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ARPANSA reported in its minutes in
early February that it has established a
working party to develop national uniformity
for minimum education (likely to include
an accredited laser/IPL safety certificate),
training, terminology, equipment, patient
care and injury reporting.
“ This means that ever yone needs to look
sharp ahead of the changes,” says Elissa
O’Keefe, managing director of Bravura
Education, prov iders of education for
technologies for cosmetics, surgery and
podiatry, such as lasers, IPL and other
energ y-based devices.
Elissa is a highly experienced clinician,
educator and the lead author of the first-
ever Australian standards and scope of
practice document for cosmetic nursing and
RN consultant to the Australasian College
of Cosmetic Surgeons (ACCS).
“Certainty around terminology; the
import, sales, ser vicing and staff training
for specific laser and IPL equipment, best
practice for patient care and the reporting
of injuries will also be valuable elements in
raising the standards of cosmetic medicine
and keeping the public safe,” she says.
“At present there is one national
document regarding safe use of lasers: the
Guide to the Safe use of Lasers in Health
Care AS/NZS 4173:2004.
“ The `elasticity’ of regulation governing
laser and IPL has been of deep concern
to the medical community for many years.
The aim of ARPANSA’s agenda is to provide
nationally uniform requirements together
with clear regulatory statements.
“It is certain that regulations will become
much more stringent – and enforced.
“Therefore it is vital for practice owners/
managers with these devices that they and
their clinicians are operating them within
existing guidelines, that they are using the
right devices for their level of qualification,
and ensure that they have the appropriate
qualifications and training.
With the surge in popularity of autologous
treatments such as PRP for aesthetic
rejuvenation and correction, upskilling
team members to be qualified to take
bloods could be of enormous benefit to
your clinic or medispa.
Although a key factor in so many
facets of cosmetic aesthetics, blood-
taking still primarily remains the role of
Even the current nurse qualification
does not include this skill set.
GrayClay advanced aesthetic education
has identified this need within clinics and
developed a course that provides students
with the competency and skills to take bloods
and prepare them for various procedures.
The HLTSS00059 Venous Blood
Collection Skill Set is designed to provide
additional skills and knowledge to dermal
therapists’ and cosmetic nurses’ current
scope of practice, enabling them to
perform and/or participate in PRP and
Factor IV treatments.
GET TO THE GUTS OF
Wellness and aesthetics have collided to
create a new, holistic health industry where
personalised treatment programs, plans
and regimes are paramount.
Consumers are increasingly aware
that beauty is more than skin deep and
that in order to resolve external issues,
internal wellness must be considered. For
future success, professionals will need to
consider integrated treatments to achieve
At the forefront of this progressive
merge of industries is the AustralAsian
Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine
(A5M), Australia’s leading association
representing, educating and connecting
medical, allied health and aesthetic
A5M endorses and provides professional
training across the five core pillars
of healthy ageing: Exercise, Diet and
Nutrition, Lifestyle and Relaxation,
Supplementation and Hormonal Balance.
Helen A nton, Director of A5M,
recognises that connecting experts from
different fields is key to transforming
personal health, beauty and wellbeing.
“Skin health and overall wellness are so
closely intertwined; one’s overall physical
and mental health is a reflection of an
individual’s lifestyle and genetic factors.
“To effectively treat skin conditions we
need to fully understand the cause of the
symptoms. Whether it is acne, rosacea
or decreased skin elasticity, aesthetic
practitioners need to look beyond
external treatments to discover the cause
of the irritation, whether it be diet, stress
With a primary focus on education, the
association’s annual conference (see Page
38) offers attendees access to renowned
local and international speakers and
In addition, A5M’s AustralAsian
Certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine
(ACAAM) offers one of Australasia’s
leading post-graduate accreditation
prog rams for preventative and personalised
medicine. Across three modules and three
electives, practitioners learn from ev idence-
based practices to develop the skills,
resources and knowledge to incorporate
preventative, integrative and anti-ageing
medicine strategies and protocols.
GrayClay has a new
for dermal therapists
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