The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures will allow you to consolidate your procedural knowledge and teach you the most advanced clinic-based procedures. The certificate course consists of three Advanced Workshops covering highly sought-after services in primary care: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems.

Each Advanced Workshop can be completed individually or as part of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures course. 

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The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures is suitable for medical professionals wishing to consolidate their procedural knowledge and become familiar with the latest office-based techniques, particularly regarding permanent male fertility control, IUD insertion and removal, and joint puncture and soft tissue injection techniques. The course is suitable for general practitioners and International Medical Graduates. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and assumes previous practical experience in clinical procedures. Participants who wish to receive a HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures must complete all three Advanced Workshops: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your education history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures. 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.


This course is designed for medical practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures course. There will be a greater focus on more advanced cases in Clinical Procedures with the use of simulated models. 

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Basic anatomical principles and their application
  • Systemic, regional and clinical anatomy of joints and relevant soft tissues, the inguinal region, and the female genital tract
  • Anatomical layers and dangers involved in specific procedures and management of complications (joint and soft tissue puncture, vasectomy, intrauterine system fitting)
  • Specific conditions that require joint puncture and soft tissue injections
  • Fitting and removing an IUS
  • Non-scalpel vasectomy procedures
  • Counselling and consultation prior to IUS, non-scalpel vasectomy and joint puncture procedures
  • Complications that may occur with IUS, non-scalpel vasectomy and joint puncture procedures

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing clinical procedures techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform procedural techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Receive all presentation slides available for download.
  • Receive complimentary access to Anatomedia, an online interactive learning program in anatomy, for eight weeks after attending the course, and benefit from a special rate for 12 months thereafter
  • Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course
  • Receive ongoing post-course support through webinars and case review
  • Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments available at dedicated clinics (excludes Non-Scalpel Vasectomy workshop)


Friday evening: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections

This workshop can be completed individually or as stage 1 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration  
6:30pm - 7:30pm Theory Principles
  • Assessment
  • Preparation
  • Equipment
  • Procedure

Efficacy and Costing

7:30pm - 7:45pm Break  
7:45pm - 9:45pm Practical


  • Upper limb
  • Lower limb

Saturday: Non-Scalpel Vasectomy

This workshop can be completed individually or stage 2 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

Time Session Topic
8:30am – 9:00am Registration  
9:00am – 10:30am Session 1

Introduction to non-scalpel vasectomy and anatomy


10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea  
11:00am – 12:30pm Session 2

Non-scalpel vasectomy (part 1)


12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 3:00pm Session 3 Non-scalpel vasectomy (part 2)
3:00ppm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm – 5:00pm Session 4

Post-op complications and follow-up care


Sunday: Intrauterine Systems

This workshop can be completed individually or as stage 3 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures. 

Time Session Topic
8:00am - 8:30am Registration  
8:30am – 10:00am Session 1

IUS theory

10:00am – 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 2 Copper IUD and IUS practical (part 1)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm – 2:30pm Session 3 IUS practical (part 2) and case studies
2:30pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea  
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 4 Case studies (continued from session 3)


This course is presented by a team of experienced surgeons and noted clinicians, including:
Dr Gerard Ahern

Dr Gerard Ahern


Dr Gerard Ahern is a clinical anatomist teaching at undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and specialist levels at multiple universities and specialist colleges. Gerard is Final Year & GP Coordinator, Senior Lecturer and Clinical Anatomist (University of Notre Dame), Honorary Senior Fellow in Anatomy (University of Melbourne), Member Board of Examiners (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists), Honorary Associate Professor (Oceania University), Tutor and Lecturer (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and co-author of the best-selling book 'General Anatomy'. He has also co-authored many electronic programs on various areas of medicine.
Dr Raj Selvarajan

Dr Raj Selvarajan


Course Director and Scalpel Free Vasectomist

Dr Raj Selvarajan is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Following his training in non-scalpel vasectomy, Raj established No Scalpel Vasectomy Service in north-eastern England in 2007. He subsequently led a non-profit social enterprise organisation, NECHN, and set up non-scalpel vasectomy clinics in Tamworth, Midlands, UK and Leicester City, UK. As an experienced vasectomist, Raj peer-reviewed other non-scalpel vasectomy services in the UK. Specialising and innovating the scalpel free vasectomy technique, he is the lead trainer in Australia and operates Scalpel Free Vasectomy clinics in Brisbane and Mackay.

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya


General Practitioner at Narangba Doctors, Queensland

Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK (DRCOG) 2000

Diploma of Family planning and Sexual Health Medicine, UK (DFFP) 2003

Obtained Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques by FFPRHC, 2003

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya was born in Sri Lanka. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 1995 and was a partner at Heaton Norris Medical Centre in Stockport, UK, for seven years. Nelum arrived in Australia in 2009 and established Narangba Doctors in 2012. She is married with two teenage boys and loves to spend time outdoors – running, cycling, travelling and reading.

Dates and locations


21 - 22 November 2020

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre



Regular Tuition Fee


Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate


Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

Deferred Payment

$925 x 4

Defer your payments over several months.

FEES INCLUDE: The fees include the Advanced Workshops in Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $300.



The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures is designed as a face-to-face course supported by online materials. There are three advanced workshops and an online anatomy presentation that reviews and summarises the advanced anatomy needed for all three workshops. Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and online assessment.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance and apply your knowledge.

Online assessment

  • 104 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
    • 13 per module
      Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct?  Yes/No
  • 104 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
    • 13 per module
      Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do?  Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The examination questions are both knowledge- and application-based questions which are equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course. The pass mark for online examinations is 80 per cent.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).


Advanced Certificate of Clinical ProceduresRACGP and ACRRM points pending. RACGP and ACRRM have revised their accreditation processes and recognitions will be updated as soon as they are received.


This advanced certificate:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PRPD points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.


Postgraduate Diploma in Minor Surgery studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).

There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 2.

The Postgraduate Diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 40 per cent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Exams will be held in Perth, Western Australia.

When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, doctors can apply for credit from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Science in the specialism awarded by the University of Plymouth.

Upcoming intake dates are 6 February 2019 and 24 September 2019. For more information please click here.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 basis. These provide the opportunity to observe clinical procedures and ask questions of the expert performing the procedures. Clinical Attachments are available for Skin Cancer Surgery (only for graduates of the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures). These are available in Australia and overseas. The clinical attachments are 1:1 in Australia and they are in small groups at university teaching hospitals and clinics overseas. HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.

Postgraduate studies with