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Professional Certificate Aesthetic Medicine (Melbourne)


Develop Foundation Knowledge in Aesthetic Principles and the Safe Practice of Highly Requested Cosmetic Procedures. 

The latest trends in health and skin care result in an increased demand for aesthetic services and cosmetic treatments – and skilled practitioners. Meeting your patients' aesthetic concerns and helping them to regain their healthy appearance and confidence will build long-term loyalty and add non-Medicare based revenue to your practice. This strictly science-based not company-funded program is quality-assured by Bond University and CPD accredited, and provides training in the evolving field of aesthetic medicine fully online or online with a one-day practical workshop.

The foundation course in the three-part pathway, the Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine is tailored for GPs with a clinical interest in the science of aesthetic medicine and the wish to grow their practice in that area. You can expect to develop solid foundation knowledge in the safe practice of highly requested and low-cost-to deliver aesthetic treatments for clinical conditions, along with the medical and business knowledge required to integrate the services into your practice. The course features interactive lectures, case discussions, live demonstrations, and optional practical sessions on pork parts and simulated models.


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.

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.

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 Cinics & Business

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

Study Modes

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 points and certificate.

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 practice in various procedures covered in the course under expert guidance.
  • Workshops are available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

HealthCert 365

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

  • Customize 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.

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.

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 recognized qualifications and prior studies may be recognized 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.

Recognized Prior Learning (RPL)

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 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 Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognized by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognizes 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] for more information.
  • Is recognized 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 HealthCert Education Website.


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.

Providers Terms

Course Transfers

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.

Online Courses

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.

Bundle Courses

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.


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Contact Hours:

8.0 hrs

Start Time:

Sat, 25 May 2024 , 8:15 AM

Finish Time:

Sat, 25 May 2024 , 5:00 PM


Full Day


Live Lecture




Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)


Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf,
Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia, 3006

HealthCert Education



Dr. Chris Clifopoulos

MBBS, MMed, GDEB, 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.


Dr. Dianne King

B.Med Sci, MBBS, DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, DPD, MMed (Skin Cancer), Dip. Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM), Doctor at National Skin Cancer Centres, New Town

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 subspecialized 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. 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.


Dr. Nicholas Kokotis

MBBS, 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. 

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