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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

Dr Cliff Rosendahl
Associate 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 an Associate 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.

Dr 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 GP, 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. His philosophy is to educate and ensure awareness of the dangers of skin cancers.

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).

Mr Will McMillan
Plastic & Melanoma Surgeon

Will completed his undergraduate training at Otago Medical School and undertook his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training in New Zealand.  He was awarded a post-graduate fellowship at the internationally-recognised Sydney Melanoma Unit (now Melanoma Institute Australia) for a year of intensive training in melanoma surgical oncology and has maintained an active interest in melanoma care.  After his time at the SMU he undertook further training in Aesthetic Plastic surgery at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

Our Course Structure

Date: 24th August 2018

In our fully accredited and interactive Dermatoscopy symposium, we take you from “zero to hero” in two days with our world class presenters. Our Fundamental course is not necessary as a pre-requisite for this course as we designed this for all doctors who have been dealing with skin cancers in their every day practice but would like to upskill and become proficient in the use of the dermatoscope.

In day 1, we will start with the building blocks of dermatoscopic language, how to do a systematic skin examination then systematically discuss the fundamentals of dermatoscopic diagnosis of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers, while being able to confidently exclude benign lesions using the TADA algorithm. Our symposium is designed with a carefully orchestrated educational process to ensure after day 1 you have a solid footing in dermatoscopy.

All participants will receive a complimentary MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST).

Our course will cover:

We will discuss the importance of using a dermatoscope, how to use it correctly, discuss the importance of using both the polarized and non-polarized modes on the dermatoscope. We will discuss contact and non-contact images.

We will discuss how to manage a full and systematic skin check within the context of a GP appointment

Professor Amanda Oakley will discuss how dermatoscopy evolved from subjective metaphoric language into an objective descriptive language (revised pattern analysis). She will discuss the fundamental building blocks of dermatoscopic language, and how these basic blocks can combine into benign and malignant patterns and their biologic symmetry or asymmetry.

We will talk about how to identify the 4 major benign melanotic lesions (seborrheic keratosis, haemangioma, dermatofibromas and sebaceous hyperplasia) and the 2 major benign non melanotic lesion (cysts and viral warts). This talk is aimed at teaching the key clinical and dermatoscopic features of benign lesions and their importance in dermatoscopic diagnosis. The TADA algorithm will be introduced at this stage to help reinforce the importance of being able to diagnose a benign lesion. 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 courses.

This talk will discuss the fundamentals diagnosing benign nevi (melanotic and non melanotic), the relevance of the patient’s age when assessing nevi and the concept of a “signature nevus”. There will be plenty of interactive quizzes to help you understand and consolidate your learnings.

Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) are the most common skin cancer and dermatoscopically are often the easiest to diagnose even when only a few mm in size. This lecture will teach you the fundamental and advanced dermatoscopic features of BCCs and the importance of diagnosing aggressive sub-types of BCCs. We will touch briefly on the medical and surgical management of BCCs. 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.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCC) are the second most common skin cancer and actually kill more people than melanomas do. This lecture will teach you the fundamental dermatoscopic features of SCCs. 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.

Melanomas are the most deadly skin cancer and dermatoscopically can be diagnosed when only a few mm in size. This lecture will teach you the fundamental dermatoscopic features of all the different types of melanomas. 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.

In this lecture you will learn how to diagnose pigmented lesions using the principles of ‘Chaos and Clues’. 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.

We will be monitoring quiz results throughout the day and in this last segment we will focus on the areas that we feel need more attention. This will also be a time to ask any burning questions.

Date: 25th August 2018

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 the ‘Chaos and Clues’and ‘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 be able to assess lesions with more accuracy and with more confidence than you ever have been able to before. 

Our course will cover:

This session will include repetition of dermatoscopic features of SCCs but also new information about pre-cancerous lesions. 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 courses.

In this talk Professor Cliff Rosendahl builds on the Fundamentals of Chaos and Clues, he discusses “Exceptions” to the rule, and new research behind the importance of Chaos of Border Abruptness. 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

This is our preferred algorithm for diagnosing non-pigmented lesions. In this lecture you will get lots of repetition on dermatoscopy of non pigmented lesions. Non-pigmented lesions can include nevi, melanomas, BCCs and SCCs. This is an amazing lecture and 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 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 and leave you with core skills to help you manage these difficult lesions.

The panel will present interesting, difficult and educational clinical cases to bring together everything you have learnt so far and apply them to real life cases. The type of cases will include “should you ever do a punch biopsy on a pigmented lesion?” or, “what should I do when a lesion is dermoscopically normal but clinically suspicious” or what should I do when the my histology report doesn’t marry “with an obviously nasty tumour?”

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

Learn More (Module 2)
Learn More (Module 3)

Date: 26th August 2018

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 with sutures to take home to help hone your practice.

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.

Learn More (Module 4)


Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy (Module 2 and 3)

$1595Excluding GST
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • $1495 + GST without dermatoscope
  • FREE 12 month Dermengine subscription (for 3 users) – valued at $1200
  • 24th August and 25th August 2018 (2 days)
  • Registrar pricing: $1495
  • Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skill Centre (North Shore Hospital, Auckland)

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

$985Excluding GST
  • FREE Take home practice surgical equipment and suture kit
  • FREE 12 month Dermengine subscription valued at $300
  • 26th August 2018 (1 day)
  • Registrar pricing: $885
  • Whenua Pupuke Clinical Skill Centre (North Shore Hospital, Auckland)

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!