Giving back: Determined to make a difference


Determined to Make a Difference

One of our core values is that we are “determined to make a difference”, and we work hard every day to do our part in making the world a better place. Through HealthCert and in collaboration with other organisations, we provide doctors with valuable education aiming to improve the availability and delivery of primary care in our local communities and globally. 

DOCTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The HealthCert Doctors for Development Scholarship was established to provide access to quality education in the areas of skin cancer medicine and dermatology for physicians who practise in the world's least developed countries and are committed to providing care to their patients despite difficult circumstances. The goal of the scholarship is to enable these doctors to achieve better patient outcomes in their home countries by applying and sharing the knowledge they acquired in the online certificate courses delivered by HealthCert.

The scholarship is available to physicians who volunteer some of their time to care for patients in need. Eligible physicians must permanently reside and practise in a developing country. The scholarship program provides access to the following certificate courses and professional diploma programs:

"The training offered as part of the Doctors for Development scholarship program is invaluable. I learned so much and my community is already noticing many positive changes in pathology management. I can provide quality care to the local people and I am also delivering radio broadcasts to inform them about skin and venereal diseases in Guinea. I am now participating in the practical and theoretical training of medical students. This training has been a totally positive change for us, and I hope to benefit from the complete program in order to be more competitive and to contribute even further to the community."

- Dr I. Traoré, Guinea

Read more about how the Doctors for Development Scholarship has benefited Dr Traoré and his community in this report.

GP REGISTRARS SCHOLARSHIP

HealthCert supports the professional development of GP Registrars through a special scholarship. Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $500 for all face-to-face certificate courses and $350 for all online certificate courses.

GPs are expected to manage patients with skin cancer and other dermatological concerns in primary care, especially if they take a position in regional areas with very limited access to specialist care. However, these subjects are often undertaught at medical schools and GPs entering the workforce might feel underequipped to manage these patients. The HealthCert certificate courses aim to equip the doctors with the necessary skills to manage these conditions with confidence and improve patient outcomes in primary care. The courses also offer an essential step towards subspecialisation for doctors who wish to make skin cancer medicine, aesthetic medicine or dermatology the focus of their work.

Lions Cancer Institute Skin Cancer Screening program

Capture-3The Skin Cancer Screening program is one of the key components of the Lions Cancer Institute – a project of the Lions Club of Western Australia. The program provides free skin screening checks in rural and remote areas of WA where access to skin checks is not always available.

HealthCert is proud to provide Lions Cancer Institute volunteers with vital training in dermoscopy to facilitate the Skin Cancer Screening program.

Free, full-body visual examinations are delivered in around 40 locations annually by a team of 20 volunteer screeners including dermatologists, plastic surgeons, GPs and dermoscopists.

Patients are advised about all suspicious lesions found by the volunteers and are provided with a referral for their GP.

“I started doing the Skin Cancer Screening program with the Lions earlier this year. The HeathCert dermoscopy course has helped immensely.

I have always had an interest in skin lesions and for years utilised the ABCDEF system to diagnose and manage them. Adding dermoscopy to this system has added a positive dimension and enabled diagnosis of subtle malignant lesions that I was unable to discern with the naked eye and a hand magnifier.

Equally importantly, I am enabled to diagnose benign lesions that I may otherwise have excised.

I am finding that the more I look, the more I see and understand.

I can highly recommend this course.”

- Dr Alan Wright

 

“I undertook the HealthCert dermoscopy course in order to gain knowledge to be a volunteer dermoscopist with Lions Cancer Institute. As a retiring registered nurse and midwife, I consider myself a novice at examining skin lesions and this course has given me the knowledge to identify lesions that are suspicious and should be referred for biopsy. I found the "Chaos and Clues", "Elephant Approach" and "Ugly Duckling" method to be very useful tools.

At the beginning of the course, I was not confident in identification of lesions, however, I was confident to take my place amongst the dermoscopist team recently and was surprised at the accuracy of identification of suspicious lesions.

I believe that the knowledge I have gained through the online lectures, quizzes and printed materials has enabled me to be a confident novice dermoscopist. The HealthCert course has been one of the best courses I have ever completed.”

