PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

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 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 of Skin Cancer Medicine offers the ideal starting point for building your core skill set, and the Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma courses will solidify and advance your knowledge in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Skin Cancer Medicine Course Pathway

 

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 knowledge 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 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

Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine

  • Dermoscopy
  • Punch and shave biopsy
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment options
  • Melanoma management
  • Elliptical excisions and suturing
  • Histopathology
  • Wound management
  • Medicare billing
  • Workflow management

Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine

  • 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 (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
  • Chemoprevention
  • Advanced histopathology
  • Dermal imaging
  • Factors influencing the choice of treatment

Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine, including:
Prof David Wilkinson
Prof David Wilkinson

MBChB MSc MD PhD DSc MRCP FRACGP FACRRM FAFPHM

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University, Sydney

Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. He is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University. Since 2004, David’s clinical work has focused on skin cancer medicine in primary care. He has published research papers on the topic, designed and led development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert.

Dr Simon Clark
Dr Simon Clark

MBChB FRCPA Specialist

Honorary Lecturer in Pathology, The University of Queensland

Dr Simon Clark runs the pathology component of the postgraduate certificate courses in skin cancer medicine at The University of Queensland and lectures in the Masters of Medicine course. He has been involved in dermatopathology education for more than 20 years, training registrars in dermatology, pathology and plastic surgery. More recently he has been active in GP education. One of the best known dermatopathologists in Australia, Simon was recently appointed a visiting professor in dermatology at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Dr Hamilton Ayres
Dr Hamilton Ayres

BA, BSc, BMBS, FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Monash

Dr Hamilton Ayres worked in Adelaide as a Plastic Surgery Registrar at Flinders, Repatriation General Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital where his main role was the management of trauma, hand injuries and difficult skin cancers. Hamilton has obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine, Dermatoscopy and Histopathology from HealthCert and The University of Queensland School of Medicine.

Dr Colin Armstrong
Dr Colin Armstrong

BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Redcliffe

Dr Colin Armstrong is a general practitioner and part-time clinical trials investigator at the Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane. He completed all HealthCert certificate courses and The University of Queensland Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) in 2011. Working primarily in skin cancer since 2010, Colin 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.

Prof Harald Kittler
Prof Harald Kittler

MD

Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Harald Kittler has a special clinical interest in dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions. His main research interest is digital dermoscopy, follow-up of pigmented skin lesions, and computer assisted digital dermoscopy. Harald has been working for 10 years in the field of dermoscopy and has published a number of scientific articles especially in the field of digital dermoscopy and dermoscopic follow-up of melanocytic nevi.
Prof Richard Usatine
Prof Richard Usatine

MD PhD

Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.

Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr Iris Zalaudek
Dr Iris Zalaudek

MD PhD

Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit. Division of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr Iris Zalaudek is a Board-certified dermatologist and Director of the Non-Melanoma and Orphan Skin Cancer Unit at the Division of Dermatology of the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Since 2016, she has been President of the International Dermoscopy Society.

Her main research fields are related to dermato-oncology and include non-invasive skin imaging techniques, as well as topical and systemic treatment of skin cancer. Moreover, she is engaged in the development of modern teaching methods such as online distant courses and tele-dermatologic services. She is Director of the Master of Science program entitled "Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology" of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Iris has published more than 450 articles, of which 358 (267 full papers) have been cited in PubMed. Her combined publications have received an impact factor of 1003 and a h-index value of 36 (by April 2017). In 2003 her work was awarded by the Hans-Weitgasser Price from the Styrian Association of Dermatologists and in 2008 she was awarded the Best Researcher of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Dr Aimilios Lallas
Dr Aimilios Lallas

MD PhD MSc

Dermatologist-Venereologist, Aristotle University, Greece

Dr Luc Thomas
Dr Luc Thomas

MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France

Dr Luc Thomas was Board-certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his Board certification in Clinical Oncology in 2013.

 Luc’s main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.

