World-class Dermatoscopy & Surgical Training Made Simple

As doctors we are often the first and sometimes the only ones to see our patient’s skin. But we have little training and hence most of us, little confidence in confidently diagnosing skin lesions. How can we improve our confidence? The best way without doubt is with training in dermatoscopy which will help you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision. Traditional dermatoscopy teaching has been complicated and difficult. The Skin Cancer Symposium delivers world-class teaching by Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of Dermnet and from Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’, to break down Dermatoscopy teaching into simpleeasy to follow algorithms. You will be able to apply these algorithms the very next day in your practice with your complimentary MoleScope II dermatoscope *. Amanda’s and Cliff’s teaching will complimented by experienced GP Skin Cancer specialists who will provide you with lots of practical tips, tricks and ensure the teaching is highly practical to general practice

* We reserve the right to change this deal to a better dermatoscope

Convenors: Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill


  • Highest Quality Teaching – our average rating of hundreds of GPs, nurses and surgeons is 4.7/5 (94%)

  • We make it easy – dermatoscopy does not need to be hard, our Professors will teach you in simple to understand terms

  • Complimentary dermatoscope – so you can start doing dermatoscopy the very next day at your rooms.

  • Fully Accredited – by the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • Interactive sessions – We will provide lots of examples, quizzes and repetition to help reinforce key points. A new interactive tool will be used to encourage audience engagement. Our new tool means you can talk with your lecturer anonymously, ask questions and vote. It is a game changer technology and we will use this to help us understand what you do and don’t understand and address accordingly.

Fundamentals of Diagnosing a Melanoma

Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland in his usual entertaining, insightful and direct way, talks about the importance of “knowing your mothers face” – a very effective way to use pattern recognition to help identify dermatoscopic lesions.

Our Speakers

Professor Cliff Rosendahl
Professor at the University of Queensland

Cliff is a Medical Practitioner of 40 years’ experience, with a background in general practice and forensic medicine. His PhD project was in the field of skin cancer, particularly melanoma. Cliff collaborated with colleagues in Brisbane and Vienna to research the early diagnosis of melanoma and together they have evaluated and promoted the diagnostic method Chaos and Clues. Cliff is a Professor at The University of Queensland where he is director of the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) degree course and Visiting Professor, Department of Dermatology at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He has published over 50 papers in peer-review scientific journals and is co-author of a textbook on dermatoscopy, published in 8 languages and is a contributing author to several other textbooks in English and two in Spanish. Cliff has a busy schedule as an invited speaker to general practitioner and dermatologist groups both in Australia and internationally.

Associate Professor Amanda Oakley
Associate Professor at the University of Auckland

Amanda is a dermatologist in Hamilton, New Zealand. She is passionate about dermatoscopy, avoiding unnecessary excisions, and early diagnosis of melanoma. She is heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in NZ. Dr Oakley is well known internationally for the popular online resource, DermNet New Zealand, and for her work in teledermatology. She is very proud to have been awarded honorary membership of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Dermatological Association, the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and Melnet New Zealand. She lectures internationally about teledermatology and dermoscopy, and regularly facilitates workshops on dermoscopy.

Mr Richard Martin
Melanoma Surgeon. Senior Lecturer (Auckland)

Richard is a New Zealand trained General Surgeon who spent two and a half years at the Sydney Cancer Centre specialising in Melanoma and Head and Neck surgery. Most of his time was spent at the Sydney Melanoma Unit. During his time in Sydney he completed a Master of Surgery in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sydney. As a Surgical Oncologist Richard assesses and treats all forms of melanoma, skin and head/neck cancer. Richard has published in numerous academic journals, is a regular presenter at international conferences and is actively involved in research and clinical trials. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Dr Chris Boberg
Deputy Chair Melnet NZ. Chair of New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors.

Chris is a GP with a longstanding interest in skin cancer. He has been in full-time practice as a skin cancer doctor since 2011. He has numerous qualifications in skin cancer including Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery (Queensland). Advanced Dermatosopy (Graz University, Austria).  He is the Deputy Chair of Melnet New Zealand and the Chair of New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors. As one of New Zealand’s leading skin cancer experts he has been a strong advocate for skin cancer prevention and treatment.

