Skin cancer treatment and diagnosis certificates for GPs and nurses

8 Aug 2019

Melanography Essentials is a new course developed and delivered by the Australasian College of Dermatologists and MoleMap.

Melanography skills are becoming a crucial element in the identification and subsequent treatment of skin cancers and skin conditions. Melanography Essentials course provides nurses and other health professionals with the relevant knowledge and skills in skin assessment and imaging which are required for competent and safe melanography practice.

This course is targeted at nurses or other appropriately trained health professionals who are interested in, or working in, the field of skin cancer imaging and wish to further their skills and knowledge in this area.

Melanography Essentials consists of eight online modules and two one day face-to-face workshops. It is facilitated by experienced melanographers and is delivered in a blended learning mode, so students will have access to online tutorials, discussion forums and videos of practical demonstrations as well as the practical face to face workshops.  Study at your own pace in the eight self-paced online modules. 

Melanography Essentials covers the following subjects:

  1. Anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system
  2. Ultraviolet radiation
  3. Lesion Recognition
  4. Clinical assessment of lesions and dermoscopy
  5. Melanography imaging procedures
  6. Procedural guidelines for melanography practice
  7. Safety, security and ergonomics in the clinic
  8. Legal aspects of melanography.

By completing the course you will learn to apply knowledge of skin anatomy, physiology and histopathology to melanography practice, describe skin cancer pathology and relate this to visible lesion features and explain the effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin. Melanography Essentials provides education to patients about skin cancer and its prevention.

Students will conduct a thorough visual skin cancer assessment of a patient, learn to recognise skin lesions using clinical and dermoscopic criteria, accurately identify skin lesions that require photographic imaging for diagnosis and or surveillance and demonstrate competent skin photography skills. By the end of the course, they will be able to carry out total body and individual lesion photography in accordance with a quality standard, identify key elements for a melanographer to run a clinic efficiently and safely and outline legal consideration pertinent to melanography practice.

Registrations are now open for 2019 and numbers are limited. Any queries can be directed to