Cosmetic medicine is a competitive industry and training standards can be variable. Prospective students often come to us excited about this career move, but confused about which laser courses to take, baffled by the various promises of competing organisations.
We believe in excellence in clinical practice, optimising results and reducing adverse outcomes. We are a major contributor to quality, safety and standards, playing an active part in determining the future direction of lasers and light-based therapies by liaising with industry, media and government.
The standards to which we hold ourselves accountable flow on to our students, who are known as highly skilled and experienced. Many of our new students are just starting out in the industry. Others are doctors, dentists, nurses, dermal therapists or beauty therapists seeking to extend and deepen their qualifications and skills. Some of our clients are business owners seeking to equip a team of staff so they can provide a consistently high standard of service across the business.
Adj A/Professor Elissa O'Keefe RN, NP is a health industry pioneer, a highly-experienced clinician and educator and was the first nurse practitioner in the ACT.
She has an honorary appointment as an Associate Professor in the College of Adjuncts at the University of Canberra in the Faculty of Health. This is an integral part of the University's commitment to build closer linkages to government, industry and the community.
Elissa is the current Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Cosmetic Nursing Community of Interest. Elissa is the lead author of the first ever Australian standards and scope of practice document for cosmetic nursing, has published in peer-reviewed journals both nationally and internationally and is often called on for comment in the industry. She was a contributor to the recent "bible on skin rejuvenation" for consumers the Slow Ageing Guide to Skin Rejuvenation.
Our award winning company was born when, during her career in cosmetic medicine practice, Elissa realised that there was a need for flexible, high quality, post-graduate continuing professional development for health professionals with regard to lasers and other light-based therapies that was evidence based and pitched at the high level required of this complex landscape.
Elissa lives in Canberra with her surveyor husband, two fun and interesting adult children, a crazy kelpie, a moggie and a pond full of goldfish.
Our Program Advisory Committee, affiliates and our team are chosen with care and we select those who strive consistently for academic and clinical excellence, collaboration and who also reflect our philosophy of unparalleled, personalised service provision. We only collaborate with medical device companies whose products are TGA listed.
Our social conscience and keen sense of community dictates all aspects of our business. We are proud regular supporters of the Australian Red Cross. Our Managing Director has been a huge fan since she did her first ever first aid course in 1978 at primary school and began to fall in love with the health industry. We also regularly support Heritage Australia who help protect millions of hectares of ecologically important land.