Spring 2021 edition

As this newsletter leaves the desk, I have realised how close to the holiday season we are.  The disruption of 2021, following 2020, has caused rescheduling and reorganisation of our personal and professional lives; time appears to have dilated.  ACAM sends best wishes to all for the holiday season and hopes that the joy of 2022 will replace the stress and life interruptions experienced in 2020 and 2021.   The board of ACAM have re-orientated the college, including restructuring the education and fellowship programs. In addition, the board has installed new management of the college and would like to introduce  Ms Plaxy Purich, who has taken on the task of association manager, her direct email address is info@acam.org.au.org.au. 

ACAM Introduction to Cosmetic Medicine Workshop 2021

Dr Clark has successfully convened a virtual workshop (ACAM Introduction to Cosmetic Medicine Workshop 2021) which was very well attended. The board decided to convert to a virtual platform due to the ongoing lockdowns and travel restrictions in NSW and Victoria and quarantine requirements for both participants and speakers. 

Workshop completion is one of the requirements for those doctors enrolled in the Advanced Education Pathway to gain Fellowship with ACAM.  The opportunity to attend the workshop was extended to all those involved in the education program; the workshop is completed once participants complete and passes the online quiz, which will automatically generate their CPD certificate. In addition, the workshop was accredited with ACAM, the RACGP and ACRRM, confirming the workshop’s high standard of education.

Colleagues and companies showed great support for ACAM, and the board would like to thank those who helped bring the workshop to fruition publicaly:

 Corporate sponsorship was gratefully accepted, follow their links below for more information.

And credit must go to Ms Purich, who coordinated all those enrolled, ensuring that participants had their readings and manuals, managed the audiovisual considerations and corralled speakers.   The board was happy with the virtual delivery of the program, in understandably tricky circumstances, and are looking forward to reviewing logbooks and references, enabling those enrolled to progress to their VIVA examinations, and complete their fellowship programme.


It is heartening to see membership numbers grow, with the college increasing its footprint and professional partnerships.  Members can enjoy a range of benefits, including discounted online access to Dermatological Surgery access and discounted conference and workshop registration fees. In addition, members can now purchase ACAM branded scrubs in various colours (for yourself and the practice staff). 

If you are a doctor practising aesthetic medicine and are interested in joining ACAM apply online here. ACAM’s reasonable membership fee also includes CPD collation, at no additional cost, see here for further information. 

Educational Opportunities

Laser Core of Knowledge – Laser Physics and Safety Course

Beginning: Runs continuously to suit your schedule

Cost: $299 inclusive of GST

For any practitioner or practice staff operating cosmetic lasers, this course is a must.  And it’s a good idea for practitioners to update their laser knowledge, at least every triennium. In addition, this course has laser operator accreditation in all states and territories of Australia.  To enrol, follow the link here.


Accredited Short Course in Head and Neck Anatomy


– ACAM Head and Neck Anatomy Course

This popular course is set to start again on the 6th April 2022. To enrol, follow the link here. This course is conducted by Dr Bakr, a lecturer from Griffith University whose expertise is head and neck anatomy. This course attracts a discount for ACAM financial members and draws CPD points from ACAM, RACGP and ACRRM. 

ACAM recommended courses (no charge)

It is suggested you encourage your practice staff to complete these certificates:

  • COVID-19 Infection Control Training (you do not need to be an NSW residenthere.
  • Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Courses here.
  • Downloadable workbook here

New Fellowship Pathways

ACAM will release details shortly about three new fellowship pathways.  The board have been working extremely hard to provide accessible and meaningful education to its members and those intending members. 

The board has developed strong educational partnerships on behalf of the members, acknowledging most adult learners have multiple commitments in their lives and require flexibility and recognition of prior learning.  The three choices of fellowship pathways cater for new entrants to the profession of aesthetic medicine, those who are experienced but would like to complete an academic pathway, and those who have practical experience but have not had the opportunity to gain fellowship.

NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Cosmetic Use) Regulation 2021

Those in NSW know that the new guidelines for the supervision of delegated injectors began on the 1st of September 2021. These guidelines include the storage of medications, patient review interval and changes to standing orders (now valid for six month periods).

The NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Cosmetic Use) Regulation 2021 has been published, and the regulation came into force on the 1st of September 2021. There are substantial pentiles for non-compliance. Please make yourself familiar with the changes.  

Working with ACAM

For those companies and individuals who would like to work with ACAM, please contact Ms Purich at info@acam.org.au.org.au requesting an advertising package and CPD educational dinner sponsorship program.

ACAM communicates with its members via its Private and Public Facebook pages, Member’s Minutes, regular Newsletters and a Quarterly Newsletter to a broader audience.  

Keep well, keep safe. 

Dr Gabrielle Caswell

President ACAM