Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Minister warns of body piercing dangers

    4/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Youth Minister Mark McGowan today warned young people of the ugly side of body piercing, which can result in unsightly scarring, serious infections and dental damage.

    Mr McGowan made the comments while launching the ‘Piercing Information Kit’ at a professional piercing salon in Perth today.

    The kit has been designed to inform and assist young people who are considering getting a body piercing.

    The Minister said body piercing was one of the most popular forms of body art in Western Australia and could cause health problems if proper practices were not followed.

    “If young people are going to get a piercing, it is important they are informed about what to look for and the risks involved,” he said.

    “If a piercing is not done properly, it can result in nerve damage, scarring or infections.

    “The Piercing Information Kit is a practical guide to assist young people in the decision-making process and is part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to improve services to all Western Australians.

    “It highlights common problems, including information about blood-borne and bacterial infections, and details the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of managing a new piercing so as to minimise the chance of infection.

    “I do not encourage young people to get their bodies pierced but it is important that we provide all the information we can on what to consider and look out for when getting a piercing.”

    The Piercing Information Kit highlights six main areas of interest, including:
    • preparing yourself for a piercing;
    • where to go;
    • what is involved;
    • how to look after a new piercing;
    • health issues, including blood-borne infections like Hepatitis B and C; and
    • age limit and ethical guidelines for body piercing.
    The Piercing Information Kit can be found at or obtained from the Office for Children and Youth on (08) 9476 2000.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111