PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The National Skin Cancer Centres are based in locations across Australia. These state-of-the-art skin cancer facilities provide a “one-stop shop” to patients for lesion diagnosis and treatment. Participants can solidify their knowledge in one of these dedicated skin cancer centres by spending two to five working days observing and assisting experienced skin cancer doctors – from initial consultations and patient treatment options to surgical procedures, use of equipment, Medicare billing and patient follow-ups. Clinical attachments are typically run on a Monday and Tuesday. As a result, the number of clinical attachment places are limited.

Kathleen O'Hanlon Clinical Attachement

THE FACILITIES

The National Skin Cancer Centres are purpose-built, state-of-the-art dedicated skin cancer facilities based in locations throughout Australia. Each of the centres operates with dedicated surgical facilities and trained nursing and administration staff. The centres not only provide a service for self-referred patients but also supports local GPs as a referral centre in their more complex cases. The National Skin Cancer Centres are Australia’s leading provider of skin cancer services and you can view their current locations here. Clinical Attachments are currently available at the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre (Qld).

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Entry Requirements

The clinical attachment program is aimed at qualified general practitioners with a clinical interest in skin cancer medicine who have completed the HealthCert Skin Cancer Medicine or Surgery courses (or equivalent). The program can be tailored to nurses and practice managers.   

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

The program can be tailored individually to the participant’s special interests and activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Full-body skin examinations, consultation, and dermoscopy
  • Biopsy techniques (punch and shave)
  • Cryotherapy, curettage, field treatments
  • Ellipses and direct repair
  • Flaps and grafts
  • Clinical notes and billing

 

As part of the clinical attachment you will be provided access to our valuable template resources for use in your own practice:

  • Clinical notes
  • Histology classifications
  • Item numbers
  • Melanoma prognosis charts
  • Patient handouts
  • Flap calculator
  • Treatment options

Meet Your Instructors

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

Dr Victor Harling

Skin Cancer Doctor at Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre

MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Dermatology (Wales)

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 a number of 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 teaches the Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course to fellow GPs, delivered in collaboration with Bond University.

Dr Colin Armstrong

Dr Colin Armstrong

BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre, QLD, Australia

Dr Colin Armstrong is a general practitioner and part-time clinical trials investigator at the Wesley Research Institute, Brisbane. He completed a HealthCert Primary Care Skin Cancer Course in 2009 which sparked an interest in skin cancer medicine as an advancement to his career path. Colin incorporated a skin cancer session once a week into existing general practice, joined the HealthCert dedicated Skin Cancer Centre in 2010, and completed all certificate courses and The University of Queensland Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) in 2011.

Working primarily in skin cancer since 2010, Colin assists in course development and workshops, and presents both in Australia and the USA. Dr Armstrong 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 Ian Greenwood

Dr Ian Greenwood

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Dr Paul Paterson

Dr Paul Paterson

BSc, BA, MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Paul Paterson graduated from The University of Queensland in 2003. He completed his residency at Gold Coast Hospital in 2005, before undertaking GP training on the Gold Coast and Yeppoon until 2009. He currently works as a general practitioner at Teneriffe Family Doctors and has practiced at the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre since 2016.

Paul has university-validated Advanced Certificates in Skin Cancer Medicine, Skin Cancer Surgery, and Dermoscopy. He is currently completing Professional Diplomas in both Skin Cancer Surgery and Dermoscopy.

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PROGRAM DELIVERY

Medical professionals can apply for a two-day or five-day program where they will experience first-hand the day-to-day operations and interactions of world class skin cancer centre. Participants will further develop their clinical knowledge by observing experienced skin cancer doctors, participating in case discussions and asking questions on all aspects of skin cancer treatment and patient care.

IMPORTANT DATES

Medical professionals must submit their application with their preferred dates at least one month prior to the program commencement date. HealthCert will contact the facility and arrange for the placement of the applicant at the host facility. Participants must commence the program latest six months after their application has been accepted.

TRAVEL & STAY

Participants are expected to independently organise and fund their travel and accommodation throughout the duration of the program. The hosting facility will provide day time activities from 9am to 5pm during weekdays only.

Course Fees AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

General Practitioner Fees
$1,995
Two-day program
$3,495
Five-day program
Clinic Nurse Fees
$1,500
Two-day program
$2,995
Five-day program

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

No assessment is required for this activity. However for members of the RACGP who wish to qualify for Category 1 CPD points certain records must be kept and session summaries completed. See the CPD section below.

Certification and Accreditation

For members of the RACGP, these activities are considered as a “Supervised Clinical Attachment” activity which qualify for 40 Category 1 points. A list of the required information will be provided upon registration. The participant must complete these documents and submit them to the RACGP upon completion. This is a self-submitted activity. HealthCert will provide a “Certificate of Clinical Attachment - Australia” to confirm completion of the activity. For members of the ACRRM, these activities qualify for 2 PRPD points per hour.

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