Really busy but got a minute to spare? You have enough time to complete your laser and IPL course!

In an industry first, Laser Safety Australia (LSA) and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) have joined forces and released two laser and intense pulsed light safety training courses for all clinicians in the cosmetic and skin care arena. Besides being based on the Australian and New Zealand Standards for lasers in health care it is clear what else sets these courses apart.

The Introductory laser & intense pulsed light safety training course for aesthetic practice and the more comprehensive Advanced laser & intense pulsed light accreditation for aesthetic practice maximise clinician and employer time by being available online and completed any time. This provides the flexibility for them to be completed in sections at any time, planned around work or family commitments and can be completed easily on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Learn anywhere, anytime. It is a cost effective way to train staff too as ACCS General Manager Jenny Vallance points out “there is no need for employers to send staff offsite and these courses allow for both continuity in staffing skill mix and service provision in clinics”.

Covering the essentials of light physics, laser and IPL systems; national, state and territory regulation, safety and clinical practice the courses are designed to easily adapt as the industry changes. LSA Director Elissa O’Keefe sees these courses as a way of preparing clinicians for possible national regulatory changes but says that “independent of legislated change, it is best practice for anyone who is responsible for lasers or IPL treatments to have access to the best possible education”. The courses provide access to online encyclopaedias, textbooks and other resources to support learners and has been developed by clinicians for clinicians.

The two courses have been designed to complement one another by building on the knowledge gained from one to the next and encouraging learners to apply the skills learnt to their own work environments. The Advanced course provides Standard Operating Policy and Procedure templates for clinic implementation. Whilst there are no prerequisites for the Introductory course it is a requirement that this or an accredited Laser Safety Officer’s Certificate has been completed before the Advanced accreditation certificate is undertaken.

Renowned Brisbane cosmetic medicine practitioner Dr Mary Dingley has described it as “the best laser course in Australia” and she would know, she’s been at the forefront of laser skin technology in the aesthetic industry for 25 years. The Australian College of Nursing has also backed it by endorsing it nationally while Radiation Health in both Tasmania and Queensland have approved it for applications for licensing and registration in their states. The Introductory laser & intense pulsed light safety training course for aesthetic practice costs $520 while the more comprehensive Advanced laser & intense pulsed light accreditation for aesthetic practice is $680. For more information call the ACCS on 02 96871500, LSA on 0423091829 or go to http://www.accs.org.au/cosmetic-medicine-training/laser-ipl-courses

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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