Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2020

Applications for the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program 2020 are now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified by email on Thursday 9 April 2020.


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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 and donors to Cancer Council Victoria. This program is available for successful Victorian GP practices to receive one dermatoscope and training for one general practitioner per practice in 2020, with a focus on rural and regional GPs.

When will I find out if I am successful?

Successful applicants will be notified by email on Thursday 9 April 2020.

When will the training be conducted?

Training will be conducted both online and in Melbourne. The online training component will begin on Monday 4 May 2020. A site orientation will take place at 7.30pm AEST on Wednesday 6 May (access from home or practice computer).

The full-day face-to-face workshop will be held on Saturday 1 August 2020 in Melbourne. 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 4 May
  • a site introduction (online) on Wednesday 6 May at 7.30pm (access from your home or practice computer)
  • clinical case studies
  • a one-day face-to-face workshop (in Melbourne) to be held on Saturday 1 August 2020. 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.

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

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

When will the dermatoscopes be delivered?

Dermatoscopes will be distributed (to those who have completed their online modules) at the training on Saturday 1 August 2020.

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 who have not been successful in previous rounds
  • practices located outside of metropolitan Melbourne will be given priority.
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