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Non-Surgical Symposium 2018
Registration Now Opens!


If you could not attend the 2017 NSS, make sure not to miss the 2018 NSS!!

 
Registration On The Rise
*Discounted price for CPCA Fellows, Members and Affiliates.
Category Standard
After Feb 10
Late
On/After May 10
CPCA Member $1,950.00 $2,450.00
Non-Member $2,350.00 $2,850.00
CPCA Practice Nurse / Practice Staff $1,150.00 $1,450.00
Non-Member Practice Nurse / Practice Staff $1,650.00 $1,950.00
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Trainees / CPCA Affiliates $1,150.00 $1,450.00

Practice nurses and staff must be verified by a doctor to attend.
NSS registration sells out each year - get in early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to register now!

2018 Cosmedicon

Special Discount for CPCA Members!

CPCA members are eligible for Early Bird Rate for two-day scientific program if they enter a special code (and then hit ‘Apply’ button) before making payment. Click here for more information.


ATTENTION!!
CPCA Members will earn1 point per hour
of attendance for their 2018 CME record under
Sub-cat 3(a) Attendance at Approved
Scientific Meeting or Clinical Outcomes Meeting
.
Remember to update your Log Sheet for this sub-cat.

Cutera University Australia 2018

The Cutera ANZ team is pleased to invite you to Cutera University Clinical Forum 2018, an exclusive event for innovative practitioners. The 2018 program features presentations by a panel of renowned practitioners and aesthetic innovators, lead by Jill Lezaic, MD. Click here to view the program.

Event Details

Dates
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018

Venue  
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Address
25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price
Early Bird Registration fee $250.00 AUD (ends midnight 2nd February 2018)
Standard Registration fee $300.00 AUD (3rd February 2018 onwards)


Click here for more information and to book.

 


ATTENTION!!
CPCA Members will earn 2 points per hour
of attendance for their 2018 CME record under
Sub-cat 
3(d) Attendance at CPCA Sponsored or Approved Workshop.
Remember to update your Log Sheet for this sub-cat.

2017 Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference (LCMC)

 


ATTENTION!!

For those members who are in need of a CME-point boost, it has been decided to award 2 points per hour for attendance at THIS YEAR'S LCMC in Melbourne. Therefore, if you have missed NSS and could not attend NZSAM conference in Queenstown, this is your last opportunity to gain significant points in this calendar year. Points for this event can be garnered in sub-category 3(b) and 4(b). Remember, you MUST upload your receipt or certificate of attendance for your points to be accepted. 

NZSCM Conference 2017


The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine invites you to join them in Queenstown New Zealand for their annual conference. 

QUEENSTOWN - NEW ZEALAND

3-5 AUG, 2017

CPCA Members will receive a discount!

Click here to Register.

The 2017 Non-Surgical Symposium is only one month away. The NSS has sold out two years in a row. If you have not registered already, remember to book soon to secure your spot before the tickets are sold out.

Some of the benefits for attending include:
  • Earning more CME points
  • Helping to keep our College membership fees down
  • Opportunities for networking with other professionals in the field
2017 NSS Scientific Program is now available! Please click here to download.

Registration Fees:
CPCA Member - $2,450/ea 
CPCA Affiliate / Member's Practice Staff - $1,450/ea 

The Non-Surgical Symposium is the premier educational event for non-surgical aesthetics in Australasia, hosted by The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA).

The Non-Surgical Symposium is attended by all practitioners performing non-surgical rejuvenation, including plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, dermatologists, nurse aestheticians and dermal therapists.

With two incredible social functions and a long list of international speakers, this event is not to be missed.

If you could not attend the 2016 NSS, make sure not to miss the 2017 NSS!!

22-25 June 2017
Gold Coast Convention Centre

 

Click here to sign up to the NSS Mailing List.

Face and Neck Symposium & Dissection Workshop

The Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery are conducting a three-day Symposium and Cadaver Dissection Workshop on surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation of the Face and Neck.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

SYDNEY

10-12 NOV, 2016

For more details, please click here

NZSCM Conference 2016

The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine invites you to join them in Queenstown New Zealand for their annual conference. 

Sessions include: Clinical Anatomy, Injectables, Adverse Events, Best Practice including Cultural Competence, CPRP/Laser, Skin Cancer, Inaugural Nurse session and Industry Symposium-New Products and Devices. 

