AACDS is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) established in 2004 to deliver nationally accredited qualifications in cosmetic nursing and dermal therapies. AACDS developed the first vocational qualifications in dermal therapies in 2004 and the first formal postgraduate qualification in cosmetic nursing in 2007.

AACDS continues to be at the forefront of innovation in field of aesthetics education and is currently developing the first AQF qualification in cosmetic medicine for the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.

Our awards include:







Professional Recognition and Memberships

In addition to graduating from AACDS with a nationally accredited qualification, your qualification will be recognised by key employer groups and societies in cosmetic medicine and dermal therapies. This includes;

Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (Cosmetic Nurse Category)
Aesthetic Practitioners Advisory Network (General Gold Category)
Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (Cosmetic Nurse Category)
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (Cosmetic Nurse Affiliate Category)
Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (Associate Membership)

The 2:1 Practical Training Advantage

AACDS believes the only safe and effective way to learn cosmetic injectables, dermatoscopy and dermal therapies is within a real cosmetic clinic where students treat real patients under medical supervision.

2:1 Student:Trainer ratio
Established student clinics
Train on real patients
Exclusivity to equipment
Hands-on practical training in addition to optional clinical placement


5 or more students per trainer (even up to 10)
Hire facilities
Train on fellow students
Share equipment and wait your turn
Internship or clinical placement only (no hands-on prac provided)

The AACDS Academic Faculty


Linda Sim, MBA

Linda is the CEO of Niche Education Group (Trading at AACDS). Linda has extensive   business experience in the beauty industry ranging from owning a cosmetic franchise in New Zealand to lecturing in dermal science to running all the Aspire Training Clinics. She is also the current unit coordinator for the unit ‘Manage and promote the cosmetic practice’. Linda holds a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science, Higher Education Certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry, Diploma of Business and a Masters of Business Administration.

Ekta Tandon, RN

Ekta is the course coordinator for the Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science and the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies. Ekta’s role involves curriculum development, lecturing and training as well as managing the Aesthetics CPD Program. Ekta holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science and a Masters of Nursing.

Jacquie Kelly, RN

Jacquie Kelly is the Education and Training Manager for AACDS and course coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing and Injectables. Her role involves curriculum development, lecturing and training. Jacquie has been teaching for nearly 20 years in nursing and for 12 years in the cosmetic medical speciality. Jacquie has been practising as a cosmetic nurse since 2007 and she holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Adult Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Burns, Plastics and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing. Jacquie's nursing experience includes orthopaedic and trauma reconstruction, major head and neck surgical nursing, cosmetic surgery theatre nursing and cosmetic injectables.


Dr Jayson Oates, MBBS, FRACS

Dr Oates is the unit coordinator for ‘Evaluate cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures’. He is a practicing facial plastic surgeon with a specific focus on facelift and ablative laser procedures. Dr Oates’ bring his 20 years-experience in cosmetic medicine to lecture curriculum at AACDS.


Dr Cuong Danh, MBBS

Dr Danh is the unit coordinator and senior trainer for the unit ‘Evaluate and perform cosmetic injectable procedures’. He is also a contributor to course material in the areas of dermatology and laser and light-based therapies. Dr Danh is a Cosmetic Physician holding a position at Academy Face and Body in Perth and Melbourne for the last 10 years.

Jessica Voon, Registered Pharmacist

Jessica is the unit coordinator and senior lecturer for the units ‘Evaluate the use and formulation of cosmeceuticals’ and ‘Apply the anti-ageing protocols to cosmetic medicine’. Jessica is a practicing compounding pharmacist with a special interest in cosmetic formulations. Jessica also holds the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine’s Certificate in Anti-Ageing.

Curriculum Advisory Board 

In addition to our brilliant team, AACDS rely on our Curriculum Advisory Board for advice regarding course content and graduate employment skills. As a vocational provider, our accredited courses are shaped by needs of the cosmetic industry and the skills outcome requested by employers. Click here to view our Curriculum Advisory Board.


The AACDS Administration and Student Support Team


Jess Hirjee - Student Enquiries and Enrolment

Jess will assist you with all enquiries and help you through the enrolment process.



Katie O'Callaghan - Student Support

Katie’s primary role at AACDS is to provide student support services that are not of an academic nature. She’s available Monday to Friday from the hours of 8.30am to 5pm.