Dr Elvira Moscarella
Dr Elvira Moscarella

MD

Dermatologist, S.Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy

A/Prof John Pyne
A/Prof John Pyne

MBBS MMed PhD FSCCA

Senior lecturer MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland Associate

Professor of Skin Cancer Medicine, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor John Pyne was conferred with a Master of Medicine at The University of Queensland, then held a position of Program Director for The University of Queensland Skin Cancer Masters from 2007 until 2013. The thesis for John’s PhD was on the correlations between dermatoscopy and histopathology for BCC and SCC. He is also a past President and Fellow of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.

John has a main interest in the optical imaging of early primary non-lymphoid cutaneous malignancy and correlations with histopathology. He is currently investigating surgical margins in management of these cancers. John has teaching appointments at The Universities of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Sydney.

Dr Philipp Tschandl
Dr Philipp Tschandl

MD PhD

Dermatology Resident at Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Philipp Tschandl graduated from the Medical University of Vienna where he also obtained his PhD degree. His main research field is skin cancer, especially its early diagnosis through dermatoscopy, and the teaching of that method. He is an executive board member of the International Dermoscopy Society, secretary of the National Dermatopathology Society in Austria, and member of the Fostering Trainee Education Committee of the EADV.

Philipp is teaching dermatology in the core curricula of Human and Dental Medicine, lectures continuously on dermatoscopy at national and international meetings and workshops, and co-organised the 4th World Congress of Dermoscopy 2015 in Vienna. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is co-author of a major dermatoscopy textbook which has been translated into multiple languages.

Dr Zoe Apalla
Dr Zoe Apalla

MD PhD

Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Dr Zoe Apalla is the co-Author of more than 115 scientific papers.
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 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.

Dr Teresa Troiani
Dr Teresa Troiani

PhD

Second University of Naples, Italy

Paul Elmslie
Mr Paul Elmslie

MBA

Founder and CEO of HealthCert International

Born in Australia, Paul has almost 20 years' work experience with a focus on skin cancer. He was a pioneer of the original subspecialised skin cancer business model and owns the National Skin Cancer Centres, a network of dedicated skin cancer referral centres and training facilities across several states of Australia.

In 2006, Paul founded HealthCert, a global organisation dedicated to changing the lives of doctors and patients in the area of skin cancer medicine. With the vision of a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, the company operates in five countries through three distinct business units: Medical Education, Skin Cancer Centres and Tele-Dermatology services. With more than 8,000 GPs trained across 15 countries, Paul has taken HealthCert to become the largest provider of university-assured education for medical professionals in skin cancer and various other medical fields.

In 2016, Paul founded the Skin Cancer Institute, a global multidisciplinary not-for-profit organisation, focusing on research, awareness and a better availability and delivery of diagnosis and treatment in skin cancer medicine.

Important Dates

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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Trimester 3
2017

4 September 2017

Online

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Trimester 1
2018

5 January 2018

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Trimester 2
2018

7 May 2018

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PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Professional Certificate (Face-to-Face)

$3,195

Professional Certificate (Face-to-Face)

$2,995

Professional Certificate (Face-to-Face)

$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

Professional Certificate (Online)

$2,295

Professional Certificate (Online)

$2,195

Professional Certificate (Online)

$795 x 3

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). 

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.

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 report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development. - All Certificate Levels
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair. - Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma only
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including application of the knowledge. - Professional Diploma only
  • 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. - All Certificate Levels

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within three months for Professional and Advanced Certificate and six to nine months for Professional Diploma of the completion of the course.

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.

Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine:

  • Face-to-face
    RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
    ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points
  • Online
    RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
    ACRRM: 30 PRPD points


Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine:

  • Face-to-face
    RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
    ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points

Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine:

  • Online
    RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points
    ACRRM: 30 PRPD points 

 This program:

  • 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

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 is recommended and doctors may apply for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.

 

Postgraduate Pathways  

RPL with The University of Queensland           

The HealthCert Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7010, part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine (Skin Cancer) which is the first step in the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland. 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.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology
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.

For more information, please click here.

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.

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