Cosmetic Aesthetic Non-Surgical Assessment Tool

The Medical Board of Australia recently recommended that individuals performing cosmetic or surgical procedures should assess a client’s motivations and expectations prior to treatment and refer them for psychological evaluation where there are indications that the client may not be suited to the procedure. Despite these recommendations, there is a lack of validated screening tools available to aid clinicians in identifying unsuitable clients.

CPD Institute in collaboration with Swinburne University have developed CANSAT a screening tool to assist clinicians in assessing a variety of psychological factors which have been found to predict unrealistic expectations for treatment and lowered satisfaction with cosmetic treatment outcomes.

CANSAT is an assessment tool specifically designed for the practitioner providing Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures.

Research indicates people who seek cosmetic treatment while experiencing psychological distress, or relationship difficulties, are less satisfied with their treatment outcomes and have unrealistic expectations of the procedure.

Therefore, it is important that clinicians working in the cosmetic industry assess psychological factors which may affect treatment outcomes, and discuss with the client reasonable expectations for treatment, or other options they can undertake to achieve their desired results.


The aim of the CANSAt tool is to determine a patient’s suitability for cosmetic treatment by

o    Examining levels of psychological distress;

o    Understanding the motivations an individual has for seeking cosmetic treatment,

o    Exploring how these motivations relate to satisfaction with previous treatments, and

o    Examining expectations for upcoming treatments.

o    Promotes patient safety

o    Identifies the importance of an appropriate referral

o    Acts as a double assessment/screening measure

o    Safeguards your practice and your clients.

The results from the CANSAT tool can support clinicians to discern patients’ suitability for treatment and identify red flags that can lead to unsatisfactory patient expectations and, in some cases, complaints with legal implications.

The CANSAT tool is designed to reduce the risks for both the clinician and the patient by prompting practitioners to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to ensure healthy and positive outcomes for all parties.

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CANSAT is a CPD Institute initiated and owned tool that was developed through Swinburne University with the support of Ph.D. student Toni Pikoos, Dr. Simone Buzwell, and Nicky Tzimas as a partnership with Swinburne University and the CPD Institute of Australia. The research and tool have been approved by Swinburne University ethics committee for use to assist identify patient safety and assessment. This is an online tool accessible to all AHPRA registered clinicians


to purchase membership to the tool

The below memberships are valid for 12 months. When entering email address, please ensure you nominate the preferred email, as this will be the ONLY email address registered to send links to patients and receive results. You will be provided with instructions within 48 hours after payment.

CANSAT Psychological Assessment (Multiple User) Annual Membership$250.00
CANSAT Psychological Assessment (Single User) Annual Membership$150.00

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