The majority of conditions requiring surgical intervention can be diagnosed and treated in primary care – if the general practitioner has the skills and confidence to do so. With Medicare rebates remaining low for consultations and the cost of providing medical care increasing, performing clinical procedures in your practice will not only reduce unnecessary referrals to surgeons and public hospitals, but will also increase your revenue and make you a referral option for your colleagues.

The Professional Certificate and Advanced Workshops of Clinical Procedures are tailored for general practitioner training in a range of foundation and advanced procedures, including the management of commonly encountered surgical problems, local anaesthetic approaches, post-operative care, various suturing techniques, joint injections, and temporary and permanent contraception. 


The Professional Certificate will teach you a broad range of surgical procedures, local anaesthetic approaches, post-operative care, and various suturing techniques.

  • Lacerations, leg ulcers and lipomas
  • Abscesses and sebaceous cysts
  • Foreign bodies
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Warts, skin lesions and haematomas
  • Haemorrhoids and anal-rectal conditions
  • Aseptic technique
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Simple and advanced suturing
  • Post-operative care and dressing selection


The workshop is ideal for experienced doctors who regularly perform advanced clinical procedures or who already provide traditional vasectomies to their patients but would like to learn the non-scalpel procedure.

  • Process of non-scalpel vasectomy procedures
  • Safety rules to avoid complications
  • Determining the necessary equipment
  • Planning patient counselling
  • Analysing patient case scenarios


The workshop will give you a step by step guide to the procedure and valuable insight into the safety guidelines you need to know to avoid complications.

  • Process of intrauterine procedures
  • Safety rules to avoid complications
  • Determining the necessary equipment
  • Planning patient counselling
  • Analysing patient case scenarios


The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is suitable only for physicians, nurse practitioners, and degree-qualified nurses.

The Advanced Workshops are suitable only for physicians.

  • Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing in 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.


For your one-off investment, you will receive unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support and more.

  • Online pre-course activity to be completed in your own time.
  • Eight online video modules to be viewed, replayed and completed at your convenience.
  • All presentation slides and further learning materials available for permanent access and download.
  • Instruments and consumables for practical sessions in the optional practical workshop.
  • Post-course online assessment to be completed in your own time within six months of the course start date.
  • Ongoing post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
  • Access to the HealthCert Community with additional free learning opportunities, special offers and other benefits.


available fully online or with practical workshop

Professional Certificate


Brisbane & Melbourne

From $2,120

(was $2,495)

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Brisbane & Melbourne

This EOFY $1,525

(was $1,795)

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Brisbane & Melbourne

This EOFY $1,525

(was $1,795)

use code EOFY2024


If you choose to attend the optional practical workshop and there is cause for postponement or you cannot travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, full workshop refund, transfer or alternative learning opportunities will be available for you. View full refunds and cancellation policy here.


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

A/Prof Maurice Brygel


General Surgeon and Lecturer, Royal Australian College of Surgeons 

Associate Professor Maurice Brygel is a Melbourne general surgeon who is a pioneer in day surgery hernia repair, having performed over 10,000 hernia operations. He became known as the "hernia king" after establishing the Melbourne Hernia Clinic at Masada and Cabrini hospitals. Maurice also teaches hands-on surgical office skills, which led to him producing and presenting certificate courses in clinical procedures with HealthCert over the last five years.

Maurice teaches at Notre Dame Medical School, Cabrini, the Alfred, and the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Maurice has published extensively on hernias and authored several multimedia books including “The Video Book of Surgery” and “Exploring Essential Surgery” with the Mcgraw Hill Access Surgery and Medicine.

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 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.
Peter Milne

Dr Peter Milne


Vascular, Endovascular & Laser Surgeon, Melbourne Vascular Surgery Unit, Cabrini Medical Centre, Victoria


Dr Peter Milne originally trained in general surgery but has specialised in vascular surgery since 1977.  Peter was trained in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas and in Vascular Surgery at Royal Melbourne and Epsom District Hospitals. He established the Melbourne Vascular Surgery Unit in 1985.  

Peter’s expertise and special interests include aneurysm repair by open surgery and endovascular means, and carotid surgery for stroke prevention with carotid artery stenting. He also performs limb bypass surgery as well as minimally invasive techniques of angioplasty and stenting. Another speciality of Peter’s is varicose vein treatment by surgery, laser and sclerotherapy including embolisation for pelvic congestion. 

Dr Peter Grossberg

Dr Peter Grossberg


Senior Surgeon and Lecturer, Box Hill Hospital Melbourne

Dr Peter Grossberg is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and has a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He practices as a general surgeon and an Endoscopist in Cabrini Hospital, Malvern with extensive experience in general surgery, endoscopy, and laparoscopic surgery especially laparoscopic hernia surgery. Peter has been an examiner in surgical education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level for the past 35 years. He runs workshops for surgical trainees and GPs, particularly in office procedures.

Peter has been a senior lecturer in surgery at Monash and Melbourne Universities and continues to be involved in teaching and examination at the postgraduate level for anatomy at the University of Melbourne. He has been a Senior Surgeon, Head of Unit and Chairman of the Division of Surgery at Box Hill Hospital for the past eight years.

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.


Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures

The certificate course is delivered face-to-face in a small group setting with experienced clinicians and consist of highly practical sessions with supporting theory. Participants are required to complete short pre-course activities and post-course online assessments. The course includes a digital workbook with all presentation slides, tools and consumables for the practical sessions, and access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures. You will also gain access to regular online learning sessions with the speakers and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you implement your learning.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development. 
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both 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 all requirements at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course.


Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures

Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the respective Certificates of Clinical Procedures and below points. To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.

Professional Certificate
CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points

      - PDP units: 27 Educational activity
     - 2 days under the Surgery Rural Procedural Training Grant

Joint Workshop
RACGP CPD Activity 16 Points
ACRRM - PDP units: 3 Educational activity

Non-Scalpel Vasectomy Workshop
RACGP - points pending
      - PDP units: 15 Educational activity, 2 Performance review
     - 1 day under the Surgery Rural Procedural Training Grant

Intrauterine Systems Workshop
RACGP - points pending
      - PDP units: 14 Educational activity, 3 Performance review
     - MOPS points: 5
     - 1 day under the Obstetrics Rural Procedural Training Grant


This program:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PDP 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.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University (Professional Certificate only).
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon (Professional Certificate only).
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna (Professional Certificate only).
  • 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 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.


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.

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Postgraduate studies with
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