95485 - Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy
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The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is the first course in the three-part HealthCert Certificate and Diploma program in Dermoscopy. The certificate is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who are interested in primary care dermoscopy and assumes no prior knowledge or specific training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in primary care. Participants will acquire a range of skills and knowledge in the management of benign and malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice, Melanocytic nevi, Melanoma, facial lesions and acral lesions.Relevance to General Practice
Every year, in Australia skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer. The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.Every year doctors remove around 720,000 lesions from the skins of Australians because they are suspected skin cancers.
The “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand (Nov 2008)” recommendations include:
• Training & utilisation of dermoscopy for clinicians
• Biopsy; including optimal biopsy approach, interpretation of partial, Incisional, punch or shave biopsies
• Breslow thickness, margins of excision (microscopic), mitotic rate/mm, level of invasion (Clark), ulceration.