A “Hyaluron Pen” is a device which is used to administer hyaluronic acid (HA) into the skin using pressure rather than a needle. The devices have become very popular in the United Kingdom, with one to two day training courses on their use offered from £580 to £1,600 (AUD $1,035 to $2,860). The Environmental Health Directorate is aware that interest in this product is beginning to increase in Australia.
What is hyaluronic acid and why is it used in beauty therapies?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin that retains water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. Injectable HA is a type of dermal filler, used to add volume to the dermal layer of the skin to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, even when injected the effect is temporary and usually only lasts for up to six weeks.
Use of HA in Hyaluronic Pens
Hyaluronic acid is found in many topical serums and moisturisers, however, when it is prepared for injection it becomes a Schedule 4 (prescription only) product, therefore use of a Hyaluron Pen must be prescribed by a medical practitioner and administered by a medical practitioner or registered nurse.
The Hyaluron Pen itself is considered a therapeutic device and would therefore require registration with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (external site). Similar pens are available to diabetics for insulin injection, however they are also only available on prescription.
Given the medical restrictions on both injectable hyaluronic acid, and the needleless injecting device, these procedures may only be offered by registered medical professionals. If you become aware of a beauty therapist offering such services, please advise the Department of Health on 9222 2000.
Department of Health - Environmental Health Directorate
Phone: (08) 9222 2000
Free Careers Expo from 16-18 August at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Now in its tenth year, the SkillsWest Expo brings together employers and training organisations, giving visitors a unique opportunity to speak with industry experts about career pathways and vocational education and training (VET).
A key attraction is the dedicated TAFE STEM hub in the 'Try a Skill' zone, where attendees can experience hands-on activities in new and emerging technologies.
Visitors can pilot a plane; try their hand at cyber security and deflect a hacking attempt; use CAD software to build a 3D ship; or become a CSI agent for the day analysing a hair sample using laboratory technology.
The Expo will host ten WorldSkills competitions testing some of the State's most talented apprentices and trainees in a battle of skills such as bricklaying, plastering, heavy automotive, refrigeration and plumbing.
Jobs and Skills Centre representatives will be available at the Expo for jobseekers and students seeking career advice.
Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, this week announced the finalists in the 2019 WA Training Awards.
This year the Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations and training providers as well as individual talent setting the benchmark for our future workforce.
Across 13 categories, 43 finalists have shown excellence in their fields, including two employers for this year’s inaugural Medium Employer of the Year award.
Award winners will be announced at the Presentation Dinner to be held on 13 September at Crown, Perth.
Winners will be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Brisbane in November where the national category is available.
A full list of finalists is available on the Winners and Finalists page.
The State Government has announced the introduction of an employer incentive scheme from 1 July 2019, to help thousands of Western Australian employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. This is in addition to any financial incentives provided by the Federal Government.
Under the new scheme, businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It is estimated this will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses, and be of particular benefit to small businesses and not-for-profit employers. For larger businesses, the new scheme will replace the payroll tax exemption for new entrant trainees, providing more transparent and equitable State Government support.
Additional loadings will be provided for training that is identified as a State priority or training for priority groups. For more information and to access the table of rates, click here.
The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre has been officially opened by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at Central Regional TAFE.
The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Avon and Wheatbelt region's unique local needs and assist jobseekers of all ages, with a particular focus on helping school leavers develop skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services are also available in Moora and Merredin.
There are now 13 Jobs and Skills Centres open across regional and metropolitan Western Australia. For more information on all Jobs and Skills Centres and what services they offer, please go to the website here.
The Floristry Student Awards were held at the Murdoch Campus of South Metropolitan TAFE this week. RAPS were proud to sponsor the High Achiever Award which was presented to Sally McBride and would like to congratulate Sally and all graduating students and award winners for their hard work and the magnificent standards they have achieved during the course of their training. Below are photos of some of the Award winning floral arrangements.
Congratulations to Emmelee Newman-Martin for winning 1st place in the student category ‘All that Glitters’ at the Perth Royal Show. The brief was a table centrepiece for a romantic setting for two including full table setting (see below).
Throughout the show the public voted for their favourite piece of all categories combined. Emmelee came 1st in the People’s Choice Award. Well done Emmelee your work is inspirational.
The WA Government has developed a new policy to manage Market-led Proposals (MLPs), harness innovative ideas from the private sector and create jobs for Western Australians which will commence next month.
MLPs are proposals from the private or not for profit sector to build or finance infrastructure, or provide goods or services where the State Government has not requested the proposal. These proposals are generally outside of the normal competitive procurement processes of government but may deliver value to the community.
The MLP policy will act as an avenue for industry and will provide a single clear, consistent and transparent process for parties seeking to approach government with unsolicited proposals.
The policy will commence operation on April 12 and will include an online portal with all the relevant information and tools for industry to submit proposals.
Counterfeits are worthless - if an individual or business unknowingly accepts a counterfeit note in exchange for something of value, they have been stolen from!
Banks do not reimburse individuals or businesses for counterfeit banknotes!
Although there has been a decline in counterfeiting rates over the past couple of years, at the same time the increased availability of low-cost, high quality printing technology has meant that the quality of counterfeits has improved.
The $50 banknote is the most commonly withdrawn from ATMs and unsurprisingly $50 banknote counterfeits account for the majority of all counterfeits. $100 banknote counterfeits have increased over recent years with their overall volume now around half that of $50 counterfeits.
It is estimated that the average retail business would need to sell around $2,200 worth of goods or services to recoup the loss sustained through a single $100 counterfeit banknote!
There are a number of security features that can be used to check whether a banknote is genuine, as follows:
To learn more about security features you can use to verify a banknote, please visit the Reserve Bank's website here.
A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Broome campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. There is also an Aboriginal Jobs Board which can be accessed here.
The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Kimberley region's unique local needs, particularly focusing on assisting youth at risk to develop the skills needed to enter the workforce. The Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation and together they will work with local communities to partner with industry and support Aboriginal jobseekers and training.
Outreach services will be provided throughout the Kimberley region including in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra.
For more information, please visit the website here.