Also offered pre conference - Laser Safety Course and Surgical Skills Workshop

QUEENSTOWN - NEW ZEALAND

11-13 AUG, 2016

For more details, please click here

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia Ltd. (CPCA), Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia Inc. (CPSA) along with the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) would like to invite and inform you of the premier educational event for non-surgical aesthetics in Australasia. The CPCA, CPSA and ASAPS look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne for the 2016 Non-Surgical Symposium, from 2 - 5 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This outstanding conference is full of exhibitions and workshops, from which you will further your knowledge of the cosmetic industry.

Now open for registration.  Early bird specials available up to 9th February, unless sold out (2015 was a sell out!)

More information or to register, please click here.

We hope to see you there!

2016 NSS

The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia Inc. (CPSA) invite you to join them at what is undoubtedly the premier educational event for non-surgical aesthetics in Australasia. ASAPS and the CPSA take great pleasure welcoming you to Melbourne for the 2015 Non-Surgical Symposium, 4 to 7 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Is Your Diet Linked To Acne?

[Clean Beauty Talk]

Does your diet affect your skin condition?
Find out what Dr Douglas Grose, president of the CPCA, says about this connection and different ways to improve your skin condition.

Click HERE to read the article

Barbershops Are Now Offering ‘Brotox’ Injections

[New York Post]

Apparently, 'brotox' injections are now available at barbershops. Although it is becoming a popular trend, Dr Douglas Grose, president of the CPCA, warns the public not to shop for injectables on price but on the competence of the injector, which should be the primary consideration.

Click HERE to read the article

Australia’s Harsh Climate Responsible For Botox Use?

[Spa & Clinic]

“While we are ‘the lucky country’ with our amazing weather, the increased exposure to the sun’s UV rays also means accelerated photo-ageing,” says Dr Mary Dingley, Board Member of the CPCA. “This is one of the reasons we are seeing such an increase in cosmetic procedures among Australians.”

Click HERE to read the article

Self-proclaimed Faith Healer Who 'Treated' A Woman's Ovarian Cancer with A Black Salve

[Dailymail.co.uk]

Dr Douglas Grose, president of the CPCA, called black salve a 'ridiculous technique' that 'kills everything'. He warns the public not to "risk disfigurement by using black salve when there are similar but safe, tested and proven medical treatments".

Click HERE to read the article

The Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures - So What Was Number One?

[Dailymail.co.uk]

Illegal importation of non-approved Schedule 4 drugs for cosmetic use ia a major concern.

According to Dr Dingley, a Board member of the CPCA, 'while we are seeing some movement towards a clamp-down on illegal practices taking place, the CPCA would also like Australian Customs to take more seriously the threat from imported medications and be more active in detecting illegally-imported cosmetic medicines'.

Click HERE to read the article

Experimental Surgery Being Performed in Hotel Rooms and Residential Homes

[DailyMail.co.uk]

Experimental and unregulated surgeries by unlicensed medical practitioners is occurring at an all-time high.

Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia, is calling on "the TGA to be more active in detecting illegal machines and drugs used for cosmetic surgeries across the country".

Click HERE to read the article

Inquiry into Cowboy Cosmetic Surgery Industry

[The Daily Telegraph]

Among the frightening new unregulated operations is a procedure in which eyelid skin is “burned off” using an illegally imported machine.

According to Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia (CPCA), "doctors were worried about new plasma machines being promoted to beauty therapists and “bypassing doctors”, which are being touted to replace eyelid surgery and fix puffy eye".

Click HERE to read the article

She Was A Nurse. So Why Did Helen Shun Conventional Cancer Treatment?

If you think black salve can cure cancer, think again.
According to Dr Douglas Grose, president of the CPCA, "Things like black salve just kill everything, normal skin cells, abnormal skin cells, it doesn’t matter. You can’t control it. All you’re doing is killing the full thickness of the skin and allowing it to scar up. It’s a ridiculous technique.”

Click HERE to read the article

Cosmetic Procedures: Reward vs Risk

A new article featuring the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) on Beauty Biz Magazine.

According to Dr Mary Dingley (CPCA's Board Member), "things can go wrong even in the best of hands, but the way to try and minimise those risks, is to go to a reputable clinic, with doctors who are either conducting or supervising all treatments on site and have the ability to manage complications should they ever occur".

Click HERE to read the article

"My Boob Job Nearly Killed Me"

Make sure to do your research and look for a qualified plastic surgeon before having your breast implants.

"You can say that you perform cosmetic surgery, but you can't actually use the title 'cosmetic surgeon'. I'm not a surgeon, I only perform non-surgical procedures so I call myself a cosmetic medicine practitioner," said the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia spokeswoman Dr Mary Dingley.

Click HERE to read the article

Can A Diet Change Cure Acne?

"Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is particularly passionate about treating acne, complementing medical treatment with additional diet and lifestyle adjustments.

As Dr Grose explains it, acne is a disease of hair follicles, in which the hair follicle openings are blocked, and when the attached sebaceous oil glands are unable to secrete onto the skin, the hair follicles swell, making an ideal breeding ground for bacteria."

Click HERE to read the article

How A Good Diet Can Cure Your Acne

According to Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), "research is demonstrating that acne is a disease among Western society and is noticeably absent in those that consume Palaeolithic diets that don't consist of refined sugars, grains, milk and dairy products".

Click HERE to read the article

The Dark Side of Beauty: Patients Risking Death, Blindness and Other Major Complications due to cosmetic industry ‘grey area’

The Dark Side of Beauty - Is It Worth It to Put Yourself at Risk?

According to Dr Mary Dingley (CPCA's spokesperson), tighter regulation is required. Dr Dingley believes that it is "ludicrous" for a patient to never meet the doctor on the other end of the computer who basically just rubber stamps it and says away you go.

Click HERE to read the article

Hidden Danger of Cosmetic Injections

Dr Mary Dingley confirms that the CPCA is absolutely against video consultations via video link (e.g. Skype or FaceTime). "We are very much in favour of face-to-face, in-person consultations with patients to assess their physical and mental state".

Click HERE to read the article

What You Need to Know Before Undergoing Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery?

Before you undergo any cosmetic or plastic surgery, make sure to read this article to find out Dr Mary Dingley's (CPCA's board member) expert opinions on what you need to know in order to avoid handing over your body and cash to dodgy doctors, with devastating and often lethal consequences.

Click HERE to read the article

The Reason MAFS Tracey Couldn’t Stop Licking Her Lips

Is lip-licking caused by a cosmetic procedure?

Read the article to find out Dr Mary Dingley's (CPCA's Board Member) professional explanation.

Click HERE to read the article

How to Get Rid of Acne, with Dr Doug Grose

Here is the podcast of Trish Hammond's interview with the CPCA's President, Dr Doug Grose.
Dr Grose is very passionate about treating acne, and he has provided some useful advice in this interview.

Click HERE to read the article

What Are the Appropriate Qualifications for A Practitioner?

Check out the new Plastic Surgery Hub's podcast on Trish Hammond's interview with Dr Doug Grose and Dr Eddie Roos, two of our Board members, on the topic of the appropriate qualifications for a practitioner.

Click HERE to read the article

Black market cosmetic drugs flowing into Australia: 'You could end up disfigured or dead'

Check out this new article featuring Dr Catherine Porter, a member of the CPCA, and her interview with the ABC on the topic of illegal clinics!
Remember to watch the story which will be aired tonight on the 7pm News Bulletin!

Click HERE to read the article

Black Market Drugs Found In Australian Clinics

The topic of black market cosmetic drugs and illegal clinics is very popular at the moment. Spa+Clinic has followed the ABC and released another article on this topic, featuring Dr Mary Dingley, a Board Member of the CPCA.

Click HERE to read the article

Do You Really Need A Lip Routine?

Remember to incorporate a lip routine into your daily skin care routine! And yes, lip mask is now a thing.

Learn how important it is to have a lip routine through this article by Clean Beauty Talk featuring our Board Member, Dr Mary Dingley.

Click HERE to read the article

CPCA Release Cosmetic Procedure Checklist

An article featuring CPCA's Board Members, Dr Douglas Grose and Dr Mary Dingley, on beautydirectory.com.au.

"While there is always the risk vs reward factor to consider with any procedure, the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) has outlined some important guidelines for anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to ensure they receive the best possible treatment; not only in terms of results, but also health and safety."

