Course Overview

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course will solidify and advance your competency in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments.  You will gain hands-on experience in rarely covered areas of skin cancer medicine, including diathermy, curettage and cautery or suturing ‘paper-thin’ elderly skin. You will also receive an excellent introduction to advanced dermoscopy and acquire the essential skills to diagnose and manage most skin cancers in your practice.

This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer MedicineThe education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Entry Requirements and course requisites

This course is for general practitioners only. Participants must have completed the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent). 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit@healthcert.com for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days. 

Course Contents

The course offers a solid foundation for various surgical techniques and provides an excellent introduction to advanced dermatoscopy. This program includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques.

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Chaos and Clues dermoscopy
  • Curettage and cautery
  • Diathermy
  • Advanced biopsy techniques
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Incisions/haemostasis during minor procedures
  • Perfecting the ellipse
  • Lower leg grafts
  • Suturing techniques (including "paper-thin" skin)
  • Topical treatment options

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing Skin Cancer Medicine techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform skin cancer medicine techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional Skin Cancer Medicine clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics

COURSE OUTLINE

Saturday

Time Session Topic
8:15am - 8:45am Registration  
8:45am - 10:45am Session 1 Suturing
10:45am - 11:15am Morning Tea  
11:15am - 12:15pm Session 2 Local anaesthetics
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch  
1:15pm - 2:45pm Session 3 Incision / Haemostasis
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4 Curettage / Cautery

Sunday

Time Session Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Registration  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5 Ellipse planning
10:00am - 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am - 12:00pm Session 6 Chaos and clues
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm - 2:00pm Session 7 The big three: BCC, SCC, Melanoma
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Case management

Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine and business management, including:
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl

MBBS PhD FSCCA

Associate Professor and Director MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Associate Professor Cliff Rosendahl currently works in Brisbane, Australia as a primary care practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer.  He also has an interest in research as the clinical developer and Director of the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database (SCARD). His other main area of research has been in evaluating dermatoscopic clues for the diagnosis of both pigmented and non-pigmented skin malignancy in collaboration with colleagues at The University of Queensland, Australia and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

Cliff has a strong commitment to teaching with a view to achieving an improvement in both the detection and management of skin cancer in Australasia and internationally.

Dr Colin Armstrong
Dr Colin Armstrong

BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre, QLD, Australia

Dr Colin Armstrong is a general practitioner and part-time clinical trials investigator at the Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane. He completed a HealthCert Primary Care Skin Cancer Course in 2009 which sparked an interest in skin cancer medicine as an advancement to his career path. Colin incorporated a skin cancer session once a week into existing general practice, joined the HealthCert dedicated Skin Cancer Centre in 2010, and completed all certificate courses and The University of Queensland Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) in 2011.

Working primarily in skin cancer since 2010, Colin assists in course development and workshops, and presents both in Australia and the USA. Dr Armstrong is passionate about building GPs’ confidence in their management of skin cancer and has an ongoing commitment to GP education in all facets of skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

Dr Hamilton Ayres
Dr Hamilton Ayres

BMBS BA BSc FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres

Dr Hamilton Ayres is based in Melbourne at Sunspot Skin Cancer Clinic in Carnegie, and has been involved with HealthCert since 2011.  Hamilton has completed the Basic Surgical Training program offered by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, including two years as a Plastic Surgery Registrar, where his primary role was the management of complicated skin cancers and trauma. He has also obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and enjoys working full time in skin cancer medicine in his clinical and teaching roles.

Hamilton is a regular demonstrator at skin cancer courses around Australia, assisting other doctors to obtain the skills required in this challenging field.

Dates AND Locations

Brisbane

14 - 15 October 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Perth

11 - 12 November 2017

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

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SYDNEY

2 - 3 December 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney

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PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Advanced Certificate

$3,195

Advanced Certificate

$2,995

Advanced Certificate

$845 x 4

Two-Course Bundle*

$6,390

Two-Course Bundle*

$5,690 

Two-Course Bundle*

$860 x 7 

Three-Course Bundle*

$8,685

Three-Course Bundle*

$7,365

Three-Course Bundle*

$865 x 9 

Different payments options available.

Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  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.

*Two- and Three-Course Bundles including the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (face-to-face).

PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS 

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Advanced Certificate 

$3,195

Advanced Certificate 

$2,995

Advanced Certificate

$845 x 4

Two-Course Bundle*

$5,490

Two-Course Bundle*

$4,930 

Two-Course Bundle*

$760 x 7 

Three-Course Bundle*

$7,785

Three-Course Bundle*

$6,725

Three-Course Bundle*

$790 x 9 

Different payments options available.

Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  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.

*Two- and Three-Course Bundles including the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (online).

Course Delivery and Assessment

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Advanced Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance your knowledge and application of the skills.
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.  The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course.

What you get for your one-off investment: 

  • Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the program component).
  • Two-day weekend practical course including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training and assessment including dermatoscopy training.
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Category 1 accredited CPD points (see below for details).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters. 

 

Certification and ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will receive the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

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

This certificate course:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). 
  • Is accredited by The Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the second stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) is recommended and doctors are encouraged to seek their Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.

Postgraduate Pathway

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).

There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 and only need to complete the final examinations for this module.

The postgraduate diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 30 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Supervised examinations will need to be completed in the United Arab Emirates campus.

A credit pathway from the Postgraduate Diploma to a Master degree is currently under discussion. Full details will be provided in an announcement before December 2017.

 

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe skin cancer treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. In addition to clinical attachments in Australia, university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna are available for clinical attachments. HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.

The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.

Quality assured by Postgraduate studies with Clinical attachment with Clinical attachment with
Bond University
& Plymouth University (UK)
Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon
       
Clinical attachment with Accredited by Accredited by Accredited by 
National Skin Cancer Centres Skin Cancer Institute The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
       
 Recognised by       
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners