Skin cancer is one of the most common dermatological conditions seen in general practice – and it is not overly complex to manage if you have the right skill set. Due to a lack of dermatologists, general practitioners play a vital role in managing the skin cancer epidemic and providing effective care to patients with skin cancer concerns. This program will not only give you the knowledge required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat the vast majority of skin lesions, but it will also help grow your practice and increase your revenue.
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Professional Certificate course offers the ideal starting point for building your core skill set. Understand the fundamentals required to effectively diagnose skin cancer and perform basic treatments in the primary care setting.
- Skin anatomy and histology
- Diagnosis with dermoscopy
- Benign and malignant skin lesions
- Melanoma management
- Punch and shave biopsies
- Elliptical excisions and suturing
- Topical treatment options
- Workflow and Medicare billing
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Advanced Certificate course will consolidate essential knowledge with more advanced dermoscopy, and will allow you to broaden your therapeutic options and practise performing large elliptical excisions and grafts.
- Advanced dermoscopy
- Curettage and cautery
- Advanced biopsy techniques
- Topical treatment options
- Local anaesthetics
- Incisions / haemostasis
- Large elliptical excisions
- Lower leg grafts
- Suturing, including "paper-thin" skin
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA OF SKIN CANCER MEDICINE
The Professional Diploma course will extend the knowledge required to manage more complex patient cases and rare skin cancers using advanced dermoscopy, histopathology, cryosurgery and electrosurgery.
- Merkel cell carcinoma and rare/aggressive skin cancers
- Cutaneous cryosurgery and electrosurgery
- Lesion- and field-directed treatments
- Advanced histopathology
- Dermal imaging
- Factors influencing the choice of treatment
- Managing special cases and complications, including immuno-supressed patients
Choose your delivery format
The courses are delivered fully online with the option to attend a practical workshop. The modules are set up in such a way that you are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay video lectures at your convenience. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online.
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS and course requisites
The program is aimed at medical doctors with an interest in providing effective care to patients with skin care concerns and the wish to
- No previous formal training is required for the Professional Certificate course.
- Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have equivalent qualifications.
- In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete both certificate courses in sequential order.
- Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.
- Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.
For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.
- Online pre-course activity to be completed in your own time.
- Eight online video modules to be viewed, replayed and completed at your convenience.
- All presentation slides and further learning materials available for permanent access and download.
- Instruments and consumables for practical sessions in the optional practical workshop.
- Post-course online assessment to be completed in your own time within six months of the course start date.
- Ongoing post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
- Access to the HealthCert Community with additional free learning opportunities, special offers and other benefits.
If you choose to attend the optional practical workshop and there is cause for postponement or you cannot travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, full workshop refund, transfer or alternative learning opportunities will be available for you. View full refunds and cancellation policy here.
Prof David Wilkinson
MBChB MSc MD PhD DSc MRCP FRACGP FACRRM FAFPHM
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Macquarie University
Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. He is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University. Since 2004, David’s clinical work has focused on skin cancer medicine in primary care. He has published research papers on the topic, designed and led development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert.
Prof Harald Kittler
Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Prof Richard Usatine
Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA
Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA
Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.
Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Prof Philipp Tschandl
Dermatology Resident at Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Professor Philipp Tschandl graduated from the Medical University of Vienna where he also obtained his PhD degree. His main research field is skin cancer, especially its early diagnosis through dermatoscopy, and the teaching of that method. He is an executive board member of the International Dermoscopy Society, secretary of the National Dermatopathology Society in Austria, and member of the Fostering Trainee Education Committee of the EADV.
Philipp is teaching dermatology in the core curricula of Human and Dental Medicine, lectures continuously on dermatoscopy at national and international meetings and workshops, and co-organised the 4th World Congress of Dermoscopy 2015 in Vienna. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is co-author of a major dermatoscopy textbook which has been translated into multiple languages.
Prof Luc Thomas
Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France
Prof Luc Thomas was Board-certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his Board certification in Clinical Oncology in 2013.
Luc’s main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.
