On 5 August 2020 the State Government introduced Stage 4 restrictions for businesses located in metropolitan Melbourne. Under the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6) all businesses providing cosmetic treatment services are prohibited from operating until Stage 4 Restrictions are eased. This is because cosmetic treatment services cannot be characterised as Permitted Work Premises in accordance with the Stage 4 Restrictions - Permitted Work Premises List.
What this means is that any general health service provider who provides cosmetic treatment services under the Stage 4 Restrictions is in breach of the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6) and is also considered to be in breach of the Code of conduct for unsafe and unethical practices under the Health Complaints Act.
Cosmetic treatment services do not fall within the definitional scope of any of the Permitted Work Premises categories. Even though Ahpra registered health practitioners are permitted to provide services that “…prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care…”, that does not apply when those Ahpra registered health practitioners are providing cosmetic treatment services.
Any cosmetic treatment services currently operating in metropolitan Melbourne should cease their operations immediately and until the Stage 4 Restrictions are lifted. If we become aware that cosmetic treatment services are operating in breach of the Stage 4 Restrictions, then further action may follow.