Save the date and join us at Australasia’s largest Non-Surgical Aesthetics Symposium, brought to you by the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

12 – 14 June 2020
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

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Non-Surgical Symposium

12-14 June 2020
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Save the date and join us at Australasia’s largest Non-Surgical Aesthetics Symposium, brought to you by the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

Join us at Australasia’s Premier Educational Event in Non-Surgical Aesthetics

Dear friends of the Non-Surgical Symposium (NSS),

The NSS is an event open to all medical practitioners, nurses and practice staff working in the aesthetic medicine industry.

The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) Board are pleased to be collaborating again with the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD) and welcome the endorsement of the meeting from the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM).

The program will cover three core areas to assist delegates in surviving, striving and thriving in this busy world of non-surgical aesthetic medicine.

We are delighted to have a world-renowned expert on wellness coming to host a one-day workshop for us. We also have three international keynote speakers confirmed in Dr Jonathan Sykes, Professor Hyoung Jin Moon and Dr Michael Somenek.

For those of you signed up to our NSS newsletter, you will already be across the fact that we recently launched a new logo. The new NSS logo symbolises continuous and collegial multidisciplinary collaboration through innovation and education to enhance patient safety. If you haven’t signed up to our newsletter as yet, do so now. It’s the best way to make sure you are in the know!

There will be some visible changes at the 2020 NSS. However, the core ethos of the event, namely education, innovation and patient safety remain unchanged and stronger than ever before.

We look forward to seeing you at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12-14 June 2020.

Dr Scott Ingram and Dr Naveen Somia
Co-Scientific Convenors of the NSS

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Collegiate, collaborative partnerships enhance engagement

The strength of the NSS is the collegiate and collaborative partnerships between the ASAPS, ASCD, NZSCM and their respective memberships.

The contributing societies collaborate, share information and continuously push the meeting to evolve each year, ensuring that the NSS remains at the forefront of the aesthetics sector. It’s this multidisciplinary and inclusive strategy that will see the NSS stay as the premier provider of aesthetic education for many years to come.

NSS 2020 offers the perfect opportunity to continue to educate, innovate and enhance patient outcomes, all in the interests of patient safety.

Enthralling topics to be discussed

At the NSS, our goal is to provide a program that caters for all who work in the aesthetic arena. With this in mind, it’s essential that we put forward topics that are new and interesting, and that attract delegates to come back every year to learn what’s new in non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
At the 2020 NSS, topics that have been confirmed so far include:
  • Ultrasound assisted safe filler injection.
  • Filler injection technique with virtual reality based filler training system.
  • Ideal and safe thread lifting techniques.
  • Facial anatomy for injectables and threads.
  • Cell therapy, Secretome, Exosome – new paradigm for regenerative medicine.

Keynote Speakers

The Non-Surgical Symposium is known for hosting some of the world’s top experts and presenters.
For 2020 we are excited to welcome the following Key Opinion Leaders to the stage.


Dr Ashish Bhatia

Bio coming soon


Dr Gabriella Casabona

Dr Gabriela Casabona is a dermatologist practicing in Spain.

She has dedicated the first 10 years of her career to mastering cosmetic rejuvenation of both the face and body. She then traveled to the USA to serve a variety of externships with experts in various procedures and technologies. Dr Casabona had spent a great deal of her time as a collaborator in the Laser department of Universidade ABC- Brazil. Since 2010, Dr Casabona shifted her career to more the surgical side. She spent much of the last 5 years in many training programs in the USA, Latin America and Europe furthering her expertise in skin cancer surgery, Mohs surgery, and honing her reconstruction skills (especially oculoplastics). She is also trained in cosmetic surgery including, fat grafting, endoscopic browlifting and blepharoplasty. For 15 Years Dr Casabona has built her own clinic where 85% of her patients are cosmetic, mainly fillers, botulinum toxin combined with technology treatments and the newest generation of thread lifting procedures. The other 15% are surgical patients (cosmetic and oncology). Dr Casabona is presently an International Speaker for, Merz Medical.


Dr Charlene DeHaven

Dr. Charlene DeHaven is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. During her training, she received the Upjohn Clinical Award for Outstanding Resident of the Year.

Over the past 16 years, her professional activities have focused on mitigation of skin aging and development of scientifically based skincare products. She has served as Clinical Director of INNOVATIVE SKINCARE since the company began in 2000.

