PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

Surgery is still considered the most effective and definitive skin cancer treatment. With limited access to surgeons and year-long waiting lists at public hospitals, patients depend on skilled general practitioners who can offer an immediate solution to their concerns. This program is ideal for acquiring and honing various surgical techniques, and provides an essential step towards subspecialisation in skin cancer surgery. The specialist knowledge will allow you to minimise referrals and become a referral option for your peers. The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery will extend your ability to perform large elliptical excisions, flaps and grafts. The Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma courses will teach you how to remove skin cancers from anatomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY

The Professional Certificate course will extend your ability to perform large elliptical excisions, flaps and grafts. You will acquire knowledge of advanced Skin Cancer Surgery techniques for more complex skin cancer cases in a highly practical program.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY

Through the Advanced Certificate course, you will acquire and hone advanced Skin Cancer Surgery techniques on the anatomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas of the head and neck.

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA OF SKIN CANCER SURGERY

Through the Professional Diploma course, you will acquire and hone the most advanced Skin Cancer Surgery techniques on the anatomically complex and sensitive areas of nose and lower limb.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and course requisites

This program is ideal for acquiring and honing various surgical techniques, and provides an essential step towards subspecialisation in skin cancer surgery.

  • Participants of the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery should have experience in minor surgical procedures.
  • Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have similar 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 Surgery

  • Surgical anatomy and skin lines
  • Local anaesthetic blocks
  • Large elliptical excisions
  • Advanced suturing techniques
  • Rotation flaps
  • Advancement flaps
  • Full thickness grafts
  • Dog ear repairs
  • Wound care and various dressings

Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery

  • 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

Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery

  • Anatomy of nose, eyelids, lips and ears
  • Reconstruction of alar and nasal tip defects of the nose and bilobed flap
  • Reconstruction of lower eyelid defects
  • Reconstruction of complex lip and ear defects
  • Lower limb anatomy and surgical planning
  • Perforator island flaps for the lower limb

Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are distinguished skin cancer surgeons working with a team of surgical assistants, including:
Dr Tony Dicker

Dr Tony Dicker

MBBS PhD

Senior lecturer (Skin Cancer) & Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer), The University of Queensland

Dr Tony Dicker has practised full-time Skin Cancer Medicine in Melbourne since 2004, and previously practised in Brisbane. He obtained his PhD from The University of Queensland in molecular biology of skin cancer with Professor Ian Frazer's group at Princess Alexandra Hospital. He then spent three years as a dermatology registrar at the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals.
Dr Anthony Azzi

Dr Anthony Azzi 

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Director at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW

Dr Anthony Azzi graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989 and moved to Newcastle, where he spent the next 13 years working in the public hospital system. He now works in private practice as a Skin Cancer Doctor, Assistant Surgeon, and Bariatric Physician. He completed a Master of Medicine in Skin Cancer from The University of Queensland, where he is now a Senior Lecturer. He is a proud member of the Australian Medical Association, Skin Cancer College Australasia, Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.
Dr Alister Lilleyman

Dr Alister Lilleyman

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FSCCA

Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Skin Cancer Doctor at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW

Dr Alister Lilleyman graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1994 and spent the next six years working in the public hospital system. After moving to Newcastle in 2003, he began working in private practice as a Skin Cancer Doctor, Assistant Surgeon, and Vein and Laser Physician. He completed a Master of Medicine degree in Skin Cancer Medicine from The University of Queensland, where he is now a Senior Lecturer. He is a proud member of the AMA (Australian Medical Association), College of Phlebology, and Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia.
Dr Victor Harling

Dr Victor Harling

MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Dermatology (Wales)

Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Redcliffe

Dr Victor Harling obtained his medical degrees from The University of Queensland in 1983. He worked for Queensland Health and the Wesley Emergency Centre for many years before pursuing his interest in Skin Cancer Medicine. Victor undertakes regular professional development courses and has obtained a Diploma of Skin Cancer from the Skin Cancer College Australasia. He is passionate about skin cancer medicine and surgery, and shares his vast expertise with follow GPs in HealthCert certificate course and Clinical Attachments at the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre.

Dates AND Locations

Brisbane

14 - 15 October 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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SYDNEY

2 - 3 December 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney

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Melbourne

17 - 18 February 2018

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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PROGRAM FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

REGULAR TUITION FEE
EARLY BIRD RATE DEFERRED PAYMENT

Professional Certificate

$3,195

Professional Certificate

$2,995

Professional Certificate

$845 x 4

Two-Course Bundle

$6,390

Two-Course Bundle

$5,690 

Two-Course Bundle

$860 x 7 

Three-Course Bundle

$9,585

Three-Course Bundle

$7,995

Three-Course Bundle

$930 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.

COURSE DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT

The program is delivered face-to-face in a small group setting with experienced skin cancer surgeons and a team of surgical assistants. The two-day face-to-face courses feature highly practical sessions with supporting theory and focus on different anatomical areas. Participants are required to complete short pre-course activities and post-course online assessments. 

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.

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 practical course, including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • CPD points (see below for details).

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the exams, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and/or the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.

Each course qualifies for:

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS 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.
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.

Education Pathways

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.  

Postgraduate Pathway

Postgraduate Diploma in Minor Surgery 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 Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 2 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 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. 

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