The online Advanced Certificate of Chronic Disease & Conditions will advance your knowledge in the prevention, treatment and ongoing management of chronic illnesses commonly seen in primary care.
With an estimated 58 per cent of patients presenting to general practice in Australia with at least one chronic condition, it is important for GPs to help optimise patient outcomes with early primary care intervention.
In this online certificate course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the management of hepatitis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity, PCOS, prostate cancer, and prostate conditions, to better support your patients and reduce the impact of comorbidities.
This course is the second stage of the three-part Professional Diploma of Chronic Disease & Conditions program.
The Advanced Certificate of Chronic Disease & Conditions is for degree-qualified medical professionals who wish to learn how to improve patient outcomes, especially those patients with chronic health issues commonly seen in general practice. This qualification is the second stage of the Professional Diploma of Chronic Disease & Conditions pathway.
This course is for physicians and degree-qualified medical professionals. The prerequisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Chronic Disease & Conditions (or a qualification deemed equivalent).
Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.
Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.
Participants who have successfully completed the modules on prostate conditions and checks and prostate cancer in the Professional Certificate of Men’s Health, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) in the Professional Certificate of Women’s Health, or obesity in the Advanced Certificate of Women’s Health will be granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) for these modules, thereby reducing the cost of this course and the time needed to complete it. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for more details.
Course participants will:
Module 1: Hypertension
This module begins with an overview of hypertension including factors that cause inaccuracy whilst measuring blood pressure. AIHW demographics of people with high blood pressure and the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors are supported by charts and diagrams. Suggested ways to prevent and treat hypertension include smoking cessation, healthy eating, reducing sodium and alcohol intake, supplements, regular physical activity and maintaining healthy body weight. The module then discusses the evaluation of primary and secondary hypertension and medications to avoid, and then moves to physical examinations, investigations and management of this condition. The module concludes with a case study that focuses on developing a hypertension management plan to achieve treatment goals.
Module 2: Hepatitis A, B and C
This module begins with an overview of liver anatomy and physiology. The epidemiology, transmission, pathogenesis, clinical features, screening, tests, diagnosis, management, and ways to treat Hepatitis A, B and C are outlined. Clinical management of acute HBV and chronic HBV including patient support, advice on lifestyle changes, HCC screening, treatment and primary prevention of HBV infection are discussed. The initial assessment of HCV infection including DAAs, treatment regimens, side effects, renal impairment, reasons for treatment failure, advice for patients and exposure to HCV are discussed in detail.
Module 3: Coronary artery disease
This module provides an overview of coronary artery disease (CAD) and outlines the prevalence of the disease in Australia. It discusses the controllable and uncontrollable risk factors including using the Australian absolute cardiovascular disease risk calculator to measure these risks. Other risk factors include lifestyle measures and management of hypertension and diabetes. The diagnosis, examination, investigations and management of CAD including ongoing monitoring of this condition are outlined. The module concludes with a case study that focuses on developing a coronary artery disease management plan to achieve treatment goals.
Module 4: Tobacco-related conditions
This module begins with an overview of the epidemiology of tobacco-related conditions and statistics of deaths caused by tobacco in Australia. It briefly discusses the features of addiction, the pharmacokinetics, the different types of tobacco products and alternative tobacco and nicotine delivery methods. The module then focuses on measures to assist patients with cessation of smoking including counselling, follow-up consults, pharmacotherapy, the use of e-cigarettes as harm reduction, non-drug interventions and concomitant drugs. The health consequences of active smoking and second-hand smoke are outlined. The module concludes with different types of screening to conduct for smoking-related conditions including those affecting the lung and heart.
Module 5: Obesity in women
This module outlines the prevalence of obesity in the Australian female population, the impact of obesity on their health and wellbeing, and suggests best practice principles in formulating management plans for these patients. Obesity is defined and diagnostic guides provided. The role of the GP is outlined including primary prevention, education and understanding the drivers of obesity. Medical complications are considered. Consultation and examination/investigation guides in addition to tools and information to motivate patients for lifestyle change are included. Medications and surgery options are discussed.
Module 6: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
This module examines the prevalence, presenting symptoms, contributing factors and underlying problems associated with PCOS. Common features, risk factors and indications for further investigation to diagnose this condition are outlined. The module offers a framework for applying the diagnostic criteria for PCOS including presenting symptoms, specific criteria for diagnosis and the process for eliminating other potential causes and conditions to optimize the health of women undergoing treatment for PCOS. Tools and resources for screening and management of the condition are also included. The module concludes by outlining symptoms of complications to look for and provides instructions for detection and management of these symptoms.
