CEO Celebrated As A State Finalist


We are very excited to announce that our CEO, has been selected as one of the finalists for the Telstra Business Women’s Award for Medium to Large Business in Western Australia!

For close to 25 years, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards has recognised outstanding women, helped progress their careers and business ideas, and built a support network of like-minded people to learn, grow and connect with.

The awards are a celebration of the most talented women in business and that's why the Telstra Business Women's Awards are special. The individuals we love to recognise are the ones achieving success by doing things differently.

It is an amazing achievement for Linda to be selected as one of the finalists in this division and our fingers and toes will be crossed for Linda in the lead up to the award's night on the 28th of March 2019. Congratulations!

New Laser Laws in WA – What This Means For You

In 2018, the WA Radiological Council announced that they have changed the laws when it comes to the use of lasers in Western Australia. This is the official update provided to AACDS from the Radiological Council of W.A.

Non-medical practitioners wishing to obtain a licence (exemption) to use lasers for hair removal must –

  • Be an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, or hold a Diploma or Certificate IV in beauty therapy or equivalent;
  • Have attended a recognised laser safety course;
  • Have undertaken 25 hrs practical training under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for the use of lasers for hair removal.

Non-medical practitioners wishing to obtain a licence (exemption) to use lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures must –

  • Be an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse, or hold a Diploma or Certificate IV in beauty therapy or equivalent;
  • Have attended a recognised laser safety course;
  • Have undertaken 50 hrs practical training in the use of lasers for pigment treatment under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for this purpose;
  • Have undertaken 50 hrs practical training in the use of lasers for vascular treatment under the immediate personal supervision of a person licensed in WA for this purpose.

Immediate personal supervision means that the person required to exercise such supervision must be present and directly observing the use of the laser.

A medical practitioner will be required to be involved with setting up the protocols and procedures relating to cosmetic laser treatments.  This requirement will be a condition of registration of the lasers for cosmetic purposes. The Council also agreed that prior to using lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures a letter must be provided from a medical practitioner confirming the patient has undergone a skin check prior to each course of new treatment.  The use of lasers for superficial cosmetic procedures does not include treating issues such as varicose veins and raised spots.

To keep up with industry, AACDS now offers a number of courses and training to assist in gaining the ability to use lasers in Western Australia.

For more information on these courses or how the above changes affect you, please download our information pack here.

Alternatively you can speak to our Enquiries Team on (08) 9328 6760 or via


ABIA Winner – Educator of the Year Organisation

The recently renovated glamorous Hyatt Regency, Sydney, was the place to be on Sunday 27th September, where 580 glamorous and excited guests arrived for the annual Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA’s) gala dinner. The evening kicked off with arrival champagne and canapés followed by host and MC for the evening, Mr Will Fennell, introducing the String Sirens Quartet as the blinds lifted to reveal a stunning backdrop of Darling Harbour.

Winners were announced in 26 categories and the Education Category was once again split into 2 awards for Individual and Organisation and was taken out by Otto MItter and The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science respectively.

“We certainly broke all records this year in terms of number of entrants, the quality was second to none and we needed to en list double the number of judges! “ said Linda Woodhead, owner of mocha publishing and founder of the ABIA’s. “Not only did the number of entries increase this year by going to a fully online submission system, but the number of guests attending the gala catapulted to 580, our biggest ever! I believe the beauty industry should be very proud of the ABIA’s, as am I. It’s great to see the annual growth of the awards and how it is embraced as the benchmark of excellence, being the only National awards program in the Australian Beauty Industry.”

We are so thrilled to be recognised at the ABIA's Industry Awards!

Congratulations to the entire Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science team!

ABIA Beauty Industry Awards 2017

The Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA) are the only National Business Awards in the Beauty Industry and with specialist, individual and state categories, they are seen as the true benchmark of excellence. 2017 saw an exciting development to the ABIA's in that all entries were completed and submitted online making both the entry and judging process much simpler, easy to follow and more user friendly.

A strong panel of Industry experts from all over Australia were able to take their time judging entries over a three week period with the introduction of online submissions and judging for this years ABIA’s. More than 250 entries were uploaded to the exclusively created award entry and judging site for the sixth annual Australian Beauty Industry AwardsThe Australian Beauty Industry Awards represent the highest accolade within the industry and honour the best of the best in both creative and business categories.

