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A focus on education and the benefits of post graduate training

Written by Ruth Nicholson (Course director for NZ Laser Training and Director of Beauty Tech Conference, Consultant advisor to Health and disability commissioner (HDC), Laser safety officer.) on January 26th, 2018.      0 comments

Have you noticed a shift towards # faster, # better, more invasive treatments? You would be right to observe that this also highlights that we can no longer rely only on our industry suppliers, to provide the full suite of education required of the modern day skin therapist or aesthetic practitioner.

Skin physiology and skin technology education should be separated into two main categories: Functional education which offers safe best practice techniques, and hands on skills refinement which ensures a consistent and professional application of the product, or service. And secondly, didactic education which covers the theories, science, and physics or medical philosophies that underpin the use of the technology, skincare or treatment service. These two main categories need to go hand in hand with one more elemental factor – that is scope of practice.

With medical technologies such as high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) now being openly sold on the New Zealand market, often by unqualified and untrained suppliers; authorities are posed to deal with serious injuries and cases of misconduct. Will your “training” be deemed sufficient if investigated by governing bodies?

Some skin care and technology suppliers invest heavily in not only educating the clients who purchase from them, but also in upskilling and educating their sales representatives, and clinical educators to ensure a filtering down of knowledge and ethics.

If we are to see beauty therapists and medical practitioners thrive and survive in our dynamic aesthetic industry, we should be heading towards best practice for a better industry as our motto . Beauty Tech Conference is one such event that has adopted this motto, with the hope that industry is ready to join forces and demonstrate it is proactive and committed.

2018 is a great year to assess your staffs competencies, and reevaluate gaps that might exist in their knowledge. Don't forget to reward and retain key staff by treating them to ongoing professional development which in turn is returned to your clients through receiving passionate and enthusiast client care.
 

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