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Aesthetic Medicine

Develop foundation knowledge in aesthetic principles and the safe practice of highly requested cosmetic procedures. 

Aesthetic consult with doctor


Most aesthetic treatments are safe, quick, and low-cost to deliver, requiring repeated visits with no downtime, minimal side effects, and immediate visible results for your patients – a win-win situation. 

  • This course is perfect for practitioners with no to little training in aesthetic medicine.
  • Learn skin classifications, facial anatomy and anaesthesia, procedure planning, topical skin treatments, and cosmetic injecting.
  • This course is for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, registered nurses, and degree-qualified health professionals.
  • CPD-accredited and university-assured.

CPD requirements

Fulfils 50 hrs for medical professionals in Australia*

Study modes

100% online
Online + workshop

Course fee

Fully online: $2495
Online + workshop: from $3295
Special rates available

Study duration

83 hours

Workshop dates & locations

25 & 26 May in Melbourne
15 Jun in Adelaide
24 & 25 Aug in Brisbane
21 & 22 Sep in Sydney
12 & 13 Oct in Melbourne
09 Nov in Perth

*provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of 5 hours is completed.

Quality assured by Bond University

Course benefits

  • Learn the concepts of aesthetic medicine, facial ageing and skin classifications.
  • Confidently plan cosmetic procedures with foundation knowledge in facial anatomy and anaesthesia.
  • Be introduced to chemical composition and techniques for the safe practice of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.
  • Add cosmetic procedures and treatments to your clinic workflow to increase revenue.
  • Bonus: seamlessly integrate and market aesthetic services in your practice with best practice strategies.

Get unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support, and more.

*These topics are covered during the face-to-face sessions in the optional skills workshop. View the workshop program.

Course contents

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.

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.

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.

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.

Facial anatomy & 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.

Introduction to Botulinum toxin*

This cosmetic injecting course 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.

Introduction to dermal fillers & 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.

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.

The skin therapist role, laser safety, & aesthetic medicine clinics & business

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.

Laser safety

This section outlines the laser safety considerations including Australian authorities by state, administration and practice controls, risk assessment, incident reporting and compliance guide.

Aesthetic medicine clinics & business

This information outlines strategies to incorporate aesthetic medicine into general practice.

Did you know you can also study most of these course modules in HealthCert 365?

If you're not interested in pursuing a full certificate in this field but simply want to enhance your skills in specific topics covered in this course, you can access the content of this and other courses for a flat fee of $83 per month (paid annually) within HealthCert 365.


Meet your instructors

Dr Chris Clifopoulos


Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Physician, Croxton Medical Centre, Victoria

Principal doctor at Croxton Medical Centre, Dr Chris Clifopoulos established the practice shortly after completing his training as a resident doctor in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He then obtained his equivalent qualification in Athens. Chris obtained his First Part qualification training for the Royal Australasian College of Dermatology in 1995. He also completed a postgraduate diploma of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 1997 at the University of Melbourne. He completed his Master of Skin Cancer Medicine through The University of Queensland in 2011.

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Dr Dianne King


Doctor at National Skin Cancer Centres, New Town

Additional qualifications: 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.

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Dr Jenny Kimmins


Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics, Victoria

Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia

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


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. 



Study modes

Study 100% online

100% online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule. 

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
  • Attend or watch recordings of live tutorials with experts in this field.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD hours and certificate.
Study online and complete a practical workshop

Online + workshop

Complete your course online and receive all the benefits of online study, then put theory into practice at a small-group workshop.

  • Gain hands-on practise in various procedures covered in the course under expert guidance.
  • Workshops are available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
HealthCert 365 - a digital CPD library

HealthCert 365

Easily meet your CPD requirements and gain valuable skills – all in one place for $83 per month. 

  • Customise your learning experience by accessing and focusing only on course modules that interest you the most.
  • Gain access to 200+ additional CPD activities and 50-hour special focus CPD programs, sourced from all HealthCert university-assured programs.

Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine

from $2495

  • Meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement*
  • 100% online from $2495 or with face-to-face workshop from $3295
  • Workshops in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney

*provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of 5 hours is completed.


Bundle two courses and save 5%, or three courses and save 10% upon enrolment.
Talk to us about deferred payment options, registrar scholarships and special rates.

This certificate meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement for medical practitioners

Excellent course! I did not have any experience in this field and didn't know how to address my patients’ demands regarding these issues.

Dr A. Irannezhad

The course provides education on conditions and treatments that have not yet become part of general medical training but are very important in the everyday lifestyle of a wide variety of patients.

Dr B. Thomson

The Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine was a wonderful experience and I will definitely inculcate my learning into my future practice. The course is very useful in general practice for anyone interested in aesthetic medicine.