Prof Cliff Rosendahl
Professor and Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Cliff Rosendahl currently works in Brisbane as a primary care practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer. He also has an interest in research as the clinical developer and Director of the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database (SCARD). His other main area of research has been in evaluating dermatoscopic clues and artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of skin malignancy in collaboration with colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
Prof Rosendahl has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored/co- authored two textbooks. He has a busy schedule presenting to GPs in Australia and to GPs and dermatologists internationally.
A/Prof John Pyne
MBBS (Syd) BOptom (Hons 1) MMed PhD FSCCA
Associate Professor Skin Cancer Medicine, The University of NSW
Associate Professor John Pyne is a University of Sydney graduate. He was conferred with a Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland, then held a position of Program Director for The University of Queensland Skin Cancer Masters from 2007 until 2013. A/Prof Pyne also has a PhD in correlations between dermoscopy and histopathology of BCC and SCC conferred by The University of Queensland. He is a past President and Fellow of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia.
A/Prof Pyne has a main interest in the optical imaging of early primary non-lymphoid cutaneous malignancy and correlations with histopathology, and is currently investigating surgical margins and the use of confocal microscopy. He has teaching appointments at The University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney.
A/Prof Iris Zalaudek
Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy
Associate Professor Iris Zalaudek is a board-certiﬁed dermatologist and Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy. Since 2016, she has been President of the International Dermoscopy Society, and was previously the Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Her main research ﬁelds are related to dermato-oncology and include non-invasive skin imaging techniques, as well as topical and systemic treatment of skin cancer. Moreover, she is engaged in the development of modern teaching methods such as online distant courses and tele-dermatologic services. She is Director of the Master of Science program entitled "Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology" of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Iris has published more than 450 articles, of which 358 (267 full papers) have been cited in PubMed. Her combined publications have received an impact factor of 1003 and a h-index value of 36 (by April 2017). In 2003 her work was awarded by the Hans-Weitgasser Price from the Styrian Association of Dermatologists and in 2008 she was awarded the Best Researcher of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Dr Colin Armstrong
BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Redcliffe
Dr Colin Armstrong is a general practitioner and part-time clinical trials investigator at the Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane. He completed all HealthCert certificate courses and The University of Queensland Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) in 2011. Working primarily in skin cancer since 2010, Colin is passionate about building GPs’ confidence in their management of skin cancer and has an ongoing commitment to GP education in all facets of skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Simon Clark
MBChB FRCPA Specialist
Honorary Lecturer in Pathology, The University of Queensland
Dr Simon Clark runs the pathology component of the postgraduate certificate courses in skin cancer medicine at The University of Queensland and lectures in the Masters of Medicine course. He has been involved in dermatopathology education for more than 20 years, training registrars in dermatology, pathology and plastic surgery. More recently he has been active in GP education. One of the best known dermatopathologists in Australia, Simon was recently appointed a visiting professor in dermatology at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Dr Hamilton Ayres
BA, BSc, BMBS, FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres, Monash
Dr Hamilton Ayres worked in Adelaide as a Plastic Surgery Registrar at Flinders, Repatriation General Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital where his main role was the management of trauma, hand injuries and difficult skin cancers. Hamilton has obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine, Dermatoscopy and Histopathology from HealthCert and The University of Queensland School of Medicine.
Dr Aimilios Lallas
MD PhD MSc
Dermatologist-Venereologist, Aristotle University, Greece
Dr Aimilios Lallas is a Board-Certified Dermatologist-Venereologist. He is currently occupied at the First Department of Dermatology of the Faculty of Medicine of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aimilios specialises in skin cancer diagnosis with non-invasive techniques, as well as in the management of skin cancer patients. He possesses a PhD diploma on skin cancer prevention.
Aimilios’ main fields of research interests are in the dermoscopy of skin tumours, the application of the method in general dermatology, and the improvement of the management of oncologic patients. He is co-author of approximately 190 scientific papers, editor of four books and author of several chapters on dermoscopy.
Aimilios is currently the General Secretary of the International Dermoscopy Society and the General Secretary of the 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy, which will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on 14-16 June 2018.
