The latest trends in health and skin care lead to an increased demand for skin repair and rejuvenation services - and skilled practitioners. Patients seek to improve the quality of their lives through physical changes and prefer to receive these services from a trusted, qualiﬁed doctor than a beautician or cosmetic nurse.
With Medicare rebates frozen for consultations and the cost of providing medical care increasing, incorporating aesthetic medical services to your practice will enhance your patients' overall experience and allow you to operate a more proﬁtable and ﬁnancially secure practice.
Meeting your patients' aesthetic concerns and helping them to regain their healthy appearance and conﬁdence at their local GP's clinic will build long-term loyalty and add non-Medicare based revenue to your practice.
Most aesthetic treatments are safe, quick and low-cost to deliver, requiring repeated visits with minimal side-effects, no downtime, and immediate visible results for your patients – a win-win situation.
This course is the first 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.
Course participants can choose to complete the course entirely online or with an optional practical workshop. The certificate course will provide the clinician with introductory knowledge 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 Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine is tailored for medical professionals with an interest in the science of aesthetic medicine and who wish to grow their practice in that area. Participants can expect to develop solid foundation knowledge in the safe practice of highly requested aesthetic treatments for clinical conditions, thus meeting the increasing demand for skin repair services in primary care.
The course is suitable for physicians, nurse practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who are registered with AHPRA, and assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 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.
As the practical workshop of the Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine includes hands-on training in cosmetic injectables on real-life patients, participants must be AHPRA registered Medical Doctors. Cosmetic injections are Schedule 4 medications and the Department of Health/TGA regulations must be adhered to for prescribing, administering and advertising. Cosmetic injectable products can only be prescribed and administered by a Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner working under the supervision of a medical doctor.
Module 1 – Introduction to aesthetic medicine
In this module, the concept of aesthetic medicine and the correct approach for patients seeking aesthetic treatments is described. Topics include the history of aesthetic medicine, applying aesthetic medicine in a primary care setting, typical aesthetic presentations and how to assess the aging face. An aesthetic consultation and treatment plan is included.
Module 2 – Office based treatments for aesthetic patients
This module focuses on common aesthetic treatments that can be undertaken in the GP clinic. These include microdermabrasion, percutaneous collagen induction/micro needling, platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) and photodynamic/low level light (LED) therapy. Each of these treatments are described in detail including the consultation, preparation, considerations, performing the treatment, cautions and drug sensitivity.
Module 3 – Introduction to chemical peels
This module focuses on identifying specific skin conditions suitable for facial peels and how to evaluate the use of skin conditioning and retinoids in aesthetic medicine. Tools to assess skin conditions are introduced including the classification of photo damage. The wound healing process and understanding of skin anatomy are featured before moving into understanding what a chemical peel is and expected reactions and complications from chemical peels. The module concludes with a detailed description of how to perform a chemical peel.
Module 4 – Introduction to lasers
In this module the different types of laser equipment used in aesthetic medicine and their modes of action are detailed, including what laser machines are uses for particular aesthetic medical conditions. A feature includes understanding vascular conditions and skin pigmentation and introducing how laser treatments can target these conditions. The module then introduces how lasers can be used for hair and tattoo removal.
Module 5 – Facial anatomy and planning safe treatments
Understanding facial anatomy is critical for successful aesthetic treatment outcomes. Patient considerations include gender, race, age, medical history including previous facial treatments, face shape and other considerations. There is a detailed focus on the facial sub-units, innervation, vascularization, lymphatics and musculature systems of the face and neck. These areas are crucial when evaluating a patient for safe aesthetic treatments and determining the appropriate treatment modality. The signs and symptoms of potential adverse outcomes are included.
Module 6 – Introduction to botulinum toxin
This module describes botulinum toxin, its cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses and available botulinum toxin brands. The molecular structures and modes of operation are detailed. Patient consent and assessment including gender, muscular differences, skin quality, symmetry, history, contraindications and precautions are important considerations for considering the use of botulinum toxin. Determining the best target site, deciding the administration technique and marking out entry points are outlined. Potential issues and complications are explained.
Module 7 – Introduction to dermal fillers and filler rheology
This module outlines why dermal fillers are considered a useful aesthetic medicine option and describes appropriate application areas for dermal fillers. Three types of fillers are addressed – temporary fillers, permanent fillers and biostimulators. Patient assessment includes history, skin ageing and texture and a detailed examination of the patient before developing a treatment plan including product selection. The module also covers contraindications, side effects and how to manage side effects, and complications including granulomas, vascular compromise, infection and biofilm.
Module 8 – Introduction to dermal filler techniques
This module outlines the treatment process for dermal fillers including patient assessment, written patient consent and the importance of photos pre and post treatment. Anaesthesia options, needle choice and a variety of administration techniques are discussed. After treatment care is included for patient information.
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: Aesthetic medicine clinics and business
This information outlines strategies to incorporate aesthetic medicine into general practice.
For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.
|8:00am - 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am - 10:30am||Session 1||Patient conditions that require aesthetic medicine|
|10:30am - 11:00am||Morning Tea|
|11:00am - 12:30pm||Session 2||Facial anatomy and planning safe treatments|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm - 3:00pm||Session 3||Introduction to chemical peels|
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:30pm - 5:45pm||Session 4||Introduction to Botulinum toxin|
|7:45am - 8:00am||Arrival|
|8:00am - 10:00am||Session 5||Introduction to dermal fillers|
|10:00am - 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am - 12:00pm||Session 6||Introduction to lasers|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm - 3:00pm||Session 7||Office based treatments for aesthetic medicine patients|
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:30pm - 5:00pm||Session 8||Aesthetic Medicine clinics and business|
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 Chris Clifopoulos
MBBS, MMed, GDEB
Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Physician, Croxton Medical Centre, Victoria
Dr Dianne King
Skin Cancer Doctor at New Town Skin Cancer Centre
B.Med Sci (UTAS), MBBS ( UTAS), DCH (London), DRANZCOG, FRACGP, DPD (Cardiff), MMed (Skin Cancer), Dip. Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM)
Dr Dianne King has been working as a family GP for over 20 years, a graduate from UTAS medical school in 1989.
She has had a keen interest in dermatology throughout this time and obtained her DPD in Cardiff while working in the UK during the early part of her career.
In the last 18 years, she has subspecialised in skin cancer medicine and surgery, obtaining her Masters of Medicine in Skin Cancer from UQ in 2010.
Di established one of the first standalone skin cancer clinics in Hobart with her business partners in 2009, and in recent years has undergone further training in aesthetic medicine. This has proven to be great adjunct to her skin cancer practice, evolving into a business model of the “one stop skin shop” where everything from skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, phototherapy for aesthetic and dermatological conditions, and various cosmetic treatments are available. Di has been actively involved as a guest lecturer for UTAS medical students in skin cancer for the past 10 years.
In her “spare” time, Di also lectures for HealthCert in the recently developed Aesthetic Medicine courses aimed at primary care and skin cancer physicians.
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 Jenny Kimmins spent many years in General Practice before developing an interest in management and treatment of skin conditions. She has over 10 years’ experience in cosmetic medicine, including the management of acne and rosacea, laser skin treatments, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. She is a lecturer and trainer in aesthetic medicine and injectable cosmetic treatments. Jenny completed a postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology with the Australian Institute of Dermatology and is a trained skin cancer physician with a special interest in sun-damaged skin. She was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.
Dr Nicholas Kokotis
MBBS (University of Melbourne), FRACGP
Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics
Skin Cancer Physician and Medical Director at Bluff Road Medical Centre
Member of Skin Cancer Society of Australia
Post graduate Certificate in Skin Cancer
Dr Nicholas Kokotis spent five years training in various hospitals before commencing general practice, working in Tasmania and north Queensland. In 2000, he started the first skin cancer clinic in Cairns and performed thousands of procedures on the sun damaged population of far north Queensland.
In 2007, Nick returned to Bluff Road Medical Centre in Melbourne. His patients sought cosmetic advice and Nick teamed with Dr Jenny Kimmins to form Southern Cosmetics in 2012. Nick’s interests are in the treatment of sun damaged skin using lasers and energy-based devices. Nick has developed expertise in laser treatments, treating skin cancers, pre-cancerous skin, vascular conditions and other cosmetic conditions. He enjoys teaching registrars and other healthcare professionals about skin cancer and the use of medical and aesthetic lasers.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement 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 Professional Certificate
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
ACRRM: PDP units: 20 Educational activity, 15 Performance review, MOPS points: 6 Surgery
This certificate course:
Professional Diploma Pathway
This course is the first 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 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.