The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery will teach you how to surgically remove skin cancers from anatomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas with optimal scarring results. This highly practical course is led by noted skin cancer doctors and a team of experienced GPs to assist you in your skills practice. The program covers surgical procedures for the face and neck, rhomboid flaps on the cheek, peri-orbital reconstruction on the lower eyelid, rotation flaps on the scalp, and closures of lip defects.

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

Entry Requirements and course requisites

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

Automatic credit entry to this course is granted for doctors who have completed module 5 (and prerequisite module 4) of the RACGP Certificate in Primary Care Dermatology

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


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. The 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:

  • Anatomy of head, neck, face and lower limbs
  • Advancement flaps and rhomboid flaps on the face
  • Rotational flaps in closure of scalp, cheek and distal limb defects
  • Full thickness and split thickness grafts on the face and lower limb defects
  • Closure of ear defects with flaps, grafts and wedges
  • Closure of upper lip and lateral nose defects with advancement, rhomboid and V-Y flaps

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing skin cancer surgery techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform surgical 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 surgery clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics



Time Session Topic
8:15am - 8:45am Registration  
8:45am - 10:15am Session 1 Head and neck anatomy - Tips and techniques
10:15am - 10:45am Morning Tea  
10:45am - 12:15pm Session 2 Ellipses / Advancement flaps
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch  
1:15pm - 2:45pm Session 3
  • Wedge resection
  • Lower lip wedge excision
  • Ear and lower eyelid
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4 The Rhomboid flap


Time Session  Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 9:30am Session 5 Grafts
09:30am - 10.00am Morning Tea   
10:00am - 11:30am Session 6 Planning closures of scalp defects and modified rotation flap
Theory and practical
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch   
12:30pm - 2:00pm Session 7 V-Y and pull through flaps
Theory and practical
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Complex 2 stage flap repair for lip and ear revision

Meet Your Instructors

This practical course is led by noted skin cancer doctors and a team of experienced GPs to assist in the delivery of outstanding learning outcomes.
Dr Anthony Azzi
Dr Anthony Azzi 


Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ)

Dr Alister Lilleyman
Dr Alister Lilleyman


Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ) FSCCA

Dr Victor Harling
Dr Victor Harling

MBBS (UQ), Diploma (SCCA)

Dates AND Locations

Gold Coast

17 - 18 June 2017

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre



2 - 3 December 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney



Regular Tuition 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 $500.


Course Delivery and Assessment

Certification and ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery. Both the Saturday and Sunday components of this course have been applied for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

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 Skin Cancer Surgery Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for a Skin Cancer Surgery 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 Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.

Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute is also recommended. This qualification may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.

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 surgery and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. 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 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.

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.

Dual Award with Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with
Bond University Manchester University Medical University of Vienna
Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with Accredited by
Medical University of Lyon National Skin Cancer Centres Skin Cancer Institute
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners