Laser & Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Sources for Dermatology - ONLINE COURSE

Only for beauticians, registered nurses, medical practitioners, cosmetic physicians ENTs, plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

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Course designed for:
Lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sources for dermatology (skin rejuvenation) and hair removal (suitable for persons who wish to obtain a RSO certificate for cosmetic procedures involving laser apparatus or a use licence for laser cosmetic procedures or for maintenance, repair or commissioning of laser apparatus).

Users of dermatology/hair removal lasers or intense pulsed lights (IPL), i.e. beauticians, registered nurses, medical practitioners, cosmetic physicians, ENTs, plastic surgeons, dermatologists or trade reps for these types of medical equipment. This course is NOT for dentistry.

Course Mode:
Online - coursework and examination will be provided online.

Course Summary:
This course is designed for new users of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) units in dermatology (with or without incorporated radiofrequency) for hair removal, and various skin treatments such as treatment of telangiectasia, and skin rejuvenation. Its content and design are designed to align with Australian Standard 4173 (Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care). There is an emphasis is on mechanisms of action, selection of appropriate techniques, and safety issues for the operator and the client. The course includes an overview of the structure and characteristics of skin, and the processes of hair growth and skin pigmentation. It assumes no prior knowledge or experience with the structure and pathology of human skin.

The course is accredited by Radiation Health Queensland.

Upon successful completion of the written examination, a certificate of completion will be forwarded which will assist the candidate with their application for obtaining the appropriate use licence from Radiation Health Queensland.

Course Objectives:
At the completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:
1. Understand the basic structure of the skin
2. Understand the processes of hair growth and pigmentation and hair
3. Appreciate the limitations of various methods of hair removal
4. Comprehend the importance of skin type in the selection of clinical techniques
5. Understand how the effects of intense light sources vary according to the wavelength, power density, energy density, and other factors
6. Understand the range of interactions of light with various components of the skin
7. Appreciate the optical hazards posed by lasers and IPL units
8. Appreciate the range of non-optical hazards posed by lasers and how these can be minimised
9. Select appropriate protective eyewear for clinical use
10. Appreciate the need for practical safety measures in their own workplace when using IPL or lasers

Prof Laurie Walsh - Laser


Prof Laurie Walsh


Laurie Walsh is an internationally acclaimed laser clinician and scientist. As a dental specialist in the field of special needs dentistry, Laurie has been using multiple laser wavelengths in clinical practice since 1991. After his dental training, he completed a PhD and higher doctorate in pathology and dermatopathology, and then worked full time in dermatology as a postdoc from 1989-1990 at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His published papers in dermatology have been cited highly in the medical literature, particularly those in the areas of allergy, inflammation and immunology of the skin. Laurie trained in biophotonics in the USA, and undertook research in the areas of sunburn and photodynamic therapy. After his return to Australia, he established a clinical and laboratory research program in laser science which continues to this day. Laurie has worked clinically with Class 4 lasers and been a clinical trainer in laser dentistry since 1991, teaching laser safety to students in all types of health care programs for over 20 years, including those in dermatology for the past 15 years. Laurie was a contributing author to the Australian and New Zealand laser safety standard AS4173. He has lectured internationally on laser safety and on the uses of lasers in clinical diagnosis and treatment, and he has published extensively in this area. He is the principal inventor for several families of patents in advanced optics, laser-based diagnosis and treatment systems, and laser fiber optic systems.


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