The Professional Diploma
This is an online course with an optional practical workshop which focuses on difficult and complex cases in aesthetic medicine. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.
This course is the final 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.
The program provides advanced training in aesthetic medicine, allowing practitioners to manage more complex aesthetic procedures.
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 Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine is ideal for medical professionals seeking the most advanced clinical knowledge and critical awareness of aesthetic medicine principles and treatment options, with immediate applicability to their day-to-day work. Participants will build upon the knowledge gained in the Professional and Advanced Certificate levels, with a greater focus on complex cases in aesthetic medicine and the required know-how to setting up their own aesthetic medicine clinic. This course is for physicians, nurse practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who are registered with AHPRA. Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also recommends successful completion of at least 50 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
Module 1 – Dermal fillers, biostimulators and complex applications
This module looks at higher level biostimulator techniques for hollow temples, forehead shaping, upper eyelid hollowing, nose and panfacial rejuvenation. A comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy is assumed.
Unit one demonstrates procedures on the temple, forehead and glabella lines including the needle versus cannula, adverse events and managing these complications. Unit two focuses on the upper eyelid and nose (non-surgical rhinoplasty) including proportionate guides for the nose. Adverse effects are outlined. Unit three outlines panfacial rejuvenation and the ‘8 point lift’. Unit four covers non-HA collagen stimulating fillers and biostimulators. The reasons for using these fillers is outlined including issues and adverse effects. Unit five examines the use of calcium hydroxylapatite and polylactic acid and polycaprolactone. It outlines the mechanism of action for each, its uses and technique. Contraindications and aftercare are mentioned. Unit six outlines collagen stimulating fillers including danger zones, adverse effects and prevention of biofilm and nodules.
Module 2 – Introduction to facial threadlift procedures
This module introduces facial threadlifts and explains the various types of threads available in Australia. They include absorbable/non-absorbable, barbed/non-barbed and length of threads. Without favour, four techniques are included detailing the differences and application of each thread. Thread compositions are outlined for each option.
Contraindications and complications are addressed. Unit two outlines the advantages of this technique for the aging face and stresses the importance of understanding the mode of action of each thread, their differences and expected results.
Module 3 – Laser use: pigment melasma and resurfacing
This module focuses on the use of laser to treat melasma conditions including epidermal, dermal and epidermal/dermal blend. It discusses treatment options including how to achieve the best results with lasers. The use of lasers for skin rejuvenation including wrinkle/scar reduction is increasing. Non ablative lasers and ablative lasers are discussed including the different modalities and principles for both styles. Patient assessment guidelines are outlined including pre-treatment preparation, indications, contra-indications and aftercare. Clinical examples of ablative resurfacing are provided for various conditions including treating sun damage, burn and acne scarring and possible complications associated with fractional ablative resurfacing.
Module 4 – Non-aesthetic use of lasers
This module introduces the use of lasers for treating onychomycosis, warts/verrucae, snoring and sleep apnoea and some gynaecological treatments including stress urinary incontinence, vaginal relaxation syndrome, vaginal atrophy and pelvic organ prolapse. The types of lasers and laser settings are suggested for each procedure together with patient assessment considerations. Preparation for each procedure and each treatment process is outlined including clinical images and diagrams. Contraindications and non-laser options for these conditions are listed.
Module 5 – Ultrasound and radio frequency treatment
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 – Common modalities for non-surgical body shaping
This module describes two modalities for non-surgical body contouring in detail – cryolipolysis and lipolysis. Cryolopolysis destroys fat cells and involves cooling target tissue for a specified time at a specified temperature. The lipolysis process uses lasers to break cells apart and reduces the volume of fatty tissue. The basic concepts and mechanism of action are explained. Contraindications, complications, side effects and patient assessment and procedure protocol are outlined. The use of deoxycholic acid versus cryolipolysis is discussed. Other modalities included in this module are heat generating devices, radiofrequency and high intensity microfocused ultrasound.
