Skin cancer is the most common dermatological condition seen in Australian general practice – and it is not overly complex to manage if you have the right skill set. Due to a lack of dermatologists, general practitioners play a vital role in managing the skin cancer epidemic and providing effective care to patients with skin cancer concerns. This program will not only give you the knowledge and skills required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat the vast majority of skin lesions but also help grow your practice and increase your revenue. The Professional Certificate
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Professional Certificate course offers the ideal starting point for building your core skill set. Understanding the fundamentals required to effectively diagnose skin cancer and perform basic treatments in the primary care setting.
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Advanced Certificate course will consolidate essential skills with more advanced dermoscopy, broaden your therapeutic options and practise various surgical techniques for almost any lesion needing elliptical excision.
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Professional Diploma course will extend your knowledge and skill required to manage more complex and rare skin cancers and patient cases, using advanced dermoscopy, histopathology, cryo- and electro-surgery.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and course requisites
The program is aimed at general practitioners with an interest in providing effective care to patients with skin care concerns and the wish to specialise in skin cancer medicine through further courses.
- No previous formal training is required for the Professional Certificate course.
- Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have equivalent qualifications.
- In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete both certificate courses in sequential order.
Program Contents and Learning Outcomes
Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine
- Punch and shave biopsy
- Surgical and non-surgical treatment options
- Melanoma management
- Elliptical excisions and suturing
- Wound management
- Medicare billing
- Workflow management
Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine
- Chaos and Clues dermoscopy
- Curettage and cautery
- Advanced biopsy techniques
- Local anaesthetics
- Incisions/haemostasis during minor procedures
- Perfecting the ellipse
- Lower leg grafts
- Suturing techniques (
incl. "paper-thin" skin)
- Topical treatment options
Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine
- Merkel Cell and rare/aggressive skin cancers
- Cutaneous cryosurgery and electro-surgery
- Managing special cases and complications, including immuno-supressed patients
- Lesion and field-directed treatments
- Advanced histopathology
- Dermal imaging
- Factors influencing the choice of treatment
Meet Your Instructors
Prof David Wilkinson
MBChB MSc MD PhD
MRCP FRACGP FACRRM FAFPHM
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University
Dr Simon Clark
MBChB FRCPA Specialist
Histopathologist and Dermatopathologist
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pathology at The University of Queensland
Dr Hamilton Ayres
Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres
Dr Colin Armstrong
BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor, Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre, QLD, Australia
Prof Harald Kittler
Professor of Dermatology at Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Prof Richard Usatine
Assistant Director of Medical Humanities Education, University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio, USA
Dr Iris Zalaudek
Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Dr Aimilios Lallas
MD PhD MSc
Dermatologist-Venereologist, Aristotle University, Greece
Dr Luc Thomas
Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France
Dr Elvira Moscarella
Dermatologist, S.Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy
A/Prof John Pyne
MBBS PhD FSCCA
Associate Professor Med (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Philipp Tschandl
Dermatology Resident at Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Zoe Apalla
Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl
MBBS PhD FSCCA
Associate Professor and Director MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Teresa Troiani
Second University of Naples, Italy
Mr Paul Elmslie
Founder and CEO of HealthCert International
PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS
Regular Tuition Fee
Different payment options available.
Early Bird Rate
Register 30 days in advance and save $200.
$845 x 4
Defer your payments over several months.
BUNDLE PRICING: If you would like to complete the full diploma program, please contact us to discuss available bundle pricing options.
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 for face-to-face courses and $350 for online courses.
PROGRAM DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT
The program is delivered both face-to-face and online:
- Professional Certificate*: Online or Face-to-Face
- Advanced Certificate: Face-to-face only
- Professional Diploma: Online only
The two-day face-to-face courses combine interactive lectures, case discussions and surgical practical sessions.
The online courses offer a flexible learning experience with video lectures to be viewed and reviewed anytime and online case discussions with the presenters. Participants are required to complete short pre-course activities and post-course online assessments.
All courses include a full-colour workbook with all presentation slides, tools and consumables for practical application, access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures. You will also be able to participate in regular online learning sessions with the presenters and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you implement your learning.
*For delegates who are unable to attend the face-to-face 2-day Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course due to timetable conflicts or travel distance, we offer a 100% online training option. Upon registration, you will be able to access all learning contents immediately and receive a disposable instrument pack, sutures and biopsy kit for surgery practice in your own office or home. If you would then like to cement your knowledge, you have the option to attend the face-to-face equivalent of the course anytime it suits you. Additional fees apply.
CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
Upon successful completion of the exams, course participants will receive the Certificate for Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and/or the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.
RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points
RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points
Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine:
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points
Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine:
RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points
- 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.
- Considered for APEL/RPL by the University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
- Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.
Professional Diploma Pathway
Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute is recommended and doctors may apply for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
Publications Pathway: For HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni
HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni may submit their own cases for publication in the HealthCert Case Compendium that is published annually. All cases will be reviewed by HealthCert experts before publication. These compendium cases will also be published electronically on the HealthCert Blog. Submissions are welcome every year for publication. All selected authors names will be printed in the compendium and doctors may wish to purchase a copy of the HealthCert Case Compendium for their waiting room.
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 medicine 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.
Australian Postgraduate Pathway: Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)
This course is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7010 which is part of the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland when combined with the HealthCert Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery. There are no further requirements for this RPL, it is automatic and guaranteed and provides a saving on fees.
View the University of Queensland, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) program here.
International Postgraduate Pathway: Master of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine
Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in Skin Cancer Medicine and Aesthetics Medicine will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL is the same as RPL) for the unit “Fundamentals of Skin Ageing” (MEDN67501) which is part of the Masters of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester.
View the University of Manchester program here.
Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the HealthCert Electronic Portfolio Form and follow the steps outlined on this form.
If your application is successful, you will only need to complete one practical assessment for the unit during a short practicum in the UK and no fees will apply for the unit " Fundamentals of Skin Ageing" (MEDN67501).
Please note that APEL is not automatic. This is a highly competitive "Gold Standard" program with only 20 places available each year. Each applicant is assessed individually, depending on the background qualifications and experience of the person applying to ensure the standards are kept very high. Doctors who complete the HealthCert courses have a better chance of being one of the 20 accepted because the Manchester University Academic Committee has reviewed and recognised the HealthCert course content.
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