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 Read more...

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:

  • Dr Andrew Clark
  • Dr Mahomand Bakr
  • Mr Ben Eshbley
  • Dr Nagd Farag
  • Dr Greg Goodman
  • Dr Adrian Lim
  • Dr Stephen Lowe
  • Dr Sky Wong

 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 resident) here.
  • 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 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


Winter 2021 edition

The uncertainty and economic loss caused by COVID-19 has reached every sector of our communities.  As the greater Sydney and surrounding areas moved into lockdown, followed now by Victoria and areas of Queensland the situation is impacting on all.  Our sympathies are extended to those practices who find themselves closed for the duration, and our suppliers and manufacturers whose work will also be impacted upon.  This is a difficult time for all and we must remember to support each other...  Read more

Autumn 2021 edition

2021 started with as many challenges as 2020 finished with; we are still experiencing the interruption to training, travel and our lives caused by the COVID-19 crisis. As this newsletter is production the first vaccinations in Australia are being planned for the coming week. The uncertainty and economic loss caused by COVID-19 has reached every sector of our communities, the impact has reached the ACAM community with the suspension of the Introduction to Cosmetic Medicine Workshop, in October 2020 and again in February 2021. Participant health and safety is our first priority... Read more

Summer 2020/2021 edition

The new board has had a busy start on ACAM’s business.  One of the first orders of business was to release ACAM from the MOU signed with the ACCS to allow member consideration of their vision and direction for the college.  Correspondence has been forwarded to the ACCS, expressing the concept of unity of those within our craft group of cosmetic medicine is one strongly supported, I believe, by all representative entities.  However, for ACAM to move forward with any concept of unification, it is imperative that the members are consulted and any subsequent arrangement is in the best interests of the members... Read more

Spring 2020 edition

What a bizarre year it has been! As I write, our Victorian colleagues are only just now being permitted to resume their lives and livelihoods after a prolonged period in lockdown, and our hearts go out to all those who have been severely affected by the Covid-19 restrictions which have changed our lives for the foreseeable future... Read more

Winter 2020 edition

What a year this has been! We have faced every challenge possible – fire, floods, pestilence, just to name a few!

As a College, we have tried to support and guide those who have reached out, but not to overload you with too much conflicting information.  I understand many of you are still really struggling with border restrictions, clinic closures, and the myriad of new health and safety measures we must implement and abide by in our ‘new normal’ lives, as the situation is still evolving and changing... Read more


Autumn 2020 edition

In just a few short months, since our last Newsletter, the world has changed, and our lives, livelihoods and sense of security and well-being have been threatened by the emergence of COVID-19. Hopefully, when we get our lives back, things won’t be too unrecognisable, and we will have discovered a myriad of ways to adapt to the new-normal... Read more


Summer 2019/2020 edition

What an amazing year it has been!

Thanks to all who attended and supported LCMC2019 at the ICC in Sydney’s beautiful Darling Harbour. We were able to showcase new innovations, like the Demo Zone, which were very well received. The concept still needs a few tweaks, but proved to be a wonderful learning opportunity. And our more relaxed Friday night welcome reception was a lovely way to reconnect with colleagues, both medical and industry, before the formal programme. I also took advantage of the CPR training on the Friday afternoon, before the drinks, and that was very well attended also... click here


Spring 2019 - Special Conference Edition

What a feeling of excitement and anticipation... LCMC19 is almost upon us!

I hope many of you will be joining us at the state-of-the-art ICC in sensational Sydney from Oct 25 - 27, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the many events happening over the weekend... click here


Winter 2019 edition

Welcome to our Winter edition of the 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.
The Cosmetic Medicine Alliance (CMA) made up of CPCA, ACCS, ASCD and ACAM are working together to produce a consensus statement regarding Best Practice Guidelines for cosmetic medical procedures... Click here


Autumn 2019 edition

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

A belated Happy New Year to all Members and Fellows, old and new. Welcome to our Autumn edition of the ACAM Newsletter... Read more


Summer 2018 edition

Welcome to the Summer Edition of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) Newsletter.  This is my first message as President. I am so humbled to have been voted in as President at the recent AGM.  I would particularly like to thank our immediate past President, Dr Sharron Phillipson, for her enormous dedication and tireless efforts to ACAM, and also our wonderful board members, for their support and expertise... Read more


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