Core Skills: Workshop in Neck Dissection for Thyroid Carcinoma


The Core Skills: Workshop in Neck Dissection for Thyroid Carcinoma aims to increase the confidence and expertise of the participant when performing neck dissection for thyroid carcinoma.

Suitable for: Consultants, Fellows, RMOs, Unaccredited Registrars & SET Trainees in Endocrine, General and Head & Neck Surgery. IMGs under supervision or progressing towards an alternative pathway to FRACS., Limited free of charge assistant Theatre Nurse positions available.


Available (doctor) Available (observer) Sold out (nurse)
Thursday, 8 August 2024

Only 1 Trainee/Unaccredited Registrar participant place remaining. Consultant/Fellow places FULL.  Theatre Nurse places FULL. Observer places available.



This highly practical cadaveric workshop features concurrent full day Surgical Trainee level and Consultant/Fellow level practical sessions in the steps and techniques of radical neck dissection for thyroid carcinoma. An expert Faculty will mentor the dissection and provide expert, practical feedback to participants.  Each session is tailored to provide participants with appropriate surgical training for their level of ability and skill set. The workshop includes an interactive faculty panel discussion covering expert advice and alternative radical neck dissection techniques. 

The cadaveric models provide excellent anatomical realism and near normal tissue properties for repeated practise.

Workshop Content

There will be two participants per Consultant/Fellow senior cadaveric work station. 

Limited places are available for RMOs, Unaccredited Registrars and SET Trainees in General Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery, with three participants per Surgical Trainee level cadaveric work station. 

Limited places are also available for Theatre Nurses in the role of assistant. 

Presentations and practical cadaveric sessions cover the following procedures:

  • Tracheostomy insertion
  • Cricothyroidotomy puncture
  • Sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) dissection
  • Posterior triangle
  • Control of the thoracic duct
  • Contralateral modified radical neck dissection
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Central neck dissection

Video presentations of the following techniques are also included:

  • Skin flap and SCM dissection
  • CN XI and posterior triangle (spinal accessory nerve)
  • Dissection of the carotid sheath

Workshop Inclusions

  • Online pre-reading
  • Fresh frozen human cadaveric dissection
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments

2024 Fee

WA Consultants and Fellows: $1255
Non-WA Consultants and Fellows: $1770
WA RMOs, Unaccredited Registrars and Trainees: $650
Non-WA RMOs, Unaccredited Registrars and Trainees: $935
Theatre Nurses: Free of charge 


COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants

CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. 




Accreditations or CPD Approvals

Attaining 8 hours of Continuing Professional Development.
Approval is being sought for 2024 with CPD Home.


"As close to real dissection as tissue can be. "
"(This workshop was an) amazing experience."
"A good refresher for procedures not done in a long time, for example submandibular gland dissection. "
"Very good specimens and a well equipped lab."
- 2023 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2 Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia


For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049


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