COURSE 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. This certificate course has been specifically designed for time-poor general practitioners wishing to acquire the skills required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat commonly encountered skin lesions.

The course is delivered both face-to-face and online. The two-day face-to-face course combines interactive lectures, case discussions and surgical practical sessions on pork parts. The online course offers a flexible learning experience with video lectures and online case discussions with the presenters.

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

Entry Requirements and course requisites

This course is for general practitioners and the nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 

COURSE CONTENTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides training in skin cancer medicine 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:

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

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing Skin Cancer Medicine techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Participate in 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 clinical attachments are also available at dedicated skin cancer clinics

COURSE OUTLINE

Saturday

Time Session Topic
8:30am - 9:00am Registration  
9:00am - 10:30am Session 1 The foundations
  • Skin anatomy, histology, skin history and examination
  • Common benign skin lesions and cancer mimickers
  • Biopsy
10:30am - 11:00am Morning Tea  
11:00am - 12:30pm Session 2

An approach to pigmented skin lesions

  • Where nevi come from and their natural history
  • Clinical alarms
  • 3 point checklist for dermoscopy
  • Melanoma
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 2:45pm Session 3

Dermatopathology / Treatment

  • Topical treatment options
  • Dermatopathology
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4

An approach to non-pigmented skin cancers

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Bowens disease
  • BCC
  • SCC/KA
  • Dysplastic Nevi and DNS
  • Clinical cases

Sunday

Time Session  Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5

Skin cancer business management

  • Skin cancer workflow and medicare Australia
10:00am - 10.30am Morning Tea   
10:30am - 11:30am Session 6

Surgical theory

  • Principles of wound healing and dressings
  • Sutures and needles
  • Complications
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch   
12:30pm - 2:00pm Session 7

Surgery practical 1

  • Suturing - different types of knots
  • Simple interrupted and deep sutures
  • Vertical mattress
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8

Surgery practical 2

  • The perfect ellipse

Meet Your Instructors

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

MBChB MSc MD PhD DSc

MRCP FRACGP FACRRM FAFPHM

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

Dr Simon Clark
Dr Simon Clark

MBChB FRCPA Specialist

Histopathologist and Dermatopathologist

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pathology at The University of Queensland

Paul Elmslie
Mr Paul Elmslie

MBA

Founder and CEO of HealthCert International

Dr Hamilton Ayres
Dr Hamilton Ayres

MBBS

Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres

Dates and Locations

GOLD COAST

17 - 18 June 2017

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

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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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ONLINE COURSE

Online Delivery - Video Lectures & Workbooks

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS - Face-To-Face

Regular Tuition Fee

$3,195

Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate

$2,995

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 for the face-to-face course.

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS - ONLINE

Regular Tuition Fee

$2,295

Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate

$2,195

Register 30 days in advance and save $100.

Deferred Payment

$795 X 3

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 $350 for the online course.

REGISTER NOW

DELIVERY FORMAT 1: FACE-TO-FACE 

The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations. 

What you get for your one-off investment:

  • Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the course component).
  • Two-day practical course including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training in dermoscopy.
  • 18 video-based lectures for reference and review for life. 
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.

DELIVERY FORMAT 2: ONLINE 

For delegates who are unable to attend the face-to-face 2-day program 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 complete the certificate course online. 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*.  

What you get for your one-off investment:

  • 18 video lectures, including all content from the 2-day face-to-face course.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Disposable instrument pack, sutures and biopsy kit for surgery practice in your own office or home (posted to you via Express Post upon registration).
  • Additional online training in dermoscopy (100 image quiz using the 3-point checklist).
  • 5 x webinar case study sessions, held at fortnightly intervals with a mandatory attendance requirement.
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
*Additional fees apply.

ASSESSMENT

  • This course features two online assessments, including a 100-image dermoscopy training quiz and 88 multiple choice questions.
  • The assessment is to be completed at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).
  • The open book exams are designed in such a way that they do not have to be completed in one sitting, with the ability to log in and out as many times as you wish.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Face-to-face:
The course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points
 
Online:
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD 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.
  • Considered for APEL/RPL by the University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the diploma pathway.  The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Doctors participating the Skin Cancer Medicine program can attend a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further refine and enhance their professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in the academic study.

Masters of Skin Ageing and Skin Cancer Medicine at the University of Manchester

Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in Skin Cancer Medicine, in addition to 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 Skin Cancer 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 (like RPL) 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.

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