ACAM Summer Newsletter 2020
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Message from the President
Dear Members
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.

To that end the board has designed a survey for all members to complete and provide feedback.  At this time of year it was considered best to construct a single survey for members to take part in, rather than two.  The survey aims to provide information (anonymously) concerning member’s practices, types of procedures offered by the membership and your views concerning the future for ACAM.  The survey will provide data that can be used in public relations campaign to promote the members and ACAM.  It should not take more than 20 minutes to complete the survey.  For the board to gain some insight as to what is important to the members, it is in the memberships’ interest to voice your view.
To take the survey by clicking here.
Membership Portal
The membership portal has been reactivated and there has been some interest in doctors joining, or re-joining ACAM, both of which are positive signs.  If you have colleagues who wish to join ACAM please advise them that the portal is open for business.
At this stage the college will not reopen for new enrolments into the education program. The current offering has a new name, it will now be called "Advanced education program in Aesthetic Medicine". ACAM will support those who are part-way through the older education, and there is an upcoming workshop planned in February, 2020 (COVID-19 permitting). I understand that this workshop has been cancelled due to do the COVID-19 crisis, and sincerely hope that it is not cancelled again. Though the overall signs of increased management, with effective infection tracing and tracking, this looks to develop into our ‘new normal’ way of life.
The board is reviewing criticisms of the historic educational program, and depending on membership survey responses will shape its future around member’s feedback.  If the membership was to support continuing to offer education, there are some exciting possibilities.
The upcoming workshop is planned for February, 2020.  If any member would like to be involved in the delivery of the workshop, by way of helper or presenter please let Ms Bunting know (  It can be a rewarding task to take part in the delivery education; and introduce those who are new to our craft to the high standards we all aim for.  In addition for those who have not had much course management and presentation experience here is your opportunity to take part and learn new skills.
Those participants who are partaking in the education program are greatly encouraged to complete the workshop in February, 2020.  Partly as you will enjoy the experience and due to the impact of COVID-19, particularly in the areas of conferences and workshops, it may be wise to take the opportunity whilst it is available.  Contact Ms Bunting directly on to indicate your interest.
Membership renewal
There will be a subtle change to the renewal process.  Pursuant of the constitution (Clauses 4.2.1 and 4.2.2) all members and fellows must be fully registered medical practitioners with proof of current registration.  As such at your renewal you will be requested to provide a copy of your current registration certificate.  As this is now provided in PDF form by AHPRA upon renewal, it is an easy matter to upload it where indicated.  In addition, you will be asked to declare that you have appropriate medical indemnity insurance to cover the procedures that you undertake.
These two small changes to your registration will ensure that the office has up to date records and that all members are adhering to the constitution.
Board Matters
Dr Grant has taken leave of the board with our good wishes. This leaves a casual vacancy for a position of director.   Clause of the ACAM constitution leaves provision for board to appoint a member (who must have full medical registration and be financial) to the board to fill the casual vacancy.
The concept of board observers was raised at the AGM,  that is to make two positions (at any one time) available on the board to younger members of our community whereby can observe and take part in board discussions (however they will not hold a vote).  The sole aim of this program is to educate our younger members concerning the process of board operation, corporate governance whilst serving on representative boards and to hopefully encourage more active participation as they gain confidence.  And finally succession planning is the bugbear of most organisations, and it is important to look for tomorrow’s leaders today.  Like most skills, these skills need to be taught and practiced.  If you are interested in becoming a board observer, for an initial term of some six months please contact Ms Bunting on the office email ( 

Christmas Closure
The secretariat office will be closed from 16th December 2020 and reopen on the 11th January 2021.
The board would like to take this opportunity to offer our best wishes to the membership over the Christmas period and holiday season. 
We hope that you all enjoy time with your nearest and dearest, that you have time to rest and recharge after an extremely difficult and testing year.  We are all hoping that 2021 starts afresh with some of the worldly concerns of 2020 dissipating. 

Warm regards
Gabrielle Caswell
ACAM Board
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Dr Gabrielle Caswell -  President
Dr Jass Narulla - Vice President
Dr Helen Maloof - Treasurer
Dr Mutti Khan - Secretary
Dr Larissa Miller - Director
Dr Adam Rish - Director
Dr Andrew Clark - Director

Dr Sharron Phillipson - Censor in Chief

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Censor in Chief Report
Dr Sharron Phillipson

