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149013 - Dermatology for GPs: Clinical Management of Common Skin Cancer

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This ALM will provide you with the skills to increase the confidence in diagnosing, treating and referring a range of skin cancers and non-surgical modalities for field change frequently seen in general practice. Dermatology encompasses a wide range of skin conditions. With patients typically presenting first to their GPs at the sign of any skin conditions, this dermatology workshop is a must for all GPs looking to update their knowledge in this area. Each session of this workshop will consist of a theoretical and practical component. The highly interactive practical session will cover procedural skills in suturing and dermoscopy.

Relevance to General Practice

Skin Cancer is a major health issue in Australia. In 2013 Melanoma was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia . Basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are the most frequently diagnosed cancers in Australia even though they aren’t included in cancer statistics . 
Since skin cancers, when diagnosed at early stages, can be cured by surgery alone, early diagnosis of melanoma and NMSC is essential. Several studies and meta-analyses have conclusively shown that dermoscopy increases diagnostic accuracy in pigmented lesions and melanoma . Moreover, NMSC and actinic keratosis lesions can be properly identified with dermoscopy before a biopsy . Its use even improves diagnosis of non-pigmented skin cancers, and their differentiation from benign lesions . 
Adequately treating skin cancers at early stages will also prevent invasive and metastatic cases, decrease patients’ morbidity, decrease financial burden on the health system and improve patients’ quality of lives.

Learning outcomes
  • Distinguish the common bacterial, viral and fungal skin infections seen in General Practice
  • Confidently diagnose various subtypes of BCC, SCC and Melanoma
  • Identify pathways for the systemic investigation, management and treatment of skin lesions in primary care
  • Define key features in the Dermatoscopic analysis of melanocytic and non-melanocytic lesions
  • Confidently undertake skin cancer excisions to the recommended guidelines
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    149013 - Dermatology for GPs: Clinical Management of Common Skin Cancer
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    Education Provider
    8 hours
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    8 hours
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