The Advanced Certificate
Topics covered in the course include laser physics and laser safety, hair removal techniques, facial nerve blocks, management of vascular complications, use of botulinum toxin (including masseters, Nefertiti lift, bunny lines and gummy smile), dermal fillers for the cheeks, tear troughs, and chin,
This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine and Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine.
This Advanced Certificate course will provide the clinician with a range of skills including:
All topics are covered online and during the web live tutorials. *These topics are also covered during the hands-on practical sessions in the optional skills workshop. Course graduates also receive ongoing post-course support through regular alumni webinars.
Please note that certain procedures covered in the program, such as cosmetic injectables, can only be administered in Australia by AHPRA registered Medical Doctors. Regulations for these procedures may vary by country.
The course is delivered fully online with the option to attend an eight-hour practical workshop. The modules are set up in such a way that you are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience. The suggested timeline is weekly learning over 15 weeks, with 12 weeks of teaching followed by the submission of required activities. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online.
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The Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine will meet the needs of medical professionals who are interested in enhancing their clinical knowledge in aesthetic principles and the safe practice of the latest evidence-based aesthetic medicine procedures. Ideal for practitioners who are considering working in the field, the course provides a new level of confidence and competence relevant to primary care, enabling participants to integrate cosmetic services into their day-to-day work. This course is for physicians, nurse practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who are registered with AHPRA. Participants must have completed the Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also recommends successful completion of at least 25 cases of aesthetic medicine prior to enrolment. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing in English is assumed.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
Pre-course – Introduction to skin aging principles
In this section, the process of skin aging is examined including what happens as skin ages and the causes of skin aging including intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
Module 1 – Complications including relevant anatomy
This module details injectable procedures including deoxycholic acid, botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and biostimulators. Severe reactions including syncope, seizures and anaphylaxis are detailed. Ptosis, skin irritations, bruising, dysphagia, dysphonia, pain, granulomas, necrosis, asymmetry, discolouration, oedema, angioedema, lumps/nodules, infection, biofilm and vascular occlusion are some complexities covered in this module. Prevention strategies to minimize adverse outcomes are outlined and symptoms of complications and managing these complications are included.
Module 2 – Advanced chemical peels and cosmeceuticals
Unit one focusses on chemical peels. Different peel options are described to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Indications and contra-indications are described. The benefits of chemical peels are listed and an introduction of combination and progressive peels is provided. The patient consultation including skin assessment and the steps to perform a peel are included. Recognising and managing adverse effects finalizes this unit.
Unit two outlines the difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals and the role cosmeceuticals play in aesthetic medicine. It outlines how to identify skin conditions that would benefit from cosmeceuticals and how to prescribe cosmeceuticals as part of aesthetic medicine. The classification of cosmeceuticals and an explanation of cosmeceutical ingredients including AHA, BHA, antioxidants, vitamins, retinoids, depigmenting agents, botanicals, peptides and exfoliants are detailed. The module concludes with information on how to prepare the skin, regime options and aftercare.
Module 3 – Advanced botulinum toxin and hypehidrosis
This module opens with revision of facial anatomy and techniques taught in the professional certificate. Unit two focuses on the lower face and includes techniques and issues associated with the nasalis, ‘gummy smile’, lip lines, depressor anguli oris, mentalis and masseters areas. Unit three focusses on the platysma area including anatomical considerations and how to approach treatment for this area. Unit four outlines hyperhidrosis and how this can be treated in an aesthetic clinic. The technique and side effects are detailed for the underarm, face, upper lip palms and soles.
Module 4 – Advanced dermal fillers
This module explores advanced dermal filler applications commencing with when to use a needle versus cannula and covers the periorbital, brows, midface including pre-auricular and lower face areas. It describes different techniques that can be used for both men and women and how to manage complications. Unit three outlines the use of dermal fillers for the lower face including accordion lines, chin, perioral, lips and jaw line. Relevant anatomy is revised and chin augmentation assessment rules are included. The final unit introduces skin boosters and their role in aesthetic medicine.
Module 5 – Lasers: vascular conditions
This module commences with listing the contraindications for the use of lasers. The premise of using lasers is knowing that laser technology and selection are related to wavelength, pulse duration, fluence and spot size. Various laser options including modes of operation assist in determining what lasers could be used for what conditions. The use of lasers for treating superficial and deeper vessels is included. Congenital vascular conditions including port wine stain, haemangiomas and lymphangiomas are described. The module then moves to treating acquired vascular conditions such as cherry angiomas, spider naevi, venous lake, telangiectasia, rosacea, poikiloderma of civatte and peri-orbital vessels.
Module 6 – Lasers: pigment conditions
This module commences with outlining the considerations when deciding which laser to use for treating pigmented skin conditions. Laser treatment options for epidermal and dermal congenital and also epidermal and dermal acquired pigments are listed. Melasma treatments including melasma with vascular components treatments are outlined. The side effects of laser treatments are listed including the management of these side effects.
Module 7 – Lasers: tattoo and hair removal
Unit one focusses on laser assisted tattoo removal and the classification of types of tattoos and inks used that will determine the outcomes of tattoo removal. Each type of tattoo is detailed: amateur, professional, cosmetic, traumatic and medical tattoos. Tattoo colours, particle size and depth are considered when deciding laser treatment. Laser settings vary depending on the ink particle sizes. Patient preparation and post operative care are addressed including managing any complications.
Unit two focusses on laser assisted hair removal. The hair follicle structure and growth phases are discussed including the two types of hair – vellus and terminal. Descriptions of how the lasers destroy the hair bulb and histology are provided. The module then moves to laser safety and settings. Patient preparation prior to the procedure, post procedure and possible complications finalise this module.
