The Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who are interested in increasing their clinical knowledge in aesthetic principles and the safe practice of latest evidence-based aesthetic medicine procedures.
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, jaw line and hand rejuvenation along with a selection of appropriate cosmeceuticals for various clinical conditions and marketing of the aesthetic services.
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:
- Complications including relevant anatomy
- Advanced Botulinum toxin techniques and hyperhidrosis*
- Advanced dermal filler techniques*
- Advanced chemical peels*
- Laser use for hair and tattoo removal*
- Laser use for vascular and pigment conditions*
- Business strategies to set up an aesthetic practice
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.
Choose Your Delivery Format
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.
- Commence your course anytime online, access all course content instantly and study at your own pace.
- Reinforce your learning, participate in case discussions, follow along procedure demonstrations, and ask any questions in webinars with presenters.
- Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD points and certificate.
Online + Workshop
- Complete your course fully online and receive all of the benefits of online study.
- Receive your CPD points and certificate.
- Cement your knowledge in the accompanying workshop with hands-on training, demonstrations and expert guidance in a small group setting on a date and location of your choice.
Entry Requirements and Course Requisites
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 recognized for entry into this course. Please send an email to [email protected] 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. 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.
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. Recognizing 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 finalize 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.
For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.
- Online pre-course activity to be completed in your own time.
- Eight online video modules to be viewed, replayed and completed at your convenience.
- All presentation slides and further learning materials available for permanent access and download.
- Instruments and consumables for practical sessions in the optional practical workshop.
- Post-course online assessment to be completed in your own time within six months of the course start date.
- Ongoing post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
- Access to the HealthCert Community with additional free learning opportunities, special offers and other benefits.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.
- Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
- Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance and apply your knowledge.
- 104 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
- 13 per module, Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct? Yes/No
- 104 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic.
- 13 per module, Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.
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.
Certification and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine certificate and below points. You may also receive CPD recognition for the optional practical workshop; you will need to apply to your college, and the awarding of any CPD points will be at their discretion.
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.
Face to Face Courses
Course transfers for Face to Face practical workshops are available, subject to requests being received, in writing, a minimum of 10 business days prior to workshop commencement. Transfer requests received after 10 business days prior to workshop commencement will incur an Administration Fee of $250.
Transfers will be subject to availability in the future workshops. If the future workshop has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the transfer request.
One workshop transfer, per course is allowed. Further transfers will be considered upon application and may be charged at 25% of a full new workshop booking rate.
Transfers for Online courses are available subject to requests being received, in writing, within 7 days of enrolment. Transfer requests received after the 7 days post enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $200. One course transfer request, per course is allowed.
If the future course being transferred to, has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the course transfer request.
Online Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellation and a full refund of the course fees will be provided if a request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250. Upon cancellation and full refund of the course enrolment, you will not receive a certificate or accreditation points.
Courses purchased as part of a bundle attract a discount. This discount is apportioned to the final course in the bundle in the cases of cancellations and refunds. Therefore, cancellation and refund requests of a course that have been purchased as part of a bundle are refunded based on the first and/or second course being charged at the full price rate. Any courses remaining in the bundle can be refunded provided the request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250.
Tickets:Online + Workshop$2,124
Sat, 22 October 2022
12 Hours Lecture Time + 8 Hours Optional Practical Workshop
Online Lectures, Live Web Tutorials and Workshop (Optional)
Cliftons Melbourne - Collins Street
1/440 Collins St,
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.
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. 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. 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.