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, Service Registrars & SET Trainees in Endocrine, General and Head & Neck Surgery. Limited free of charge assistant Theatre Nurse positions available.


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Thursday, 14 September 2023


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, Service 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

2023 Fee

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


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




Accreditations or CPD Approvals

Approved in the RACS CPD Program. RACS Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) and surgeons participating in the RACS CPD Program can claim 1 point per hour (to a maximum of 8 points) in Educational Activities. Participation in this activity will be entered into your RACS CPD which can be accessed through ehub.


"Excellent hand-on instruction and demonstration of surgically relevant anatomy."
"A very well run course, worth travelling for."
"(The faculty were) very well organised, with small group sizes."
"There was plenty of time hands-on, I did not feel rushed. "
- 2022 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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