The online Advanced Certificate of Men’s Health provides medical professionals with a robust understanding of men’s health issues commonly seen in primary care. Delivered by leading experts, the program will enable you to better address your patients’ concerns, exploring medical conditions pertinent to male patients such as penile conditions, fertility, testicular and male breast cancer, hair loss, genital inflammatory dermatoses, androgen deficiency, dementia, cardiovascular health, and weight control.
The gender-specific health needs of men are a significant part of day-to-day work in general practice. In Australia, men are generally less healthy than women and have a lesser life expectancy. Three quarters of Australian men are overweight or obese, and half of all men have chronic disease. More than half drink alcohol excessively, and the leading cause of death among Australian males is cardiovascular disease. It is therefore crucial that primary care physicians have the necessary skills to address common concerns among their male patients, improving outcomes and saving lives.
Many men do not report their health problems or seek treatment, neglecting to manage serious health concerns unless they have a long-lasting relationship built on trust with a medical practitioner who understand their needs. A more “male friendly” GP can develop a stronger rapport with their male patients to uncover and treat any health problems.
The Advanced Certificate of Men's Health is tailored for medical doctors who wish to improve patient outcomes by managing common male health issues in general practice.
This course is for medical doctors and for degree-qualified nurses that work under their supervision. The prerequisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Men’s Health (or a qualification deemed equivalent). HealthCert also highly recommends successful management of at least 25 cases of men’s health issues prior to enrolment. 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.
Course participants will:
Module 1 – Penile conditions and fertility check
This module focuses on the steps in examining the male external genital organs to diagnose and manage benign and pre-malignant penile lesions and then moves into diagnosing and managing penile cancer. Images illustrate how these conditions may appear in the clinical setting. It then explains Peyronie’s disease and outlines the phases, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management options for this condition. Male infertility is the final unit in this module. It describes the causes and how to prepare for diagnosis. This includes history, examination and investigation. The module concludes with outlining the management options for male infertility.
Module 2 – Testicular cancer and male breast cancer
This module focuses on diagnosing and managing testicular cancer and then moves into male breast cancer. Unit one on testicular cancer details how to complete an examination, what to look for and how to assess a scrotal mass. Prognosis pathology, fertility and metastatic disease symptoms are discussed including longer term effects. Unit two focuses on male breast cancer and outlines the steps for examination including the lymph nodes and what to look for. Possible symptoms are described and causes discussed. Diagnostic tests and treatment options are outlined. Unit two concludes with information on genetic testing, survival rates and recurrent breast cancer management.
Module 3 – Male hair loss and genital inflammatory dermatoses
Unit one of this module focusses on male hair loss. It discusses how to diagnose and manage hair loss in men including the two main types – androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. Other types of hair loss such as telogen effluvium, anagen hair loss, inflammatory skin disease, infections and systemic disease are also included in this unit. Hair anatomy and clinical images support the learning. Treatment options and management are outlined including possible complications for some treatments.
Unit two is about genital inflammatory dermatoses and guides the diagnosis, treatment and management of genital inflammatory skin diseases in men including genital psoriasis, eczema, balanitis, lichen sclerosus and lichen planus. Clinical images are part of this unit to assist with identification of these dermatoses.
Module 4 – Androgen deficiency
This module focuses on the screening and diagnosis of androgen deficiency and then outlines managing patients with this condition and determining whether to refer to a specialist. It explains the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, adrenal androgens and testosterone action. Androgen deficiency is described as well as the classification and causes of male hypogonadism. The diagnostic approach including signs and symptoms of androgen deficiency are detailed. Diagrams and clinical images are featured. Functional and late onset hypogonadism management options are outlined including lifestyle measures and pharmacology options. Pharmacology information includes benefits and risks.
Module 5 – Dementia in men
This module focusses on screening for dementia in men within the context of a mental health assessment and diagnosing and managing dementia including knowing when to refer to a specialist.
Unit one introduces an overview of male mental health issues and stresses the importance of mental health screening and lists possible disorders and comorbidities. Cognitive decline and depression are discussed and that dementia may be worsened by other psychiatric conditions. Unit two lists the risk factors for dementia and test options to rule out other causes. Subsyndromal depression and cognitive plasticity are discussed together with dementia risk factors and the impact of dementia. Unit three outlines assessment options and screening guidelines including the limitations of screening. Suggested screening for possible cognitive impairment and dementia and diagnosing and referral options are covered.
