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


Available (doctor) Available (nurse)
Friday, 25 October 2024


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


2024 Fee

WA Participant: $990
Non-WA Participant: $1230


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

This workshop is an approved activity in the RACGP CPD Program for the 2023-2025 Triennium. It is approved for 2.5 hours in Educational Activities and 5 hours in Reviewing Performance. It is eligible for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Surgery.
Approved for 6 PDP hours in Educational Activity, 3 Additional CPD requirements and 6 MOPS hours in Surgery.


"I feel much more confident in taking my skills back to my practice. I am working in an isolated area with no supervisors on site. "
"I appreciated the individualised approach from faculty for personal challenges, especially in refining basic skills."
"There was a perfect balance between theory and practical skills/content. "
"The hands-on tasks were very educational. "
- 2023 Workshop Participants


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

For more information contact

Elisha Thompson
Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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