Winners of the 2017 Australian Beauty Industry Awards will be announced at the gala extravaganza on Sunday 27th August, held at the newly opened Hyatt Regency, overlooking Darling Harbour in Sydney following Beauty Expo Australia. Tickets for the ABIA’s include an evening of entertainment, food, drink, dancing and celebration as well as the official Rooftop After Party at Zephyr in the same venue.


Seen as the Oscars of the Beauty Industry, the ABIA’s will, as always, have a few exciting surprises as we celebrate and enjoy this exciting night of nights.

AACDS is thrilled to announce we have been named one of the finalist in the "Educator of the Year Organisation" category.

AACDS was nominated for this award because it provides those from a beauty background with an opportunity to up skill to a formal postgraduate qualification in dermal therapies.

Let's keep those fingers crossed for us!

11th Annual A5M Conference


In August 2017, the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) will host their 11th Annual Conference in Melbourne themed, Gut Health: The Cornerstone of Wellbeing, presenting a line-up of impressive Australian and International experts in the field of Preventative, Integrative and Anti-Ageing Medicine.

General practitioners, physicians, medical professionals, pharmacists, naturopaths, nurses, aesthetic practitioners and other allied health professionals are invited to attend A5M’s 11th Annual Conference, with the key theme being the role the gut microbiota plays in health, disease and our physical appearance.

The two day event will explore the gut as a major influence on the body, mind, work, family and the ageing process. The links between healthy lifestyle and healthy ageing, across internal and external health, are well established and increasingly researched in the medical world. Delegates will gain cutting- edge industry information in the latest medical technologies and research, as well as a great opportunity to network with industry peers.

Join us and learn from world leaders including Dr Peter Fields (MD DC), Dr Tom Guilliams (Point Institute), Dr Jayson Oates (FRACS) and many more.

A5M 11th Annual Conference

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017
8:00am – 5:30pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

--- Registration for this event is closed ---

Aesthetics CPD

The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS) has been delivering a range of nationally recognised qualifications in dermal science and cosmetic nursing since 2004.
AACDS is Australia's largest and longest established vocational college dedicated purely to advanced aesthetics education.

To further serve industry, our graduates and all cosmetic medical profesionals, AACDS has developed a CPD program with content endorsed from the Australian College of Nursing and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for allocated CPD points.

We felt that Dermal Therapists should not be excluded from CPD opportunities just because they currently do not have to legally record CPD points, so we've extended the program to non-nurses as well.

The CPD topics for both programs are reviewed by the AACDS Curriculum Advisory Board to ensure topics remain industry relevant, current and enhance employability skills.

Aesthetics CPD will provide all members with online lecturers, practical workshops and skills set courses in the field of Cosmetic Medicine.
Examples of the topics incorporated in the program are:

  • Advanced Injectables
  • Anti-Ageing Medicine
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Venepuncture + Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Common Vascular & Pigmented Lesions Seen in Cosmetic Medicine

To register your interest, please visit

AACDS needs your support

From the 1st of January 2017, the VET FEE-HELP Government loan scheme will be replaced with the new VET Student Loans program.

The new scheme will be only available to courses on an eligible course list, and loans will be capped at either $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

This week, the Government issued a draft list of courses, which will be eligible for the new loan scheme. AACDS is currently working on our submission to have added to the list:

  • (10510NAT) Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science
  • (52707WA) Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies
  • (52709WA) Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Nursing

If you wish to study in the field of dermal therapies and/or cosmetic nursing beyond 2017, then we kindly request your help.

The Government is taking feedback from the public about the draft eligible course list.

We strongly encourage you to show your support, by:

  1. Sending an email to
  2. Subject headline: ‘Feedback on the eligible course list’
  3. In the email, state the course you wish to study and request that the course(s) be added to the list of eligible courses for the new VET Student Loans scheme.


Many thanks,

AACDS Management Team

Niche Education Dressed To Impress For WA Training Awards

We pride ourselves on being a remarkable private training institution & we hope to deliver training that is nothing short of that!


On Friday the 23rd of September, the WA Training Awards recognised the West Australian Education Sector and their efforts to provide exceptional training on both a large & small scale.
Niche Education Group were named as a finalist for the Small Training Provider of the Year award for 2016.
Unfortunately we weren't able to walk away with an award this year, but it has given us the push we need to strive for bigger & better things in 2017.

April Jorgensen, who is one of AACDS' Directors, was accompanied by some of the wonderful staff you may see walking the halls of the AACDS Head Office in Perth, Western Australia.

On behalf of all the staff at Niche Education Group, we want to formally congratulate all the finalists & nominees at this year's WA Training Awards.
For the full list of winners from the night, please click here.