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Podiatry colleagues in Australia, would you like to learn dermoscopy?


Dermoscopy is a technique that allows closer visual inspection of the skin which has been used in the assessment and recognition of skin lesions, both benign and malignant. The basic technique can be learned within a few hours and integrated into daily podiatric practice.


For the past two years, I have been training UK podiatrists in dermoscopy by offering a face-to-face lecture programme. However, Australian colleagues have asked where they can get this training from as well. During these unusual times, with little prospect of travelling to Australia at the moment, I am offering a unique opportunity for Australian colleagues to learn dermoscopy live with myself via a web platform.

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Introduction to Dermoscopy - a live, online course for Podiatrists



How does it work?


The short programme is an introduction to dermoscopy and consists of two, 2-hour sessions running through the basics with myself live online. To ensure a maximal learning experience I am planning to deliver this to no more than five colleagues at a time via Zoom. These are run by myself (broadcast from the UK in the morning) which means just a commitment of two consecutive afternoons/evenings for two hours each time (depending on where you are in Australia). Electronic copies of the materials will be made available to you along with other recorded material and useful links.



Topics Covered:


Malignant Melanoma                                                        40 minutes (pre-recorded)

Basic Dermatoscopic Technique                                     1 hour (live)

Assessment of Plantar Lesions                                        1 hour (live)

Assessment of Lesions on the Foot and Leg                 1 hour (live)

Nail Assessment with Dermoscopy                                 1 hour (live)

Please note: You do not need to own a dermatoscope to undertake the course. Types of dermatoscope and their advantages are covered as part of the programme. Distributors in Australia are available who can sell directly to you, should you wish to purchase one. 

Sessions run from 7 pm to 9 pm (Sydney Time) 


The cost of the programme is $550 AUD.

For APodA members this is discounted to $500 AUD.

Because of the nature of the programme and the small numbers involved, places are very limited. If you are interested, please message me via the contact page and I will get back to you.

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What Australian colleagues have said about the programme:


“A few months before having this online class with Ivan, I'd watched a few hours of videos on YouTube. They didn't quite give me the confidence to start using dermoscopy in my clinic. Turns out they put me on the wrong track with terminology too. Ivan's class was brilliant in that it was live with only a few of us on the call and completely interactive so we were able to ask questions as we went along. And for me, not having to travel 700km to Perth (or to the UK) to get this training was a huge relief. I didn’t even have to take time off work. I can't recommend it highly enough. This is your best introduction to dermoscopy!”


– Rebecca, Podiatrist, WA

"This programme is a must. The skills and information I absorbed in these two sessions was invaluable. With the increasing prevalence of malignant melanomas in Australia, clinically it is essential that we as Podiatrists are leading the way in identifying these on the lower limb, foot and nail area. The convenience of doing this at home and having access to the material is fantastic. Also being a live session you can ask questions, which is brilliant and helps reinforce the important aspects.  Thank you so much, Ivan, for doing this. This has certainly started a new area of interest in dermoscopy for me."

- Jodie, Podiatrist, NSW

"I highly recommend Ivan's online class for an introduction to dermatoscopy. This course is easy to understand and follow, and being able to learn from the comfort of my home is a big plus! The quality of the course is exceptional and the small size group encourages interaction to ask questions as we went along. I have gained confidence using dermatoscope in identifying malignant melanoma on the leg, feet, and nails. Thanks again Ivan for organizing this, it has definitely opened my eyes to a whole new world of examining skin and nails."


- CT, Sydney 

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