PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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 and Advanced Certificate courses teach a range of foundation and advanced procedures, including the management of a variety of commonly encountered surgical problems, local anaesthetic approaches, post-operative care, various suturing techniques, and temporary and permanent
contraception. 

Doctors who wish to qualify for the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures must complete three Advanced Workshops: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems. All workshops can also be completed individually. 

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE OF CLINICAL PROCEDURES


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

ADVANCED WORKSHOPS OF CLINICAL PROCEDURES

The one-day workshops cover highly sought-after services in primary care, and can be completed individually or as part of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections 
Non-Scalpel Vasectomy 
Intrauterine Systems 

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE OF CLINICAL PROCEDURES

The Advanced Certificate will 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 and Soft Tissue Injections (stage 1), Non-Scalpel Vasectomy (stage 2) and Intrauterine Systems (stage 3). 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is for general practitioners and the nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures is for general practitioners only.

  • No previous formal training is required for the Professional Certificate course.
  • Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must complete the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and previous experience in clinical procedures is recommended.

PROGRAM CONTENTS

Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures

  • 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

Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures

  • Anatomy of joints, the inguinal region, the female genital tract, and the skin
  • Joint puncture and joint tissue injections
  • Fitting and removing an IUD
  • Non-scalpel vasectomy procedures
  • Management of complications
  • Advanced surgical planning and post-operative care

The certificate course consists of three Advanced Workshops covering highly sought-after services in primary care: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections (stage 1), Non-Scalpel Vasectomy (stage 2) and Intrauterine Systems (stage 3). 

Advanced Workshops of Clinical Procedures

All workshops can be completed individually or as part of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections 

  • Principles of joint puncture
  • Principles of soft tissue injections
  • Joint anatomy and safe treatment
  • Local anaesthesia and safe practices
  • Specific conditions that require joint puncture and soft tissue injections

Non-Scalpel Vasectomy 

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

Intrauterine Systems

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

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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

FRACS

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

MBBS   

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

MBChB(UK), MRCP, FRACGP

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.
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Dr Peter Chu

MBBS, FRACSGen, FRACSVasc, BMEDSCI

Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon

 

Dr Peter Chu graduated from Melbourne University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and a Bachelor of Medical Science in Immunology through the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medicine. Having gained his Fellowship from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in General Surgery in 2002, he obtained a second fellowship from The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and completed an Endovascular Fellowship through The Epworth Hospital in 2005.

Peter currently has an appointment as Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and has admitting rights to several private hospitals in Melbourne, including Epworth Private, Cabrini Medical Centre, Knox Private and Melbourne Private Hospitals.

He established and operates The Melbourne Vascular Surgery & Vein Clinic and the Melbourne Vein Centre, offering office-based ambulatory treatment of venous disorders and varicose veins, and consultations for various vascular conditions. He also manages a non-invasive vascular laboratory and imaging service (Melbourne Vascular Imaging) for comprehensive diagnoses and management of vascular disorders.

Peter also consults from The Moorabbin Specialist Centre, Cabrini Medical Centre and 195 Specialist Centre.

Peter’s areas of interest in vascular and endovascular surgery include:

  • Management of limb ulceration
  • Investigation and treatment of acute and chronic arterial insufficiency with endovascular (angioplasty, stenting) and open bypass surgery
  • Venous diseases including spider vein injections, sclerotherapy, foam echosclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation, endovenous radiofrequency ablation, Venoseal and surgery
  • Arterial aneurysms (open and endovascular treatment)
  • Carotid artery disease and stroke prevention (including carotid endarterectomy and stenting)
  • Renovascular hypertension (including renal artery angioplasty and stenting)
  • Management of thoracic outlet syndrome, vasculitides and vasospastic disorders such as Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Central venous access and dialysis access
  • Vascular complications in endurance athletes
  • Endovascular management of varicocoeles and ovarian vein reflux (pelvic congestion syndrome)
  • Treatment of vasculogenic impotence.

Peter is committed to providing a comprehensive, competent, friendly and readily accessible vascular surgical service.

Dr Peter Grossberg

Dr Peter Grossberg

FRAC, MBBS

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 Boxx Hill Hospital for the past eight years.

Dr Raj Selvarajan

Dr Raj Selvarajan

MBBS, MRCS(Ed), MRCGP, FRACGP

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.

Dates & Locations

BRISBANE

2 - 3 March 2019

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Professional CertificateREGISTER NOW

Melbourne

6 - 7 July 2019

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Professional CertificateREGISTER NOW

SYDNEY

14 - 15 September 2019

International Convention Centre Sydney

Advanced CertificateREGISTER NOW

COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures

REGULAR TUITION FEE

$3,195

Different payment options available.

EARLY BIRD RATE

$2,995

Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

DEFERRED PAYMENT

$845 x 4

Defer your payments over several months.

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 $500.

COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures

Regular Tuition Fee

$3,485

Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate

$3,385

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 Procedures.

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

PROGRAM DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT

Professional and Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures

The certificate courses are 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. All courses include a full-colour 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. - All certificate levels
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair. - Advanced Certificate only
  • 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. - All certificate levels

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive:

Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures:

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + PRPD Surgery MOPS + 30 EM MOPS points 

Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures:

RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points + 7 Category 2 CPD points (upon completion of all three advanced workshops)
ACRRM: 66 PRPD points + 30 MOPS points

Certificate of Attendance of the Advanced Workshops:

Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections:
RACGP: 7 Category 2 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 6 PRPD points

Non-Scalpel Vasectomy:
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points

Intrauterine Systems:
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points + 30 MOPS points

This program:

  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in Intrauterine Systems (Advanced Certificate only).
  • The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is delivered in partnership with Monash University.
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.

EDUCATION PATHWAYS

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.

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Recognised by
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