Currently the College has 37 doctors enrolled in the Diploma Programme.
On Monday 25th November 8 doctors sat the written examinations. Congratulations to Dr Andrew Haig, Dr Diana Faraj, Dr Jennifer Leung, Dr Benjamin Mansoori, Dr Adam Najem, Dr Jemima Grant, Dr Mehdi Monfared and Dr Mutti Khan for successful completion of the Diploma programme in 2020.
There have been some changes in the course which has undergone an upgrade and change in service provider. Thank you to the doctors that had to suffer some inconvenience during the changes. This has allowed a much-improved platform for learning and the reading material can now be more readily renewed. The examination will change from being twice yearly to be accessible all year.
There were issues with the planned 3-day workshop being postponed to February 2021 due to COVID restrictions and the conference also did not occur in 2020, the first time in 20 years. The 3-day workshop has confirmed the speakers Professor Lee Collins, Dr Cath Porter and Dr Steven Liew.
There are initiatives that are planning to be implemented in 2021:
  1. Tutorials. Each tutorial individually will need to be passed with qiizz question at the end of each
  2. A bank of examination questions is constantly being updated and reviewed
  3. The examination will be available year long.
  4. The new platform is now more flexible allowing updated educational material to be
  5. Added almost immediately
Currently educational programmes run by the College are accredited by the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners. It is a unique programme.

Friday 21 February - Sunday 23 February 2021

ACAM 3 Day Introduction to Cosmetic Medicine Workshop
Vibe Hotel, North Sydney, NSW
NB. you can only attend this course once as part of your program
***Please register here

Introduction to Cosmetic Medicine Workshop 2020

Join us for an intensive 3 days of theoretical and practical pre-conference workshops aimed at medical practitioners new to the field of cosmetic medicine.

The workshop will introduce the basics of the cosmetic medicine, current treatments, review established therapies and showcase new techniques.

Leaders in the field of Aesthetic Medicine will come together in an interactive and engaging format. There will be demonstrations showcasing the forefront of new technology, procedures and improvements on established techniques.

For ACAM’s Education Candidates, don’t miss the opportunity to attend this compulsory component of the program – it is only held once per year! *** It is included in the cost of the program.

Dates: Friday 19 February to Sunday 21 February 2021
Venue: Vibe Hotel, 171 Pacific Hwy, North Sydney NSW 2060
Click here for further information

The pre conference workshop is accredited by RACGP and ACAM. See the accreditation page for further information.

Laser User - Core of Knowledge - Laser Physics and Safety Course

The Online Laser Training (OLT) Radiation Health-approved (ED220) Laser User 'Core of Knowledge' Laser Physics and Safety Course is delivered online.

The course comprises 4 units of learning each with video presentations supported by downloadable course workbooks and slide transcripts. At the end of each unit of learning a multiple-choice questions (MCQ) test with an 80% pass-mark has to be completed before moving on to the next unit. Learners can take the MCQ test up to 5 times before being locked-out of the course and a 'results option' allows learners to review their answers before a re-take. Upon successful completion, the learner downloads a certificate of achievement before receiving an independent award certificate from Open College Network, OCN Credit4Learning.

Participants completing this course will satisfy the requirements of the theoretical components of the required competencies for persons wishing to obtain a use licence for surgical, cosmetic and maintenance procedures; and radiation safety officer certificate for surgical and cosmetic practices under the Queensland Government Radiation Safety Act 1999. The course content is biased towards cutaneous laser/IPL cosmetic procedures (hair reduction, photo rejuvenation, pigmented and vascular lesion treatments, acne and tattoo removal) although medical/surgical applications are covered briefly (OBGYN, ENT, surgery, ophthalmic treatments, EVLT, laser lipolysis and laser vaginal skin tightening).

The four units of the Laser User ‘Core of Knowledge’ Laser Physics and Safety Course are:

  • Section 1: Laser/intense light generation and characteristics
  • Section 2: Hazards and risks from equipment and laser/IPL beams
  • Section 3: Laser/intense light source radiation - tissue interaction
  • Section 4: Relevant legislation and safety standards (Australia & New Zealand)

This e-learning course is a collaboration of the current evidence-based and consensus-based practices listed in the Joint Australian / New Zealand Standard AS/NZ 4173:2018 Guide to the safe use of lasers in healthcare, International Electrical Technical Commission AS/NZ IEC TR 60825-14:2004-02 Safety of laser products – Part 14: A user’s guide, AS/NZ 2211.1:2004 Laser Safety, AS/NZS 1336:1997 Recommended practices for occupational eye protection, the American National Standards for the Safe Use of Lasers ANSI Z136.1 2014, American National Standards for the Safe Use of Lasers ANSI Z136.3 2011, OSHA regulations, and the FDA’s Federal Laser Product Performance Standards (21 CFR 1040).

The course costs AUD299 per learner for individuals enrolling online. The course is also offered as part of ACAM’s Diploma Program.

To apply, please click here

For further information, please contact:
Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D.

Phlebology Training Partners
Australasian College of Phlebology 
Level 5, 7 Help Street, Chatswood NSW Australia

*** Special discounts apply for ACAM Members.  Please contact directly  for further information.

(T): +612 9386-1811

New Zealand Society of Procedural Phlebology
811 Heretaunga St East, Parkvale, Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

(T) 0800 834 637 

*** 20% discount for ACAM Members.  Please contact directly  for further information.
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