The quality of injectors in Australia is generally very high and it's estimated that around 75% are registered nurses or nurse prescribers. Unlike the UK, only medical professionals can inject which is a good thing!
But it's important to acknowledge that we have minimal training, a lack of formal qualifications to inject and there could be some regulatory changes on the horizon soon.
The Australian market is shaped by the large chain clinics, competition is fierce, prices are often low and the market is rapidly evolving. If injectors don't continually up-skill, challenge themselves and seek out new knowledge, they will quickly fall behind.
In contrast, the hungrier and more open minded injectors who change with the times will be able to cater to the needs of every patient demographic and will likely dominate the market.
It's a lonely world and even successful injectors in busy clinics can feel very isolated. It can be difficult to progress or do more advanced treatments when balancing making a living and not doing things that are out of your comfort zone or are riskier.
Most injectors would like a safe place to discuss their weaknesses but are scared of voicing this in fear of being seen as 'not good enough'.
why be mentored by Dr Jake?
do i need mentoring?
Everyone needs a mentor. A mentor is a teacher and confidant who you can trust in the professional environment. But a mentor isn't your friend and so they will also tell you truthfully where you stand if things need improving. Occasionally some harsh truths in a constructive way are necessary to show you the bigger picture and for you to grow stronger.
Everyone's situation will be different but candidates who might seek Dr Jake's mentoring include:
- injectors who feel that their training missed things out or that they aren't fully sure about basic techniques
- injectors who get nervous injecting or who lack confidence for whatever reason
- injectors who've been on maternity leave and who feel a bit lost back at work
- injectors who feel like they've hit a wall
- injectors who are competent with the basics but need some support in doing more advanced areas
- injectors who want to master their craft, offer treatments like 'Liquid Nose Jobs' and be confident delivering total face treatments
what happens on the day?
This is really up to you. When you book in online for a mentoring session, some planning will need be done beforehand to assess where you're at, what you need and what you'll most benefit from. It's best to be brutally honest with yourself and work out:
- what do you really struggle with or avoid injecting?
- what problems have you encountered?
- have you had angry patients or complaints?
Think about the last years more difficult days. But to narrow down on what most people would want, your day might include:
- Dr Jake observing and assisting you on a normal day with your own patients booked in. Here you'll be observed how you consult, assess a face, communicate ideas, set up your room, equipment and of course, inject different faces
- Others might want more specific help, for example finding models to inject and work on full face examination and treatments using 10+ml of filler