Surgery is still considered the most effective and definitive skin cancer treatment. The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery is ideal for deepening and advancing your surgical competence. In a highly practical program you will learn how to perform large elliptical excisions and different types of flaps and grafts which will allow you to manage more complex skin cancer cases in your practice.

Entry Requirements

Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course or similar qualifications.


The course provides advanced training in skin cancer surgery and teaches various techniques allowing GPs to treat more complex cases in the primary care setting. 

As a result of this foundational training, you will be able to:

  • Explain how to tailor incisions to the patient, improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring.
  • Describe surgical anatomy, skin lines and local anaesthetic blocks.
  • Identify dog ear repairs, wound care and various dressings.
  • Identify safe, advanced suture techniques needed to close excisions, including vertical mattress, horizontal mattress and deep suturing.
  • Explain how to perform rotation flaps and advancement flaps. 
  • Describe when to apply full thickness grafts.
  • Identify limitations in training and experience referring necessary patients to the appropriate specialist.


This course includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques. 

Practical activities in this workshop include:

  • Different types of suturing techniques
  • Elliptical excisions
  • Rotation flaps
  • Advancement flaps
  • Full thickness grafts

Course Outline

1 Surgical foundations

1.1  Surgical anatomy and skin lines

1.2  Tailoring incisions to patient

1.3  Improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring

1.4  Local anaesthetic blocks on face

1.5  Margins

2 Advanced skin suturing

2.1  Techniques of suturing 

2.2  Vertical mattress

2.3  Horizontal mattress

2.4  Deep suturing

3 Wound care and dressing selection

3.1  Proper use of modern dressings and wound healing

4 Pivotal flaps

4.1  Rotation flap theory

4.2  Rotation flap practical session

5 Advancement flaps

5.1  Advancement flap theory

5.2  Advancement flap practical

6 Full thickness skin grafting

6.1 Skin graft properties

6.2 Healing

6.3 Management

6.4 Donor sites

7 Dog ears repairs 8 Case studies  

Meet Your Instructors

This practical-based workshop is led by experienced skin cancer doctors and university lecturers Dr Tony Dicker and Jonny Levy. The course presenters are joined by a team of experienced GPs to assist in the delivery of outstanding learning outcomes.
Dr Tony Dicker


Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine

Course Co-ordinator Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

Dr Jonny Levy


Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine

Dates AND Locations


18 - 19 February 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre



1 - 2 April 2017

Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre



17 - 18 June 2017

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre



Regular Course Fee


Different payment options available.

Early bird rate


Register 30 days in advance and save $200.

Deferred Payment

$845 x 4

Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $350.


Course Delivery and Assessment 

This certificate course is designed to meet the needs of busy medical practitioners by combining a 2-day practical workshop with online training and assessment: 

What you get for your one-off investment:

  • Online pre-workshop activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the workshop component).
  • Two-day weekend practical workshop including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training and assessment.
  • Post-workshop online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the workshop).
  • University of Queensland School of Medicine award upon successfully passing the assessment.
  • CPD points (see below for details).
  • Lifetime support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.

Professional Pathways

Pathway to HealthCert Clinical Attachments in Australia and Overseas

Doctors participating the Skin Cancer Surgery program can attend a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further refine and enhance their professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

Learn More


The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery meets the practical surgery requirement of IMED 7011 for the Masters of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland.


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery. The Sunday component of this course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

RACGP: 40 Category 1 CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points + 30 PRPD Surgery points