Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine

Course Overview

The course is aimed at GPs with a clinical interest in the science of Aesthetic Medicine and the wish to grow their practice in that area. This course assumes no prior knowledge or specific training in the aesthetics field. Participants must have completed their MBBS.

With Medicare rebates frozen for consultations and the cost of providing medical care increasing, incorporating aesthetic medical services to your practice will enhance your patients' overall experience and allow you to operate a more profitable and financially secure practice.

The latest trends in health and skin care result in an increased demand for skin repair and rejuvenation services - and skilled practitioners. Patients seek to improve the quality of their lives through physical changes and prefer to receive these services from a trusted, qualified doctor than from a beautician or cosmetic nurse.

Meeting your patients' aesthetic concerns and helping them to regain their healthy appearance and confidence at their local GP's clinic will build long-term loyalty and add non-Medicare based revenue to your practice. Most aesthetic treatments are safe, quick and low-cost to deliver requiring repeated visits with minimal side-effects, no downtime, and immediately visible results for your patients – a win-win situation.

This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine and Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine (Comming soon).


This course is for general practitioners only. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field.

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

Course contents and learning outcomes

In response to the increasing demand by patients for skin repair and rejuvenation at their local GP’s clinic, we are launching this certificate course which combines didactic lectures and practical sessions in a small group setting. 

The certificate course will provide the clinician with a range of skills at an introductory level including:

  • Concepts of aesthetic medicine, facial ageing and skin classifications.
  • Facial anatomy, facial anaesthesia and planning of cosmetic procedures.
  • Chemical peels and topical skin treatments
  • Chemical composition and safe practice of Botulinum Toxin
  • Dermal fillers and basic filler techniques
  • How to integrate the services into your practice

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing Aesthetic Medicine techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Participate in discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated aesthetic clinics

Course Outline


Time Session Topic
8:30am - 9:00am Registration  
9:00am - 11:00am Session 1  Patient conditions that require aesthetic medicine
11:00am - 11:30am Morning Tea  
11:30am - 1:00pm Session 2 Facial Anatomy and planning safe treatments
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch  
2:00pm - 3:30pm Session 3  Specific conditions requiring chemical peels and topical skin treatments
3:30pm - 3:45pm  Afternoon Tea  
3:45pm - 5:45pm Session 4  Chemical composition of Botulinum toxin and safe practice


Time Session Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5  Identify specific skin conditions requiring dermal fillers
10:00am - 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am - 12:00pm Session 6 Introduction to lasers
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm - 3:00pm Session 7  Office based treatments for Aesthetic Medicine Clinic
3:00pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea   
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 8  Aesthetic Medicine clinics and business


What Our Alumni Say

Meet your instructors

Our team of exceptional instructors consists of highly trained sub‐specialised general practitioners who have successfully incorporated Aesthetic Medicine services into their practice. You will have access to valuable 12 month web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors any questions you may have as you implement your learning.

Dr Jenny Kimmins
Dr Jenny Kimmins


Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia

Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics, VIC. HealthCert Course Chair for Aesthetic Medicine

Dr Chris Clifopoulos
Dr Chris Clifopoulos



Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Physician at The Croxton Medical Centre, VIC

Dr Dianne King
Dr Dianne King

MBBS, DCH, DRACOG, FRACGP, DPD (Wales), Mast Med. (Skin Cancer)


Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Physician at New Town Skin Cancer Clinic & New Town Skin Repair Clinic

Dr Nicholas Kokotis
Dr Nicholas Kokotis



Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics and Skin Cancer Physician and Medical Director at Bluff Road Medical Centre

Dates and locations



8 - 9 July 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


23 - 24 September 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney


11 - 12 November 2017

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Regular Tuition Fee


Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate


Register 30 days in advance and save $200.

Deferred Payment

$845 x 4

Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $350.


Course delivery and assessment

The Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program.  Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend workshop with expert demonstrations and practical activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.

Certification and accreditation

Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine and 40 RACGP Category 1 CPD points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points.

RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points


This certificate course:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
  • Is affiliated with Bond University. Bond University is partnering with HealthCert for this qualification.
  • Has been submitted to the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Doctors may join the academy, which has 26,000 physician and scientist members in more than 120 countries.
  • Is considered for APEL/RPL by the University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the diploma pathway.  The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Aesthetic Medicine, Professional Diploma of Aesthetic Medicine.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 basis.  These provide the opportunity to observe Aesthetic Medicine and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. HealthCert certificates are awarded for participating in clinical attachments. Many doctors find this a very valuable learning experience. Australian Clinical Attachments take place in a dedicated Aesthetic Medicine clinic in Melbourne and we are currently in discussion with Aesthetic Medicine clinics in Naples, Italy.

Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in the academic study.

Masters of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester 

Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in Aesthetics Medicine, in addition to any other skin-related professional qualifications at HealthCert, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL is the same as RPL) for the unit “Fundamentals of Skin Ageing” (MEDN67501) which is part of the Masters of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester.

View the University of Manchester program here.

Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the HealthCert Electronic Portfolio Form and follow the steps outlined on this form.

If your application is successful, you will only need to complete one practical assessment for the unit during a short practicum in the UK and no fees will apply for the unit " Fundamentals of Skin Ageing" (MEDN67501).

Please note that APEL (like RPL) is not automatic. This is a highly competitive "Gold Standard" program with only 20 places available each year. Each applicant is assessed individually, depending on the background qualifications and experience of the person applying to ensure the standards are kept very high. Doctors who complete the HealthCert courses have a better chance of being one of the 20 accepted because the Manchester University Academic Committee has reviewed and recognised the HealthCert course content.

Pathway to Professional Association

Experienced doctors who have completed HealthCert Aesthetic Medicine courses may apply to join the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. The academy has 26,000 physician and scientist members in more than 120 countries. HealthCert partners with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine for medical training in the USA.

Dual Award with Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with
Bond University Manchester University
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners

How can we help you?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions, require more information or would like to discuss your learning requirements. We look forward to assisting you.

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