Dates You Can’t Afford To Miss

As the worlds of cosmetic medicine, aesthetics and wellness grow ever closer, there are dates on the calendar that, as an industry professional, you can’t afford to miss.

Two of the most anticipated medi aesthetics conferences of the year – Cosmetex and the Non-Surgical Symposium – are fast approaching, with registrations closing in the next few weeks.

Here’s the lowdown on the highlights of the conferences.

COSMETEX 2016: The Hilton hotel, Sydney; May 12-14

cosmetex-logo“Innovation and excellence is achieved when we bring the world’s best practitioners together in a contemporary, multi-disciplinary educational forum,” says Dr Ron Bezic, president of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).

“That’s why we’ve been successfully hosting Australasia’s premier conference in cosmetic medical practice each year since 1999.

logo_ACCS“Cosmetex provides a unique forum for us to get together, share our experiences and learn from each other.

“As cosmetic medical and cosmetic surgical procedures are ever more in demand, the need to stay abreast of developments in the industry and stay ahead of the hype is intensified.

“Raising standards and protecting patients is the ethos of the ACCS.

“Of course, no conference is complete without the social aspect – designed especially for you to enjoy the company of old friends and new.”


  • The new AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) guidelines for cosmetic surgery and medicine and how they might affect practice decisions.
  • Rapidly identifying complications or adverse events associated with injectables and responding to them in a safe and effective manner while also learning to prevent them.
  • Advances in ablative and non-ablative fractional resurfacing, for skin rejuvenation and correction.
  • Re-evaluation and definition of face sculpting with injectables, including having an understanding of the pros and cons of administering injectables “off label” and the legal implications of such practices.
  • Update on the development of laser/IPL regulations, delivered by Dr John Javorniczky, ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency). This topic, in particular, has enormous implications for salons, spas and clinics across the spectrum.


Among those on the three-day agenda:

  • Dr Kate Goldie, medical director of European Medical Aesthetics Training
  • Dr Ashraf Badawi, vice president of the European Society of Laser Dermatology
  • Dr Jani van Loghem, vice-president of the Dutch Society of Aesthetic Medicine (NVCG) and chairman of its Complication Registration Committee and chairman of its Educational Committee
  • Dr Christine Dierickx, director of the Skinperium Clinic, Belgium
  • Ms Kate Gillman, head of Medico Legal Advisory Service, Avant
  • Dr James Fouche, aesthetic physician at Doctors Inc, Amsterdam
  • Dr Katherine Armour, Alfred Hospital and the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria
  • Dr Van Park, Sydney cosmetic physician and international trainer, who will present and demonstrate two aesthetic master classes for Galderma.

 Register before April 29

THE NON-SURGICAL SYMPOSIUM, June 2-5, Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre


The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) invite you to join them at this premier educational event for non-surgical aesthetics in Australasia.

Attendance of the NSS has grown by 20 percent each year since it began in 2011 and 2015 was a sell-out.

Once again the doors will be opened to all medical practitioners performing non-surgical rejuvenation and their staff.

“We will be welcoming plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dermatologists, ophthalmologists and the nurse aeshteticians, dermal therapists and practice staff who work with them,” says Dr Mark Magnusson, ASAPS Chairman of Education and Program Convenor, ASAPS Vice-President.

“The success of the past Symposium is due to a vital component which guaranteed it’s value and ongoing relevance: independent presentations by a long list of international and leading local presenters on state of the art concepts and practice in the non-surgical rejuvenation sector.”

The NSS will again cover the entire spectrum on appearance medicine, from injectables, through to skin care, including laser/light devices and non-surgical body contouring tools.


“A lot has happened in the last year to bring you up to speed on,” says Dr Magnusson. “We are going to work hard to make our program more interactive, with a larger focus on expert panel discussions.

“In 2016 we will take greater advantage of the quality of teachers that we have on faculty and already in Australia and New Zealand, using video (rather than live injecting), so that we can make the process more efficient with better images and a greater learning experience.

“Lastly while science is our focus, let’s not forget the social program of the Non-Surgical Symposium, which has reached legend status.

“The Gala dinner will be a black-tie event with all the bells, whistles and glowing gloves that we have come to both love and expect.”



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