Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2019

SunSmart is proud to announce the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2019.

The program is generously funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. This program is available for Victorian GP practices to apply for a chance to receive one dermatoscope and training for one practising general practitioner per practice in 2019, with a focus on rural and regional practices.

A dermatoscope is a handheld skin microscope that allows doctors to look more closely at skin lesions than with the naked eye. It is therefore useful in the accurate early detection of skin cancer.

Applications are now open for the June to September 2019 study period, and must be submitted by 5pm Tuesday 30 April 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. 

 Click here to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program?

The Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program is generously funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. This funding is available for successful Victorian GP practices to receive one dermatoscope and training for one general practitioner per practice in 2019, with a focus on rural and regional GPs.

When will I find out if I am successful?

Successful applicants will be notified by email.

When will the training be conducted?

Training will be conducted both online and in Melbourne. The online training component will begin on Monday 3 June 2019. A site orientation will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 June (access from home or office computer).
The full day face-to-face workshop will be held on Saturday 24 August 2019. Successful applicants are required to attend this day.

What does the training component include?

The Australasian College of Dermatologists will provide a Practical Dermoscopy course. The course is a 12-14 week program delivered in a blended learning format. The course consists of a total of approximately 30-50 hours of student effort. This includes:

  • 6 self-paced online modules, beginning Monday 3 June
  • a site introduction (online) on Wednesday 5 June
  • clinical case studies
  • a one-day face-to-face workshop (in Melbourne) to be held on Saturday 24 August 2019. The workshop component will give you the opportunity to consolidate the skills you've learnt in the online modules and clinical case studies. You will work in small groups, practice using your new dermatoscope and develop your practical procedural and surgical skills.
  • a final two-hour online virtual exam

For more information visit the Australasian College of Dermatologists website. Completion of both online training and attendance at the face-to-face workshop is mandatory to be eligible to receive the dermatoscope.

Will there be CPD points attached to the training?

Completion of this course will result in 30 PRPD points with ACRRM and 40 Category 1 QI & CPD points with RACGP.

Will other training cohorts be offered this year?

Further rounds of the dermoscopy program will be offered later in 2019 (September to November study period). Please email dermoscopy@cancervic.org.au for more information.

Can I register additional GPs within my practice to attend the training component?

Yes, however, this will be at cost to your practice. The 2019 Practical Dermoscopy program is run by the Australasian College of Dermatologists. Should you be interested, please contact Kirsty Edwards at kirsty@dermcoll.edu.au.

When will the dermatoscopes be delivered?

Dermatoscopes will be distributed at the training on Saturday 24 August 2019.

What is a dermatoscope?

A dermatoscope is a handheld skin microscope that allows doctors to look more closely at skin lesions than with the naked eye. It is therefore useful in the accurate early detection of skin cancer.

How will applications be assessed?

The judging panel will give preference to applicants who can demonstrate the following:

  • a definite need for the dermatoscope and a large percentage of people who will benefit
  • other strategies in place to support skin cancer prevention
  • a clear commitment to completing the data collection and training offered by Cancer Council
  • practices located outside of metropolitan Melbourne will be given priority.
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