- Diane Wright RN

FREE ONLINE SHORT COURSE IN SKIN CANCER MEDICINE

With the majority of skin cancer work managed in primary care, every practising GP should have fundamental skin cancer diagnosis skills to help improve patient outcomes and save lives. The free online course is based on the suite of university quality-assured skin cancer certificate courses which have been attended by thousands of medical professionals worldwide. The objective of the short course is to provide GPs with the fundamental knowledge required to screen and identify suspicious skin lesions in a busy general practice.

COURSE CONTENTS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES


  • Part I: FULL-BODY SKIN EXAMINATION
    How to provide a systematic, best-practice full-body skin cancer examination for patients.
  • Part II: SUSPICIOUS SKIN LESIONS
    How to identify and manage suspicious skin lesions.
  • Part III: DERMOSCOPY
    How to use dermoscopy in assessing suspicious skin lesions and minimise the risk of missing an obvious melanoma.
  • Part IV: THREE POINT CHECK LIST
    How to use the Three Point Checklist to assess lesions, including training images and case discussions.

DEVELOPED AND PRESENTED BY

 

Professor David Wilkinson

MBChB MSc MD PhD DSc
MRCP FRACGP FACRRM FAFPHM

Professor Wilkinson is a general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. He has published research papers on skin cancer, designed and led the development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop a suite of skin cancer certificate courses for general practitioners.

MILLION METRES FOR MELANOMA

Million-Meters-Team-2018-Low-Res_jpg236--002-HealthCert partnered with the Skin Cancer Institute to become a bronze sponsor of the Million Metres for Melanoma initiative. Together, we share the vision of a world where nobody dies from skin cancer.

The fundraising event, held on 16 October 2018, saw the MM4M team attempt to break the world record for the fastest team to run one million metres on a treadmill. All proceeds were donated towards building a new melanoma unit at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

In April 2016, the MM4M team broke the world record for the fastest team to row one million metres on an indoor rowing machine. That three-day event raised over $132,000 towards providing support for individuals and families during their fight against melanoma.

The 11-man MM4M team is headed by Chris Conyard, who lost his sister-in-law to melanoma in November 2015 and has since vowed to help those who are also fighting the disease.

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Bond University Sustainable Healthcare Awards

As a proud sponsor of the Bond University Sustainable Healthcare Awards, HealthCert was honoured to present the Educational Award to the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation + University of Tasmania Graduate Certificate (Clinical Redesign) in November 2018.

The Bond University Sustainable Healthcare Awards raise awareness of best practice in high-value healthcare and recognise the achievements of advocates and pioneers in this area. Sustainable Healthcare aims to improve health outcomes while using resources wisely. Bond University posits that sustainable health interventions should be evidence-based, effective, minimise waste, affordable and able to be implemented in the long term without accumulating adverse consequences for society or individuals.

HealthCert proudly sponsored the Educational Award, which recognises those in the community who increase students’ understanding of sustainable health. The winner of the Award was the 12 Month Redesign Program - Graduate Certificate (Clinical Redesign).

In 2014, the Centre for Healthcare Redesign at the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) partnered with the University of Tasmania to deliver its highly regarded 12-month Redesign Program as a postgraduate qualification. ACI and UTAS content was combined to produce a Graduate Certificate award course that is practically applied in the workplace, delivered in a blended learning model and meets Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) 8 requirements. The resulting program not only provides students with an understanding of person-centred sustainable healthcare but also the skills and confidence to design, implement and evaluate health service improvement initiatives.

Learn more about the Awards.

Supporting the Development of Malaria Vaccine

We are proudly supporting the Rotary Clubs of Southport and Broadbeach who have initiated a fundraising project to aid further development of a Malaria vaccine created by Griffith University. There are around 3.2 billion people living in Malaria endemic areas worldwide and, in 2015, there were approximately 438,000 deaths – mostly children under five years. Vaccination is the key to eradicating the disease but, despite international efforts, no such vaccine exists.

Please help us support this promising project by donating to Rotary. The funds will help progress the vaccine into the next stage of clinical trials.

How can we help you?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions, require more information or would like to discuss your learning requirements. We are here to help and will be sure to tailor your education pathway to your current expertise, interests and career goals.

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