Module 7: Prostate conditions
This module examines the role of the prostate and what may happen when it is not functioning normally. This includes symptoms, underlying problems and other common features associated with prostate conditions. It covers benign prostatic enlargement and associated urinary incontinence in men. Conditions that are best referred to a urologist are covered including what treatment options may be considered by the urologist which is helpful for the treating medical practitioner to know. How to establish an initial assessment for various conditions are outlined. Planning a prostate check by digital palpation, what to look for and how to interpret the pathology results are included in unit two. Charts, graphs, studies and diagrams assist with determining the appropriate management.
Module 8: Prostate cancer
This module follows on from the ‘Prostate conditions and prostate checks’ module and focusses on prostate cancer. Topics include symptoms for prostate cancer, diagnosis tools including PSA and digital examination, when to refer and what information to include when referring. Understanding the function and levels of PSA testing is a feature of unit one in addition to outlining prevention studies and men at higher risk. Management of localized prostate cancer including surveillance vs surgery is discussed. Unit two includes information and studies on radiation, neoadjuvant and adjuvant RT therapies, medications, post treatment surveillance and biochemical recurrence after treatment. Unit three discusses metastatic prostate cancer and androgen deprivation therapy, androgen resistance and treatment options. Rare subtypes are covered in addition to bone health and the effects of treatment on the skeleton. The module finishes with an outline of future directions.
Module 9: Cardiovascular health and weight control in men
This module looks at ways to maintain cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease. It also outlines ways to maintain weight control and prevent obesity. Graphs and charts are used to demonstrate the effects of exercise on men. The relationship between obesity in Australia and chronic conditions is outlined including metabolic syndrome. Treatment options for obesity include lifestyle, medications, surgery and counselling. Assessment of a patient’s symptoms, recognising and managing behavioural change techniques, recognising masculinity and motivating patients are a feature of unit two. The impact of age-related sarcopenia is discussed in unit three and the challenges this presents for the obese male. Information and statistics about the effects of exercise and nutrition complete this module.
*The individual offers and special rates cannot be used in conjunction with any other specials.
Dr Joe Kosterich
Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant
Dr Joe Kosterich is a doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant. Wanting you to be healthy and get the most out of life, Dr Kosterich writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases, is clinical editor of Medical Forum Magazine, adjunct professor (teaching) at UWA and a lecturer at Curtin Medical School. Medical Advisor to Medicinal Cannabis company Little Green Pharma and Chairman of Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, Dr Kosterich has self-published two books: Dr Joe’s DIY Health and 60 Minutes To Better Health, and maintains a website and blog with health information and commentary. Previously he held senior positions in the Australian Medical Association and sat on numerous industry and government boards. He has extensive corporate experience in the setting up and management of medical centres and in helping businesses maintain a healthy workforce. Through all this he continues to see patients as a GP each week.
Dr Brad Lipson
Family & Bariatric Physician - Board Certified. AOBFP & ABOM
Dr Brad Lipson, D.O., FASPC, AQH, DABOM is a family medicine specialist in Boca Raton, Florida.
Dr Lipson is an alumnus of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a doctorate in osteopathic medicine (D.O.) after graduating from the University of Miami with a B.S. in psychobiology and minor in business administration. He completed training as chief resident at the family practice residency program at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Florida. He received his family practice board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.
Dr Lipson was born and raised in South Florida; he is married with two children, speaks Spanish, and enjoys Asian culture, geography, and computer technology. His interests include heart attack and stroke prevention, diabetes (diabetology), cholesterol (lipidology), obesity / metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, men's health, and sleep disorders. He is a board certified family physician and Fellow of the American Society for Preventative Cardiology.
Dr Alice Lam
Dr Alice Lam is a general practitioner interested in evidence-based medicine and education for medical professionals and their patients. Dr Lam has 23 years of medical experience in Australia and overseas.
Dr Lam graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1998, following which she practised both as a locum and partner. Since 2008 she now works as a GP in Melbourne, Australia. Her passions include evidence-based medicine, and education for health professionals and patients.
She is a member of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine, The Australasian Medical Writers Association and also sits on the Editorial Committee for Hepatitis Australia. You can find out more about Dr Lam on her website www.dralicelam.com.
“Atrial fibrillation is likely to be significantly underdiagnosed, despite being independently associated with stroke, heart failure and all-cause mortality. GPs are in an enviable position where we can screen, treat and avoid serious complications in our patients.”
Dr Sharon Sykes
MBBS, Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Lab Sci), FRACGP
Dr Sharon Sykes works in private general practice in Port Macquarie, Australia where she is also a supervisor of GP registrars and of medical students. Dr Sykes served 18 years in the Royal Australian Air Force before becoming a general practitioner. She has a special interest in medical education and has previously worked as a medical educator for North Coast GP Training.