Ms Katherine Gale
Breast & Melanoma Surgeon

Katherine is one of a few female specialist oncoplastic breast surgeons in New Zealand who practice all aspects of breast oncology and reconstruction. An expert in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for all types of breast disease and, following a breast cancer diagnosis, she can offer a full range of partial and whole breast reconstruction. Katherine believes in offering evidence based research to patients when tailoring a surgical solution, and has done extensive research in both breast oncology and reconstruction.

Dr Andrew MacGill
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, GPwSI

Andrew is a GP who has had a special interest in medical and surgical management of skin cancer since 1998. As of 2015 after 25 years as a GP in New Zealand he has become a full-time skin cancer doctor. He is completing a Master’s in dermatoscopy at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He has also undergone additional training in cutaneous surgery here in New Zealand and in San Diego. He is highly experienced and meticulous with all forms of cutaneous surgery and has been using complex flaps and grafts for many years. Andrew is a very experienced dermatoscopist.

Dr Martin Denby
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GP, GPwSI

Martin is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP). He was completed two short courses in Australia in 2010, Skin Cancer Surgery and Advanced Dermoscopy (early diagnosis of skin cancers under the microscope). He then underwent a further 4 years post-graduate study, completing a Masters Degree in Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland in 2014. He is an affiliated skin cancer provider for Southern Cross Healthcare and performs skin cancer surgery for Waitemata District Health Board. He is also on the Dermatological Subcommittee for PTAC (Pharmac’s primary clinical advisory committee).

Dr Kasia Mackenzie
Plastic Surgeon
FRACS(Plast), PhD (Skin Cancer)

Dr Mackenzie is a plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. Dr Mackenzie received her medical doctor degree from the Medical University of Warsaw. She subsequently moved to New Zealand and underwent training in plastic surgery in Christchurch and Auckland, culminating in the award of full accreditation in Plastic Surgery by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, FRACS(Plast) in 2015. Dr Mackenzie then trained extensively both in the UK and internationally and undertook a number of prestigious fellowships over three years, working alongside world leaders in both plastic and hand surgery.

Our Course Structure

Date: 29th February 2020

The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy is aimed at beginners in the field of dermatoscopy and skin cancer.  This one day event is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of dermatoscopy. Professor Cliff Rosendahl and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley start by discussing the dermatoscopic diagnosis of the common benign lesions. They will then cover the use of ‘Chaos and Clues’ which is an algorithm co-founded by Professor Cliff Rosendahl. ‘Chaos and Clues’ provides you with a safe way to decide which lesions can be left and which require excising (this is achieved without needing to diagnose exactly what the lesion is). The algorithm is presented in a simple and easy to follow way with plenty of examples and repetition. Amanda will then expertly guide you through the fundamentals of diagnosing BCCs and SCCs. On completion of this symposium, you will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of dermatoscopy and how it can help in the diagnosis and management of the lesion in front of you.

All attendees will receive a complimentary MoleScope dermatoscope (valued at $445 NZD) plus a free subscription to DermEngine for 6 or 12 months.

You will leave the symposium with all the necessary tools to be up and running on your first day back at work. Without a doubt, you’ll be fascinated by the world of dermatoscopy.

This course has been approved by the Royal NZ College of GPs for reimbursement as an approved ‘Conference’ (up to $500 excluding GST) for GPEP 1 registrars.

Our early bird pricing has been extended till 15th of February 2020.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will discuss the dermatoscope, why and how you should use it

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will discuss the fundamentals of the Dermatoscopic language, clarify terminology, and explain the basics of ‘Revised Pattern Analysis’,  a reproducible and systematic dermatoscopic method.

Dr Chris Boberg will be going through a series of images both dermoscopic and clinical that will rapidly give you an enhanced sense of the “blink effect”– an
essential tool in assisting you to rapidly identify the ugly duckling / outlier nevi as a suspicious lesion and assist you in making the important and decisive call to
recommend a 2 mm clearance excision for histology.

Dr Andrew MacGill will discuss the important dermatoscopic features that facilitate confident recognition of the many benign lesions. This course has been developed to teach you how to recognize the most common benign lesions. The intermediate to advanced courses will expand your skills for more accurate dermatoscopic recognition and features a number of less common but important to know benign lesions.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will outline the most important and essential algorithm for your clinical tool kit that is easily to learn enabling rapid deployment clinically – day to day. ‘Chaos and clues’ facilitates rapid dermoscopic recognition of melanoma and of suspicious pigmented lesions – the first half being the presence of chaos and the second half the present of one or more key and cardinal dermoscopy clues. Cliff is the main author of Chaos and Clues and hence is best placed to discuss nuances and to further clarify any of your questions. There will be interactive quizzes throughout to assist you in mastering the skills.

Dr Chris Boberg will outline and review of the dermosopy images of SCCs and BCCs – identifying key and important dermoscopic features that readily assist us in the identification of these non-melanoma skin cancers.

In this session, Professor Cliff Rosendahl. will traverse the key special anatomical areas – sole of the foot (acral), nail bed unit and facial lesions to understand the key and different dermoscopic features associated with the skin type in these areas that assist in shedding light on determining that the lesion is suspicious. This talk will serve as an introduction to this complex area and will be further discussed in depth in our Intermediate and Advanced Dermatoscopy Symposiums.

An interactive discussion lead by Professor Cliff Rosendahl. The basic and introductory courses will focus on the fundamentals of
interpreting a histology report. The intermediate to advanced courses will progress and traverse the importance of clinical dermoscopy / histology correlation and current clinical issues in the usage of grades of “dysplasia”.

Date: 1st March 2020

We cater for beginners to seasoned practitioners in this dynamic course. The simple ellipse forms the backbone of office-based procedures. So it is essential we all do this well. We will provide you with excellent and enthusiastic tutors for your practical small group training to ensure you build a solid foundation for your practice. We will also cover the practical aspects of the punch biopsy,  and shave excisions. We will also discuss all the non-surgical/medical treatments options as well as much more. The course is taught by leading surgeons and GP Skin Cancer Specialists. You will learn many invaluable tips and tricks. All participants will receive a free surgical kit (high quality simulated skin, surgical kit) and plenty of sutures to take home to help hone your practice.

Our early bird pricing ends 15th of February 2020.

Our course will cover:

The pertinent points in history taking, note taking, and a systematic skin examination will be covered.

Management of non melanoma skin cancer using medical therapies when surgery isn’t necessary or when surgery isn’t possible.

Melanomas are well recognised as “high risk” lesions. But BCCs and  SCCs can both cause life changing problems. This lecture will succinctly cover this complex area.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Knot tying – instrument and non-instrument ties 
    1. Often, even experienced doctors can easily do a slip knot by mistake – we discuss how to avoid this common error
  2. Methods to make an excellent cosmetic outcome
    1. Contouring
    2. Easy eversions
    3. Suture choice
    4. Ellipse orientation
  3. When and where to biopsy and when not to biopsy
  4. High risk excisions
    1. The fundamental anatomy to avoid nerve or vascular damage will be discussed
    2. What issues you need to consider when tackling a lower leg or scalp lesions
    3. All the other excisions that might have “high risk” issues.
  5. Tips for a near “painless injection”

In this talk, we discuss intraoperative complications and optimum after care:

  • How to avoid common complications
    • Avoid dehiscense
    • Avoiding infections
  • The optimum time to remove sutures (it is longer than most people think). Simple guidelines.
  • The fundamentals of wound care and dressing choice after surgery
  1. Tying the knot – the secrets of the interrupted
  2. Reverse deep dermal …the key to structural strength and tension management
  3. Running upper dermal
  4. Tricks to closing a tight wound with fragile skin

This is the time to shout out for help and sort whatever you want to sort! Use the person sitting next to you or get a tutor. Tutors will be abundant but take advantage of whatever you can to learn the skills you need to!  For more advanced students, send us an email with your “wish list”, we will try and accommodate you as best we can in this session. If at the end of the course you still need more tuition you can visit our tutors (at no cost) to spend ½ a day on-site ensuring you grasp the skills.

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Date: 22nd August 2020

In our fully accredited and interactive dermatoscopy symposium, we take you from “zero to hero” in two days with our world-class presenters. This symposium is designed as a comprehensive dermatoscopy course, aimed at beginners and intermediates in dermatoscopy.

