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. Unfortunately, we have little training in diagnosing skin cancers and hence most of us, feel anxious when confronted with a patient concerned with “a changing mole”. How can we improve our confidence? The best way without doubt is with training in dermatoscopy which allows 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’. Cliff and Amanda break down dermatoscopy teaching into simple easy to follow algorithms. You will be able to apply these algorithms the very next day in your practice with your complimentary MoleScope II dermatoscope (free Universal Adaptor is now included) *. Amanda and Cliff’s teaching will be complemented by experienced GP Skin Cancer specialists who will ensure the teaching is highly practical to general practice

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 Molescope II dermatoscope – so you can start doing dermatoscopy the very next day at your rooms. Every Molescope II digital dermatoscope now comes with a free Universal Adaptor for any mobile phone.

  • 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.

  • COVID-Proof Courses – In the event of any COVID interruptions, we will either refund the delegate fee or offer entry to our next in-person course anywhere in the world plus we will send to you a Molescope 2 device, our textbook (if included in the course) as well as complimentary entry into our revolutionary online Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course.

  • RNZCGP Accredited courses – Skin Cancer Symposium courses has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 30 CME credits for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. The number of credits is dependent on each course.

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 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 70 papers in peer-review scientific journals and is 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

Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Oakley CNZM
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 passionate about medical education. 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 Courses

Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy

1695Excluding GST
  • Date: 6-7th August 2022
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • FREE textbook Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A handbook for hunters of skin cancer and melanoma
  • Registrar pricing: $1495
  • University of Auckland – Engineering Building
  • Early Bird pricing
  • $1595 + GST without dermatoscope

Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy (Online)

895Excluding GST
  • Enrolment every Sunday
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • 8 week comprehensive course
  • Registrar pricing: $745
  • Online course – work at your own pace
  • Introductory pricing applies
  • $795 + GST without dermatoscope

Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy 2022 (Face to Face)

895Excluding GST
  • Date: 2nd July 2022
  • FREE MoleScope II Dermatoscope (value $440 excluding GST)
  • Beginner Fundamental Dermatoscopy course for GPs, registrars and nurses
  • Registrar pricing: $745
  • Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital, Auckland
  • Early Bird pricing
  • $795 + GST without dermatoscope

Certificate of Medical and Surgical Management of Skin Cancer 2022

995Excluding GST
  • Date: 3rd July 2022
  • FREE suturing practice pack (worth $200)
  • Practical, hands on surgical training
  • Registrar pricing: $895
  • Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital, Auckland
  • Early Bird pricing

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)

Our Flagship Online Dermatoscopy Course

Main highlights of our course:

  • Interactivity – Our revolutionary course combines the latest in video technology to mimic the experience of being at a live event. For example, when Professor Cliff Rosendahl asks the audience a question, the video will stop whilst you have the opportunity to answer the question. When presenters point at areas on the PowerPoint slides, our technology highlights what they are pointing at whilst you watch the video.
  • Revolutionary learning platform – We also use industry-leading e-learning software to create interactive modules to reinforce the lecture material.
  • Structured learning – The course is a structured 8-week learning program where you will watch lectures, read associated information, do weekly quizzes and also participate in discussions.
  • 24/7 on-demand content – Lecture content and resources are available 24/7 on-demand. Learn at your own pace and fit your education in with your busy lifestyle. Rewind, rewatch and re-read in your own time.
  • Interactive forums – The course co-ordinators are active, friendly and will respond to any questions that you may have
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Our Face to Face Courses

It is our pleasure at Skin Cancer Symposiums to bring you Professor Cliff Rosendahl from the University of Queensland, Australia and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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 a doubt, is with training in dermatoscopy which will help you recognise skin cancers earlier and with greater precision.

Traditional dermatoscopy courses have been complicated and difficult to follow due to the teaching of numerous complex algorithms at the same time. Skin Cancer Symposiums has created a simplified approach using what is increasingly recognised as the two most user-friendly algorithms (one for pigmented lesions and one for non-pigmented lesions) to deliver a unique world-class teaching event. Professor Cliff Rosendahl, the co-author of ‘Chaos and Clues’ and ‘Pigment without Prediction’, breaks down dermatoscopy teaching into simpleeasy to follow algorithms. Professor Amanda Oakley, the founder of the world-famous dermatology resource Dermnet will be adding to Cliff’s insights.

In addition, Dr Chris Boberg and Dr Andrew MacGill will provide practical talks on the day to day application of dermatoscopy.

The interactive presentations take you through a sequence of “black and white” enquiries of your observations to help you determine if a lesion is benign or malignant. The decision to excise or not is then followed by “how to make a specific diagnosis” for each benign and malignant lesion (nevus, solar lentigo, dermatofibroma, melanoma, SCC, BCC etc).

The Certificate in Advanced Dermatoscopy is a carefully orchestrated educational process that ensures you develop a solid footing in dermatoscopy for the safe clinical management of skin cancers.

This unique course is highly rated and runs in London, Melbourne, California and Auckland with over 1000 participants to date (GP, surgeons, dermatologists and nurses) giving close to 5/5 reviews.

The Certificate of Fundamental Dermatoscopy course is aimed at beginners in the field of dermatoscopy and skin cancer. You need an excellent foundation to confidently use your dermatoscope. Professor Cliff Rosendahl and Associate Professor Amanda Oakley together will ensure you have a confident feel for the basics of dermatoscopy. They will cover the basics of the various dermatoscopic instruments, the language used, the fundamental dermatoscopic features of common benign lesions and 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 pigmented 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. Associate Professor Amanda Oakley will then expertly guide you through the fundamentals of diagnosing BCCs and SCCs. On completion of the course, you will have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of dermatoscopy and how it will help you diagnose and manage the lesion in front of you.

You will leave the symposium with the skills and 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 and how it will improve your enjoyment and ability to manage skin lesions on your patients. And what a relief it will be to be able to say to your patient confidently that the black “mole” they are concerned about is fine!

All delegates will receive a complimentary Molescope II dermatoscope (worth $445) with a free Universal Adaptor that can be used with all mobile phones.

This course has been approved by the Royal NZ College of GPs for reimbursement as an approved ‘Conference’ (up to $590 including GST) for GPEP 1 registrars.

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This course has been designed to cater for absolute beginners and seasoned practitioners.  Those of you more experienced in cutaneous surgery will be grouped with similarly experienced practitioners and provided with the appropriate tutorage.  Having said that, the simple ellipse forms the backbone of office based procedures and it is essential this is done well and we ensure all attending can do this to a high standard.  The more experienced practitioners normally progress through this step quickly. We then quickly identify who needs what support.  For those more experienced you can learn whatever cutaneous surgical procedure you want to.  And for those new to cutaneous surgery you will have plenty of time to decipher the simple suture, how to slide a knot, do a punch or a shave excision and so on.  There is plenty of time for all to practise and get multiple differing tutors perspectives and advice.

This course is taught by leading surgeons and GP Skin Cancer Specialists.  Our tutors are without doubt approachable and enthusiastic and will ensure you are comfortable asking those “silly questions” we all have from time to time.

All participants will receive a free surgical kit with sutures to take home to practise and hone your skills on.

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” 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

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