To begin with, keynote speakers Prof Giuseppe Argenziano and A/Prof Aimilios Lallas will present a special edition of their popular Dermoscopy Excellence program during the two-day Dermoscopy Masterclass.
Next, you are invited to join the two-day Skin and Skin Cancer Conference. In a ﬁrst, the keynote speakers and a diverse group of local experts, including Professors Michael Henderson, Monika Janda, Rachel Neale, Cliff Rosendahl, Peter Soyer, David Wilkinson, and many more, will provide the latest updates, newest research, and best-practice advice in the areas of skin cancer, dermatology and aesthetic medicine in primary care. After joint plenary sessions, delegates will break out into smaller groups for a deep dive into one of the three topics of most interest.
Professor Giuseppe Argenziano
Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Giuseppe Argenziano is Giuseppe Argenziano is Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit at the University of Campania, Naples, Italy; Co-founder and past president of the International Dermoscopy Society; and Editor-in-Chief of Dermatology Practical and Conceptual Journal.
His main research field is dermato-oncology, authoring numerous scientific articles and books concerning dermoscopy, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. As coordinator of the Melanoma Unit at the Campania University, he has established a successful tertiary, multidisciplinary, referral center particularly devoted to the diagnosis and management of patients with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Over the past 25 years, Prof Argenziano has supervised over 500 foreign and Italian residents in dermatology, established scientific collaborations with 1500+ colleagues from more than 50 nations, and organised more than 500 national and international didactic meetings, courses and conferences (such as the Consensus Net Meeting on Dermoscopy and the First Congress of the International Dermoscopy Society).
Professor Argenziano has authored more than 650 full scientific articles and produced landmark primary publications and books in the field of melanoma and dermoscopy. Over the past 25 years he has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 500 national and international conferences in the field of dermatology. His combined publications have received a sum total of 15.250+ citations with an h-index value of 61 (Scopus 2020).
Associate Professor Aimilios Lallas
MD PhD MSc
Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department Of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Greece
President, International Dermoscopy Society
Aimilios Lallas is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the First Department of Dermatology of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is specialised in skin cancer diagnosis with non-invasive techniques, as well as in the management of skin cancer patients.
His main field of research interest is dermoscopy of skin tumours, the application of the method in general dermatology and the improvement of the management of oncologic patients. He is an author of more than 330 scientific papers published on Pubmed Central, most of them on dermoscopy and skin cancer. He is an editor of eight books and author of several book chapters on dermoscopy. He is a co-investigator in several Phase III Clinical trials on skin cancer treatment. He has been awarded several scholarships and scientific awards.
Over the last years, A/Prof Lallas has established scientific collaboration with numerous colleagues from several countries and has supervised the training of numerous fellows from different countries. He is an invited speaker in several domestic and international congresses and meetings, mainly on dermoscopy and on skin cancer diagnosis and management. He is particularly involved in teaching activities on dermoscopy, having organised and participated in numerous domestic and international courses.
A/Prof Lallas is currently the President of the International Dermoscopy Society.
Professor Cliff Rosendahl
PhD (Skin Cancer), FRACGP
Course Coordinator MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Cliff Rosendahl currently works in Brisbane as a primary care practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer. He has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored/co- authored two textbooks. He also has an interest in research as the clinical developer and Director of the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database (SCARD). His other main area of research has been in evaluating dermatoscopic clues and artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of skin malignancy in collaboration with colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
Professor Michael Henderson
MBBS, BMedSc, MD, FRACS
Surgeon Melanoma & Skin Unit
Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Surgery
Professor of Surgery, University of Melbourne
Professor Michael Henderson is a Professor of Surgery with The University of Melbourne and surgeon in the Melanoma and Skin Service, Breast Service and Sarcoma Service at Peter Mac. He graduated in medicine from The University of Melbourne and trained as a general surgeon. He completed his training with a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. Melanoma makes up a major part of his clinical workload and he is actively involved in clinical and translational research.
Professor Monika Janda
Professor for Public Health and Health Services, Oncology and Carcinogenesis, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Monika Janda is a Principal Research Fellow and leads the Health Determinants and Health Systems Theme at The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research is funded through an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship Level II. Monika is a health psychologist with a research background in cancer prevention and quality of life research. She was a research fellow for the Melanoma Screening trial with the Cancer Council Queensland before joining QUT in 2006.
Monika has two main research interests:
i) prevention and early detection of cancer (particularly melanoma); and
ii) improving clinical and supportive care for cancer patients (particularly gynaecological cancers).
During the past ﬁve years, she has had a strong research focus on improving the early detection of melanoma using telehealth methods such as mobile teledermoscopy and enhanced skin self-examination.