We start with the building blocks of the dermatoscopic language and then move onto how to do a systematic skin examination. The course will then show you how to determine what lesions need removing based on a “black and white” sequence of enquiries of your observations. The decision to excise or not is then followed by “how to make a specific diagnoses” for each benign and malignant lesion (nevus, solar lentigo, dermatofibroma, melanoma, SCC, BCC etc). The symposium is a carefully orchestrated educational process to ensure you develop a solid and safe footing in dermatoscopy for the safe clinical management of skin cancers. The course will include quizzes and many other opportunities to interact with your presenters.

Professor Cliff Rosendahl will introduce you to advanced applications of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithms. Cliff co-authored both these algorithms which provide a logical framework to help answer the most important clinical question “does this lesion need removing?” To date, Cliff and Amanda have received close to 5/5 reviews by hundreds of GPs, surgeons and nurses. By the completion of day 2, we expect you to be proficient and feel inspired to start assessing your patients lesions with more accuracy and with more confidence.

All participants will receive a complimentary MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST) which attaches to iPhone, Galaxy S phones or Ipads. Early bird ends February 15th 2020.

Our course will cover:

The importance of using a dermatoscope in general practice is now well recognised. The dermatoscope is a more useful tool than any other tool that might adorn your metaphorical white coat. This brief talk describes how to use your dermatoscope correctly, the usefulness of using both the polarised and non-polarised modes on the dermatoscope, as well the pros and cons of contact and non-contact dermatoscopy. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Whilst the perfect full and systematic skin check isn’t always possible in the context of a GP appointment it will provide you with the gold standard which you can use for patients at high risk who agree to return for an appointment purely dedicated to a “skin check”. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Dermatoscopy has evolved from subjective and confusing metaphorical language into an objective “teachable” descriptive language (revised pattern analysis). Cliff is a pioneer in this area of dermatoscopy will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic building blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns and their biologic symmetry or asymmetry. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Professor Amanda Oakley a world expert in dermatoscopy will talk about how to identify common melanocytic naevi. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of nevi, in particular how dermatoscopic elements combine to form symmetrical patterns. She will discuss the concepts of Chaos of Pattern and Chaos of Colour in relation to naevi. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessay excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Professor Amanda Oakley, who has been educating dermatologists and GPs in dermatoscopy in NZ and around the world for a decade or more, will present a fascinating summary. This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of the solar lentigo, seborrhoeic keratosis, dermatofibroma, sebaceous hyperplasia, angioma and cyst. Recognising benign lesions is a fundamental skill and will reduce the number of unnecessary excisions or referrals you make. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Chaos and Clues is an algorithm to help you diagnose what pigmented lesions need excising. The specific diagnosis isn’t required. Melanomas, SCCs and BCCs can all be pigmented or non-pigmented. Professor Cliff Rosendahl in another dynamic lecture will make all this abundantly clear and make you laugh as well! Cliff is a co-author of the Chaos and Clues algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Cliff will build on his previous lecture and provide plenty of repetition with new and interesting examples of how to apply the Chaos and Clues algorithm. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Amanda will give you pragmatic guidelines on how (in daily practice) to manage a lesion that melanoma is in the potential differential diagnosis. Some of these lesions will require urgent attention and others can be monitored over months or even years sometimes. These decisions are often based on your clinical assessment (nodular or flat, rate of change etc). Amanda will also discuss surgical margins for excision of any lesion that melanoma is a possibility (regardless of how remote). Also how to identify patients high risk of developing melanoma and how to manage these patients (advice re self-surveillance, and frequency of medical review). The role of sentinel node biopsies and the effectiveness of the latest treatment regimes for patients with metastatic melanoma is forever changing. Amanda will provide a brief update. Professor Amanda Oakley.

Date: 23rd August 2020

In day 2, we will consolidate your learnings from day 1. We will then add to and reinforce further insights to help improve your ability to diagnose melanomas, BCCs and SCCs with greater sensitivity and specificity. In day 2 Professor Cliff Rosendahl will introduce you to advanced applications of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithms. Cliff co-authored both these algorithms which provide a logical framework to help answer the most important clinical question “does this lesion need removing?” By the completion of day 2, you will become proficient and will feel inspired to start assessing your patients lesions with more accuracy and with more confidence.