Dr Elvira Moscarella
Dermatologist, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Dr Zoe Apalla
Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece
Dr Zoe Apalla was board certified in dermatology in 2008 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She was trained in dermatopathology at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London in 2010 and obtained her PhD degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2013.
Zoe has worked as a consultant in the First Dermatology Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2010. She oversees the Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic and the Skin Cancer Outpatient Clinic, and the department’s dermatopathology laboratory. She also holds General Dermatology and Inflammatory Dermatoses Outpatient Clinics.
Zoe’s main research fields include skin oncology, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, topical treatments, photodynamic therapy and dermatoscopy. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals and has lectured at many international and national congresses and meetings.
Dr Teresa Troiani
Second University of Naples, Italy
Dr Teresa Troiani is an oncologist committed to clinical and translational research. After completing her medical school studies, she was awarded a Fellowship in Oncology at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. Teresa has worked there since 1998, studying the role of growth factors and their receptors in neoplastic transformation and the novel therapeutic strategies targeting growth factor receptor signalling.
Teresa’s long-term interest is translational oncology, developing new therapeutic strategies and initiating clinical trials. She worked with Dr Gail Eckhardt for two years, publishing several papers in international journals. Teresa then returned to Naples. She has run a series of translational research projects, with both clinical and basic science investigational arms, at an academic medical centre. During her career, she has learnt that to fight cancer is a big challenge and only by connecting the preclinical with the clinical work is it possible to make one piece of the wider puzzle.
Dr Scott Arnold
Skin cancer doctor at National Skin Cancer Centres
Dr Scott Arnold graduated from Monash University in 1988 and is a fellow of the RACGP. He has 15 years’ general practice experience and has devoted his time to skin cancer medicine since 2008, completing his Masters of Medicine in Skin Cancer at The University of Queensland in 2013.
Scott works at National Skin Cancer Centres. He is a Fellow of Skin Cancer College Australasia and is the chairperson of the college’s standards committee. His experience also includes working as a registrar supervisor and examiner for the RACGP.
Dr Geoffrey Barrow
MBBS, BMedSci (Hons), FRACGP
Skin Cancer Doctor and Director, Skin Wise Healthcare, Marden
Dr Geoffrey Barrow is a general practitioner and has worked part-time as a skin cancer doctor since 2003, founding SkinWise Healthcare in 2011. Dr Barrow holds the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine from HealthCert and The University of Queensland School of Medicine, examines for the College of General Practitioners, and has lectured for the Medical School, University of Adelaide. He enjoys performing and teaching complex excisions, flaps and grafts for the management of skin cancer.
Dr Ken Leahey
MBBS, FRCS, Dip.ACSCM
Skin / General Surgeon, Harbour Medical Services
Dr Ken Leahey is a procedural GP with over three decades of general practice experience. For the last 15 years, he has practiced solely in the field of skin cancer medicine and skin surgery, which are his main fields of special interest. Dr Leahey holds a Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.MBBS, FRCS, Dip.ACSCM
Skin / General Surgeon, Harbour Medical Services
Mr Paul Elmslie
Founder and CEO of HealthCert International
Born in Australia, Paul has almost 20 years' work experience with a focus on skin cancer. He was a pioneer of the original subspecialised skin cancer business model and owns the National Skin Cancer Centres, a network of dedicated skin cancer referral centres and training facilities across several states of Australia.
In 2006, Paul founded HealthCert, a global organisation dedicated to changing the lives of doctors and patients in the area of skin cancer medicine. With the vision of a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, the company operates in ﬁve countries through three distinct business units: Medical Education, Skin Cancer Centres and Tele-Dermatology services. With more than 8,000 GPs trained across 15 countries, Paul has taken HealthCert to become the largest provider of university-assured education for medical professionals in skin cancer and various other medical ﬁelds.
In 2016, Paul founded the Skin Cancer Institute, a global multidisciplinary not-for-proﬁt organisation, focusing on research, awareness and a better availability and delivery of diagnosis and treatment in skin cancer medicine.