She holds a MBBS, Bachelor of Applied Science (Med Lab Sci) and a Fellowship of the RACGP.
Dr Christine Ahern
Senior lecturer, Sydney University
Dr Christine Ahern has worked as a general practitioner in rural NSW since 1983, often with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Her special interests include women’s health and education.
Dr Ahern is a senior lecturer at Sydney University and has previously been the Director of Training for North Coast GP Training. In 2011 she was named the General Practice Education and Training Medical Educator of the Year, a prestigious national award. Dr Ahern holds a MBBS and FRACGP.
Dr Darren Katz
Urological and Prosthetic Surgeon
Leader, Andrology Special Advisory Group, Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
Dr Darren Katz is a urological surgeon who serves as Medical Director of Men’s Health Melbourne. He is a very approachable urologist who understands the importance of providing patients with the highest standards of multi-disciplinary care. His aim is to deliver prompt, ready-access to all forms of urological management – either elective or emergency - and is available 24/7 to GPs and patients.
Dr Katz is the current Leader of the Andrology Special Advisory Group for the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. He graduated from Melbourne University Medical School in 2001 and completed his specialist urological training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has spent two years at world-leading hospitals - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill-Cornell Medical Centre - in New York completing sub-speciality urological fellowships in andrology, urological prosthetics, male voiding dysfunction, incontinence, and male infertility.
Dr Katz is the director of the only Australian Prosthetic and Micro-surgical Fellowship which trains overseas urologists in world-leading procedures and operations. Dr Katz has trained urologists from USA, Canada, Israel, and England. These urologists spend one year with Dr Katz and his colleagues learning about the latest treatments and operations in his sub-speciality field.
Dr Katz is heavily involved with research and academics and has been awarded both national and international grants and scholarships. He has been an invited faculty member for numerous urological workshops to teach other urologists and training urologists about the latest surgical techniques. He often presents at major international conferences. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International, Andrology, Asian Journal of Urology, Journal of Sexual Medicine, The Asian Journal of Andrology, and the Journal of Andrology and Gynaecology: Current Research. He is involved with several clinical trials and provides the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments for his patients.
Dr Katz is a member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, The Fertility Society of Australia, The American Urological Association, The European Association of Urology, and The Sexual Medicine Society of North America.
Dr Divyanshu Dua
Consultant Medical Oncologist, Canberra Region Cancer Services
Dr Divyanshu Dua has worked as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Canberra Region Cancer Services since July 2016. He previously worked as a Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology in rural Victoria.
Dr Dua’s experience and training in medicine and oncology spans across three continents including Asia, Europe, and Australia. He specialises in lung cancers, thoracic malignancies, and genitourinary malignancies. He has a special interest in cancer in geriatric patients and a keen interest in medical services development and hospital management.
After doing most of his physician training in Adelaide, Dr Dua went on to do a clinical fellowship at the Guys Hospital in London in drug development, early phase clinical trials, and thoracic malignancies.
In his spare time, Dr Dua is a sports fan and enjoys watching and playing cricket.
A/Prof Nicola Hawley
Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
A/Prof Nicola Hawley is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and Anthropology at the Yale School of Public Health. Her expertise is in the aetiology and prevention of obesity-related chronic disease in resource-poor, low-income settings. Her research focuses predominantly on Pacific Islander populations, although she has ongoing collaborations in South Africa, Uganda, Honduras, China, Columbia and the US.
Methodologically, A/Prof Hawley employs a life-course approach that utilises cross-sectional, cohort, and randomised controlled trial designs to address questions of causality and identify critical periods of susceptibility. She is a mixed-methods expert and an advocate for community-engaged approaches to research, intervention, and development of health policy.
A/Prof Hawley’s current research focuses broadly on: (1) understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in resource-poor settings; (2) determining how innovations in healthcare delivery can impact identification and treatment of obesity-related disease during the perinatal period; and (3) developing interventions focused on pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence to prevent the intergenerational transmission of obesity-related disease.
The Advanced Certificate of Chronic Disease & Conditions is fully delivered online. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience.
The webinars offer the opportunity to join and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within three months of the exam opening date. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.
There are nine modules in this HealthCert Advanced Certificate course. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar prior to examinations. You will also receive valuable 12 months' web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning.
The course includes:
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement and two online examinations.
The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. 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.HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive an Advanced Certificate of Chronic Disease & Conditions.
RACGP: Points pending
ACRRM: PDP units: 30 Educational activity, 29 Performance review
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Certified clinical attachments pathway
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