Our course will cover:

Prediction without Pigment is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture you will get lots of repetition on the dermatoscopy of non-pigmented lesions. These can include naevi, melanomas, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). This is an amazing lecture given with humour and passion by Professor Cliff Rosendahl who is a co-author of the ‘Prediction without Pigment’ algorithm. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) are the second most common skin cancer and can be lethal. This lecture will cover the dermatoscopic features of SCC, SCC insitu and actinic keratosis. There will be quizzes throughout the presentation to reinforce key messages. You will have access to these quizzes after the symposium to act as a quick refresher course.

As with the preceding talk this talk goes beyond deciding if the lesion is benign or malignant and drills down to the specific diagnosis of BCCs. Fundamental management options will also be discussed Professor Cliff Rosendhal.

The face and acral regions are special locations with additional features to look for to aid in your decision-making process. This talk will discuss the specific dermatoscopic features of lentigo maligna, pigmented actinic keratoses, solar lentigo, and pigmented acral lesions. Professor Cliff Rosendahl.

This talk will outline high yield, useful tips and tricks for everyday practice.

Case examples of common clinical scenarios. When to monitor, when to biospy, why one person’s naevus is another person’s melanoma — a similar lesion on different patients will require different management strategies (signature naevi, new naevi in a young versus an older person, Spitz naevi etc). The interpretation of histology reports and the myth of the dysplastic naevus will also be discussed. Professor Amanda Oakley and Professor Cliff Rosendahl

We will use this time to answer any questions and to clarify topics taught.

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Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine (Module 1)

$995Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • 895 + GST without dermatoscope
  • FREE 100 Pre-Paid Dermengine Consults valued at $500
  • 29th February 2020
  • Registrar pricing: $845
  • Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skill Centre (North Shore Hospital, Auckland)
  • Early Bird lasts till 22nd of December 2019

Certificate of Surgical and Medical Management of Skin Cancer (Module 4)

$995Excluding GST
  • FREE Surgical training kit (simulated skin, sutures, equipment)
  • Limited spaces available
  • FREE 100 Pre-Paid Dermengine Consults valued at $500
  • 1st March 2020
  • Registrar pricing: $895
  • Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skill Centre (North Shore Hospital, Auckland)
  • Early Bird lasts till 22nd of December 2019

Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy (Module 2 and 3)

1695Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • $1595 + GST without dermatoscope
  • FREE 100 Pre-Paid Dermengine Consults valued at $500
  • 22nd and 23rd August 2020 (2 days)
  • Registrar pricing: $1495
  • University of Auckland – Owen G Glenn Building
  • Early Bird lasts till 22nd of December 2019

Discounts Q & A

  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners can take advantage of the registrar pricing
  • If you did not want a dermatoscope, we can deduct $100 + GST off the purchase price (use code NODERMATOSCOPE at checkout)


” Great organisation, fantastic presenters, dermatoscope discount was awesome – whole conference had a relaxed and comfortable feel to it “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Great variety of presentations, passionate and highly professional presenters with good humour

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Lots of pictures , lots of reinforcement. Very clear and engaging speakers “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Specialists were very clinically based, exceptionally so, really appreciated. This was further supported by GP expert presenters “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” One of the best workshops I have been on. Privilege to be taught by such great teachers. Very well done to the organisers. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Kept it very relevant to level of general practice “

NZ GP Symposium 2017 Participant

” Provided attendees with pre-symposium reading and video material. Excellent panel of speakers including advertorial speakers who kept everyone in the room until the very end! Good opportunities to interact with the panellists. Slido actually made me ask two questions I may have otherwise be too embarrassed to ask “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Learnt so much. Content was well delivered and appropriate to our level. Enjoyed having the tests at regular intervals throughout the course and also great to have audience questions answered promptly. Presenters really approachable after lectures. Great course!! “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” The dermatoscopy and surgical sessions were really good. I found Cliff Rosendahl to be very entertaining!! Both he and Amanda are a fountain of information, and Chris and Andrew had good tips for GPs and common sense suggestions “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

” Probably one of the best skin symposiums I have attended! Loved the primary care focus. Great interactive sessions and very approachable and funny presenters. “

NZ GP Symposium 2017

Any Questions? Send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!