain the current mess,” he said.

“For Anne Tonkin to say ‘if only life were that simple’ and that changing national law would take at least five years, it shows a cruel lack of understanding of the power that AHPRA and the government have, and a lack of care shocking at the seriousness of this problem,” he said.

He said the proposal to create a new approving body would create a new breed of AHPRA-approved cosmetic cowboys, and patients would be even more confused than they are now.

“How many patients are willing to see upset and endangered as they continue to waste time on non-solutions?”

According to the confidential source, one participant told Fletcher and Tonkin: “When we report them [cosmetic cowboys] … There’s no [real] penalty for these guys.

Tonkin disagreed and said cosmetic surgeons who had been allowed to continue practicing as general practitioners “have clearly been able to express remorse, indicate what they are going to do differently, they are working under supervision and behave like a general practitioner. People can reform themselves,” she said.

“We don’t take unnecessary punitive action against practitioners…part of our mandate is to take action that will protect the public and that’s our primary goal,” she said.

Cosmetic Surgery Inquiry Chairman Andrew Brown said the approval process envisioned by the review would add a “significant level of transparency” to the marketplace and go a long way to clearing up consumer confusion over titles like as cosmetic surgeon and practitioner qualifications.

“If an endorsement is established, consumers will be able to clearly see if a practitioner has had proper training in cosmetic surgery because it will be listed on the public registry,” he said.

Thursday’s report follows a series of investigations by The Sydney Morning Herald, age and 60 minutes in disturbing practices across the industry, including health and safety issues and patients left deformed, and in some cases nearly dying.


This masthead revealed that Dr Reza Ahmadi, who worked at the Cosmos Clinic in Melbourne until February this year, was banned in April from doing cosmetic surgery but was allowed to practice as a as a general practitioner. At least eight women were hospitalized after surgery by Ahmadi, including Keisha Amoah, whose liver had been liposuctioned 17 times. Ahmadi is also being investigated by Victoria’s Department of Health over his potential role in relation to dozens of patients who underwent cosmetic surgery during the lockdown, which is a breach of a public health order banning cosmetic surgery during lockdown.

On November 29 last year, AHPRA banned Dr. Daniel Aronov from performing all types of cosmetic surgery and ordered him to remove all social media posts related to the surgery after this investigation. masthead in October.

This allowed him to continue working as a general practitioner if supervised by an AHPRA-certified supervisor.

The move came a month after we exposed safety and hygiene issues at the Lanzer clinics, where Aronov practiced, and 10 days after performing abdominoplasty and liposuction on 42-year-old Tina Lombardo, who nearly die and is now the main plaintiff. in a class action lawsuit against the Lanzer Group.

An AHPRA spokesperson said they were “deeply disappointed that someone broke their engagement and violated the terms and spirit of a confidential briefing intended to brief the College of Surgeons prior to the release of the report.”

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