Skin Cancer Medicine for General Practice

Melanoma & Other Skin Cancers


Developed and delivered by Australian trained and based Dermatologists this 8 week online course will teach participants the skills and knowledge on how to identify, differentiate and evaluate melanoma and other skin cancers.

Participants will complete 4 online modules, attend or watch 2 live webinars and participate in online case discussion.  This course is designed to be engaging, flexible and totally relevant to your needs in day to day practice.  Participants will engage directly with our expert Dermatologists via webinars and the discussion forum

Detailed course content, date and fee information provided below.

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Full Course Information

Online Modules

  1. Melanoma
  2. Basal Cell Carcinoma
  3. Squamous Cell Carcinomas
  4. Less Common Skin Malignancies


Case Discussions

Cases will be posted for participants to discuss and provide preferred diagnosis and outline patient management.  The teaching dermatologist will provide feedback.


Live webinars

Attend or watch live online webinars and participate in open discussion on diagnosis and management direct with our expert Dermatologists 

Topic Scenarios

Respond to authentic clinic case studies and challenge yourself to provide a diagnosis and first-step management plan on the clinical information and dermoscopic images


Complete the topic scenarios, a 500 word case study and an online multiple choice final exam

Dr. Margit Polcz
Dr. Margit Polcz. BSc, MBBS, M Med (Skin Cancer), FRACGP, FACD

Dr. Margit Polcz is a specialist Dermatologist and Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. She graduated medical school from the University of Queensland in 2009, following a previous degree in Anatomy and Cell biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Before her specialist training, Dr. Polcz worked in Queensland as a qualified General Practitioner and participated in running several dermatological clinical trials for agents for inflammatory skin disease and skin cancer. She obtained a Masters of Medicine Degree in the area of Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland in 2014.

Dr. Polcz completed her specialist dermatology training in several tertiary hospitals in New South Wales including St. Vincent’s hospital, Royal Prince Alfred hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Prince of Wales hospital and Sydney Children’s hospital.

Dr. Polcz has an interest in education and teaching and is a clinical lecturer with the University of Sydney. Her languages include English and French.

Dr. Polcz takes an individualized approach to patient management and is passionate about providing excellent dermatological care. In addition to general dermatology her special interests include medical and surgical skin cancer management, inflammatory skin disease and paediatric dermatology.


Dr Bruno Blaya
Dr Bruno Blaya. MD, PhD, FACD

Dr Blaya is a General Dermatologist (medical and surgical dermatology in adults and children) with a special interest in male genital dermatoses, inflammatory diseases of the skin and skin cancer.

Dr Blaya graduated from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2004. He completed his dermatology training at University Hospital Cruces in Bilbao, and worked as a consultant dermatologist in university teaching hospitals in Bilbao and Madrid, Spain, for eight years before moving to Australia in 2017. He recently completed two years of additional training at The Skin Hospital Westmead, Westmead Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He has become a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists after successfully completing the Fellowship exams in 2018.

Dr Blaya was awarded a PhD for work in molecular aspects of melanoma progression in 2013 (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations at national and international dermatology forums. Dr. Blaya is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.


Term 1 

15th Feb – 11th April


Term 2 

27th April – 20th June


Term 3

5th Jul – 29th Aug


Term 4 

13th Sep – 7th Nov



One low course fee includes access to the course for the duration of the trimester and you are able to download and save all learning material and resources.

  • GPs $1,000
  • GP registrars $900
  • Nurse practitioners $900
  • Other trainees and registrars $900


Click HERE to be directed to our online shop and the purchase page.

Here you can select your fee type, trimester and pay online to gain access to the course.

Once you have successfully paid online for your course access, you will receive a receipt as well as a confirmation of enrolment email with account details to access your course.

Please note that enrolments are only secured once payment is made. Adding the course to your cart will not hold an enrolment place.

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This course is aimed at GPs and GP registrars. Nurse practitioners and other medical registrars are also eligible.


At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the epidemiology of melanoma and other skin cancers 
  • Understand the important aspects of patient history and examination to determine risk for melanoma 
  • Identify naevi and melanoma as part of a thorough patient examination 
  • Describe surveillance strategies for patients at high risk of developing melanoma
  • Describe the clinical and histological characteristics of common naevi, dysplastic naevi and melanoma 
  • Describe different biopsy techniques (partial biopsies – punch, shave, incisional, versus excisional biopsies), the pitfalls associated with different biopsy techniques and situations in which partial biopsies are appropriate 
  • Understand the importance of clinicopathological correlation, how to interpret the pathology report and important information in a synoptic report 
  • Assess melanoma staging and appropriate investigations 
  • Apply understanding of dysplastic naevi and melanoma to make clinical decisions and explain these to patients 
  • Implement and monitor management plans for dysplastic naevi and melanoma 
  • Identify when melanoma should be referred to another medical specialist or tertiary referral center 
  • The role of the GP in follow-up of patients following a diagnosis of melanoma 



Completion of this course will result in 40 CPD points from the RACGP.

20 PDP points or 4 MOPS points from ACRRM. 


  1. The enrolment fee includes access to the online modules
  2. Access to the online modules and virtual clinic is available for the duration of the course (usually 8 weeks).
  3. Registration in the program will be confirmed upon receipt of the completed enrolment form and payment of the relevant course fees to ACD.
  4. Participants can defer by submitting a written request to the Australasian College of Dermatologists that is received no later than 10 working days before the end of the term. If a deferment is granted, you will be offered a place at the next available term. Once you accept this offer, you will receive a confirmation email of enrolment into this workshop. A maximum of one deferral is permitted per participant.
  5. Participants are required to review the Terms and Conditions and cancellation/refund policy prior to registering, and to acknowledge acceptance of these conditions during the registration process.
  6. College expects that students source all case for assignments themselves. In extenuating circumstances college may be able to provide cases to complete the module. A request for this needs to be submitted in writing to 20 days prior to term completion.
  7. Participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment once all course components have been completed.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists complies with the requirements of the Federal Privacy Act and the National Privacy Principles. A full copy of the College’s privacy policy is available here.


  1. A full refund of fees will be available if an offer of placement is withdrawn or in the unlikely event that College is unable in unable to provide any components of the course.
  2. No refund of fees will be made once you have enrolled in the course.
  3. If you wish to defer you will need to submit a written request at least 10 days before the term end. Each written request will be considered on its merits. Deferment will not be granted for requests received within 10 days of the end date unless there are extenuating circumstances mitigating your studies.
  4. All requests for deferment must be made in writing to

The Australasian College of Dermatologists complies with the requirements of the Federal Privacy Act and the National Privacy Principles. A full copy of the College’s privacy policy is available here.