The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures provides the clinician with intermediate level knowledge including the ability to understand and manage a variety of common problems that require office-based surgical intervention, such as foreign body removal, lacerations, sebaceous cysts and ingrown toenails. The program is suitable for GPs, overseas trained doctors, newly arrived doctors seeking to work in rural networks, nurse practitioners and VR doctors who wish to further develop their surgical office-based knowledge. The program is approved for the Rural Procedural grant program.
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The content covers sections on theory plus hands-on practical sessions. This course is designed to assist GPs in developing confidence in various procedures and understanding their limitations without further practical experience.
The common surgical problems often encountered by GPs such as ingrown toenails, foreign bodies, lacerations, sebaceous cysts, etc. can be readily dealt within general practice. The program demonstrates and practices a range of surgical procedures, local
In the management of ingrown toenails, successful surgical treatment depends on obtaining satisfactory local anaesthesia. The program teaches and practices digital blocks to enable surgical correction and addresses other nail conditions such as acute paronychia abscess and subungual haematoma. The surgery ranges from removal of the nail edge, avulsion of the whole nail in selected cases, and more complex wedge resection. In addition, the increase in the popular use of Phenol ablation is demonstrated and informed consent, safety precautions and multiple attempts at post-operative care are dealt with in detail.
Hands and feet are common sites for splinters, nails and other objects to be embedded. Apart from local
Lacerations can range from a simple clean cut to a dirty, potentially infected wound. The program offers an overview
Sebaceous and pilar cysts are ubiquitous and can occur anywhere on the body. They may present as an infection or abscess around a previous lump. The course demonstrates local anaesthetic techniques in both the non-infected and infected sebaceous cyst with abscess and addresses several surgical methods depending on the sites on the body, the severity of the infection and the skill and experience of the practitioner. Particular care is taken to demonstrate the management of the resultant cavity following the removal of a cyst and instructions are given to avoid damage to underlying structures.
The experienced course presenters also show how to manage subcutaneous lipomata and share tips and tricks of doing this procedure simply and avoiding excessive bleeding.
The course also discusses the treatment of
The course also dedicates a session to
The theory and practical sessions cover:
- Lacerations, leg
- Abscesses and sebaceous cysts
- Foreign bodies
- Ingrown toenails
- Warts, skin lesions and
- Haemorrhoids and anal-rectal conditions
- Local anaesthesia
- Simple and advanced suturing
- Post-operative care and dressing selection
Course participants will:
- Observe experts performing clinical procedures techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
- Perform procedural techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
- Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
- Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
- Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course
- Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
- Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments at dedicated clinics
|8:00am – 8:30am||Registration|
|8:30am – 10:00am||Session 1||Principles of wound healing and managing
Small procedures in general practice theory
|10:00am – 10:30am||Morning Tea|
|10:30am – 12:00pm||Session 2||Closing the wound
Theory and practical
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 2:30pm||Session 3||Lacerations
Theory and practical
|2:30pm – 3:00pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:00pm – 4:30pm||Session 4||Foreign bodies|
|8:15am - 8:30am||Arrival|
|8:30am – 10:30am||Session 5||Ingrown toenails
Theory and practical
|10:30am – 11:00am||Morning Tea|
|11:00am – 12:00pm||Session 6||Diagnosis and management of anal rectal conditions|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 3:00pm||Session 7||Lumps and bumps
Theory and practical
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3:30pm – 4:30pm||Session 8||Managing infected lesions|
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 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 Boxx Hill Hospital for the past eight years.
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.
22 - 23 September 2018
International Convention Centre Sydney
10 - 11 November 2018
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
2 - 3 March 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
6 - 7 July 2019
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Regular Tuition fee
Different payment options available.
Early Bird Rate
Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.
$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.
The Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.
In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes two online examinations:
- 88 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
- 11 per module
Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct? Yes/No
- 11 per module
- 88 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
- 11 per module
Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.
- 11 per module
The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. 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.HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).
Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures.
RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 ACRRM PRPD + 30 MOPS points + Approved for 2 days Rural Procedural Grants Program
This certificate course:
recognisedby Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognisesall courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
- Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon
- Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna
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.
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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.