Integrated skin cancer program
State Government funded
Integrated Skin Program

ISHCERF, NSW health and the SESLHD in conjunction with Ramsay healthcare and Laverty pathology have established an innovative integrated GP skin cancer program.

The program runs for 6 months and will provide hands-on teaching and skill acquisition with a competency based qualification recognising expertise in skin cancer assessment, risk assessment, diagnosis and simple surgical procedures. GPs are required to attend 1/2 a day session a week at the centre and also attend the lecture program outlined below.

The 2016 program (until June)  is now available below beginning February 2016. For further information please contact our administrator on

Training Faculty

  • A/Prof Anand Deva
  • Dr. Adrian Cacchia
  • Dr. Peter Cropley
  • Dr. Saleem Loghdey
  • Sr. Sue Mackinley
  • Dr. Andrew McKenzie-Wood
  • Dr. John Pyne
  • A/Prof Duncan Stanford
  • Dr. Louis Wessels


Date Topic Facilitators
2/2/16 Skin Anatomy, stratifying risk of skin cancer


1.            Define layers of skin

2.          Assess patient risk of skin cancer

3.           Generate care plan for skin cancer surveillance

A/Prof Anand Deva

Dr. Saleem Loghdey

10/2/16 Diagnostics 1 – skin cancer examination


1.            List benign conditions of skin

2.          List premalignant conditions of skin

3.           List and differentiate malignant tumours of skin

Dr. Saleem Loghdey

Dr. John Pyne


23/2/16 Diagnostics 2 – Dermoscopy and biopsy


1.            Display Dermatoscopy technique

2.          Common dermatoscopic diagnosis techniques/appearance

3.           Setting up clinic-pathological audit


Dr. John Pyne

Dr. Saleem Loghdey

8/3/16 Dermatopathology for Clinicians


1.            Describe pathological appearance for basal cell cancer

2.          Describe pathological appearance for squamous cell cancer

3.           Describe pathological appearance for malignant melanoma




Dr. Peter Cropley

Dr. Adrian Cachia

16/3/16 Skin biopsies: getting the most from your histopathology report


1.            Understand common pathological terms

2.          Described adequate margins for various malignant skin tumours

3.           Describe the role of immunostains for differentiating skin tumours


Dr. Peter Cropley

Dr Adrian Cachia

30/3/16 Suturing skills and suture workshop and planning a simple skin excision


1.            How to handle surgical instruments

2.          How to choose appropriate sutures

3.           How to plan simple skin excision

4.          Wound care and suture removal

5.           Scar management


A/Prof Anand Deva

Dr. Tony Palasovski

Dr. Louis Wessels

4/5/16 Non Surgical treatments – cryotherapy, curettage, medical and PDT


1.            Outline technique of cryotherapy

2.          Understand the indication and effectiveness of non-surgical therapy

3.           Outline medical options for treatment of basal cell cancer

4.          Describe the mechanism of PDT therapy

Dr. Andrew McKenzie Wood


11/5/16 Reconstructive Ladder and simple skin flaps/grafts

1.            Outline reconstructive ladder

2.          Differentiate between flap/graft

3.           Plan simple flap options for closure

Dr. Louis Wessels
24/5/16 Nursing perspectives and setting up a skin cancer practice


1.            Nursing skills required for support

2.          Space requirements for skin cancer practice

3.           Training of staff and practice to optimize skin cancer treatment

Sr Sue Mackinley

Dr. John Pyne


7/6/16 Incomplete margins & MOHS surgery


1.            What is an adequate margin for malignant skin tumours

2.          Reoperation for malignant skin tumours

3.           Anatomically difficult areas

4.          Principles of MOHS surgery

5.           Outcomes following treatment MOHS

Dr. Saleem Loghdey

A/Prof Duncan Stanford


Request an appointment