CPCA Trainee Program

Make history by being a member of the first group to become formally educated medical practitioners in cosmetic medicine in Australia,  choose a CPCA Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables.

Cosmetic Medicine Trainee Program

A trainee program for registered medical practitioners in Australia

Introduction


Australian climate and conditions, guidelines and regulations, and practices involving the lawful administration of products and devices listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), requires a trainee program developed for Australian doctors for Australian patients.


In 2018, development began on the CPCA trainee program, by Australian doctors for Australian doctors and their patients and is now ready for the first tranche of trainees.

Background

In 2016, the College began searching and reviewing international training programs in cosmetic medicine with a view for adaptation for Australian doctors. It was clear even then, that due to Australia’s climate, infinite differences in cultural diversity, the many laws and regulations in Australia, the associated variations of Fitzpatrick skin types and sun damage, none seemed to provide a compatible program. This was particularly the case when comparing the prevailing circumstances in the United Kingdom where there existed a stark, contrasting legal landscape and where solar radiation is one tenth that of Australia. The relevance of a qualification conferred from regions unlike Australia was found to be a major detractor and unlikely to receive worthy recognition.

Cosmetic medicine in Australia is not just about injectables

Any trainee program in cosmetic medicine for Australian consumption requires content that covers all required options and modalities of cosmetic medical treatment, not just the administration of injections. Many short courses run by individuals are available in Australia for the limited uses of selective dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, however it is not possible to attain the required depth or completeness of content required of a cosmetic physician in the time allowed of any of the topics provided in short term educational programs currently available today.

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There is obvious absence of the provision of education to any reasonable degree regarding non-ionising radiation devices such as the many variations and applications of medical lasers, technological variations and parameters of intense pulsed light, use of radio frequency, microwave and ultrasound technologies and their treatment modalities. This is essential as these devices are more commonly used to treat skin conditions common to Australia. Similarly, science and administration of pharmaceuticals known as cosmeceuticals, which are formulated especially for Australian conditions requires essential knowledge for the cosmetic physician. Education of these topics requires knowledge of the applied sciences of cosmetic medicine. Just some examples of these applied sciences include the relationship of quantum physics to laser technologies and other non-laser energy-based mechanisms, the variations in formulations of dermal fillers, as well as the pharmacokinetics and methods of action of the prescription pharmaceuticals, as well as those cosmeceuticals listed within drugs and poisons schedules.

Anatomy is paramount for understanding of cosmetic medicine

Paramount to all these aspects of cosmetic medicine is anatomy. This trainee program lays down all these aspects in detail at a level aimed at base knowledge of the registered medical practitioner.

Regulatory framework in Australia

In 2023 significant changes to Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical procedures is set to change significantly following Directives from the State Health Ministers Council. Continuing professional development rules are set to be introduced, requiring all medical practitioners to belong to a ‘CPD Home’. Complexities regarding protection of non-specialist’s titles has also featured strongly under the National Regulation and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), and there is an extremely strong emphasis on cultural safety from the Australian Medical Council (AMC). None of these laws and regulations are included in international courses. Poorly understood complexities that relate to Advertising a regulated health service, and Technology Based Consultations are among the many regulations explored throughout this course that are not covered elsewhere. With a heightened onus beyond that of many other areas of medical practice, cosmetic physicians are required to know and adhere to these laws and guidelines to mitigate the risk of investigation and potential prosecution.

This trainee program explores in-depth the many legislative instruments in terms of what are the most relevant guidelines, scopes of practice and laws in relation to the practice of cosmetic medicine in Australia. The program guides the trainee through example cases for the purpose of risk management, itemising where pitfalls lie to assist trainees mitigate unintended consequences.

Trainee program outline

The trainee program and accreditation

The trainee program is currently a non-accredited course. Nevertheless, the trainee program is conducted and marked by a Registered Training Organisation, at arm’s length of the College. The course content and practical workshops have been written and developed by the CPCA. Successfully enrolled trainees are advised that application of the CPCA trainee program is yet to be submitted for accreditation as outlined by the Australian Medical Council as an approved course of study.

The trainee course timeline is likely to be twelve to eighteen months. Practical workshops throughout the course will be held throughout this time in each state wherever possible. It may be possible to attend additional interstate workshops, with preference given to those of the home state.

Qualification conferred upon successful trainees

The Australasian Academy of Dermal Science is the RTO delivering and marking assessments of trainees. At the successful completion of each unit, trainees will be provided an educational electronic ‘badge’. This type of award is an approved recognition of completion of an educational program such as this trainee program and can be applied to on-line advertising and marketing as evidence of successful completion of what is known as the process of ‘micro-credentialing’. Micro-credentialing is a recent government initiative applied to finite areas of study, which in this case applies to successful transitioning of individual units of the trainee program.

Ultimate aim of the College for successful trainees

The ultimate aim, at the successful completion of all components of the trainee program is to make application for accreditation of the trainee program as an approved course of study as awarded by the Australian Medical Council. Simultaneously, the aim is also to apply for the trainee program to be accredited by other authorities such as the Australian Qualification Framework. Regardless of this, the trainees who have successful completed the trainee program will be invited to apply for Fellowship of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia joining some of the most awarded and experienced medical practitioners in Australian cosmetic medicine.

More information available upon request.

Trainee Program – Unit 1 – Now Open for Study

The CPCA is delighted to invite you to a Zoom information session about the release of our new course Preliminary Essentials of Cosmetic Medicine. This course forms the first part of the Trainee Program.

