Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures will allow you to 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 Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems.

Each Advanced Workshop can be completed individually or as part of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures course. 

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE REQUISITES

This course is for general practitioners only. The pre-requisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and previous practical experience in clinical procedures. Doctors who wish to receive a HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures must complete all three Advanced Workshops: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections, Non-Scalpel Vasectomy and Intrauterine Systems.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit@healthcert.com for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your education history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

COURSE CONTENTS

This course is designed for medical practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures course. There will be a greater focus on more advanced cases in Clinical Procedures with the use of simulated models. 

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Basic anatomical principles and their application
  • Systemic, regional and clinical anatomy of joints and relevant soft tissues, the inguinal region, and the female genital tract
  • Anatomical layers and dangers involved in specific procedures and management of complications (joint and soft tissue puncture, vasectomy, intrauterine system fitting)
  • Specific conditions that require joint puncture and soft tissue injections
  • Fitting and removing an IUS
  • Non-scalpel vasectomy procedures
  • Counselling and consultation prior to IUS, non-scalpel vasectomy and joint puncture procedures
  • Complications that may occur with IUS, non-scalpel vasectomy and joint puncture procedures

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
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing post-course support through webinars and case review
  • Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments available at dedicated clinics (excludes Non-Scalpel Vasectomy workshop)

COURE OUTLINE

Friday evening: Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections

This workshop can be completed individually or as stage 1 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration  
6:30pm - 7:30pm Theory Principles
  • Assessment
  • Preparation
  • Equipment
  • Procedure

Efficacy and Costing

7:30pm - 7:45pm Break  
7:45pm - 9:45pm Practical

Procedures

  • Upper limb
  • Lower limb

Saturday: Non-Scalpel Vasectomy

This workshop can be completed individually or stage 2 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

Time Session Topic
8:30am – 9:00am Registration  
9:00am – 10:30am Session 1

Introduction to non-scalpel vasectomy and anatomy

Practical

10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea  
11:00am – 12:30pm Session 2

Non-scalpel vasectomy (part 1)

Practical

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 3:00pm Session 3 Non-scalpel vasectomy (part 2)
3:00ppm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm – 5:00pm Session 4

Post-op complications and follow-up care

Practical

Sunday: Intrauterine Systems

This workshop can be completed individually or as stage 3 of the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures. 

Time Session Topic
8:00am - 8:30am Registration  
8:30am – 10:00am Session 1

IUS theory

10:00am – 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 2 Copper IUD and IUS practical (part 1)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm – 2:30pm Session 3 IUS practical (part 2) and case studies
2:30pm - 3:00pm Afternoon Tea  
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 4 Case studies (continued from session 3)

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

This course is presented by a team of experienced surgeons and noted clinicians, including:
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 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.

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.

Dates and locations

BRISBANE

3 - 4 March 2018

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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SYDNEY

22 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2018

International Convention Centre, Sydney

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COURSE FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

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 Systems.

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.

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COURSE DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT

The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures is designed as a face-to-face course supported by online materials. There are three advanced workshops and an online anatomy presentation that reviews and summarises the advanced anatomy needed for all three workshops. Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 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 online assessment.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes online examination questions after each workshop and the online anatomy presentation.

The examination questions are both knowledge- and application-based questions which are 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 percent.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of all three Advanced Workshops, participants will receive the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures and RACGP 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points + 7 Category 2 CPD points, and ACRRM 66 PRPD points + 30 MOPS points.

This advanced certificate:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.

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 Skin Cancer Surgery, the 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 and only need to complete the final examinations for this module.

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 30 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Supervised examinations will need to be completed.

When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Prostgraduate Diploma to a Master of Science in the specialty awarded by the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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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