Mr Matt Woollard
Chief Operations Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres
Born and educated in Adelaide, a true entrepreneur, Matt Woollard has run various businesses in the areas of advertising, entertainment and retail.
Matt began his career in skin cancer in 2000 as the second employee of Skin Alert. He worked alongside Paul Elmslie to grow the company to 14 skin cancer clinics throughout Australia in seven years.
Matt has worked as a consultant in education with companies like HealthCert, Notre Dame Australia, University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Zimmer, NSW Health and the RACGP.
Matt is now the Chief Operations Officer of National Skin Cancer Centres (NSCC). Established in 2016, NSCC builds and operates skin cancer clinics across Australia, starting out with just one centre and now expanding to eight, with another 22 scheduled to join the group.
Matt’s area of expertise in the industry is operations, based on a very strong understanding of skin cancer medicine including all aspects of Medicare in primary care.
PROGRAM DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT
The program is delivered both face-to-face and online:
- Professional Certificate*: Entirely online OR online + one-day face-to-face practical workshop
- Advanced Certificate: Face-to-face only
- Professional Diploma: Online only
The face-to-face courses combine interactive lectures, case
The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine online course has two interactive webinars.
The Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine online course offers a flexible learning experience with video lectures to be viewed in your own time and case discussions to reinforce your learning of each module. A mid-course and pre-exam webinar is offered to further enhance your learning. Participants are required to complete short pre-course activities and post-course online assessments.
All face-to-face courses include a learning journal, access to the session slides in PDF format, and consumables for practical application. Continued access is given to additional resources, reference materials and video lectures on e-Learning. You will also be able to participate in regular online learning sessions with the presenters and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you implement your learning.
Face-to-face course participants will:
- Receive all presentation slides available for download
- Observe experts performing clinical procedures techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
- Perform procedural techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
*The Professional Certificate is available as a blended one-day face-to-face practical workshop followed by four online modules OR entirely online.
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. - Professional Diploma only
- Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning. - Professional Diploma only
- There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. The pass mark for online examinations is 80 per cent. 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. - All certificate levels
- Explanation of how the learning from this course has helped you with your professional development. - All certificate levels
HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within six months of the start of a cohort for the Professional Certificate (Online), three months for the Advanced Certificate and within 12 months for the Professional Diploma.
PROGRAM DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT
CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the respective Certificates of Skin Cancer Medicine and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.
Professional Certificate - One day
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
- PDP units: 27 Educational activity, 18 Performance review
- MOPs points: 16
- 1 day under the Surgery Rural Procedural Training Grant
Professional Certificate - Online
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
ACRRM - PDP Units: 35 Educational activity, 16 Performance review
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
- PDP units: 8 Educational activity, 7 Performance review
- MOPs points: 2
- 2 days under the Surgery Rural Procedural Training Grant
RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points
ACRRM - PDP units: 36 Educational activity, 16 Performance review
- Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
- Provides PDP points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
- Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
- Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD@dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
- Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
- Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
- Is recognised by the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and may be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship.
- Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
- 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 independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
Professional Diploma Pathway
It is recommended that this qualification be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship with the Skin Cancer Institute.
RPL with The University of Queensland
The HealthCert Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7010, part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine (Skin Cancer) which is the first step in the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland. There are no further requirements for this RPL, it is automatic and guaranteed and provides a saving on fees.
View The University of Queensland, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) program here.
RPL with Torrens University
This postgraduate pathway is for General Practitioners and degree-qualified medical practitioners who have successfully completed any HealthCert Professional Diploma (all three levels). The following postgraduate course is offered entirely online through Torrens University: Master of Business Administration (MBA). Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for two general electives for any HealthCert Professional Diploma. In cases where a HealthCert alumni has completed two Professional Diplomas, they will be able to apply for four general electives towards the MBA. More information here. This will be helpful to further develop business, management and leadership capabilities.
Please apply directly to Torrens University through this link https://apply.torrens.edu.au/
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology
Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology 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 Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer
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 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.
When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.
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 medicine treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. 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.