New Heights for Dermal Therapy Qualifications in Australia

The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS) is delighted to announce the national accreditation of the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies – the highest qualification available in Australia in the field of Dermal Therapies.

The Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies superseded the Vocational Graduate Certificate in Dermal Therapies in December 2014. The new course is classified as a level 8 in the Australian Qualification Framework, which is higher than an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree.

In addition to being a higher academic level, the Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies covers essential competencies such as fractionated, non-ablative laser, principles of anti-ageing medicine and dermatology in a cosmetic medical context. AACDS and the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M), have also partnered to deliver the core unit “Analyse the Principles of Anti-Ageing Medicine, which provides graduates with credit into the A5M Certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine for Allied Health Professionals.

The new content of the course was established by the AACDS Curriculum Advisory Board, which consists of cosmetic/plastic surgeons, cosmetic chemists, cosmetic physicians, dermal therapists and cosmetic nurses. Curriculum Advisory Board member, Dr Jayson Oates FRACS, states, “Qualifications in dermal therapies must be in line with the needs of a modern cosmetic medical clinic. Prospective students must consider their return on investment and industry recognition when selecting a course in dermal therapies”.

AACDS is proud of its industry involvement and connections established over ten years as a Registered Training Organisation. The qualifications delivered through AACDS still remain the only courses widely recognised by the key societies in Cosmetic Medicine and their recruitment division provides graduates with access to many industry positions.

The Graduate Diploma of Dermal Therapies is delivered online with practical placements available in Perth, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Melbourne. On-campus, small-group classes are also available in Perth, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Students can select from full-time, part-time or single unit mode, studying over a period of ten months to two years. AACDS CEO Linda Sim reports that, “most students studying this course are currently working in industry, therefore our aim is to provide students with a flexible course so it does negatively impact on work or family”.

As seen in Spa+Clinic

by Brittany Connor