The Cutting Edge: Essential Surgical Skills


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. 

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


Sold out (doctor) Sold out (nurse)
Friday, 12 November 2021


This workshop 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:

RACGP National Rural Faculty
1800 636 764


Workshop Inclusions

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


2021 Fee

WA Participant: $970
Non-WA Participant: $1015 


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

Approved by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity (40 points) in the 2020-2022 Triennium. It is approved for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Training Grant in Emergency or Surgery.
Accredited by ACRRM for 4 Educational Activity and 5 Performance Review PDP Units and 5 MOPS points.


"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

Lorna Christie
Senior Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8505

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