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PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA

Aesthetic Medicine

Gain expert clinical knowledge in aesthetic medicine principles and treatments, including cosmetic injecting.

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Overview

The course has been designed for medical practitioners who wish to build on knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine.

  • This course focuses on difficult and complex cases in aesthetic medicine.
  • Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this medical aesthetic training course. 
  • This course is for medical doctors and International Medical Graduates.
  • 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: $2120
Online + workshop: from $2970
Use code EOFY2024
Special rates available

Study duration

95.5 hours
Self-paced

Workshop dates & locations

2024
25 Aug in Brisbane
22 Sep in Sydney
13 Oct in Melbourne

Quality assured by Bond University

Course benefits

  • Offer a broad range of cosmetic treatments, including advanced applications of dermal fillers.
  • Gain knowledge in the use of laser therapies for various skin conditions, including melasma.
  • Acquire advanced skills in facial thread lifts.
  • Attract a wider patient demographic and grow revenue.
  • Provide non-surgical body shaping and ultrasound treatments.
  • Provide comprehensive skin health care by addressing non-cosmetic skin concerns like acne and rosacea.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 an expert. 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.

Advanced Botulinum toxin part 2

This advanced cosmetic injecting course 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. "Micro-Botulinum toxin" 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.

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

 
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Dr Mirjana Janjic
MD, FRACGP

 

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 expert 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.

 
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Dr Dianne King
B.Med Sci, MBBS, DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, DPD

 

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
MBBS, FRACGP, Dip. Derm

 

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.

 
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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 expert 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.

Study modes

Study 100% online

100% online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule. Interactivity, discussion, and feedback opportunities are included.

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions and interact with your peers.
  • Attend or watch recordings of live tutorials with experts.
  • Ask questions and discuss clinical cases in live tutorials.
  • 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 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 Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine

from $2120 (was $2495)

use code EOFY2024

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  • Meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement
  • 100% online from $2495 or with face-to-face workshop from $3495
  • Workshops in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney

 

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.

Example of the Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine
This certificate meets the 50hr annual CPD requirement for medical practitioners

The Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine presented informative and complex case discussions and there was a significant demonstration provided with each lecture. There was a smooth harmony through the lectures in terms of timing and breaking.

Dr M. Jacoub

The Professional Diploma is presented by very experienced doctors and all the workshops are very well organised.

Dr N. Lishchenko

The Professional Diploma provides a good source of up to date, topical information delivered by real people!

Dr B. Thomson

A very well organised course offering great learning resources, with an opportunity to interact with highly skilled professionals over the weekend.

Dr S. Shinwari

I wish I had completed this course two years ago. My time in general practice so far has not enhanced my diagnostic or surgical skills and I have been scared about skin checks! I actually feel not only confident but empowered. A fantastic course! Thank you!

Dr A. Mooney

Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

Each module in this certificate is an RACGP and ACRRM approved CPD activity.

RACGP Activity Number ACRRM Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Outcome Hours Total Hours
454624 31137 Common modalities for non-surgical body shaping 454624 31137 4 5 0 9
454537 31134 Laser use: Pigment melasma and resurfacing 454537 31134 4.5 5 0 9.5
454640 31138 Acne and Rosacea 454640 31138 4.5 5 0 9.5
454467 31132 Dermal fillers, biostimulators and complex applications 454467 31132 4 5 0 9
454561 31136 Ultrasound and radio frequency treatment 454561 31136 4 5 0 9
454545 31135 Non-aesthetic use of lasers 454545 31135 4 5 0 9
454650 31139 Complex Cases 454650 31139 4.5 5 0 9.5
454514 31133 Introduction to facial threadlift procedures 454514 31133 4.5 5 0 9.5
608226 32281 Clinical Audit of Aesthetic Medicine: Botulinum Toxin 608226 32281 0 2 19.5 21.5
652922 32297 Clinical Audit of Aesthetic Medicine: Dermal Fillers 652922 32297 0 2 19.5 21.5
Grand Total 117

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

View the CPD Hours for all HealthCert Education activities.

Outcome measurement

The peer reviewed comprehensive clinical audit associated with this professional diploma exceeds the annual CPD outcome measurement hours.

Pre- and post-course information

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Recognised prior learning (RPL)

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit@healthcert.com 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 Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine and Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine

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. 

Certification

This certificate course meets the minimum 50 hours CPD annual requirement across all three mandatory CPD activity types.

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

This program:

  • 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 PLD@dhcr.gov.ae 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 mainprocredits@cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • 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 recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). Learn more about practising cosmetic medicine in New Zealand here
  • Has been independently developed with subject experts and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

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.

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

Pathways

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the final 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

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.

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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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 95.5 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 admin@healthcert.com to discuss whether this course can be recognised in your country.

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