“It’s the topic everyone in the medi-aesthetic industry is talking about at the moment, the big debate whether nurses should be allowed to inject fillers and anti-wrinkle products, and now, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has broken its silence.

2018 has seen NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard propose a new legislation that would deny nurses the right to inject without a doctor physically present; this sparked a petitionsigned by thousands of nurses fearing for their jobs. Large organisations such as the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia have made official statements that avoid taking a clear side in this matter, saying they “place patient safety first,” however, they also feel there are “many excellent nurse injectors working within the cosmetic aesthetic field.”

Just this week, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery said that they don’t think a two day training course is adequate to perform injectable treatments safely.

Until now, ASAPS  hadn’t taken a stance, but today the ASAPS President, Dr Naveen Somia, released a video message to all nurses to “clarify a rumour.”

In the 54-second video, Somia says the rumour that ASAPS is against nurses injecting is false and that ASAPS has “always welcomed nurses to the Non-Surgical Symposium.”

He goes on to say that the members of the organisation “love teaching, we love sharing our knowledge, and we love for all of you to be very successful in what you do.”

Furthermore, he stresses how NSS is the perfect place to learn and update skills, and also “benchmark your practice against what is global best practice ultimately for the patient’s benefit all within the cocoon of patient safety.”