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Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery

  • : Gold Coast Mc QLD 4217


The Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery provides an essential step towards subspecialisation in skin cancer surgery. You will learn the most advanced surgery techniques on atomically complex and cosmetically sensitive areas. 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 nose and the lower limb, reconstruction of alar and sidewall nasal defects, reconstruction of the nasal tip and glabellar defects, skin grafts and flaps for the lower limb.

This course is the third part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer SurgeryAdvanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Surgery and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery.



This course is for general practitioners only. Participants must have completed the Advanced 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 and Advanced 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.

Doctors who have completed The University of Queensland certificate courses in skin cancer surgery are able to gain credit for those studies, providing the relevant HealthCert assessment is completed prior to diploma studies commencing (please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the process).

Other qualifications and prior studies may also be recognised. 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 nose, eyelids, lips and ears
  • Reconstruction of alar and nasal tip defects of the nose and bilobed flap
  • Reconstruction of lower eyelid defects
  • Reconstruction of complex lip and ear defects
  • Lower limb anatomy and surgical planning
  • Perforator island flaps for the lower limb

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 surgical clinical attachments are also available at dedicated skin cancer clinics


Time Session Topic
8:15 am - 8:45am Registration  
8:45am - 10:15am Session 1 Ellipses, advancement flaps and flap principles
10:15am - 10:45am Morning Tea  
10:45am - 12:15pm Session 2 Rhomboids and transposition
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch  
1:15pm - 2:45pm Session 3 Bilobed flap
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4 Grafts SSG, HALO, FTSG


Time Session Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 9:30am Session 5 VY flap, Bazier flap and Keystone flap
(Continued in session 6)
9:30am - 10:00am Morning Tea  
10:00am - 11:30am Session 6 VY flap, Bazier flap and Keystone flap anatomy
(Continued from session 5)
Surgical planning, tips and techniques
11.30am - 12:30pm Lunch  
12:30pm - 2:00pm Session 7 Revision of flaps
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Clinical application


Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine and business management, including:

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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