Click here to read the article

Safeguarding Patients - the CPCA supports
the new 'Professional Performance Framework'

An article featuring CPCA's President, Dr Douglas Grose, on Clinical Aesthetics Magazine.

"Dr Grose said that the CPCA encourages other professional Colleges to follow their lead and mandate that doctors must spend time with other similarly qualified doctors, both being observed and observing others, in the work place to ensure that members who are not performing to the standard are detected early by their peers."

Click here to read the article

Facing The Future

An interview that one of our Board members, Dr Mary Dingley did with MindFood Magazine, which is in their Future Beauty feature, March 2018 issue.

Click here to read the article

It Is Time to Take A Holistic Approach to Ageing

Check out the new article written by one of our members, Dr Julie Bradford, on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

Click here to read the article

Harley Academy and The Future of Education in Aesthetics

Dr Niro Sivathasan, a member of the CPCA, discussed the importance of education in aesthetics as well as the changes within the cosmetic medical industry on LVBX Magazine.

Click here to read the article

How NOT to use Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine

A new article featuring our President Dr Douglas Grose on the usage of coconut oil in your beauty routine.

Click here to read the article

All I want for Christmas is cosmetic surgery?
Doctors say more Australians are opting for procedures over the holiday break
but they warn against 'Botox parties'

A new article on Daily Mail featuring CPCA Board Member, Dr Mary Dingley.

Click here to read the article

Injectables Q and A: All The Info You Need To Know

New article on injectables - Clean Beauty Talk's interview with our President Douglas Grose.

Click here to read the article

The Skincare Products You Are Absolutely Wasting Your Time And Money On

An article featuring our President Douglas Grose and his view on wasteful skincare products.

Click here to read the article

- Queensland Health Department -

* New *
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure Regulations 
Prescribed by the
Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017

Commencing 1 January 2018, legislative changes will mean listed surgical cosmetic procedures will be required to take place at licensed premises.  To view the list prescribed by the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017, click here.

Although this change only applies in Queensland, and is expected to have little effect on our members, the change will probably be of interest to you.
 
Click here for more information that will help practitioners understand how these changes will impact on their practice, including whether they need to apply for a licence.

Tattoos: What to Do When You Outgrow Your Design

Dr Mary Dingley (CPCA's Member Representative) "notes that in NSW there are no regulations over who can own or operate a laser removal machine, urging people to do their research and if they feel a clinic looks “cheap and nasty” to trust their instincts, as the machines are considerably expensive."

Click here to read the article

Proper Consultation Prior to Cosmetic Treatments Severely Lacking in Australia

An article featuring CPCA - "New research by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) shows many Australians are embarking on non-surgical cosmetic treatments without adequate medical assessment."

Click here to read the article

Fillers and Boob Jobs: Toowoomba Doc Urges Caution

According to Dr Eddie Roos (CPCA's Public Relations Officer), the death of Jean Huang, while tragic, "should not have happened".

Click here to read the article

CPCA Calls for Tougher Salon Regulations

An article featuring CPCA Board Member, Dr Mary Dingley - "Following the death of Sydney beauty salon owner Jean Huang during a breast enhancement procedure, the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is calling for stronger regulations for cosmetic treatments such as laser, botox and fillers."

Click here to read the article


(Click here for more photos)
If you missed this year’s NSS, the 2018 NSS will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre again,
on the 14th – 17th June 2018.

Perth Cosmetic Physician Alarmed by Beauticians Using Medical-grade Lasers

An article featuring one of our members, Dr Ehsan Jadoon, regarding medical-grade lasers.

Click here to read the article

Cosmetic Advertising: Legislation Changes

A new article feature CPCA spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter, where CPCA is characterised as the whistle-blowers by Spa + Clinic.

Click here to read the article

CPSA

Final Annual Report 1997-2017

On March 31st, 2017, the CPSA Board and members met at the final annual general meeting at which the special resolution to close the Society was passed.

This copy of the annual report reminisces the creation and growth of the Society through the years, and closes on the proud note that the vision of the Society transforming into a College was fulfilled.

Please click here to view the CPSA Final Annual Report.

