The Cutting Edge: Introductory GP Wound Suturing


CTEC’s The Cutting Edge: Introductory GP Wound Suturing is a highly practical workshop aiming to introduce the GP, Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse to the fundamental knowledge and techniques required for patient assessment, suturing and knot tying skills. 

Suitable for: General Practitioners, GP Registrars, GP Trainees, Nurse Practitioners and Emergency Department Nurses


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This workshop is of particular relevance for GPs, Nurse Practitioners and Emergency Department Nurses with limited clinical exposure to minor surgical techniques and those wishing to consolidate experience.  It is strongly recommended as a foundation suturing workshop for GPs wishing to attend CTEC’s The Cutting Edge: Managing Skin and Soft Tissue Injuries workshop.

The Cutting Edge: Introductory GP Wound Suturing workshop features a combination of didactic sessions, demonstrations and hands-on sessions utilising animal tissue and other simulation models. It includes a one hour free practice session.


Workshop Content

Demonstration and Practical Sessions: 

  • Instrument choice and handling
  • Knot tying
  • Suture choice
  • Needle safety
  • Suture material 
  • Needle holders
  • Simple suturing
  • Mattress suture
  • Making an incision
  • Planning and excision
  • Subcuticular suture
  • Aberdeen knot
  • Excising a skin lesion

Workshop presentations:

  • General principles
  • Assessment of patient
  • Should you suture?
  • Assessment of wound


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. 

This educational activity is approved for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Surgery.

For 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 GP, GP Registrar and Trainee, Nurse Practitioner and ED Nurse: $785
Non-WA GP, GP Registrar and Trainee, Nurse Practitioner and ED Nurse: $950  


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) and is approved for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Surgery.
Accredited by ACRRM for 1 Educational Activity and 7 Performance Review PDP Units and 6 MOPS points.


"I entered the workshop as a complete novice at suturing, my experience has always been in assisting. I work in a very remote location so being able to do basic suturing will save $$$ in not having to fly off site for days to visit a GP."
"I feel confident after all of the practical sessions - a great course for hands-on learning."
"I feel confident now to approach repairs of minor lacerations in my nursing post role. "
- 2019 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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