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 deepening and advancing your surgical competence and provides an essential step towards subspecialisation in skin cancer surgery. The specialist skills will allow you to minimise referrals and become a referral option for your peers. The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery will extend your skills in performing 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 skills in performing large elliptical excisions, flaps and grafts. You will acquire advanced Skin Cancer Surgery skills 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 deepening and advancing your surgical competence 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 AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

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), UQ School of Medicine

Course Co-ordinator Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

Dr Anthony Azzi

Dr Anthony Azzi 

MBBS

Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ)

Dr Alister Lilleyman

Dr Alister Lilleyman

MBBS (UWA)

Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) (UQ) FSCCA

Dr Victor Harling

Dr Victor Harling

MBBS (UQ), Diploma (SCCA)

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 Only

$3,195

Professional Certificate Only

$2,995

Professional Certificate Only

$845 x 4

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$6,390

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$5,690

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$860 x 7 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$9,585

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$7,995

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$940 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.  

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 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
     
Accredited by Accredited by  Accredited by
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners