Dermatology surgery workshop

Hi all

Dermatological surgery workshop — enrolling now!Are you looking for an opportunity to improve and expand your dermatological surgery techniques?

The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) in collaboration with The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) are pleased to provide a weekend, face-to-face dermatological surgery skills workshop in Coogee Beach, Sydney on 4 – 6 November 2011.

The workshop:

  • is available to all general practitioners (GPs), GP registrars and registrars in the ACD training program who have completed an online education activity, Module 4 – Practical procedures in dermatology (the online activity takes approximately 16 – 25 hours to complete)
  • will be conducted by the ACD
  • accommodates all skill levels
  • has been very popular and successful when previously run
  • has an enrolment fee
  • is part of the Certificate of Primary Care Dermatology comprehensive training course
  • has been approved for 30 Category 2 Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program points (2011–2013 triennium)
  • includes predisposing and reflection activities to be completed before and after the workshop.

Workshop symposium sessions include:

  • cryotherapy
  • biopsy techniques
  • electrodessication and curettage
  • intralesional steroid injections
  • suturing
  • flap repairs (advancement, rotation, transposition and island pedicle)
  • skin grafts (split and full thickness)
  • closure options by anatomical site.

The workshop includes multiple practical, small groups sessions including performing basic surgery and flap repairs on pigs’ bellies.

Fee information

Participants can purchase the Practical procedures in dermatology online activity (Module 4) and the Dermatological surgery workshop for $2500 (or they are available individually for $600 and $2100 respectively).

The Australian Government offers rural and remote procedural and emergency medicine GPs financial assistance to access skills maintenance and development activities in their respective disciplines. General practitioner surgeons who attend the Dermatological surgery workshop may be eligible for a support grant of $2000 per day. Please contact the RACGP National Rural Faculty on 1800 636 764 to check your eligibility for these grants prior to enrolling in the course. Further training grant information is also available online.

How to enrol

Download, complete and submit the registration form by 31 August 2011.

Further information

For further information email or freecall 1800 284 732.

Kind regards
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  1. #1 by Hein Vandenbergh on June 16, 2011 - 11:53 pm

    Sounds good, but a word of warning: many of the procedures described will now NOT be covered by your medical defence organisation under the new restrictive rules as to what a non-procedural GP can do. If you change over to procedural practice to be able to do complex flaps and lesions on face or elsewhere on body over a certain size [and thus likely to require a complex repair], I suggest strongly that you get a quote on updating to ‘procedural’ [by all means mention you will do/have done the above ACD-sanctioned course]. I may not be worth your while. Sorry to pee on your parade, Ian.


  2. #2 by Dr Ian Katz on June 16, 2011 - 11:58 pm

    Thanks Hein – not my parade, just passing some useful info on

  3. #3 by Alison Phillips on June 17, 2011 - 12:25 am

    I did this course in February. It was well run and the presenters were very good. It tended to be a bit basic however, if you have worked a lot in skin cancer and attended either of the college’s courses, but it was refreshing to hear some different perspectives from the derms.

    MDA still allows all procedures other than flaps on the eyelids, nose, lips, ears, thumbs, fingers, anterior shin and genitals in its non-procedural category – just in case that assists anyone!


  4. #4 by Doris Hasslocher on June 17, 2011 - 1:47 am

    My info was that the defence orgs did list ridiculous rules like no more than 1 cm on the face etc and that in response to huge outcry and outrage from GPs they had removed the restrictions back to previous status quo, which is undefined. Worth re-checking the specifics with individual organisations.
    Course sounds basic but sometimes basic is good if it gives you different perspectives on things you do every day a certain way.

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