Dr N. Ahmed

The course provided good coverage of all areas I have already researched exclusively. The live demonstrations have cleared up some uncertainties I had and I now feel ready to add more aesthetic procedures to my practice.

Dr D. Pratt

Very enjoyable weekend. Lots of information to cater for a variety of needs, from GPs starting out in the field through to GPs practising and expanding their spectrum of knowledge.

Dr J. Petro

Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

This is an RACGP-approved CPD activity under the RACGP CPD program.

RACGP CPD Approved activity
RACGP Activity Number ACRRM Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Outcome Hours Total Hours
451728 31119 Facial anatomy and planning safe treatments 451728 31119 7 5 0 12
451515 31116 Office based aesthetic treatments 451515 31116 6 5 0 11
451502 31115 Introduction to Aesthetic Medicine 451502 31115 5.5 5 0 10.5
451523 31117 Introduction to chemical peels 451523 31117 4.5 5 0 9.5
451736 31121 Introduction to dermal fillers and filler rheology 451736 31121 4 5 0 9
451743 31122 Introduction to dermal filler techniques 451743 31122 5 5 0 10
451732 31120 Introduction to Botulinum toxin 451732 31120 6 5 0 11
451719 31118 Introduction to lasers 451719 31118 5 5 0 10
802689 32989 Botulinum Toxin Injections Outcome Improvement Activity 802689 32989 0 0 8.5 8.5
Grand Total 91.5

Note: The workshop is not accredited, and it is a self-submitted activity.

View the CPD Hours for all HealthCert Education activities

Outcome measurement

Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of our professional and advanced certificates. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

HealthCert provides several options to meet your outcome measurement hours requirement. These options are self-submitted activities and hours may vary depending on your focus area.

  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) options on a specific topic.
  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) on your identified area. A generic template is provided.
  • Outcome Improvement Activity relating to specific topics within the course. 

The purpose of outcome measurement activities is to improve your clinical confidence in managing an identified learning gap. The outcome improvement activities are designed to examine current clinical care, align clinical practice with best practice standards and identify opportunities for improvement.

Pre- and post-course information

Entry requirements

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 optional 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 practitioners. 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.

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

Recognised prior learning (RPL)

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the course.

Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within two to three weeks. 


This certificate course meets the minimum 50 hours CPD annual requirement across all three mandatory CPD activity types, provided an outcome measurement activity with a minimum of five hours is completed. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of Professional or Advanced Certificates.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine certificate.

This certificate course:

  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Qualifies for CPD hours from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD hours must be stated on the certificate. Please contact for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Contact for more information.
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). Learn more about practising cosmetic medicine in New Zealand here
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Has been independently developed with subject experts and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the diploma pathway.  The full pathway is the Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, the Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, and the Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine

Postgraduate Pathway for Aesthetic Medicine with the University of South Wales

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.

University quality-assured and CPD-accredited education provider 

This organisation is an RACGP-accredited CPD provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

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Quality assured by Bond University
Clinical attachments available with Southern cosmetics
Postgraduate studies available with the University of South Wales

Frequently asked questions

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What are the costs and payment options of the course?

Fees will vary based on the program and study option selected (fully online vs online + optional practical workshop). Payments can be made upfront or in monthly instalments. Special rates and various payment options are available. GP registrars and doctors in training enjoy a scholarship of up to $500. Talk to us to learn more.

What is the Alumni Support Program?

Completion of any HealthCert course or attendance at an event will enable you to access the HealthCert Alumni Program which includes:

  • Access to special alumni rates for new courses when they are released.
  • Special alumni price for HealthCert Conferences.
  • Exclusive advanced access to HealthCert events.
  • Regular Alumni Webinars pertaining to the course(s) you have attended. These will provide content review of the course and an opportunity to discuss case studies.
  • Access to the video lectures as seen during the course(s) that you have attended.
How will I receive my certificate?

HealthCert Education is pleased to issue digital credentials for alumni. Digital credentials are a permanent online record of your successful completion of a HealthCert course and are issued to all course participants in addition to PDF certificates. If you are based in Australia, you also have the option to order a hard copy of your digital certificate for a small additional fee.

How long will the course take to complete?

The recommended study duration of this certificate course is 83 hours, which includes study of the pre-course activities and readings, online lectures, live tutorials, and online assessment. This self-paced course offers the flexibility of 100% online study in your own time, at your own pace, in your own home or office, with no mandatory face-to-face requirements. You are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience.

Is this course recognised in my country?

All HealthCert courses meet World Federation of Medical Education standards. This certificate course qualifies for CPD hours from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in Australia. It is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) in New Zealand. It is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) in China. It is a self-submitted activity in Dubai and the United Kingdom. It is a self-submitted activity through the College of Family Physicians in Canada. If you live or work outside one of the above-mentioned countries, please contact us on to discuss whether this course can be recognised in your country.

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