Dr Michael Molton from the CPCA and April Jorgensen from AACDS will take you through an example of the e-learning material from the Preliminary Essentials of Cosmetic Medicine course. This will give you an overview of the course material and the proposed delivery strategy using the latest e-learning techniques.

If you missed the live information session, you can still access the recording by clicking on the video below.

  • Non-accredited, stand alone, ONLINE, introductory course, 6 week duration (including assessment) with live support via MS TEAMS meeting application
  • Qualifies for digital badge (subject to successful assessment),
  • No commitment to continue on to the CPCA Registrar Training Program (RTP),
  • Content based on Unit 1 of the future CPCA Registrar Training Program (Pathway to Full Membership &/or Fellowship),
  • This unit will qualify as RPL (recognised prior learning) for RTP unit 1 credit, via a separate ‘gap assessment’, once RTP is accredited and open for enrolment.

The College is pleased to advise that the Registrar Training Program’s development is progressing well.  The Education Committee is currently waiting on further feedback from The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment who have advised us of policy changes with an emphasis on micro-credentialing.  The impact of this has brought about a restructuring of a continuous post-graduate Diploma, Level 8, to three (3) separate Certificates instead.  Our Committees are currently in the process of making these changes and the Certificate for Cosmetic Medical Injectables is almost ready, having been redefined into a separate module.  It is a bit complicated, as we originally had an all-encompassing Patient Assessment, Medico-Legal aspect that was to be part 1 of the Diploma and then the Injectables would follow.  These changes will actually make for a better outcome for doctors who do not use non-ionising radiation devices or use cosmeceuticals which are covered in the remaining two (2) Certificates.  The final award of Post Graduate Diploma is still under review, given the change in direction by the AQF department, but this will be worked through during the coming months and this is looking like an award provided on the basis of completion of all three (3) Certificates.

Date:
21st July 2022

Time:
8pm AEST / 6pm AWST

The most advanced and comprehensive training course in Cosmetic Medicine

One that complies with the Australian Qualification Framework standard.

The CPCA Registrar Training Program is a unique initiative. The Registrar Training Program will be aligned with Australian vocational training standards, AQF Level 8, delivered and assessed in accordance with Government recognised standards of education, by an accredited Registered Training Organisation, with content provided by the College.

CPCA set out, in its fledgling beginnings, to provide a place where doctors could learn, teach, research and practice cosmetic medicine with the primary goal of maintaining patient safety. The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia is committed to Best Practice in cosmetic medicine, achieved through arduous study, training and mentorship.

Preliminary Essentials of Cosmetic Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables

Entry Requirements

  • Current registration with AHPRA as a Medical Practitioner;
  • Minimum Postgraduate Year 2 but preferably 5YPG with specialities such as dermatology, ENT, vascular, rheumatology, ophthalmology, plastics, community/GP or emergency.

Blended Delivery Mode

Online theory units are delivered via the AACDS Student Portal, via a link from the CPCA website can be established. Online lectures use the Articulate 360 program to convert MS PowerPoint Presentation to audio eLearning material.

 

Practical units are delivered and assessed in custom designed training facilities located in Sydney Melbourne and Perth. The training facilities are referred to as Aspire Training Clinics and are specifically established to train students in a range of dermal therapies and injectables.

 

When training in techniques (eg dissolvable threads) requiring a procedure room setting, Academy Face and Body in Perth and Sydney will be utilised.

Course Duration and Commitment

Graduate Certificate = 6 months flexible blended learning (online and practical), requiring approximately 10 hours of study per week. The Graduate Certificate relates to cosmetic procedures at entry level medical indemnity insurance (referred to as band 1).

Course fees (Estimate)

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables – $15,000

CPCA Membership

To qualify for consideration for CPCA Fellowship, applicants must hold the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables plus documented evidence of completion of the required case studies, plus the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables plus documented evidence of completion of the required case studies.

 

To quality for consideration for CPCA Full Membership, applicants must hold the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables or the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables.

 

To qualify as a Corresponding CPCA Member, applicants should preferably be enrolled and actively studying the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables or the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables.

Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables

Entry Requirements

  • Current registration with AHPRA as a Medical Practitioner;
  • Minimum Postgraduate Year 2 but preferably 5YPG with specialities such as dermatology, ENT, vascular, rheumatology, ophthalmology, plastics, community/GP or emergency.

Blended Delivery Mode

Online theory units are delivered via the AACDS Student Portal, via a link from the CPCA website can be established. Online lectures use the Articulate 360 program to convert MS PowerPoint Presentation to audio eLearning material.

 

Practical units are delivered and assessed in custom designed training facilities located in Sydney Melbourne and Perth. The training facilities are referred to as Aspire Training Clinics and are specifically established to train students in a range of dermal therapies and injectables.

 

When training in techniques (eg dissolvable threads) requiring a procedure room setting, Academy Face and Body in Perth and Sydney will be utilised.

Course Duration and Commitment

Graduate Diploma = 12 months flexible blended learning (online and practical), requiring approximately 10 hours of study per week. The Graduate Diploma relates to cosmetic procedures at advanced level medical indemnity insurance (referred to as band 2).

Course fees (Estimate)

Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables – $10,000

CPCA Membership

To qualify for consideration for CPCA Fellowship, applicants must hold the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables plus documented evidence of completion of the required case studies, plus the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables plus documented evidence of completion of the required case studies.

 

To quality for consideration for CPCA Full Membership, applicants must hold the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables or the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables.

 

To qualify as a Corresponding CPCA Member, applicants should preferably be enrolled and actively studying the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables or the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine and Injectables.