Ageing Gracefully is Obsolete

An interview by Informa Insights with Dr Ronald Feiner,
one of CPCA members, about his view on aging with grace.

Click here to read the article

NEW CORRESPONDENCE

NSW Govt Health

The Regulation of Facilities Carrying Out Cosmetic Surgery

29/11/2016 

This is a reminder for NSW members to ensure compliance with the requirements.

Please click here to view the file.

Botox Party at Your Peril

A new article feature CPCA's spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter. The danger of Botox parties - "It is difficult to imagine a more dangerous set of circumstances for the administration of this procedure", says Dr Porter.

Click here to read the article

Would You Try These Anti-ageing Tweakments?

A new article feature CPCA. 

"According to the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), non-invasive cosmetic interventions were worth more than a billion dollars in Australia in 2015."

Click here to read the article

The College announces the recent release of its own Technology-based Patient Consultation Policy as a guide to inform registered medical practitioners and the community about the College’s expectations of medical practitioners who participate in technology-based patient consultations.

To view the new College's policy, please click here.

Getting A Surgery-free Lunchtime Facelift Is Easy and Affordable Without Any Downtime

A new article feature CPCA survey.

"Last year was a big one for looking good. A Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia survey showed that spending on non-invasive cosmetic treatments topped a billion dollars, with most of that going on anti-wrinkle procedures, as well as laser hair removal, dermal fillers, and laser and other light therapy treatments."

Click here to read the article

The Changing Face of Australia

A new article feature CPCA's spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter. According to figures released by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) in September 2016, there has been a rapid increase in interest and spending on non-surgical cosmetic procedures by Australian consumers.

Click here to read the article

Why Some Beauty Treatments Should Never Be DIY

A new article feature CPCA spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter. According to Dr Porter, beauty treatments should never be DIY because "the risk of infection as a result of getting “injectables, laser treatments and microdermabrasion administered in unsafe environments” is “incredibly high”.

Click here to read the article

Canberra Tattoo Removal Business Booming Thanks To 'Ragrets' and Spelling Fails

"Spokeswoman for Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia Dr Mary Dingley said people must be aware that in some states or territories, including the ACT, training and qualifications of laser use was unregulated."

Click here to read the article

Recently, Avant Mututal Group have brought out a discussion paper on Telemedicine because of the large number of inquiries.

Avant seeks member feedback for framework to manage potential telehealth medico-legal risks

Our President, Dr Doug Grose, has commented that the College will certainly make a contribution to this and we will keep our members updated on this matter.

 

CME Meetings - NEW requirement

Just a reminder that all members need to quote their membership number at the time of sending in their RSVP’s to meetings and must take the number with them to write into the meeting attendance register. This is so that we can cross match the CME Attendance register to the member’s records input into the CME/CPD system in the member area of the College website. 

How Men Are Choosing Cosmetic Surgery Over Hours in the Gym to Overhaul Their Bodies

The latest figures put out by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) indicate an increase in men undergoing both non-surgical and surgical procedures.

'Men are taking a growing interest in their appearance and how this reflects on them as individuals, which is contributing to the growing popularity of non-surgical cosmetic procedures among males,' said Dr Catherine Porter, spokesperson of the CPCA.

Click here to read the article

Doctor Calls for Regulation of ACT Beauty Industry

"Spokeswoman for Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia, Dr Mary Dingley was also concerned that while only doctors could use a laser in Western Australia and licences were required in Queensland and Tasmania, almost anyone could own and operate one in other states and territories, including the ACT."

Click here to read the article

Finally. It Is Becoming Fashionable to Have A 'Natural' Face.

Recent estimates by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) indicate that Australians have become more interested on non-invasive cosmetic treatments to achieve a more natural-looking face.

Click here to read the article

2016 NSS & Convocation Ceremony Photos



Both the 2016 NSS and the Convocation Ceremony were a huge success.
Thank you to all the members who could make it to the events to celebrate with the College.
Congratulations to our new members for joining the College. 


Please click to view or download photos from the 2016 NSS and the Convocation Ceremony.

Australia’s Spend On Cosmetic Treatments Tops $1 Billion

A new article feature CPCA spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter.

"Australians are continuing to spend up big on non-surgical cosmetic procedures, according to figures released today by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA)."