Her professional experience includes a broad spectrum of clinical practice in addition to corporate development, medical education, and age management.

Dr. DeHaven has extensive media experience and has published and lectured worldwide on wellness and skin health. She serves on the clinical lecture faculty for the University of Washington, School of Medicine.



Dr Ajay Deshpande

Dr. Ajay Deshpande – MBBS, DVD, DNB, is a well known and respected Dermatologist with over 28 years experience, practising in Pune in the State of Maharashtra in India, where he works as a visiting consultant in several hospitals in addition to running his own practice. His areas of special interest include Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Pemphigus & other chronic skin conditions apart from Laser and Pediatric Dermatology & Trichology.

Dr. Deshpande has presented on Kaposi Sarcoma, Actinomycetoma of the back – a Retrospective diagnosis. His publications include Sorafenib induced Pemphigus vulgaris, the Successful use of oral acetretin in Oral Lichen Planus, Cutis Marmorata Telangiectatica congenital successfully treated with Intense Pulsed Light therapy, Efficacy and safety evaluation of high-density IPL in the treatment of Grades II and IV Acne Vulgaris as Monotherapy in dark-skinned women of child-bearing age.

He holds Associate Memberships with the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons in India, the Council of Sex Education & Parenthood International (CSEPI) and the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL)


Dr Sean Kelishadi

Dr. Shahrooz Sean Kelishadi is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. He is also the President of SSK Plastic Surgery. Prior to practicing in California, he served his general surgery residency at the University of Maryland. Later, Dr. Kelishadi served his plastic surgery residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Both residencies provided Dr. Kelishadi with a strong and diverse foundation that has equipped him to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Kelishadi has a great passion for combining science and beauty as an art. Therefore, as a highly-qualified Plastic Surgeon, he is constantly continuing his education to provide his patients with the latest and most modern techniques for optimum results.


Professor Hyoung Jin Moon

Prof Moon is President of the BeUp Aesthetic Surgery Clinic in Seoul, Korea. Prof Moon trained as an Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery Fellow at Seoul’s Yonsei University Hospital.
He has contributed extensively to the area of facial plastic surgery in terms of scientific research, textbook and papers and has published widely in journals such as The Laryngoscope, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Currently, Prof Moon sits on the Facial Plastic Surgery Boards in multiple Chinese cities. He is also on the Korean Board of Otorhinolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery. He serves as an International and regional Advisory Trainer for Merz, Allergan as well as Galderma. Previously, he served as Vice President of the Korean Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


Dr Joel Osorio

Dr. Osorio is an innovative businessman with a distinct entrepreneurial mindset concentrated in adding value on the areas of Biotechnology (mRNA), Reprogramming & Regenerative Medicine for translational use in humans and a variety of clinical applications aimed for both the private and the public health sectors. He is the CEO of RegenerAge Clinic and RegenerAge Life Initiatives. VP and Clinical Developer for Bioquark,Inc.


Dr Jonathan Skyes

Jonathan M. Sykes, MD is professor emeritus and former director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

He is editor of 6 textbooks and has written over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and other papers in the medical literature.

He is a highly sought after lecturer, having given over 1000 lectures locally, nationally, and internationally.

He has reviewed scientific papers for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Laryngoscope.

He has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, and is an expert in rhinoplasty, aging related surgeries such as facelift, browlift, and eyelid lift surgery. He has instructed many people on the anatomy and injection technique for neuromodulators, such as Botox, and is an instructor for many filling agents.  He has been asked to perform live demonstration surgeries in over 15 countries.

Dr. Sykes has a passion for children and enjoys surgery for cleft deformities and craniofacial surgery.  He has gone on over 25 humanitarian missions to many countries including the Phillipines, El Salvador, Honduras, Russia, Bolivia, Brazil, and China.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for 10 years, having been Western Region Vice President, VP of Education, and most recently, elected President of the AAFPRS in 2010.  He recently co-chaired the Many Faces of Giving campaign for the AAFPRS and helped raise over $4 million for FPS education, humanitarian efforts, and research.

He has been awarded the prestigious William Wright teaching award by the AAFPRS and has been awarded the 1887 award for community service and humanitarian missions by this organization.

Dr. Sykes is most proud of his teaching, having contributed to the training of over 75 residents and personally training 28 fellows in facial plastic surgery.


