Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (Melbourne) - Medicine

Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (Melbourne)
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Overview

Acquire The Knowledge Required To Safely and Confidently Diagnose And Treat Commonly Encountered Skin Lesions

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.


The foundation course in the three-part pathway, the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is the ideal starting point for medical professionals who wish to build their core knowledge in skin cancer management and acquire vital diagnostic skills and basic management techniques to provide effective care to patients with skin cancer concerns. You will receive an introduction to dermoscopy and learn proven techniques to confidently diagnose skin cancer and perform basic treatments in the primary care setting.


Overview

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.

  • This course is perfect for practitioners with no to little training in skin cancer.
  • Learn various techniques allowing basic treatment of skin cancer cases in the primary care setting.
  • This course is for physicians, nurse practitioners, and degree-qualified nurses.
  • CPD-accredited and university-assured.


Course Benefits

  • Diagnose benign and malignant lesions with dermoscopy.
  • Manage skin cancer cases in-house and reduce referrals.
  • Perform punch and shave biopsies, elliptical excisions, suturing, and topical treatments for various skin cancers.
  • Increase clinic revenue by adding skin cancer checks and treatments to your practice.
  • Streamline billing and workflow using Medicare guidelines and best practices.
  • Get unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support, and more.


*These topics are covered during the hands-on practical sessions in the optional skills workshop. View the workshop program.


Topic Covered

  • Skin anatomy and histology
  • Diagnosis with dermoscopy
  • Benign and malignant skin lesions
  • Melanoma management
  • Punch and shave biopsies
  • Elliptical excisions
  • Suturing techniques
  • Dermatopathology
  • Topical treatment options
  • Workflow and Medicare billing


Course Contents


The Foundations Of Skin Cancer Medicine

This course focuses on the foundations relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will acquire the knowledge required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat commonly encountered skin lesions. It is the ideal starting point to build core knowledge in skin cancer management and acquire vital diagnostic skills and basic management techniques to provide effective care to patients.   

Unit one introduces the foundation information required for skin cancer medicine and outlines the content of the course. Unit two describes the BEST protocol (BEnign or Suspicious Test) and divides lesions into benign or suspicious with guidelines and clinical images of pigmented skin lesions. Benign lesions require no action and suspicious lesions require biopsy or referral. A quiz with clinical and dermoscopic images to select benign or suspicious lesions is provided, with contextual answers as part of this unit.  

Unit three discusses the importance of skin checks and commences with a table dividing assessment of skin cancer risk into three categories: high, medium and low risk and includes patient self-examination and opportunistic skin check. The unit describes how to perform a skin examination and includes lesion history, general medical history, allergies and current medications. The unit includes a video of a systemic total skin examination. Unit four describes partial and complete punch and shave biopsy techniques. The unit concludes with a patient case showing cylindrical portion of skin bearing a dark pigmented surface for which biopsy is recommended. The pathology report is provided as the lesion was partially excised and sent for examination.


An Approach To Pigmented Skin Lesions

This course focuses on the approach to pigmented skin lesions relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will acquire the knowledge required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat commonly encountered skin lesions. It is the ideal starting point to build core knowledge in skin cancer management and acquire vital diagnostic skills and basic management techniques to provide effective care to patients.  

Unit one discusses common benign lesions including freckles, solar lentigo, seborrheic keratosis, haemangioma, dermatofibroma and blue nevi. Normal and dermoscopic clinical images are provided to demonstrate patterns and assists with analysis. Benign lesions can mimic skin cancers and careful examination is required to decide management steps. The signs of common benign lesions that may be skin cancer are discussed in detail. A medico-legal case is included for a patient where a melanoma was masquerading as a benign lesion.  

Unit two begins with the description of dermoscopy including examples of dermoscopic devices used for this technique. The 3-point checklist consists of asymmetry in colour or structures, atypical network and blue-white structures (white scar-like depigmentation or blue pepper-like, globular or structure-less areas), showing various clinical dermoscopic images of lesions. 

This unit covers dysplastic nevi and melanoma. A table is shown of the relationship between nevus, dysplastic nevus and melanoma and includes a table of relative risk factors for melanoma. Several types of melanomas and treatment options are listed and supported by clinical images. The unit concludes with key points for detecting benign or suspicious lesions.  


