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GP Skin Cancer Workshop - 29 August 2020

GP Skin Cancer Workshop - 29 August 2020

8:30AM - 5:30PM Saturday 29th August 2020
Registrations for this event are now closed.

A highly-interactive one-day workshop for general practitioners, developed and delivered by specialist dermatologist educators at the Skin Health Institute.

This workshop aims to upskill GPs so that they can confidently

  • identify common benign and malignant skin lesions,
  • use dermoscopy to assist in the diagnosis of skin lesions,
  • understand the principles and practice of managing melanomas and non-melanoma skin cancers,
  • understand biopsy principles and techniques, and
  • explain the principles of sun protection to patients. 

There will be practical sessions throughout the day:

  • Non Melanoma Skin Cancer (Interactive Lecture)
  • Melanoma Skin Cancer (Interactive Lecture)
  • Basic dermoscopy, which will cover identifying benign lesions, non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma (Interactive Lecture)
  • Biopsy Techniques - Punch and Shave (hands-on, procedural skills, direct observation)
  • Excisional Biopsy Technique (hands-on, procedural skills, direct observation)
  • Practical Session  (hands-on, procedural skills, direct observation)

This GP Skin Cancer Workshop is suitable for all GPs and GP registrars or trainees, whatever the level of experience. Developed and taught by experienced specialist dermatologist educators, these workshops are a perfect opportunity to skill up.


  • This was a comprehensive and definitive session presented by experts in the field - answered some unanswered questions, blew away some misconceptions, and answered the key question: Should I excise it?  Strongly recommended. (Dr P.O.)
  • An extremely useful and concise workshop covering the most important topics relevant to General Practice. Am looking forward to the next dermoscopy course. (Dr G.M.)
  • Excellent. Prof Alvin Chong is an exemplary presenter. (Dr J.P.)
  • Very useful work shop. Made big difference in my approach (Dr R.M.)
  • Great course (Dr .M. )
  • Enjoyable and well-presented workshop. Highly recommended. (Dr P.L. )

See what GPs have said about all our recent workshops - click here.


There will be a number of dermatologists presenting and participating at this workshop. These are being coordinated by Associate Professor Alvin Chong, a dermatologist with extensive teaching experience. 


A/Prof Alvin Chong is a Senior Lecturer in Dermatology at Melbourne University and a specialist dermatologist at the Skin Health Institute, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne.

He is an international authority on skin cancer in immunosuppressed and solid organ transplant recipients. He has a passion for teaching and has run several successful workshops aimed at upskilling GPs and trainees in the diagnosis and management of skin diseases.

Associate Professor Chong has also been Victorian Censor of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Dr Edward Upjohn, MBBS, MMed, FACD, FACMS

Dr Edward Upjohn is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon and consults in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery clinic at the Skin Health Institute. 

In addition he is a consultant dermatologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and is in private practice. He has been associated with the Skin Health Institute since 2003. .

Dr Lena Ly,  MBBS, FACD

Dr Ly completed her medical degree at Melbourne University in 2005 and has over 10 years of experience in the field. She has trained in major Victorian hospitals and also internationally at the renowned St Georges Hospital, London. Dr Ly currently is a consultant dermatologist at Eastern Health, Monash Medical Centre, and the Skin Health Institute.

Prior to her formal training, Dr Ly was Research Fellow under Professor John Kelly at the Victorian Melanoma Service and Professor Ingrid Winship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Adult Genetics Service, researching the epigenetic causes of melanoma. Dr Ly is passionate about evidence-based medicine and has published in peer-reviewed national and international journals in the field of dermatology.

 Dr Ly has a wide range of interests including skin cancer diagnosis and management (including surgical and non-surgical treatments), and adult and paediatric skin hair and nail disorders and contact allergy. 



The Skin Health Institute is an RACGP CPD Education Provider.

This Workshop has been accredited by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (formerly known as Category 1) for the 2020-2022 Triennium as Activity No. 188047. 40 CPD points.


This event is accredited in the ACRRM 2020 – 2022 Professional Development Program (PDP). Attendance at this event attracts 9 PDP points (6 hours under the Performance Review category, 3 hours under the Educational Activities category), and 3 MOPS points.

For further information about ACRRM PDP and surgical grant eligibility, please contact ACRRM and cite event ID #19899

If you are an ACRRM member, please enter your ACRRM number where shown when registering.

Rural Procedural Grants Program (RPGP)

Rural GPs may also qualify for the Australian Government's Rural Procedural Grants Program which allows for up to $2,000 per day. If so, you will need to apply through the RACGP or ACRRM before attending.

For more information see the RACGPs website here.


The number of places available at our GP Skin Cancer Workshops is strictly limited to ensure appropriate social distancing, but also to preserve the high degree of interactivity with our senior consultant dermatologists, surgeons and dermatology registrars. Tickets are sold on a "first in, best served" basis.


The registration fee includes all printed and online course materials, morning & afternoon teas as well as a light lunch.

The fees for this workshop are shown below. Early bird discounts are available, but will expire on the date shown.

  • GP early bird discount which expires 26 June - $700.00
  • GP - $800.00
  • GP Trainee/Registrar early bird discount which expires 26 June - $500.00
  • GP Trainee/Registrar - $600.00


Cancellations made on or before Friday, 24 July 2020 will incur a $50 administration fee.

Cancellations made on or after Saturday, 25 July and on or before Friday, 14 August 2020 will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

We regret that there can be no refunds after that date.


We are indebted to our sponsors for their support of this education program. Please show them your appreciation too.