Welcome to the latest Autumn newsletter of the ASCM/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.

This year we will again hold an introductory workshop immediately prior to the main conference at the Marriott. Topics will include practical, "hands on" introductions to botulinum and dermal filler injections, lasers and IPL, and medium depth chemical skin peels. The workshop has proved highly popular over the last few years, with participants scoring it very highly in post workshop feedback. Participants always enjoy the hands on experience, and leave with the confidence to move into cosmetic practice.

Our Laser Safety Officers’ Course (LSOC) and Examination meets the requirements for applying for a laser licence for doctors, nurses, biomedical staff, and anyone else who might be operating a laser. This is not just a course for nurses or aestheticians, but appropriate as fundamental education for all.

This year we are pleased to have Professor Lee Collins and Penny Smalley running the two-day LSOC course. The course will be held concurrently with the main conference and will cover science and systems, tissue interactions, dosimetry, photochemistry, photo thermal effects, photo ablation, and photo acoustic effects, regulations, international and national standards, planning for safety, hazard assessment, procedural control measures, administrative responsibilities, audit, and quality assurance.

The Australian College of Aesthetic Medicine has instigated a triennial online Continuing Professional Development Program that is very user friendly and ensures that high academic standards are maintained. We recommend this to our members.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Advocacy Board has invited the ACAM to make a submission regarding the prescribing of isotretinoin (Roaccutane) by general practitioners. As a guide, the college has used the successful application by the New Zealand College of General Practice and a copy is included in this newsletter.

Full conference details, including how to register, can be found at LCMC conference website. This site provides all information related to the conference and will be updated periodically.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in 2010.


Kind regards

Signature of Sharron Phillipson

 Dr Sharron Phillipson, President


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