Spring 2018 edition

Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) Newsletter.

The 14th National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference is just around the corner on 3 - 4 November 2018 at Sofitel Brisbane Central.  For our Diploma Candidates and other interested Practitioners the pre-conference workshop is being held 31 October - 2 November.  Click here

Winter 2018 edition

Welcome to the Winter Edition of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) Newsletter.

We are already half way through the year and there have been many developments in the industry and the College as highlighted below. Click here

Autumn 2018 edition

Welcome to the Autumn Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) Newsletter.

We are pleased to welcome cosmetic nurses to ACAM and I believe they will form an integral part of the cosmetic medical profession. There are many positive benefits for including appropriately trained nurses as members of ACAM to establish industry standards, promote a code of ethics/scope of practice and provide ongoing support in their career. Membership is now open and we invite you to join.  Click here

Summer 2017/2018 edition

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.
2016-2017 saw an unprecedented level of growth in the general public’s interest in non-surgical procedures, with a reported increase of 14 - 25%. This emphasises the importance of training and with this comes the responsibility of members of ACAM to continue their professional development, and attending conferences such as the Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference is integral to this.
The next LCMC conference will be held at Sofitel Brisbane from 2 - 4 November 2018, so diarise these dates now, to ensure you can attend. click here

Spring 2017 edition

Welcome to the Spring Newsletter for the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. 

For twelve years the National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference (LCMC) has been providing medical professionals and cosmetic technicians with the knowledge and skills to assist them in keeping up to date with this rapidly expanding area of medicine.

This year the 13th National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference will be held in Melbourne from 11 – 12 November 2017 at the Crown Promenade Hotel. click here

Winter 2017 edition

Welcome to the Winter Newsletter for the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. We are delighted to announce the 13th National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference (LCMC 2017) will be held in the vibrant city of Melbourne from 11 – 12 November 2017.

The conference will introduce current and new treatments, review established therapies and showcase a wide range of equipment and products, which support our industry through the concurrent trade exhibition. Plans are already underway to bring together the leaders in the field of aesthetic medicine in an engaging format.  There will be demonstrations of new technologies, new procedures and established techniques. click here

Autumn 2017 edition

Welcome to the Autumn Edition of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) Newsletter.
At the Annual General Meeting held in November last year, there were some changes to the ACAM board. Dr Larissa Miller and Dr Larry Gahan were nominated and accepted as new board members. Congratulations to them and we look forward to their input in 2017. They replace Dr Paul Weaver from New Zealand and Dr Ben Chan from Melbourne. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr Weaver and Dr Chan for their contribution to ACAM, especially Dr Weaver for his support with the Certificate in Procedural Phlebology. Dr Jass Narulla has now retired as President after 4 years in this position and we thank him for his dedication and service to the College. I am very proud to assume the responsibility of President of the College. click here

Spring 2016 edition

Welcome to Spring edition of Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine newsletter.

It has been another productive and expansive year for the aesthetic industry and Australasian College of aesthetic medicine (ACAM). Globally the aesthetic industry continues to grow and continue to command the attention of not just the longer living healthy baby boomers, but also the younger generation both male and female. This interest has been reflected in the increase in the membership of our College. I continue to urge you to and proactively contribute and be involved with the College. click here

Autumn 2016 edition

Welcome to Autumn edition of Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy return from school holidays and trust the first quarter of the year you are reaching professional goals and revisiting & evaluating how you will achieve above and here


Please be advised that our latest Autumn edition of the Newsletter had an incorrect statement contained within: “Thanks to a concerted effort with lobbying from ACAM, RACGP and fellow societies, Roaccutane can now be prescribed by GPs.”

Under Clause 37 and 52 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 ( see ), doctors require authority from the NSW Health Secretary to supply or prescribe isotretinoin for human oral use (brand names Dermatane®, Oratane®, Roaccutane®, Rocta®, etc.). There have been no recent changes to this law, nor are any changes envisaged in the near future. I am not aware of any recent request by any person or organization for a change in this law to allow GPs to prescribe isotretinoin.

Isotretinoin oral products are approved for marketing by the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM) subject to restriction by the States and Territories to specialist physicians and dermatologists.

“Isotretinoin for human oral use” is included in Appendix D Item 2 of the national Poisons Standard (SUSMP) “Poisons available only from or on the prescription or order of a specialist physician or a dermatologist” (See . All States and Territories have committed to adoption of the provisions of the SUSMP (where they do not already have equivalent provisions in State/Territory law).