An Approach To Non-Pigmented Skin Lesions

This course focuses on the approach to non-pigmented skin lesions relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will acquire the knowledge required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat commonly encountered skin lesions. It is the ideal starting point to build core knowledge in skin cancer management and acquire vital diagnostic skills and basic management techniques to provide effective care to patients.  

This unit starts with a clinical description of solar keratosis and outlines treatment options including field treatment. Attention is also paid to Bowen’s disease (a very early form of skin cancer), including symptoms, diagnosis (punch biopsy) and treatment. Dermoscopic images of both conditions are provided. 

This unit describes keratocanthoma, a low-grade malignancy that requires a deep incision biopsy, and also discusses squamous cell carcinoma, a common cancer due to chronic, cumulative, sun exposure. Treatment options include surgery, curettage and cautery, referral or radiation therapy. Clinical images of both conditions are provided. 

Unit three describes basal cell carcinoma, the most common human cancer due to intermittent excessive sun exposure. BCC can be classified as non-aggressive (superficial, nodular) or aggressive (sclerosing/infiltrating/ micronodular/multifocal/solid). Clinical images of the different types of basal cell carcinoma, diagnosis and treatment options are included. 


Dermatopathology

This course focuses on dermatopathology relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will learn about the best approach to pathology requests and how to interpret pathology reports. This unit lists the steps that occur when a skin sample is sent for pathology testing. The course then continues with images of pathology processing of a punch, shave and excision biopsy. The report interpretation is discussed including interobserver agreement, clues to pathologist uncertainty, reconciliation of unexpected results, assessment of margins and errors that occur in dermatopathology.  


Topical Treatments & Medico-Legal For Skin Cancer Medicine

This course focuses on topical treatments options and medico-legal issues relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will learn about the topical treatments, the (contra-)indications and dose of Imiquimod 5% cream used for treating superficial basal cell carcinomas, and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 5% cream used for preventing and treating SCC and Bowen’s disease. A table of topical treatment regimens in primary care for solar keratosis is provided. An extensive list of tips including cost, pre-treatment and patient-education is provided. The unit looks at different treatment options for solar keratosis. Clinical images of lesions at the initial visit, during and after topical treatment are shown.  

Medico-legal tips and resources are listed in unit two. The importance of detailed medical record keeping, follow up and recall systems and patient consent are included. The unit concludes with a medico-legal case of a middle-aged man with a past medical history of non-melanoma skin cancer, the resulting investigation and the problems in how the case was managed that resulted in medico-legal action.  


Preparation For Surgical Treatment *

This course focuses on preparation for surgical treatment relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will learn the fundamental principles when preparing for and performing skin cancer surgery. The fundamentals include an aseptic approach using sterile equipment, sutures and dressings and emphasizes the importance of clean skin, operator preparation and environment. The unit then looks at local anaesthetics and haemostasis. Equipment for wound closure and sutures are listed including the fundamentals of closing the defect. Recommended suture removal times and the suture techniques, use of prophylactic antibiotics and anticoagulants conclude this unit. 

Unit two describes the punch and shave biopsy and includes video and clinical images of these procedures.


Excision and Repair for Skin Cancer Medicine*

This course focuses on excision and repair relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will learn the instruments used for wound closure and sutures used for skin closure, including suture technique and removal times. Drawings and description of the simple interrupted suture are discussed, including a recording of this procedure. 

Unit two emphasizes the importance of using an absorbable suture and shows drawings of a conventional buried dermal suture. The unit concludes with a recording of this procedure.

Unit three focuses on the preparation for an elliptical excision, including placement of excisions for the best cosmetic result. It outlines the steps leading to performing the ellipse including surgical marking up. The procedure is described and illustrated by drawings of the incision considering maximal skin tension lines and fusiform excision lines. The unit concludes with a video of this procedure. 


Medicare Billing for Skin Cancer Medicine

This course focuses on medicare billing relating to skin cancer medicine. Participants will learn about the list of billings items and a quick reference card of skin cancer item number guide is discussed. 

Unit two details what is included in each applicable procedural item number and describes the multiple services rules as well as bulk billed fee for a procedure. Billing of punch and shave biopsy are explained as well as non-surgical procedures including cryotherapy (benign or pre-malignant), serial curettage and lesion removal, considering site, size and type. The unit concludes with billing of post operative care and treatment after a procedure.  


Study Modes


100% Online

  • Study at your own pace and to your own schedule.
  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
  • Attend or watch recordings of live tutorials with experts in this field.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD points and certificate.


Online + Workshop

Complete your course online and receive all the benefits of online study, then put theory into practice at a small-group workshop.

  • Gain hands-on practise in various procedures covered in the course under expert guidance.
  • Workshops are available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.


HealthCert 365

Easily meet your CPD requirements and gain valuable skills – all in one place for $83 per month.

  • Customize your learning experience by accessing and focusing only on course modules that interest you the most.
  • Gain access to 200+ additional CPD activities and 50-hour special focus CPD programs, sourced from all HealthCert university-assured programs.


Outcome Measurement

Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of our professional and advanced certificates. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

HealthCert provides several options to meet your outcome measurement hours requirement. These options are self-submitted activities and hours may vary depending on your focus area.

  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) options on a specific topic.
  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) on your identified area. A generic template is provided.
  • Outcome Improvement Activity relating to specific topics within the course.

The purpose of outcome measurement activities is to improve your clinical confidence in managing an identified learning gap. The outcome improvement activities are designed to examine current clinical care, align clinical practice with best practice standards and identify opportunities for improvement.


Entry Requirements

The Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is the ideal starting point for medical professionals who wish to build your core knowledge in skin cancer management and acquire vital diagnostic skills and basic management techniques to provide effective care to patients with skin cancer concerns. Participants will learn proven techniques to independently and confidently diagnose and treat skin lesions in primary care.

This course is for physicians, nurse practitioners, and degree-qualified nurses. It assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field, although HealthCert recommends that participants have some exposure to skin cancer management before enrolling in this course.

Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing in 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.


Recognized Prior Learning (RPL)

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to [email protected] for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the course.

Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within two to three weeks.

 


Providers Terms

Course Transfers


Face to Face Courses

Course transfers for Face to Face practical workshops are available, subject to requests being received, in writing, a minimum of 10 business days prior to workshop commencement. Transfer requests received after 10 business days prior to workshop commencement will incur an Administration Fee of $250.

Transfers will be subject to availability in the future workshops. If the future workshop has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the transfer request.

One workshop transfer, per course is allowed. Further transfers will be considered upon application and may be charged at 25% of a full new workshop booking rate.


Online Courses

Transfers for Online courses are available subject to requests being received, in writing, within 7 days of enrolment. Transfer requests received after the 7 days post enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $200. One course transfer request, per course is allowed.

If the future course being transferred to, has a cost differential, that price will apply, and any additional charges will be payable at the time of the course transfer request.


Online Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation and a full refund of the course fees will be provided if a request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250. Upon cancellation and full refund of the course enrolment, you will not receive a certificate or accreditation points.


Bundle Courses

Courses purchased as part of a bundle attract a discount. This discount is apportioned to the final course in the bundle in the cases of cancellations and refunds. Therefore, cancellation and refund requests of a course that have been purchased as part of a bundle are refunded based on the first and/or second course being charged at the full price rate. Any courses remaining in the bundle can be refunded provided the request is received, in writing, a maximum of 7 days after course enrolment. Refund requests received later than 7 days after course enrolment will incur an Administration Fee of $250.

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Contact Hours:

8.5 hrs

Start Time:

Sat, 25 May 2024 , 8:30 AM

Finish Time:

Sat, 25 May 2024 , 4:30 PM

Duration:

Full Day

Format:

Live Lecture

Language:

English

Venue:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

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Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf,
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Speaker(s):
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Prof. David Wilkinson

MBChB, PhD, DSc, FRACGP, Chief Medical Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres

Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine expert. Prior to taking up the role as Chief Medical Officer with National Skin Cancer Centres, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University, Sydney for eight years, and before that was Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland for nine years.

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. He has taught almost 7,000 GPs the basics of skin cancer medicine in primary care.

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Dr. Simon Clark

MBChB, FRCPA, 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.

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Mr. Paul Elmslie

Founder & CEO, Founder CEO of HealthCert Education & National Skin Cancer Centres

Paul Elmslie has over 20 years' work experience with a focus on skin cancer. An early pioneer in the development of skin cancer clinics, Paul operates Australia's leading network of dedicated skin cancer facilities and continues to lead the industry through HealthCert Education, the world's first integrated university-assured education provider for medical professionals. Paul has authored books and speaks at conferences all over the world. He has completed business programs with Harvard, MIT and London School of Business, and holds an MBA.

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Mr. Matt Woollard

Chief Operations Officer, Chief Operations Officer of 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.

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