Dr Michael Somenek

Michael Somenek, M.D., is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Washington, D.C. whose practice offers specialized cosmetic and reconstructive services. Dr. Somenek got an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Miami and a medical degree at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and he completed an intensive fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago, Illinois. As an author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and presentations at national and international meetings, he has contributed extensively in his field.


Dr Nicola Zerbinati

Dr Zerbinati graduated at the University of Pavia, Italy. He is the President of Italian Federation of Aesthetic Medicine (FIME) and a University teacher. Since 1999 he holds the chair of Dermatology and Venereology of the University Course in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Insubria, Varese.

He is the scientific Coordinator since 2010 of International Consultant in Aesthetic Medicine, USA (ICAM), International Union of Lipoplasty (IUL), International Academy of Cosmetic Gynaecology (IACG). Since 2017 he is President of FIME ( Italian Federation of Aesthetic Medicine).

His areas of interest are Dermatology, Venereology and Aesthetic Dermatology. Dr Zerbinati published more than 50 national and International publications. He is the co-author of 4 book chapters and 2 international patents on the use of optoelectro mechanic instruments in dermatology.

Important Dates

24 January Abstract Submissions Close
24 February Abstract Authors notified of outcome
11 June The Anatomical Dissection and Cosmetic Procedures Workshop
*Limited places apply * Fees apply
12 June Non-Surgical Symposium
Welcome Reception
13 June Non-Surgical Symposium
Gala Dinner
14 June Non-Surgical Symposium
Closing and Farewell

More information and registration coming soon.

Abstract Submissions

Share your expertise

Whether you are a medical practitioner, dermatologist or nurse, you have something to contribute to the scientific program of the NSS 2020.

Now is your chance to submit your abstract via our online portal. Be it an innovative way of delivering treatments, a fresh perspective on a technique or a new piece of technology, submit your abstract for consideration to be presented during the NSS 2020.

We encourage you to share your experience, knowledge and research findings that will enhance the scientific program.


Important Dates

24 Jan 2020 – Abstract submissions deadline

24 Feb 2020 – Successful authors will be notified of outcome

Abstract Topics

  1. Beauty and Aesthetics
  2. Complex cases from my Practice and how to approach them
  3. Cosmeceuticals
  4. Devices
  5. Fillers
  6. Injectables
  7. Laser and Acne
  8. Periorbital
  9. Photography, Bias and Ageing
  10. Safety
  11. Hair Transplant Techniques

Nurses will be an integral part of the NSS in 2020

The inaugural Nurses Forum that was held at the 2019 event will return again next year. This Forum provided a valuable opportunity for nurses to provide feedback to ASAPS and it cultivated relationships and generated some great ideas for how nurses can work together to increase their visibility politically and publicly in relation to delivering safe injectable cosmetic treatments.

In 2020 you will see a more significant focus on the experiences and expertise of nurses, who, as we are all well aware, are performing the lion’s share of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. We look forward to engaging more directly with nurses and showcasing them in the light they deserve.

To streamline the registration process for nurses, we have abolished the need for a doctor to verify your attendance. Instead, you will simply need to enter your valid AHPRA registration number. There will be a separate registration category for nurse practitioners.

From then until now

The NSS has more than doubled the number of delegates, sponsors and trade since its inception. It truly is the premier aesthetic education event for Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Physicians, Doctors, Dermatologists and Nurses. It has sold out every year since 2015. More than 4,000 health care professional delegates have passed through the gates, enriching their skills and knowledge from listening and learning from world-class speakers. The ability to draw the calibre of speakers of the NSS is what sets the event apart.

The trade exhibition hall is unrivalled in its size. More than 90 industry partners showcased their wares in 2019.

It’s also an award-winning event. Under the direction of immediate past President of ASAPS, Associate Professor Mark Magnusson, who convened from 2013-2016, the NSS was named the Best Conference at the Asia Pacific MICE Awards in 2016, and in 2017 was the Winner of the State Category – Queensland in the Australian Event Awards for Best Conference.

While growing the event bigger is not on the cards, we certainly want to remain at the forefront of aesthetic education. We do this by continuing to listen to delegate feedback and shaping the NSS to meet the needs of its diverse audience. We are always overwhelmed with the positive feedback we get about the NSS and the Workshop in that they provide an immersive learning environment for delegates like no other.

