Online launch

Demand for cosmetic surgery has increased exponentially and it is now a billion-dollar industry in Australia.

These Standards are part of urgent reforms to the cosmetic surgery sector to improve patient safety and reduce risk of harm.

The Cosmetic Surgery Standards will help ensure that patients receive safe, high-quality care in facilities where cosmetic surgery is performed.

Expert opinions

Join us to learn more about the Cosmetic Surgery Standards including:

  • Why these Standards are so important
  • How they will benefit patients and consumers
  • How consumers can make informed choices and receive safe care
  • Why facilities should implement these Standards
  • Next steps for accreditation and available support.

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Your Host

Ms Janice Petersen

Journalist and Broadcaster

Ms Petersen is an Australian journalist and currently the presenter of SBS World News on Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), after many years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has hosted numerous high-profile events, including the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum, Australia Day Lunch, the Australian Open Inspirational Series with Anna Wintour and INAS Global Games.

Expert Speakers

Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Professor Duggan was appointed CEO of the Commission in March 2023. She has been with the Commission since 2014, previously as Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Director and Senior Medical Advisor. Professor Duggan also had a leadership role on the Medical Board Expert Panel relating to the review of cosmetic surgery. With experience as a practicing clinician, policy maker and health sector leader, Professor Duggan has an in-depth understanding of the complex issues surrounding safety and quality in health care.

Ms Christine Gee AM

President, Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA), Chief Executive Officer, Toowong Private Hospital

Ms Gee is the CEO of Toowong Private Hospital and is Chair of the Commission’s Private Hospital Sector Committee and co-chaired the Cosmetic Surgery Project Advisory Committee. With over 35 years of experience in hospital administration, Ms Gee is involved in a number of state and national boards and committees, including for the APHA and the Medical Board of Australia.

Dr Garry Buckland

Consultant specialist in plastic & reconstructive surgery

Dr Buckland is a consultant specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery, with extensive experience in all aspects of the specialty. He is a Director of the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and a member of the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Dr Buckland is passionate about surgical education, multidisciplinary care and optimising patient experiences.

Ms Margaret Banks

Director, National Standards Program, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Ms Banks holds the position of National Standards Program Director with the Commission. Since July 2006 she has worked with the Australian Government, states and territories, clinicians, consumers and other stakeholders to develop and implement two editions of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and a program of systematic accreditation reform across the Australian health system.


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