In collaboration with universities, teaching hospitals and specialist private clinics, the HealthCert clinical attachments program provides GPs and clinical nurses with a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and clinical support training. Participants will have the unique opportunity to enhance their knowledge of procedures in dedicated treatment facilities by observing and questioning experts – this may include all aspects of treatment including initial consultations and patient treatment options as well as surgical procedures, use of equipment and patient follow-ups.
Darwin Dermatology is Darwin’s premier provider of dermatology services. Dr Dev Tilakaratne and his team provide the highest level of care for all dermatologic conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, skin cancer and more. You will engage in clinical activities including general dermatology consultations, medical services and treatments.
The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year. The program is suitable for general practitioners only.
The clinical attachment program is aimed at qualified medical professionals (clinical nurses and general practitioners) with a special interest in dermatology and who have completed the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology.
The program may be tailored individually to the participant’s special interests and presentations may include, but are not limited to:
Prof Harald Kittler
Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
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 world dermatology facilities. Participants will further develop their clinical knowledge by observing specialists, 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 at the latest six months after their application has been accepted.
Please note that approximately three to four months’ notice may be required to facilitate desired booking dates for clinical attachments outside Australia.
Participants are expected to independently organise and fund their travel and accommodation throughout the duration of the program. They are responsible for their own insurance and a disclaimer must be signed for HealthCert and partners. The hosting facility will provide day time activities from 9am to 5pm during weekdays only.
*The Medical University of Vienna only accepts general practitioners.
No assessment is required for this activity. However for members of the RACGP who wish to qualify for Category 1 CPD points certain records must be kept and session summaries completed. See the CPD section below.
For members of the RACGP these activities are considered as a “Supervised Clinical Attachment” activity which qualify for 40 Category 1 points. A list of the required information will be provided upon registration. The participant must complete these documents and submit them to the RACGP upon completion. This is a self-submitted activity. HealthCert will provide a “Certificate of Clinical Attachment - International” to confirm completion of the activity.