COURSE OVERVIEW

Surgery is still considered the most effective and definitive skin cancer treatment. The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery is ideal for acquiring and honing various surgical techniques. In a highly practical program, you will learn how to perform large elliptical excisions and different types of flaps and grafts which will allow you to manage more complex skin cancer cases in your practice.

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

Entry Requirements and course requisites

This course is for general practitioners and the nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. There are no prerequisites for this course, however, HealthCert highly recommends that doctors should have some exposure to skin cancer surgery before enrolling in this course. 

COURSE CONTENTS

The course provides advanced training in skin cancer surgery 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:

  • 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

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing skin cancer surgery techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform surgical techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Participate in online 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
8:00am - 8:30am Registration  
8:30am - 10:15am Session 1 Theory, anatomy and principles of surgery
10:15am - 10:45am Morning Tea  
10:45am - 12:45pm Session 2 Suturing and perfecting the ellipse plus local anaesthetic
Theory and practical
12:45pm - 1:45pm Lunch  
1:45pm - 3:15pm Session 3 Skin grafting and principles of flaps
Theory and practical
3:15pm - 3:45pm Afternoon Tea  
3:45pm - 5:00pm Session 4 Rhomboidal flaps, a tissue conserving flap
Theory and practical

Sunday

Time Session  Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5 Pivotal flaps
Theory and practical
10:00am - 10.30am Morning Tea   
10:30am - 12:30pm Session 6 Advancement flaps
Theory and practical
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch   
1:30pm - 2:45pm Session 7 Wound care and managing complications
2:45pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea  
3:00pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Introduction to MOHS surgery
Case studies / Conclusion

Meet Your Instructor

This practical-based course is led by experienced skin cancer doctor and university lecturer who is joined by a team of surgical assistants. 
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.

Dates AND Locations

Brisbane

14 - 15 October 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

REGISTER NOW

SYDNEY

2 - 3 December 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney

REGISTER NOW

Melbourne

17 - 18 February 2018

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

REGISTER NOW

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 Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery 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.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement and two online examinations.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • 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.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online 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 weekend practical program including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training and assessment.
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • CPD points (see below for details).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery. The Sunday component of this course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS 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.
  • Qualifies for a Skin Cancer Surgery Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for a Skin Cancer Surgery Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.

Education Pathways

Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the 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.

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