Click here to read the article

Backyard Surgery on the Rise in Melbourne's Black Market Beauty Clinic

An article featuring CPCA on MSN News.

"Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) spokesperson Dr Cath Porter warns that it's not just the hygiene practices that are of concern, but also the drugs patients are injected with."

Click here to read the article

Fillers and Freezers: Worth It?

An article featuring CPCA on Body+Soul Magazine.

"The CPCA urges anyone considering procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers,
to always speak to a doctor with experience in this area.
"

Click here to read the article

The Future of Anti-ageing

A new article feature CPCA's spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter.

"According to the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia’s (CPCA) annual survey, one in two Australians worries about looking older.

A CPCA spokeswoman, Dr Catherine Porter, says the anti-ageing industry and attitudes towards cosmetic procedures have changed in the past five years."

Click here to read the article

The Baby Botox Club

An article featuring CPCA on Cosmopolitan.

"According to a survey by the CPCA, 36 per cent of 20-30-year-olds
would consider anti-wrinkle injectables to look younger."

Click here to read the article

A Heavy Burden

An article featuring CPCA on Herald Sun.

"A recent Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia (CPCA) survey shows 79 per cent of Australian men who have undertaken some form of non-surgical cosmetic intervention, consider it a part of their normal grooming routine. This is a 20 per cent rise from 2014."

Click here to read the article

Body Dysmorphia Disorder: People with BDD Share Torment of Perceived Defects in Appearance

A new article feature CPCA's spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter.

"The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) said it supported teenagers having a three-month cooling-off period before undergoing cosmetic surgery but left this to the doctor's discretion.

In a statement, CPCA spokeswoman Dr Cath Porter said it was also "essential" that patients of any age have a medical assessment before surgery that deemed them psychologically suitable for treatment."

Click here to read the article

Submission

Date Description File
22/05/2015 AHPRA - Submission to Public Consultation: Registered Medical Practitioners Who Provide Cosmetic Medical and Surgical Procedures  Submission

Click here to view this submission on the Medical Board's website.

Is It OK for Women to Pop Their Botox Cherry in Their Early 20s?

A new article feature CPCA's spokesperson, Dr Catherine Porter.
According to Dr Porter, "We really start seeing minor signs of ageing from the age of 25. We will start losing volume on lateral cheekbones, fine lines around the mouth and even crowfeet. These are gradual signs and I think young women are very switched on to these."

Click here to read the article

Medi and Aesthetics - What's Up Doc?

An article featuring CPCA on Beauty Biz Magazine.

"The CPCA's Protocol for delegated cosmetic S4 injections states that a doctor must consult in person, face-to-face with a patient and formulate a written treatment plan, prior to delegating the administration of Schedule 4 medicines for cosmetic purposes to a suitable trained registered nurse. This is consistent with the scheduling of this medication."

Click here to read the article

State of Tomorrow: The Business of Tattoo Removal in the Mid West

A new article feature CPCA. According to research commissioned by the CPCA,
"one in four Australians over twenty has a tattoo and one third regret their decision".

Click here to read the article

Clinics Water Down Botox

An article featuring CPCA on Gold Coast Bulletin.

"Statistics show Botox was the most requested treatment in 91 per cent of clinics belonging to the CPCA."

Click here to read the article

Some Gold Coast Clinics Allegedly Thinning Out Their Products as Botox Price War Erupts

A new article feature CPCA.

"Statistics show that Botox was the most requested treatment in 91 per cent
of clinics belonging to the CPCA."

Click here to read the article

Monsters Ink

An article featuring CPCA on Men's Health.

"The latest survey by the CPCA finds we're now at a point where one in four Australian men aged 20 or older have a tattoo. The question is, how in the space of a generation did something so out-there become so in?"

Click here to read the article

Make Me Beautiful

An article featuring CPCA on The Sunday Times.

"The study by the CPCA shows 75 per cent of men
now think treatments such as botox are acceptable."

Click here to read the article

Aesthetic Advances

An article featuring CPCA on MindFood Magazine.

According to Dr Gabrielle Caswell, president of CPCA, "non-surgical cosmetic treatments are becoming more effective, less invasive and involve less 'downtime' for patients. They're also often less expensive than surgery, making them more appealing and accessible to patients."

Click here to read the article

New Beauty Now Trending in Transformations

An article featuring CPCA on Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.

According to Dr Catherine Porter, spokesperson of the CPCA, "All medical-grade lasers work provided the right wavelength is being used for the right treatment. The treatment is definitely worth the money and requires one to two weeks of downtime due to some swelling."

"Skin tightening procedures are best performed as a preventative treatment before one has experienced significant skin laxity."

Click here to read the article

According to the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), Australians are continuing to spend up on cosmetic procedures with botulinum toxin antiwrinkle injections appearing to be the most popular, followed closely by dermal fillers for the face.

CPCA estimates show that both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler injections, which can be used to add volume, sculpt and reshape the face, have seen a significant increase in popularity.

According to the CPCA, Australia’s per capita spend on cosmetic treatments is amongst the highest globally. This, in major part, can be attributed to the impact of our harsh climate.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

While most people consider acne a teenage skin condition, it has increasingly become a common concern for adults with psychological consequences that extend far beyond the teenage years. 

Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is particularly passionate about treating acne not just via medical means but through diet and lifestyle as well.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia applauds the action taken by the Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner in making an Interim Prohibition Order against Melbourne’s Sparadise Medical and Cosmetic Clinic in Glen Waverley “to avoid a serious risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public”.


CPCA President Dr Douglas Grose said College members had previously made multiple complaints to the HCC about the spread of potentially dangerous developments and high-risk practices among non-medically trained operators within the cosmetic industry – and his college was gratified the HCC is now investigating its worrying public safety concerns.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

While we are all aware of the rewards or positive outcomes of cosmetic procedures, in recent times, the potential risks and dangers of treatments performed both in Australia and abroad, have also surfaced.

While there is always the risk vs reward factor to consider with any procedure, the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) has outlined some important guidelines for anyone considering a cosmetic procedure, to ensure they receive the best possible treatment, not only in terms of results, but also health and safety.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia strongly supports the announcement by the Medical Board of Australia that it has enhanced the design of “a Professional Performance Framework to ensure all registered medical practitioners practise competently and ethically throughout their working lives”.

The CPCA represents 200 doctors across Australia dedicated safest practice and highest clinical standards – via professional assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients’ aesthetic concerns managed through non-invasive and minimally invasive strategies available to registered medical practitioners.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

Bella Media and Raw Vision Marketing are excited to announce their appointment by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) as its PR and communications agency.

The appointment is timely with the recent media focus on patient safety and the importance of doctors’ expertise, as the CPCA is committed to ensuring that medical experience, safety and training is paramount when it comes to practitioners performing cosmetic medical treatments.

To read more on this media release, please click here.

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is deeply saddened by the tragic incident that recently occurred at the Medi Beauty Clinic in Chippendale, NSW, and said it has for many years now, been calling for stronger regulations for a range of cosmetic medicine treatments.

The CPCA said it welcomed last week’s announcement that the NSW government will review regulations for beauty clinics but has written to the Minister for Health to request that all aspects of cosmetic medicine form part of the review, so patients can rest assured they are being treated by an appropriately trained and insured expert, operating within a national uniform regulatory environment.

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The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) welcomes the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA’s) decision to publish directions for health professionals and beauty clinics regarding the advertising of cosmetic services using Schedule 4 (prescription-only) substances, such as botulinum toxin, and the fines that apply for breaching guidelines of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

The TGA’s advice serves as a timely reminder that it is an offence for a person to publish or broadcast an advertisement about such therapeutic goods, with the offence attracting a maximum penalty of $10,800 for an individual and $54,000 for a body corporate.

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Aussie blokes’ attitudes to non-surgical cosmetic treatments to combat premature ageing have changed significantly in recent years. The latest survey1 conducted by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), indicates 75 per cent of Australian men now think it’s acceptable to have anti-ageing treatments to address premature ageing. The CPCA’s 2014 survey found less than 50 per cent of male respondents thought addressing premature ageing through cosmetic intervention was acceptable.

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December is the busiest time of year for non-invasive cosmetic procedures, with Australians taking advantage of the holiday season to bring in the New Year with an updated aesthetic.

This is borne out by the latest findings from the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) annual survey, which suggests that over half of Australians (55 per cent) now worry about looking old1, in particular, about wrinkles, bad posture and greying hair.

