The beauty industry in Australia is in the midst of a revolution. More and more beauty therapists are adding a nursing qualification to their portfolio, allowing them to administer in-demand treatments to their clients.

As the popularity of more invasive treatments such as injectables and fillers grows, so too does the demand for professionals who are qualified in cosmetic medicine. Today, more and more beauty therapists are now seeing the value in adding a nursing qualification to their portfolio, allowing them to administer these in-demand treatments to their clients.

Beauty is big business

Australia's beauty industry is booming. According to the Australian Financial Review the industry is currently worth $6.5 billion, with this figure expected to grow in the coming years. The latest Job Outlook data supports these findings with over 25,000 job openings expected in this occupation over the coming five years.

There are several factors helping to drive this huge growth. Due to high disposable incomes Australian consumers are able to spend highly on beauty and personal care. An increasing demand for anti-ageing products and treatments is also helping to drive demand with more and more women choosing to undergo these treatments at a younger age. Finally, an increasingly large number of men are choosing to join women in making beauty products and treatments a high priority. In fact, a 2017 Mozo lifestyle habits study found that Australian men spend $125 a month on their looks, not far behind Australian women at $167 per month.

The changing face of beauty

Twenty years ago your typical day spa or beauty salon was a place to pamper yourself with relaxing treatments such as aromatherapy, massages and pedicures. But today a new kind of beauty therapy has emerged — one where beauty meets medicine.

With the introduction of cosmetic medicine, clients now demand instant, lasting results from their beauty treatments. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to see medical professionals such as doctors, dermatologists and nurses working alongside beauty therapists to prescribe and administer treatments to their clients.

Beauty, but at what cost?

However, with these new treatments come new risks. Many common procedures such as cosmetic injections, fillers, and skin needling all penetrate the skin, posing a risk of infection. Other popular treatments such as laser therapy, skin peels and microdermabrasion can also be potentially harmful if not administered correctly. 

Despite these risks, the industry is currently underregulated with some people trading quality for price and undergoing potentially dangerous procedures from under-qualified staff. As awareness of the potential risk of botched procedures grows, more people are starting to seek out qualified medical practitioners to deliver such procedures.

The importance of medical training

What many people don't realise is that the skin is an organ, just like the heart or lungs. That's why in Australia muscle or wrinkle relaxants like botox, and dermal fillers such as collagen injections, are Schedule 4 medications. That means only qualified and endorsed health practitioners (such as doctors and nurses) can supply or administer these medicines. 

Currently, any beauty therapist wanting to offer such services needs to partner with a doctor or nurse to prescribe and deliver these procedures. But there is another option. More and more beauty therapists are now deciding to cut out the middle man and become a qualified nurse themselves.

While a nursing qualification may seem out of reach, with a Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115) from TAFE Queensland, you could be a qualified Enrolled Nurse in as little as 18 months. And with part time and online study options also available, it's never been easier to get qualified. 

Find out how you can boost your earning potential and career prospects with a nursing qualification from TAFE Queensland.

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