Welcome to the Winter Edition of the ASCM/ACAM newsletter. This will be my last newsletter as President.

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.

The AMC has delayed their assessment because the applicant body required an extension of time to provide supplementary information requested by the AMC. The AMC has now recommenced its Stage 1 assessment of the case for recognition, against the four recognition criteria, as described in its guidelines: The Recognition of Medical Specialties: Policy and Process available at: http://www.amc.org.au/images/Recognition/recognitionguidelines.pdf.

The submission put forward by the ASCM can be found at the member area of the ASCM website.

Preparations for our 6th Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference in September on the Gold Coast are in full swing, and we are delighted with the excellent international and national speakers who have accepted to present. Of note is Dr Diane Quibell, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Quibell has over six years experience combining internal medicine with medical aesthetics. She has been a lecturer and luminary for four laser technology companies since 2001. Also from the US is Dr Gilly Munavalli. Dr. Munavalli's medical memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Micrographic and Cutaneous Oncology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. He is also a clinical instructor at Johns Hopkins Medical Centre.

The Basic Cosmetic Medicine Workshop, from 22nd to 24th September, immediately preceding the main conference, is aimed at practitioners who would like to learn non-surgical techniques for cosmetic medicine, both theoretical and practical. Numbers are limited.

Topics covered include:

Botulinum toxin A
Chemical peels
Dermal fillers
Lasers and IPL and

with live workshops and hands-on training.

The workshop has been approved by the RACGP for 40 category 1 points.

Registrants to this workshop will be entitled to complimentary registration to the Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2010.

The full programme can be viewed online at: LCMC website.

Dr Eddie Roos has the endorsement of the ASCM/ACAM board for nomination of president in the upcoming AGM. Dr Roos has been Secretary of the Society since its inception and has the full support of the Board to step up as President. I will be staying on to support the Board as Immediate Past President. I would like to thank the Board for their support and would ask members to consider nominating for a position on the Board.

Kind regards

Signature of Sharron Phillipson

 Dr Sharron Phillipson, President


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