A-Z Of Aesthetic Associations in Australia

There is an association for everyone in the aesthetics industry, but it can be confusing to know which one does what, so we’ve compiled the information for you.


Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council

The Aesthetic Beauty Industry Council (ABIC) was established to better the professional standards, working practices and unity of the salon, clinic, spa industry. Pairing the unwavering passion of small businesses with a large voice, ABIC proudly provides our diverse industry with the trusted, authentic and united representation they deserve.

Your ABIC Board Members are personally invested in the industry. Their long-term dedication to the industry, commitment, connections and specialised skill sets made them leading choices to build an industry standard, regulation and voice to government like no other. Channelling our Board Members individual expertise is our ABIC Resource Hub. Members enjoy access to a plethora of resources to enhance their business operations, boost their professional conduct, transform their leadership confidence and foster a high-performance team. Guided by specialist advice from experts in business development, team management, HR, law and marketing are our ABIC facilitators. Members can be connected with our facilitators to answer queries, thoughts, questions and everything in between. theabic.org.au


Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine

ACAM was formed in May 2014, when it merged with the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Medicine (ASCM), which was founded by Dr Sharron Phillipson in 2005. ACAM is committed to establishing and maintaining a high standard of practice through training opportunities and continued professional development. The mission of ACAM is to provide leadership and support to advance quality clinical, educational and professional standards in the field of Aesthetic Medicine. acam.org.au


Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine

Established as the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery in 1999, ACCSM is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary fellowship-based body of general surgeons, cosmetic surgeons & physicians, plastic surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dermatologists, ear nose & throat surgeons opthamologists and other doctors who have trained in and practice cosmetic medicine and surgery. ACCSM is the only medical college which provides education and training leading to fellowship specifically in cosmetic medicine and surgery.  Fellows of the College are medical doctors who have completed post-graduate education and training and demonstrated competency specifically in cosmetic medicine and surgery.  To become an ACCSM Surgical Fellow, doctors must typically complete a minimum of 12 years of dedicated surgical education and training.  To become an ACCSM Medical Fellow doctors must typically complete a minimum of 12 years dedicated medical education and training. accsm.org.au/


Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network

Established in 2009, the AESTHETICS PRACTITIONERS ADVISORY NETWORK (APAN) is Australia’s fastest growing member-based professional organisation in the Australian aesthetics industry. APAN represents and pursues the interests of practitioners in aesthetics, dermal therapies, cosmetic nursing, cosmetic tattooing, beauty therapy plus more!

We define professional standards and support the development of educational qualifications that protect the integrity of the profession and the safety of the consumer. APAN creates educational events and workshops for connection, networking and continue to enhance and improve professional skills, best practice and foster professionalism, high standards and integrity. apanetwork.com


Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

ASAPS has been one of the peak bodies for cosmetic surgery in Australia and New Zealand for 40 years. We represent 300 comprehensively qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons in the region. We are committed to making sure patients receive the best advice, find an appropriately qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and experience world-class treatment before, during and after their surgery. All ASAPS members work with anaesthetists they know and trust, and perform surgery in reputable hospitals and clinics. Each of our members is committed to helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals in a safe and caring environment, every step of the way. aestheticplasticsurgeons.org.au


Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists

The Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists   provides education and training activities under the registered entity Cosmetic Dermatologists Education Inc. with individual membership open to all Australian and New Zealand dermatologists and dermatology trainees. Our mission is to foster, equalise access and improve training in cosmetic dermatology for all Australasian dermatologists and registrars and, more broadly, to share dermatologist’s expertise with other disciplines. We provide education and training in cosmetic dermatology and help cosmetic practitioners to develop their expertise and optimise patient care. ascd.org.au


Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians

The Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (ASDC) was founded in 2000-2001 with the first graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Dermal Therapies) from Victoria University. The field of Dermal Therapies in 2000, as a progression from the skin therapy industry, and was predominantly based in Melbourne, Victoria.  The medical and health sector encouraged the development of a formal university qualification in the area of dermal science to manage the risks and complications associated with providing advanced non-surgical cosmetic treatments. The ASDC was founded to provide these new health professionals with a professional body and network.  Our mission is to advocate for our members and publicly support and recommend causes and policies to uphold professional reputation, as well as to provide education to both our members and the public on endorsed educational programs and opportunities for professional development. dermalclinicians.com.au


Cosmetic Nurses Association

The Cosmetic Nurses Association (CNA) was established in 2020 to serve as a collective voice for all Cosmetic Nurses who provide non-surgical cosmetic services in Australia. By becoming a member of the CNA, you will be joining a movement striving to create a specialty for Cosmetic Nursing in Australia. As a member of the CNA, you are demonstrating your commitment to the field of cosmetic medicine and upholding certain standards of practice that aim to uphold patient safety during every treatment.The CNA will not only help to protect patient safety by lifting the industry standards, but it will also provide nurses with a safe working environment and provide a clear training and education pathway to advance their skills and expertise. The CNA strives to professionalise Cosmetic Nursing by making it a dedicated specialty within nursing that is recognised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Our mission is to serve and protect Cosmetic Nurses in Australia and to assist in maintaining the highest level of quality care delivery to the public. cosmeticnursesassociation.org.au


The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia

The CPCA is a leading representative body for medical practitioners practising non- or minimally-invasive cosmetic medical treatments in Australasia. The College, which evolved from the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia, provides education, training and ethical practice standards for its Fellows and Members who are required to have relevant training and experience as prerequisites for admission to the College. Members are also required to keep abreast of the most up-to-date, relevant information and latest medical and scientific advances. Overall, the key role of the CPCA is to develop and maintain the highest standards in cosmetic medicine, which helps safeguard the public. cpca.net.au

This article was originally published in SPA+CLINIC 87. Read the whole issue below:

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