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Newsletter - September 2022

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Dear Valued Therapists,

As part of the Board’s role, we inform and advocate on your behalf. In this newsletter, we report on,

  • RoVE- Toitu te Waiora Changes to Industry Qualifications

  • Toitū te Waiora [ Workforce Development Council] Public Information Road Show

  • Beauty Forum e-Magazine September edition

  • Beauty Forum Magazine Members Benefit

  • Scope of Practice (a cautionary tale)

  • Changes to Sterilising Standards in NZ

RoVE- Toitu te Waiora Changes to Industry Qualifications By now most of you will have heard that Toitu te Wairoa Work Force Development Council are proposing many changes to our qualifications and content.

I would like to thank all those people who answered our call to sign our petition to object to the removal and changes to the NZ Beauty Therapy qualifications and content. However, this is not the only issue we need to be aware of and voice our concerns over. To see more go to

With the suggestion that more micro credentials are needed on our qualification’s framework, the Board is trying to clarify some confusion around the Intellectual Property of the developers of these micros. We will keep you posted as to the outcome. Meanwhile, NZQA are holding consultation meetings to discuss micro credentials and their function in our training framework. Once again here is your opportunity to help shape our education and training future. Go to their website for more details and have your say. If, you want to share your visions for our future education or you disagree with what is happening to our qualifications for our industry and proposed changes please write to us. We will happily convey your concerns to Toitu te Wairoa Workforce Development Council.

Toitū te Waiora [ Workforce Development Council] Public Information Road Show Toitū te Waiora (the Workforce Development Council for Community, Health, Education, and Social Services) are currently in the process of planning a nationwide roadshow which will be taking place across the country beginning in October 2022 and going through to about March 2023.

Toitū te Waiora want to know how they can partner with our sector to develop qualification pathways that promote workforce sustainability and accessibility and would like to extend an invitation to attend upcoming roadshows.

For further information about these roadshows please visit theToitū te Waiora website: Te Hikoi o Toitū te Waiora is on the way - REGISTER HERE - Toitū te Waiora (

To register for an event please use the following form: Te Hikoi o Toitū te Waiora (Toitū te Waiora National Roadshow) (

Please note that not all the dates are confirmed yet and more dates and locations will go up as these are finalised.

Beauty Forum e-Magazine-September edition The September issue of Beauty Forum must be one of Dianne’s best publications yet. Dianne has pulled out all the stops to produce a hive of must-read information for everyone which covers so many readers interests.

Beauty Forum Magazine Members Benefit – discounted recruitment advertising Beauty Forum Magazine is pleased to support the NZBPST and its members. Dianne Turgis, the magazine editor has made the following offer. In my upcoming summer magazine for November [deadline for articles 11th November], we are offering the following discount to members of the NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies. Should you have a staff vacancy, equipment, or a beauty business to sell, we are pleased to offer a 50% subsidised advertising rate. A listing in the magazine is $250 discounted to $125 per insertion (plus gst). We will also promote the vacancy/sale in our e-newsletter at no additional cost (one off). For further information and details: contact Conditions apply.

Scope of practice, a cautionary tale. Recently a client had an unidentified lesion removed from her face by a beauty therapist.

She eventually went to a new therapist, where the client complained that the area that had been treated by the previous therapist was taking a long time to heal. The new therapist felt uneasy about what she was seeing and recommended that the client visit her doctor. After several specialist appointments, the client had extensive surgery to remove a stage 3 melanoma from where the previous therapist had removed the lesion on her face. If the treated area had been left any longer the client would have lost an eye and most of her upper mandible to Cancer.

The moral of the story is, we are not medically trained and we must not work outside our scope of practice and not remove any lesions without express (preferably written) permission from a registered health practitioner.

Changes to sterilising standards in NZ The New Zealand standard for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment, and maintenance of associated environments in health care facilities” (AS/NZS 4187: 2003) will be undergoing major changes near the end of the year. This is significant as this Standard is used by Local Authorities in determining standards to issues Health Protection Licences to therapy clinics. It’s essential that we align ourselves with the experts in the sterile science world so we can inform you of what is required.

The Board is pleased to announce an alliance and working relationship with the Sterile Science Association

Since July, Julie has been in discussion with Shelagh Thomas, the president of the Sterile Science Association. We both agree that to keep industry abreast of the best hygiene standards we need to work together.

As new standards are introduced for sterilisation, we will be notifying you all. In the meantime, if you wish to review your procedures, Sterile Science Association member, Sterile Science Solutions Ltd provide turnkey solutions to clinic sterilisation needs.

If you interested in this service, please email or call Anthony Valvoi on 0276999497 We welcome your support!

If you find our communications of benefit, please consider making a donation towards the time and cost involved, or better still, join the NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies. Our organisation has the initiative to think ahead and implement action to grow and change our industry together.

For any further assistance please email or phone the NZBPST for advice.

Regards, Julie Martin Chair NZ Board of Professional Skin Therapies E: M: 021 02294638 W:

Posted: Sat 24 Sep 2022

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