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Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery

  • : Sydney NSW 2000

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery will teach you how to surgically remove skin cancers from anatomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas with optimal scarring results. This highly practical course is led by noted skin cancer doctors and a team of experienced GPs to assist you in your skills practice. The program covers surgical procedures for the face and neck, rhomboid flaps on the cheek, peri-orbital reconstruction on the lower eyelid, rotation flaps on the scalp, and closures of lip defects.

This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.


This course is for general practitioners only. Participants must have completed the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery (or a qualification deemed equivalent).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit(at) 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 Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

Automatic credit entry to this course is granted for doctors who have completed module 5 (and prerequisite module 4) of the RACGP Certificate in Primary Care Dermatology

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


The course provides advanced training in skin cancer surgery and teaches various techniques allowing GPs to treat more complex cases in the primary care setting. The program includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques.

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Anatomy of head, neck, face and lower limbs
  • Advancement flaps and rhomboid flaps on the face
  • Rotational flaps in closure of scalp, cheek and distal limb defects
  • Full thickness and split thickness grafts on the face and lower limb defects
  • Closure of ear defects with flaps, grafts and wedges
  • Closure of upper lip and lateral nose defects with advancement, rhomboid and V-Y flaps

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing skin cancer surgery techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform surgical techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional skin cancer surgery clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics
Time Session Topic
8:15am - 8:45am Registration Sign in and collect your lanyard
8:45am - 10:15am Session 1 Ellipses and suture techniques revisited
10:15am - 10:45am Morning tea  
10:45am - 12:15pm Session 2 Advancement flaps
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch  
1:15pm - 2:45pm Session 3

The rhomboid flap

2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4 The rotation flap
Time Session  Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  Sign-in
8:00am - 9:30am Session 5 Grafts
09:30am - 10.00am Morning tea   
10:00am - 12:00pm Session 6 V-Y flaps
Application of flaps
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch   
1:00pm - 2:30pm Session 7 Wedges: lip and ear
2:30pm - 3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:00pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Anatomy, tips and techniques

This practical course is led by noted skin cancer doctors and a team of experienced GPs to assist in the delivery of outstanding learning outcomes.

Dr Anthony Azzi

Dr Anthony Azzi 

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Director at Newcastle Skin Check, Charlestown NSW, Australia

Dr Alister Lilleyman

Dr Alister Lilleyman

MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FSCCA

Dr Victor Harling

Dr Victor Harling

Skin Cancer Doctor at Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre

MBBS, FRACGP, Dip Dermatology (Wales)


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