Clinical Attachment
in Dermatology
Darwin, Northern Territory

             HCE and Darwin


In a two- or five-day clinical attachment program, engage in clinical activities, medical services and treatments including general dermatology consultations and activities related to your special interest, including infectious dermatological conditions. Shadow dermatology expert Dr Dev Tilakaratne and Dr Christopher Ross (one of the expert presenters of the HealthCert Professional Diploma program in General Dermatology) - among many others - at Darwin's premier facility for dermatology services in Tiwi, Northern Territory.


Darwin Dermatology is Darwin’s premier provider of dermatology services. Dr Dev Tilakaratne established Darwin Dermatology in 2016 and since then, he and his team have been providing the highest level of care for all dermatologic conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, childhood skin conditions and skin cancers. Other services provided include patch testing for skin allergies, phototherapy utilising the reputable Daavlin 3 Series Narrowband UVB Phototherapy machine, nanofractional radiofrequency treatments for acne scars and photoageing, and surgical removal of skin cancers.

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Entry Requirements

The clinical attachment program is aimed at qualified clinical nurses and general practitioners with a clinical interest in dermatology who have completed the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology.


Engage in clinical activities, medical services and treatments. The program can be tailored individually to your special interests, and presentations may include, but are not limited to:

  • General dermatology consultations
  • Infectious dermatological conditions
  • Acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin infections
  • Childhood skin conditions
  • Skin cancers
  • Patch testing for skin allergies
  • Phototherapy
  • Nanofractional radiofrequency treatments
  • Surgical removal of skin cancers


Shadow a foremost expert in general dermatology:
Dr Dev Tilakaratne-CIRCLE

Dr Dev Tilakaratne


Born and raised in Darwin, Dr Dev Tilakaratne relocated to Townsville to complete James Cook University’s (JCU) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, in which rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical perspectives flavoured all aspects of the course.

After gaining experience as a doctor at Royal Darwin Hospital and contributing to research at Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Dr Tilakaratne moved to Adelaide for specialist training in Dermatology, during which time he gained experience at Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Flinders Medical Centre. Dr Tilakaratne was awarded Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 2016.

From an academic perspective, Dr Tilakaratne has presented at State and National meetings of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Australasian Dermatopathology Society (ADS). He has published articles in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology - a journal for which he now volunteers as a reviewer. He also serves as Associate Lecturer with Flinders University, teaching medical students of the NT Medical Program. Most recently, Dr Tilakaratne has partnered with Menzies School of Health Research as an Honorary Clinical Fellow for research in the field of scabies.

Recognising that there was a huge need for Dermatologists in the Northern Territory, he established Darwin Dermatology, where he currently diagnoses and manages skin cancers and general dermatology.


Medical professionals can apply for a two-day or five-day program where they will experience first-hand the day-to-day operations and interactions of a dermatology facility. Participants will further develop their clinical knowledge by observing experts, participating in case discussions and asking questions on all aspects of treatment and patient care.

Please note that we can’t guarantee any specific procedures due to the nature of clinical work and the type of patients seen on certain days.


Medical professionals must submit their application with their preferred dates at least one month prior to the program commencement date. HealthCert will contact the facility and arrange for the placement of the applicant at the host facility. Participants must commence the program latest six months after their application has been accepted.


Participants are expected to independently organise and fund their travel and accommodation throughout the duration of the program. The hosting facility will provide day time activities from 9am to 5pm during weekdays only.

You can learn more about the venue, including getting there and where to stay, here.


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General Practitioner Fees
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Five-day program
Clinic Nurse Fees
Two-day program
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No assessment is required for this activity.


Supervised Clinical Attachments qualify for Performance Review CPD hours.

  • Must be a minimum of three contact hours.
  • Review the guides and templates available from RACGP and ACRRM prior to commencing a Clinical Attachment to ensure you document all requirements for this self-submitted activity.
  • HealthCert Education will provide a “Certificate of Clinical Attachment – Australia” to confirm completion.

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My visit to the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre was very exciting and interesting with innovative and unexpected “twists” here and there. Most of all, I appreciated you giving me unlimited access into your organisation and insights on how things should be done and run. You have inspired me and I have "converted" to skin cancer management. I thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to experience your environment and I would like to thank every one of the friendly staff at the clinic for their support. Anyone interested in pursuing skin cancer management, should not miss the opportunity to visit your centre.

Dr D. Sulava, VIC


The structured clinical attachment at the Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre has provided an excellent first-hand experience and insight into many procedural aspects of skin cancer medicine management. It is a well-organised program which has afforded me good practical experience in this expanding area of medical practice. Thoroughly recommended.

Dr A. McIntosh, VIC


I had a recent two-day clinical attachment at Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre. It is a new purpose-built practice and really showed me how to run a very high-standard skin cancer practice. All the staff are very friendly and highly efficient. The doctors are very keen to teach and I left with many new techniques and ideas. I can recommend this attachment to any doctor with an interest in skin cancer.

Dr J. Bushell, SA

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