Isotretinoin is indicated only in patients whose acne is refractory to other treatments, and for acute promyelocytic leukaemia, and carries risks of teratogenicity and suicide in depressed patients. Acne is not a life-threatening condition and there is a wide variety of effective alternative treatments available.

The Secretary, NSW Health is able to generally authorise classes of doctors to prescribe isotretinoin, and has authorised Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists as a class of doctors to prescribe isotretinoin for acne without having to obtain individual authority.

Other doctors may be authorised by the Secretary NSW Health on an individual basis to prescribe oral isotretinoin for an individual patient. This is very rare. Authority would not be issued to a non-FRACD doctor for oral isotretinoin for acne except in very unusual circumstances (e.g. for a patient with severe refractory acne in a remote area who is unable to travel to a FRACD dermatologist.)

Autumn 2015 edition

Welcome to the autumn edition of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine newsletter. The Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicineis pleased to advise that the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is now advocating for GP prescribing rights for Isotretinoin so that GPs can treat patients with severe acne within the general practice here

Spring 2014 edition

Welcome to the newsletter of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine. As a new, developing college ACAM recently offered grandfathering fellowships to eligible physicians. here

Summer 2013 edition

I trust that the year has been a good one for all of you. You have chosen to be involved at the forefront of an area of medicine which is growing and moving forwards in leaps and bounds. here

Autumn 2013 edition

I wish to extend greetings and a warm welcome to all our current and new members and fellows. Dr Phillipson has mentioned all of you individually in her section. Welcome to your Society and College here

Summer 2012 edition

On behalf of all the board members I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year in 2013. This time of the year is a very special time for our professional and family life here

Winter 2012 edition

It is hard to believe that we are in the second half of the year already. I hope that you have all had a break during the winter holidays and now have more energy to ensure you all a successful remainder of 2012 here

Autumn 2012 edition

It is hard to believe that we are already preparing for Easter. Time does fly when you are busy and I believe you are all very busy in your practices here

Summer 2011 edition

Cosmetic Medicine has become more popular in the last year and with that it is brining challenges to the members and the organization. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our members to keep cosmetic medicine at the cutting edge. Unfortunately there are people with no or limited qualifications that keep trying to do cosmetic medical treatments in a non medical setting or with no medical training that are causing bad publicity for the profession. here

Winter 2011 edition

With winter at its end and summer fast approaching , the world is in some political and financial turmoil. We do hope that you are all well and all looking forward to havinng an exciting more

Autumn 2011 edition

This year has been very busy with events in Australia and abroad in Japan. As an organisation we think of all our members who may have been affected by the Floods, Cyclone and latest earthquake in more

Spring 2010 edition

As the newly elected President I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Sharron Phillipson for her hard work as the Founding President and for her leadership. It is remarkable to see what she has achieved in the first five years of the organisation... read more

Winter 2010 edition

This week I will be meeting with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to discuss the assessment of an application for recognition of Cosmetic Medical Practice as a specialty. The application was made last year by the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons. In May 2009, the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Medicine made a submission to the AMC about the application for recognition as a specialty... read more

Autumn 2010 edition

Welcome to the latest autumn newsletter of the ASCM and ACAM.

The 6th National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference is to be held at the Marriott Hotel, Gold Coast, 25-26 September, 2010. This follows the continuing success of our previous conferences, particularly last year's, which broke previous attendance records and attracted participants from all regions of Australia and internationally.

The 2010 main conference promises the same mix of scientific and practical presentations that made last year's event such a success, with new topics, bringing together the expertise of dermatologists and other healthcare workers from related fields to exchange ideas and help advance the growth of our specialty. ... read more

Spring 2009 edition

Welcome to the latest spring newsletter of the ASCM and ACAM.

The final stages of planning for the 5th National Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference , to be held at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney, on the 12th and 13th of September, are underway. The conference has developed a reputation for delivering an outstanding academic program. The 2009 program focuses on non-surgical cosmetic procedures and targets physicians, general practitioners and surgeons. Dr Mitchel Goldman will be the keynote speaker... read more

Winter 2009 edition

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter for the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine.

Successful fellowship indicates your commitment to furthering the area of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Medicine and improving the quality of medical care in this rapidly growing field of medicine... read more