The Cutting Edge: Essential Surgical Skills


As of Monday March 30, as part of The University of Western Australia’s wider commitment to the community effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, CTEC has temporarily suspended workshop presentations. In agreement with Department of Health WA, CTEC’s 2020 Workshop Calendar has been substantially restructured. We are now offering as many workshops from our suspended calendar as possible between October and December. Please feel free to contact CTEC Senior Course Co-ordinator John Linehan directly with any queries: T 0406 488 697 or E Further COVID-19 Information for Workshop participants can found via the link below.

Suitable for: General Practitioners, GP Registrars and Nurse Practitioners (Rural and Metro)


Available (doctor) Available (nurse)
Thursday, 12 November 2020

The Cutting Edge: Essential Surgical Skills Workshop

The Cutting Edge: Essential Surgical Skills workshop aims to assist the GP and Nurse Practitioner in attaining an improved level of competence in the basic techniques required for minor surgery. This workshop focuses on the most commonly performed procedures. Safety is emphasised as well as the acquisition of one sound technique in each skill area.  It features a combination of didactic and hands-on sessions utilising animal tissue and other simulation models. 

It is of particular relevance for rural GPs and Nurse Practitioners and to those seeking to refresh procedural skills and to update knowledge.  CTEC's The Cutting Edge: Managing Skin and Soft Tissue Injuries workshop is recommended for those GPs seeking to further their skills in more advanced management of acute and chronic injuries. 


Workshop Content


Presentation and practical sessions: 

  • Diathermy set up (demonstration)
  • Instrumentation - choice, handling and safety
  • Knot tying
  • Sutures, suturing techniques and suture removal
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Planning the excision, including sebaceous cysts and mucous membrane wounds
  • Punch, incision and excision biopsies.

Workshop presentations:

  • Consent procedure
  • Understanding wound healing - revision session
  • Haemostasis
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Complications 


Training Grants:

The Australian Government is offering training grants of $2000 per day to rural and remote procedural and emergency medicine GPs to maintain their respective skills. Further information about the grants contact:

Cheryl Shepley
RACGP National Rural Faculty
1800 636 764


Workshop Inclusions

  • Simulation models
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time



WA Participant: $840
Non-WA Participant: $880


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.


RACGP and ACRRM reaccreditation will be sought for the 2020 - 2022 triennium.


"Great course! The hands-on approach is best when it comes to surgical skills. "
"Have ‘unlearnt’ bad habits and learnt good techniques. "
"Tutors were excellent and very encouraging. "
- Past Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Co-ordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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