According to the survey, now in its ninth year, nearly two thirds of those who have undertaken a cosmetic medical procedure, now consider this part of their normal grooming routine.

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The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is increasingly concerned about public safety following another story (published by a West Australian newspaper) about patients suffering serious injuries from treatments using intense pulsed light (IPL) equipment conducted by someone without the appropriate training.

Laser and IPL devices provide a good treatment option for a number of conditions and medical professionals with the appropriate training, in general, achieve very good results. However, their use by people with little or no training presents a clear danger to patients.

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Figures released today from the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia’s (CPCA) latest annual survey of attitudes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures suggests that more Australians than ever are considering such treatments (35 per cent) and just over a quarter of respondents (26 per cent) having had a procedure in the last month - double the amount from last year.

The survey, which has been monitoring changes to Australians’ attitudes to non-invasive cosmetic medicine for the past nine years, shows that concern about ageing is the biggest driver for getting treatments. More people now worry about looking 'old' (54 per cent) and over 80 per cent of those surveyed believe it is acceptable to use such treatments to address premature ageing, a 10 per cent increase over the last three years.

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The latest finding from the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) annual survey has found that one in ten Australians (10 per cent) admit to having non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in a home environment, rather than at a doctor’s clinic1 - almost double the number compared with the 2015 survey.

The survey, which has been monitoring Australians’ attitudes to non-invasive cosmetic medicine for the past nine years, found that whilst the number of home treatments had risen, 87 per cent of those who had received non-surgical cosmetic treatments had visited a doctor with a focus on cosmetic treatment or visited a beauty salon for treatment.

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Australian’s are continuing to spend up on cosmetic procedures, according to figures released by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA). The estimates reveal Australian’s annual spend on minimally or non-invasive cosmetic procedures has topped the $1 billion mark for the first time.

CPCA estimates show that dermal filler injections, which can be used to add volume, sculpt and reshape the face, have seen a significant spending increase of at least 25 per cent growth during the last year. The anti-wrinkle injection market has also enjoyed an increase in popularity, up at least 14 per cent compared to the previous year.

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The Non-Surgical Symposium (NSS) is returning to Australia again on June 2nd and will draw together hundreds of medical practitioners from across the country. The NSS, which started in 2012, is co-hosted by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and is the premier conference for non-surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic medicine in Australia, with attendance growing by around 20 per cent each year.

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The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) is broadly supportive of the Medical Board of Australia’s (MBA’s) newly issued guidelines on cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.

However, the CPCA does have significant concerns about specific elements of the guidelines. In particular, while point 7.2 of the guideline rightly states that prescribing of Schedule 4 medications over the phone or by email is inappropriate, it allows prescribing by video (e.g. via skype). The CPCA contends that this is also inappropriate in performing cosmetic medical and surgical consulting where assessment of the patient’s skin and psychology are essential but cannot be effectively done via video.

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Women have long been told, that a stitch in time saves nine, when it comes to facial aging. Men, it
appears, are catching up. The latest survey1 by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA),
indicated that 79 per cent of Aussie blokes, who have undertaken some form of non-surgical
cosmetic intervention, consider it a part of their normal grooming routine. This is a 20 per cent rise
from 2014.

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An overwhelming number of Australians feel it is acceptable to use non-surgical cosmetic procedures to diminish the signs of ageing. More then three quarters (79 per cent) of those surveyed by The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), view non-surgical cosmetic procedures as a suitable way to look and feel younger, undertaking such procedures as part of their regular grooming regime.

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The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), estimates that Australians’ spent more than $890 million in the past twelve months, on minimally or non-invasive cosmetic procedures. This is a 5 per cent increase from 2014. It appears that the growing acceptability of minimally or non-invasive cosmetic procedures is contributing to Australians’ spending more than ever before on these so called ‘lunch time’ procedures.

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The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia is please to announce the appointment of its inaugural Board, following the first convocation of the College in Sydney on 29 August 2015.

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The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia and its inaugural Board.

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia was established following a decision by CPSA members at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 30 August 2013 to investigate the development of such a college. Since the AGM, the CPSA set up a Constitution Committee to consider the development and structure of a college for cosmetic medical practitioners. The College’s constitution was registered with ASIC in October 2014.

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