Module 8 – Sclerotherapy
This module commences with an overview of sclerotherapy and how it can be adapted for clinical practice. The venous anatomy and physiology are outlined including deep veins, perforators, superficial veins, varicose veins, reticular veins and spider veins. The patient examination, investigation and treatment planning for both the doctor and patient are outlined. Clinical and animated images are provided throughout the module. Unit three focuses on sclerotherapy complications and their management including telangiectatic matting, hyperpigmentation, skin ulcers/cutaneous necrosis, arterial injection, allergy, anaphylaxis, STP, DVT and neurological complications. A guide to incorporating sclerotherapy into clinical practice finalizes this module.
Additional information: the skin therapist role
This information describes the role of the aesthetic skin therapist and includes a draft position description. An interview with a skin therapist and a recording of a face massage performed by a skin therapist feature in this section.
Additional information: laser safety information
This section outlines the laser safety considerations including Australian authorities by state, administration and practice controls, risk assessment, incident reporting and compliance guide.
Additional information: business considerations for an aesthetic clinic
This information outlines the personal journey of a general practitioner who branched out into aesthetic medicine.
|8:00am - 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am - 10:00am||Session 1||Complications including relevant anatomy|
|10:00am - 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am - 12:30pm||Session 2||Sclerotherapy|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm - 3:00pm||Session 3||Advanced Botulinum toxin and hyperhidrosis|
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:30pm - 5:00pm||Session 4||Advanced chemical peels|
|7:45am - 8:00am||Arrival|
|8:00am - 9:30am||Session 5||Lasers: Hair and tattoo removal|
|9:30am - 10:00am||Morning Tea|
|10:00am - 11:30am||Session 6||Lasers: Vascular and pigment conditions|
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Lunch|
|12:30pm - 2:30pm||Session 7||Advanced dermal fillers|
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Session 8||Professional practice considerations for an aesthetic clinic|
For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.
If you choose to attend the optional practical workshop and there is cause for postponement or you cannot travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, full workshop refund, transfer or alternative learning opportunities will be available for you. View full refunds and cancellation policy here.
Dr Anthony Rixon
MBBS, FRACGP, MMed, DRCOG, B.Biomed.Sc
Medical Director, Main Street Cosmetic and Skin, Lilydale Victoria
Dr Anthony Rixon graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 with a post-graduate degree in Medicine. Prior to this, he undertook a Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in Physiology. He has trained extensively in hospitals both in Australia and overseas.
In 2009, he completed specialist training in general practice, achieving his Royal Australian College of General Practice Fellowship (FRACGP). He has since focused on skin and cosmetic medicine. Anthony has also completed a Masters of Medicine specialising in skin cancer. This is recognised as the most comprehensive qualification in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, he has detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and understands the intricacies of structures underneath the skin.
Anthony is recognised as a skilful injector through his participation in advanced workshops on dermal filler and Botulinum Toxin. He regularly attends conferences showcasing the most current information on cosmetic medicine, staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques.
Dr Isabelle Jonsson-Lear
MBChB FRACGP FACCRM FACSCM FSCCA
Master degree in Primary Skin Cancer Medicine, The University of Queensland
Dr Isabelle Jonsson-Lear is a solo general practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer medicine. She is the owner of Haly Health and Skin Medical Centre in Kingaroy where she combines her passion for skin cancer medicine with the innovations of cosmetic medicine. Due to the shortage of medical practitioners in the area, she devotes half her time towards general practice, aged care and occupational health.
Isabelle graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1976 and immigrated to Australia in 1999. Before moving into private practice, she was the Senior Medical Superintendent of a 540-bed regional hospital in Zululand where she gained and perfected her surgical skills. In 2003, she gave up rural obstetrics and embarked on a career in skin cancer medicine, completing a Masters in Primary Skin Cancer Medicine in 2006. In 2012, she became a fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia (SCCA) and of the Australian College of Skin Cancer Medicine (ACSCM).
Isabelle has a great passion for teaching and passing her extensive experience in rural practice onto the next generation. She held a position as a Senior Lecturer with The University of Queensland for over 10 years. She has also taught medical students from Bond University, Griffith University and John Flynn University.
Dr Jenny Kimmins
MBBS, FRACGP, Dip. Derm
Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia
Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics, Victoria
HealthCert Course Chair for Aesthetic Medicine
Dr Paul Davis
MBBS FRACGP FACRRM
Dr Paul Davis graduated from The University of Queensland in 1995 and trained and worked in rural general practice and anaesthetics. In the early 2000s with the emergence of new techniques in the treatment of varicose veins, he gained a keen interest in the field of phlebology. Dr Davis began to focus solely on phlebology in 2006 and gained postgraduate training in phlebology in Australia and the USA. He is passionate about treating varicose veins and has established Varicose Vein Clinics in the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Dr Davis is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology and the American College of Phlebology.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone. Knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Advanced Certificate
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
ACRRM: PDP units: 23 Educational activity, 12 Performance review, MOPS points: 12 Surgery
Professional Diploma Pathway
This course is the second stage of the diploma pathway. The full pathway
Postgraduate Pathway for Aesthetic Medicine
This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in clinical academic study. The Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science in Cosmetic Medicine is studied entirely online through Diploma MSc and awarded by the University of South Wales (UK). Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine will be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for module 1 of the Postgraduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine which will save them time and fees. When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, doctors can apply for credit towards the MSc in Cosmetic Medicine awarded by the University of South Wales. Please apply directly through the website here.
Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway
Clinical attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 basis. These provide the opportunity to observe aesthetic medicine and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. HealthCert certificates are awarded for participating in clinical attachments. Many doctors find this a very valuable learning experience.