Acquire surgical skills that will allow you to perform surgical procedures with confidence and treat the more complex cases yourself thus avoiding patient referrals and potentially making you a referral option for other local GPs.


The format of the Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery is designed to meet the needs of generalist GPs as well as those with more procedural experience. This course is a practical-based workshop with theory content.

Successful completion of the Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine (which includes basic surgical management and techniques) is encouraged for enrolment in the Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery. However the Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery is open to any doctor who has experience in minor skin surgery.

Program Objectives

The goal of this program is to provide training in the surgical management of skin cancer cases in the primary care setting.

The Certificate course will provide the clinician with a range of skills at an intermediate level including the ability to:

  • Understand the various aspects of surgical excisions including:
    • Tailoring incisions to patient
    • Surgical anatomy and skin lines
    • Improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring
    • Local anaesthetic blocks
    • Wound care and various dressings
    • Dog ear repairs
  • Understand the various advanced suture techniques needed to close various excisions including:
    • Vertical Mattress
    • Horizontal Mattress
    • Deep Suturing
  • How to perform flaps including:
    • Rotation Flaps
    • Advancement Flaps
  • Understand where to apply and perform competently Full Thickness and Split Skin Grafts
  • Understand limitations in training and experience, and consequently know when to refer patients to the appropriate specialist: dermatologist, plastic surgeon and/or other medical practitioners

Certificate Course Format

The Certificate workshop is designed to meet the needs of busy medical practitioners by providing a practical workshop to allow GPs to practice various suturing and procedural techniques in a supportive environment.

The course includes:

  • An online pre-workshop activity (completed in your own time prior to the workshop component)
  • A two-day weekend practical workshop
  • A full-colour workbook with reference materials including copy of all PowerPoint slides presented
  • Online theory multiple choice question assessment (completed in your own time within six months of attending the workshop)

Online Pre-Workshop Activity

To prepare the participant, the University of Queensland School of Medicine has an online activity to review and practice if necessary. The pre-workshop is not marked as part of the assessment. A record of your participation is kept for the various colleges as part of the CPD/CME component.

Workshop Delivery

This course is presented by Dr Tony Dicker and joined by experienced surgical assistants to optimise your learning outcomes. The content covers sections on theory plus hands-on practical sessions. This course is designed to assist GPs in developing confidence in various procedures and to provide an understanding of their limitations without further practical experience.

Workshop Timetable

Saturday Registration
Sunday Registration


  • Advanced Suturing
    • Tailoring incisions to patient
    • Surgical anatomy and skin lines
    • Improving cosmetic outcomes and reducing scarring
    • Local anaesthetic blocks on face
    • Techniques of suturing (practical)
  • Skin suturing
  • Deep suturing
  • Wound care and dressing selection
    • Proper use of modern dressings and wound healing


  • Pivotal Flaps
    • Rotation Flap Theory
    • Rotation Flap Practical
  • Advancement Flaps
    • Advancement Flap Theory
    • Advancement Flap Practical
  • Case studies
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Margins
  • Dog Ears
  • Full Thickness Skin Grafting
    • Skin graft properties
    • Healing
    • Management
    • Donor sites

Dates and Locations

21 - 22 February 2015

2 - 3 May 2015

Gold Coast
20 - 21 June 2015

10 - 11 October 2015
Royal International Convention Centre

5 - 6 December 2015
Hilton Sydney

27 - 28 February 2016
Melbourne Park Function Centre

9 - 10 April 2016
Adelaide Convention Centre


This practical-based workshop will be led by Australian presenters and joined by experienced GPs to assist in the delivery of outstanding learning outcomes.

  • Dr Tony Dicker MBBS, PhD
    Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer), UQ School of Medicine
    Course Co-ordinator Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

Assessment Requirements  

This course features an online assessment requirement including multiple choice questions. The assessment is to be completed at your convenience within three months of the completion of the workshop.

The open book exams are designed in such a way that they do not have to be completed in one sitting with the ability to log in and out as many times as you wish.

A Statutory Declaration must be completed and signed at the conclusion of the exam to verify that you have completed the exam without personal outside assistance.

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Award is posted on receipt of your statutory declaration.

CPD Points

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 Cat 1 CPD points
ACRRM = Approved for 30 PRPD Points + 30 PRPD Surgery Points

Relationship to the UQ Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) degree

Students who complete this certificate course are eligible for credit towards a related unit in the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer). Learn More


The University of Queensland School of Medicine
Certificate in Primary Care Skin Cancer Surgery

Course Fees and Inclusions

Participants will be provided with a pre-workshop activity, reference materials including a full-colour workbook of all PowerPoint slides, instruments, suture material, online assessment and catering.

Payments Options

Early Bird Payment
"Early Bird" registration 30 days or more prior to the event is $2,995 inc GST.
Advanced Payment
Standard course fee is $3,195 inc GST.
Deferred Payment
$845 per month debited from your credit card for a period of four months.
After you have completed the registration page, the system will ask you which payment method you would like to choose and at this time you can make your selection.


"I found the Skin cancer workshop very informative and have changed my day-to-day practice as a result. It was extremely well run and the content and presenters were of a consistently high calibre. I have no hesitation in recommending this workshop to any of my colleagues who have an interest in skin cancer management." 

Dr. Dirk Venter MBBCh, DA(SA), FRNZCGP
General Practitioner in Group Practice in Auckland, New Zealand

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