We look forward to sharing more of our plans for 2020 with you in the coming months.

Social Events

The infamous Non-Surgical Symposium social events have reached legendary status.
Be sure to book your ticket(s) during registration as these events sell out every year. Numbers are limited.

Welcome Reception

Friday 12 June 2020
6.30pm – 8.30pm
GCCEC, Northern Lawn

Delegate Tickets: Included in Full Registrations
Additional Tickets: $110 per person

Gala Dinner

Saturday 13 June 2020
7.00pm – Late
The Star

Delegate Tickets: $175 per person
Additional Tickets: $275 per person


81 Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach QLD 4218
6 minute walk to GCCEC, 350m

Room Type per night
Classic River View Room – Room only $257
Breakfast $22 pp

Located just 50 m from the beach, the Sofitel Gold Coast Hotel is situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Broadbeach.

Sofitel Gold Coast features 296 spacious and contemporary furnished guest rooms. All of the rooms feature private balconies with panoramic views over the ocean or the river, marble bathrooms with Roger & Gallet accessories and a range of modern amenities.

The Sofitel is located opposite the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. It is just a short walk away from the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre, and The Star Casino.

Broadbeach is a great choice for travellers interested in restaurantsfood and relaxation.

CLASSIC ROOM, 1 King Size Bed, River views

37 sqm, 400 sqf, balcony, desk, LCD TV, high-speed Internet access, marble bathroom with separate bath and shower, rollaway bed allowed.

1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach QLD 4218
4 minute walk to GCCEC, 350m

Room Type per night
Superior Deluxe Room – Room only $259
Breakfast – pre-booked $20 pp
Breakfast – on consumption $34.90 pp
Lush landscaped gardens. Enviable location. Five-star comfort. The Star Gold Coast has it all. Freshly renovated and ideally situated on Broadbeach Island, this slice of paradise is the perfect place to combine relaxation and free-spirited fun. Take your pick from almost 596 luxurious rooms, enjoy sweeping coastal and hinterland views and kick back poolside. With award winning restaurants, a 24-hour casino and our Pavilion Convention Centre all within arm’s reach, you have all the ingredients for a memorable stay.

Buffet breakfast currently available for $30.00 per person, per day. Prices are subject to change without notice. Opening hours are from 06:30am to 10:00am daily. 

Freshly refurbished, our Superior Deluxe Rooms offer sanctuary from the world outside – and thanks to state-of-the-art technology, they can be tailored to suit your personal preferences. Making yourself at home is as easy as pushing a button.


  • Integrated control system
  • One king or two double beds
  • The Star’s signature range of luxurious bedding and pillows
  • Indulgent prestige bathing amenities from L’Occitane
  • Dual rain showerhead and hand-held shower
  • In-room safe
  • An average of 32 square metres of space


Terms & Conditions

Cancellation Policy – Any cancellations within fourteen (14) days including no shows you will be required to pay 100% of the total accommodation charges.

Guarantee Policy – The Hotel will require a credit card imprint from each guest upon check in to cover any additional charges, i.e. mini bar, in- house video, telephone, etc. that are the responsibility of the guest. If the guest requests to pay by cash, the Hotel will require a $200 cash deposit on check in, the balance of which will be refunded on check out.

Cancelation Policy

30 to 15 days prior to the arrival date: For any guaranteed rooms cancelled within 30 days, a charge equal to one night’s accommodation per room booking will apply.

14 days prior to the arrival date including “no shows”: All guaranteed rooms cancelled at or within 14 days prior to arrival including “no shows”, will incur 100% cancellation fee, this being the number or room nights cancelled times the accommodation rate.

Accommodation Guarantee

The Star Gold Coast reserves the right to process one night’s accommodation prior to arrival and the balance of accommodation is to be settled on check-in. Individual convention attendees will be responsible for their outstanding accommodation balance on check-in and all incidental charges incurred during their stay on check-out, unless otherwise specified by the organiser.

The credit card details provided may act as a guarantee, however, if a delegate cancels within 30 days or “No Shows” there will be a charge placed through on their credit card. Should there be a dispute, then this will be between the Conference Organiser/Travel Agent who has provided the Hotel with the rooming list and the delegate. If the delegate refuses to pay the fee, then this will be charged to the Conference Organiser/Travel Agent.

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“Just brilliant! There was something for everyone.” 

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