Module 7 – Acne and rosacea
This comprehensive unit discusses acne and includes the pathogenesis, subtypes, patient history and examination, when to investigate, treatment options including the management of side effects, management of scarring and when to refer to a specialist. It recognizes and outlines treatment options for adolescents and treatment options for post-adolescents. Diet, stress, topical agents, hormonal influences and skin care regimes are factors to consider when treating this condition.
Rosacea is discussed in the second unit. It outlines triggers and treatment options including topical and oral approaches. Laser and light therapy is considered.
Module 8 – Advanced botulinum toxin part 2
This module outlines the treatment areas for lip lines/barcode wrinkles, gummy smile, dimpled chin, masseter hypertrophy, platysmal banding/neck bands, marionette lines and chemo-resurfacing. Patient assessment and expectations are crucial considerations when determining treatment. To achieve the best results a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, planes, dosage and technique is imperative. In each of the key treatment areas above, comprehensive instructions are outlined including handy hints. Microbotox is introduced for forehead and central T zones, cheeks, lower eyelids, jawline, neck and decolletage areas. The module concludes with listing danger points not to be ignored, to stress the importance of a comprehensive assessment of patients requesting aesthetic procedures.
Additional information: the skin therapist role
This section outlines the laser safety considerations including Australian authorities by state, administration and practice controls, risk assessment, incident reporting and compliance guide.
|8:00am - 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am - 10:00am||Session 1||Laser use: Pigment melasma and resurfacing|
|10:00am - 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am - 12:00pm||Session 2||Ultrasound and radio frequency treatment|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm - 2:30pm||Session 3||Acne and rosacea|
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm - 5:00pm||Session 4||Threadlifts|
|8:30am - 8:45am||Arrival|
|8:45am - 10:15am||Session 5||Non-aesthetic use of lasers|
|10:15am - 10:45am||Morning Tea|
|10:45am - 12:15pm||Session 6||Dermal fillers, biostimulators and complex applications|
|12:15pm - 1:15pm||Lunch|
|1:15pm - 2:45pm||Session 7||Common modalities for non-surgical body contouring|
|2:45pm - 3:15pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:15pm - 4:45pm||Session 8||Complex case discussions|
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 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 Mirjana Janjic
Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia
Board Certified with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
Aesthetic Medicine Physician
Founder and director at Melbourne Aesthetics Clinic, Box Hill, Victoria
Dr Mirjana Janjic has a special interest in women’s health. During 20 years’ experience in general practice, Mirjana treated many women’s health problems which led her to specialise in medical laser treatments. She trained under specialist gynaecologists Dr Sabina Sencar and Dr Urska Bizjak Ogrinc – pioneers in the use of minimally invasive gynaecological laser procedures.
Mirjana now provides medical and aesthetic laser treatments and trains doctors on the use of laser therapies out of her own medical rooms in Box Hill, Melbourne. Striving for excellence in medicine, Mirjana is continuously perfecting her expertise in laser and aesthetic techniques to deliver the best care for her patients.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
A clinical audit is a mandatory element of this professional diploma. The clinical audit will guide you to reflect on your patient management, prior to and after, increasing your knowledge through your studies at HealthCert. You will need to submit your own cases as part of the audit. If you no longer see any cases in this field, the course offers an early exit point with the Complex Certificate.
The pass mark for each exam 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 Diploma
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
ACRRM:PDP units: 42 Educational activity, 12 Performance review, MOPS points: 6 Surgery
Australia-based course participants, please note that HealthCert certificates are not accredited by TEQSA or ASQA and do not fall within the Australian Qualification Framework. All HealthCert certificates are professional development awards, accredited by RACGP, ACRRM and RNZCGP.
Postgraduate pathway for Aesthetic Medicine
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.
Postgraduate scholarships for Aesthetic Medicine
HealthCert graduates who successfully complete the Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine receive a scholarship of up to £500 (approximately $1,000) towards the Master of Science in Cosmetic Medicine. The postgraduate course is offered entirely online through DiplomaMSc in the UK and awarded by the University of South Wales. This scholarship is only available to HealthCert alumni. Learn more or enrol here.
Certified clinical attachments pathway
Clinical attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 basis. These provide the opportunity to observe aesthetic medicine physicians and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. Many doctors find this a very valuable learning experience.