Unit four addresses the multiple contributors to dementia. Common behaviours and other dementia causes are included as well as Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia. The approach, diagnosis and monitoring are included. Treatment options are outlined in Unit five for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. It discusses neuropsychiatric symptoms and recognises agitation as one of the challenging behaviours. Dementia management, referral options, screening tools and training complete this module.
Module 6 – 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.
MODULE 7 – Male anatomy and clinical problems part 2
This module focuses on the anatomy of the testes, scrotum and inguinal region. Clinical problems including benign swellings, cancer, pain and impaired supply to male anatomy are outlined. Anatomical images of each area are a feature to reinforce learning. Unit 1 focuses on testes and associated clinical problems. Unit 2 focuses on the scrotum anatomy and associated clinical problems including lymph spread from scrotum to penis, hydrocoele and varicocele. Unit 3 is about the spermatic cord and clinical problems and includes vasectomy information and potential hazards. Unit 4 explains the abdominal apertures, inguinal and femoral rings, inguinal canal and triangle and looks at patent processus vaginalis hernia risk. This leads into unit five and covers various hernias including abdominal hernias, groin and scrotal swellings and strangulated hernias. Referred pain is also addressed in unit five.
Module 8 – GP cases in men's health
This module outlines the role of the medical practitioner in the management of conditions that commonly affect men including diabetes and myocardial infarcts, hypertension and strokes and more generally, in the prevention of disease, minimising suicide risk and optimising good health. It commences with cardiovascular, diabetes, strokes and hypertension statistics and the impact of lifestyle choices on health outcomes. Unit two considers three patient case approaches including history, priorities, what matters most to the patient, risk factors, information gathering, next steps, motivation for lifestyle changes and ongoing management. Unit three refers to data on suicide risk in Australia and why these statistics may continue to rise. The role of the GP is discussed and encourages GPs to engage with male patients for better outcomes, together with advising the GP to prioritise their own health.
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Prof Mathis Grossman
MD, PhD, FRACP
Professor Mathis Grossmann is a physician-scientist trained in both basic biology and clinical endocrinology. He is Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Australia. As a Consultant Endocrinologist at Austin Health, he runs Endocrine Men’s Health and Endocrine Breast Cancer Clinics.
Prof Grossmann graduated with an MD from Heidelberg University Medical School and did his internship in Munich, Germany. He then spent four years in basic research at the National Institutes of Health, USA, and obtained a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, followed by clinical training leading to FRACP. He joined the University of Melbourne at Austin Health in 2006.
His research focuses on the roles of reproductive hormones in health and disease. His group conducts observational and interventional trials in men with 1) low testosterone and chronic disease, 2) hypogonadism, 3) prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy, and 4) women with breast cancer receiving aromatase inhibition to understand how reproductive hormones regulate musculoskeletal health and glucose homeostasis, both at the clinical and the molecular level.
He has >150 peer reviewed publications and book chapters with more than 7,000 citations and a H-index of 46.
Editorial board memberships include the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Journal of the Endocrine Society, Clinical Endocrinology (Oxford), Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research, and he is Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Andrology.
Committee memberships include the US Endocrine Society Endocrine Self-Assessment Program (ESAP) and the Endocrine Society of Australia Council.
Prof Peter Reaburn
Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Bond University
Professor Peter Reaburn is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Bond University who practises what he preaches. Prof Reaburn is an active researcher focused on health, performance, and successful ageing in masters athletes. He has published or edited five books, authored or co-authored with postgraduate students over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and supervised 25 postgraduate research theses to completion. Prof Reaburn is an award-winning university educator having won university and national teaching awards and citations for both undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision.
Prof Reaburn has been invited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) to run professional development workshops on health and performance in ageing athletes and is regularly invited to speak and comment on health and performance matters related to healthy aging.
Prof Reaburn is a masters athlete with a passionate belief in the value of exercise as medicine. He has won national titles in masters swimming, surf lifesaving and triathlon as a masters athlete including placing seventh in his age group at the Hawaii Ironman after qualifying through winning his age group (50-54 years) at the Australian Ironman in 2005. He is married with two daughters. He currently swims, cycles, walks, and jogs for health. He enjoys reading Australian military and convict history as well as Gerald Seymour and Stephen Leather novels.
Dr Brad Lipson
Family & Bariatric Physician - Board Certified
AOBFP & ABOM
Fellow of the American Society for Preventative Cardiology
Added Qualifications in Headache Medicine
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.
