Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures

Course Overview

The Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures will allow you to consolidate your procedural skills and teach you the most advanced clinic-based procedures, including contraception and injections as well as treatment options for a variety of commonly encountered surgical problems in primary care. The two-day certificate course is delivered face-to-face in a small group setting with experienced clinicians and consist of highly practical sessions with supporting theory.

This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Clinical Procedures. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures, Advanced Certificate of Clinical procedures and Professional Diploma of Clinical Procedures (Coming soon).

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This course is for General Practitioners only. The pre-requisite for this Advanced Certificate course is the successful completion of a HealthCert Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures and Advanced Workshop in Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections (or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 25 clinical procedures/minor surgery cases prior to enrolment.

Professional qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


Course contents and learning outcomes

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

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Anatomy of joints, the inguinal region, the female tract, and the skin
  • Joint puncture and joint tissue injections
  • Fitting and removing an IUD
  • Non-scalpel vasectomy procedures
  • Management of complications
  • Advanced surgical planning and post-operative care

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 ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics

Course Outline


Time Session Topic
10:00am – 10:30am Registration  
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 1 Anatomy
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm – 2:30pm Session 2 Non-Scalpel Vasectomy Part 1
2:30pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Tea  
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 3 Non-Scalpel Vasectomy Part 2


Time Session Topic
9:00am - 9:15am Arrival  
9:15am – 10:45am Session 4 IUS fitting and removal Part 1
10:45am – 11:15am Morning Tea  
11:15am – 12:45pm Session 5 IUS fitting and removal Part 2
12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch  
1:45pm – 2:45pm Session 6 Business considerations
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm – 5:00pm Session 7 Advanced suturing

Meet your instructors

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

A/Prof Maurice Brygel
A/Prof Maurice Brygel

General Surgeon and Lecturer
Royal Australian College of Surgeons

Dr Gerard
Dr Gerard Ahern

General Surgeon; Senior Lecturer, Medical Education & Assessment, University of Notre Dame; Honorary Expert, Anatomy and Neuroscience
University of Melbourne

Dr Raj Selvarajan
Dr Raj Selvarajan

General Practitioner at Narangba Doctors, Qld

Dr Nelum Dharmapriya
Dr Nelum Dharmapriya

General Practitioner at Narangba Doctors, Qld

Dates and locations


8 - 9 July 2017

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


23 - 24 September 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney


Regular Tuition Fee


Different payment options available.

Early Bird Rate


Register 30 days in advance and save $200.

Deferred Payment

$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 Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship of $350.

BUNDLE PRICING: In order to qualify for the Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures doctors must complete the Joint Puncture and Soft Tissue Injections. The fee for both programs combined is $3,490.


Course delivery and assessment

The Advanced 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 Advanced Certificate program. 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 finally two online examinations.

Certification and accreditation

The two-day program is presented in surgical skills labs in a supportive learning environment and small group setting. You are required to complete a pre-disposing activity for this course which consists of a short questionnaire. The online assessment requirements comprise a questionnaire to be completed at your convenience within 14 days of the completion of the program. Certificates are processed at the end of the month you completed the assessment.

RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 ACRRM PRPD + PRPD Surgery MOPS + 30 EM 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
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon
  • Qualifies for Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna
  • Is under academic review by Monash University for dual awards
    Monash University may award a Certificate of Attendance for the Advanced Workshop component of this course, in addition to the HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures. HealthCert has partnered with Monash University and awarded dual qualifications for several years and will celebrate a decade of collaboration in 2018.


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the second stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of Clinical Procedures, Advanced Certificate of Clinical Procedures.

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.  The procedures include, but are not limited to, non-scalpel vasectomy and IUCD insertion and removal. 

Separate Clinical Attachments are also available for Skin Cancer Surgery. 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.

The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.

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.

Recommended Postgraduate Course

HealthCert is exploring recognition for this qualification towards a Postgraduate Diploma of Minor Skin Surgery that is available online and with a short residency in the UK. More information is available on request and an announcement will be made when a pathway is confirmed.

Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with Accredited by
Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
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Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners

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 look forward to assisting you.

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