The Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery provides an essential step towards
This course is the third 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.
This course is for general practitioners only. Participants must have completed the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery (or a qualification deemed equivalent).
Recognition of Prior Learning
Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be
Doctors who have completed The University of Queensland certificate courses in skin cancer surgery are able to gain credit for those studies, providing the relevant HealthCert assessment is completed prior to diploma studies commencing (please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the process).
Other qualifications and prior studies may also be
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
The theory and practical sessions cover:
- Anatomy of nose, eyelids,
- Reconstruction of alar and nasal tip defects of the nose and the bilobed flap
- Reconstruction of lower eyelid defects
- Reconstruction of complex lip and ear defects
- Lower limb anatomy and surgical planning
- A review of perforator island flaps for the lower limb: Bezier and Keystone flaps
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 surgical clinical attachments are also available at dedicated skin cancer clinics
|8:15am - 8:45am||Registration|
|8:45am - 10:15am||Session 1||Nose Part 1 – Island Pedicle Flaps|
|10:15am - 10:45am||Morning Tea|
|10:45am - 12:15pm||Session 2||Nose Part 2 – Nasolabial and Bilobed Flaps|
|12:15pm - 1:15pm||Lunch|
|1:15pm - 2:45pm||Session 3||Double flaps - Rotation, Rhomboid and Reading Man|
|2:45pm - 3:15pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:15pm - 4:45pm||Session 4||Bezier and Keystone Neurovascular Island Flaps|
|7:45am - 8:00am||Arrival|
|8:00am - 9:30am||Session 5||Upper Lip – Flaps and Wedges|
|9:30am - 10:00am||Morning Tea|
|10:00am - 11:30am||Session 6||Ear – Pull Through and Helical Flaps and Composite Grafts|
|11.30am - 12:30pm||Lunch|
|12:30pm - 2:00pm||Session 7||Eyelids - Flaps, Grafts and Wedges|
|2:00pm - 2:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|2:30pm - 4:00pm||Session 8||Clinical application – Tips and Case Studies|
Dr Anthony Azzi
MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer)
Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland
Director at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW
Dr Alister Lilleyman
MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FSCCA
Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland
Skin Cancer Doctor at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW
Dr Victor Harling
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.
GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship.
Upon completion of the course, you will receive the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.
Both the Saturday and Sunday components of this course have been applied for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).
recognisedby 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.
This qualification may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials at the Skin Cancer Institute.
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 3.
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 40 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, doctors can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the Specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
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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