Dr Christopher M Ross
BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD
Dr Christopher Ross is an Adelaide-based Dermatologist who completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with Honours at Adelaide University in 2004, before completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University in 2008.
Dermatology specialist training was conducted at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital; he was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 2016. Dr Ross has published multiple articles in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has written and presented several courses in General Dermatology with HealthCert for teaching purposes.
Dr Ross has a keen interest in rural dermatology, providing outreach services to Darwin and rural South Australia. He also holds the position of Visiting Medical Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre, providing care and teaching to Dermatology registrars. Dr Ross has an interest in all general dermatology including acne, eczema, psoriasis and hair loss.
Dr Ross become a founding member of DermoDirect, which is an online teledermatology service that provides a valuable specialist service to rural areas of Australia. He also is a founder of Diagnode, the telehealth platform behind Dermodirect.
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.
Dr Joe Kosterich
Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant
Doctor, speaker, author, media presenter and health industry consultant, Dr Joe Kosterich wants 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.
A/Prof Norman Eizenberg
MBBS, FRACS (Hon.)
Clinical Academic Lead (Back to Base Days) Melbourne Clinical School, The University of Notre Dame
Honorary Principal Fellow Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Norman Eizenberg has taught anatomy to medical students (at Melbourne and Monash Universities) and surgical trainees for more than 40 years. His main areas of research and scholarship are in medical education (including student learning of anatomy) and in anatomical variations (including their surgical implications). He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship Degree (in 2016) by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in recognition of “significant work in anatomy and of contributions to the College” and is currently Anatomy Specialty Editor for the ANZ Journal of Surgery.
A/Prof Eizenberg’s biggest role was project leader of the recently completed ANATOMEDIA Online which is a comprehensive, interactive learning platform exploring anatomy from multiple perspectives. So far, ANATOMEDIA has received four national or international awards, including the Australian Publishers Association "Best teaching & learning package in tertiary education" (in 2008).
Meanwhile, he managed to keep his hand in clinical practice after-hours as a GP and received Life Membership “for 30 years extraordinary service as a volunteer doctor at matches” by AJAX Amateur Football Club. He was also fortunate to be a Victorian Australian of the Year Finalist (in 2014) for “outstanding contribution: anatomist, doctor and educationalist”.
Outside interests besides organised sport include nature walks and contemporary music. A/Prof Eizenberg is a bit of a film buff and reads books on biography or history (which like anatomy and unlike him, never become outdated).
Uro-oncology Robotic Surgeon
Henry Yao is a urological surgeon with a special interest in uro-oncology, minimally invasive surgery (robotic and laparoscopic surgery), and reconstructive urology. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at The University of Melbourne with first class honours. Mr Yao completed his urology training in Melbourne and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Mr Yao completed a year of training at Western Health as the Advanced Laparoscopic and General Urology Fellow. He has subsequently completed further fellowship training in Robotic Surgery and Uro-oncology at one of the largest hospitals in the UK, where he worked in a high-volume cancer specialist referral centre. Mr Yao also has a subspecialty interest in reconstructive urology and has published work in this area.
Mr Yao maintains a strong interest in medical research and has published 20 peer-reviewed journal articles to date. He is actively involved in the supervision of students completing research degrees. His main research interest is in the area of cancer survivorship and improving the quality of life for cancer patients.
Mr Yao always strives to provide compassionate and wholistic care for his patients. He provides care in all areas of general urology, with a subspecialty interest in uro-oncology and reconstructive urology. He is also fluent in Mandarin.
This is a fully online course. 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 eight units in a HealthCert 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 the Advanced Certificate of Men's Health.
RACGP and ACRRM points pending.
This professional certificate:
This online program consists of the Foundation Certificate, Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Complex Clinical Audit of Men's Health.
Postgraduate scholarships for Men's Health
HealthCert graduates who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate and Complex Clinical Audit of Men's Health receive a scholarship of up to £500 (approximately $1,000) towards the Master of Science in Sexual and Reproductive Health. The postgraduate course is offered entirely online through DiplomaMSc in the UK and awarded by the University of South Wales. This scholarship is only available to HealthCert alumni. Learn more or enrol here.
Participation in research
HealthCert alumni have opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by leading experts in the field. Research projects and surveys are shared via the HealthCert blog which is available to HealthCert alumni.