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81819 - Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine

  • : Online


This is the recommended starting point for GPs wanting to expand their knowledge and skills in primary care skin cancer medicine. The focus is on core skills for the safe practice of skin cancer medicine. 

Techniques for diagnosis are covered including clinical examination, assessing risk factors for skin cancer, basic dermoscopy, and biopsy (shave, punch and excision). Both surgical and non-surgical management options are explored including elliptical surgery and basic suturing techniques.

Relevance to General Practice

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. 

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,* melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women and the fourth most common cancer in men, and the most common cancer in Australians aged 15-44 years. In 2012, 12,036 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma. 


L earning outcomes
  • Reduce and treat common complications of dermatologic surgery
  • Identify the principles of dermoscopy and the ability to identify common skin lesions with the assistance of the dermatoscope
  • Identify the various biopsy techniques and ability to confidently perform each technique
  • Implement management of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Delivery
    81819 - Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine
    12 hours
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    12 hours
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