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.