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Cosmetic radiation research opportunity

28 July 2021

ARPANSA is pleased to be collaborating with Monash University to support a PhD opportunity to investigate injuries from cosmetic use of non-ionising radiation.

The use of non-ionising radiation for cosmetic purposes including hair removal, body sculpting, tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation has increased in recent years and regulation varies across state and territory jurisdictions.

There is currently no national approach to regulation of devices or services using non-ionising radiation for cosmetic purposes and research in this space is limited.

‘Non-ionising radiation such as laser, radiofrequency and ultrasound can cause burns and injuries if not used correctly’, said Adj Assoc Prof Ken Karipidis, Assistant Director, Assessment and Advice at ARPANSA.

‘ARPANSA has developed guidance for providers and consumers to support the safe use of light-based cosmetic treatments, however there is a lack of data available to quantify the number and extent of injuries associated with these procedures.’

More research is needed on the health risks of cosmetic non-ionising radiation to determine the overall public health impact.

ARPANSA in collaboration with the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is conducting targeted research to investigate the health burden of cosmetic non-ionising radiation treatments.

‘We’re pleased to offer this PhD opportunity to support valuable research that can have a real impact on the safety of people receiving cosmetic procedures that use non-ionising radiation,’ said Assoc Prof Janneke Berecki-Gisolf, Director, Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit at MUARC.

Expressions of interest for a PhD student to undertake this research are now open through the Monash University jobs portal.

Applications close Thursday 1 November 2021.