The Cutting Edge: Introductory Wound Suturing


CTEC’s The Cutting Edge: Introductory Wound Suturing is a highly practical workshop aiming to introduce the GP, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic 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, Emergency Department Nurses and Paramedics


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This workshop is of particular relevance for GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Emergency Department Nurses and Paramedics 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 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. 

Reapproval for this educational activity or a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Surgery will be sought for the 2023-2025 Triennium.

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


2024 Fee

WA GP, GP Registrar and Trainee, Nurse Practitioner, ED Nurse and Paramedic: $800
Non-WA GP, GP Registrar and Trainee, Nurse Practitioner, ED Nurse and Paramedic: $1145


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 hours in Educational Activities and 6.5 hours in Reviewing Performance. Approval in ACRRM's CPD Program is pending. This workshop is eligible for a 1 Day Rural Procedural Grant in Surgery.
Approved in the ACRRM CPD Program for 8 Core PDP hours.


"An excellent course with very experienced and highly helpful faculty, (this will be) a well deserved recommendation to others."
"Thanks. I loved the variety of teachers and their keen attitude to teaching and knowledge sharing. "
"I feel the workshop advanced my scope of practice and I feel confident in my abilities. "
"The support (of the faculty) was great and I felt I was able to ask questions and they were answered well. "
- 2024 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 8695

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