Professor Rachel Neale
PhD (Skin Cancer Prevention), BVSc
Deputy Coordinator of the Population Health Department and Group Leader of Cancer Aetiology and Prevention, QIMR Berghofer
Professor Rachel Neale is a cancer epidemiologist with special interest in balancing the risks and benefits of sun exposure. She has recently completed the world’s second-largest trial of high-dose vitamin D supplementation, the D-Health Trial, and leads research aiming to understand the effects of sunscreen application on vitamin D. Professor Neale leads the health working group of the United Nations Environment Program Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, one of three panels established to report to the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
Professor Peter Soyer is an academic dermatologist with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He was appointed as the inaugural Chair in Dermatology by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007 and as Director of the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Dermatology Department in 2008. He has a strong focus on translational skin cancer research in his dual role as Director of the Dermatology Research Centre (DRC), UQ Diamantina Institute, UQ Faculty of Medicine; and leadership of the Dermatology Department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Professor Soyer is internationally recognised in the field of dermatology with expertise in the areas of clinical dermatology, dermato-oncology, dermatopathology and dermatologic imaging. Within the dermatology discipline he is a pioneer and world leader in the field of dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions, a non-invasive diagnostic method. He has lead the development of the morphologic classification system currently used worldwide.
One of his research focuses is to expand the concept and applications of teledermatology and teledermoscopy. Most recently he was awarded a CRE for the Study of Naevi, to further investigate why some moles turn into deadly cancers and others don't, with the aim of improving our understanding of naevus development and transformation, along with recognition of the associated changes, to better prevent, predict and detect skin cancer and melanoma.
Peter has an extensive publication record with over 600 publications to date.
Professor David Wilkinson
MBChB, PhD, DSc, FRACGP
Chief Medical Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres
Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. Prior to taking up the role as Chief Medical Officer with National Skin Cancer Centres, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University, Sydney for eight years, and before that was Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland for nine years.
Since 2004, David’s clinical work has focused on skin cancer medicine in primary care. He has published research papers on the topic, designed and led development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert. He has taught almost 7,000 GPs the basics of skin cancer medicine in primary care.
Associate Professor Katy Bell
MbChB, MMed (clin.epi., merit), PhD
Clinical Epidemiologist, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
Associate Professor Katy Bell teaches and researches on the potential benefits and harms of medical tests used for screening, diagnosis and monitoring chronic disease, with a focus on cancer and cardiovascular disease. She has over 90 publications and holds NHMRC grants for health services research on the use of tests for early detection of cardiovascular disease and cancer, especially melanoma. Prior to becoming a clinical epidemiologist, she worked for six years as a medical doctor, including two years of pathology training. She is Chair Elect of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy, and a past Vice President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association.
Associate Professor John Pyne
MBBS (Syd), BOptom (Hons 1), MMed, PhD, FSCCA
Associate Professor, Skin Cancer Medicine, The University of New South Wales
Associate Professor John Pyne's undergraduate study was an initial Bachelor of Optometry (Hon 1) at The University of New South Wales followed by Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at The University of Sydney. He holds a Master of Medicine degree (Skin Cancer) and PhD (Thesis on dermoscopy - histopathology correlations in BCC and SCC) from The University of Queensland.
John is also a Fellow and past President of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. A main professional interest has been using optical imaging in the early diagnosis and management of skin cancer including the utility of confocal microscopy. Priority investigation has been allocated to the in vivo identification of skin cancer characteristics with high risk for adverse outcomes.
Associate Professor Helmut Schaider
Principal Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Australia
Associate Professor Helmut Schaider’s lab recently developed an in vitro model of drug resistance in cancer based on a stepwise transition from parental cells through multi-drug tolerance to permanent resistance if cancer cells are exposed to targeted therapies or chemotherapy. Based on this model, they described a new combination of drugs already used in the clinic, which might improve survival in hard-to-treat RAS mutant cancers. They further proved that epigenetic changes are driving the transition in the model and identified new targets, which prevent the occurrence of permanent resistance. These investigations are of high translational relevance and will delay disease relapse under targeted therapies and chemotherapies. Clinical research aims at early detection of melanoma focusing on whole body imaging as a means for targeted screening in high-risk individuals.
A/Prof Schaider received postgraduate training in wet labs at the DKFZ (German Cancer Research Center), Heidelberg, Germany and the US as a postdoc undertaking research in melanoma biology at The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia. In 2013 he relocated to Brisbane, QLD, Australia to undertake research in drug resistance and melanoma prevention.
Dr Simon Clark runs the pathology component of the postgraduate certificate courses in skin cancer medicine at The University of Queensland and lectures in the Masters of Medicine course. He has been involved in dermatopathology education for more than 20 years, training registrars in dermatology, pathology and plastic surgery. More recently he has been active in GP education. One of the best known dermatopathologists in Australia, Simon was recently appointed a visiting professor in dermatology at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Dr Terry Harvey
BSc, MBBS, FRACGP, MMed (Skin Cancer)
Skin Cancer Doctor at Sunshine Coast Skin Cancer Centre
Dr Terry Harvey is a University of Queensland medical graduate who has been diagnosing and treating skin cancer within Queensland for more than five years. He holds a Master of Medicine degree in the field of skin cancer, and is involved in current research into early skin cancer detection.
Dr Harvey has a passion for thorough full skin examination and early diagnosis of skin cancer. Through early diagnosis he aims to provide safe and simple treatments and avoid complicated and costly treatments required with delayed diagnosis.
His skills in early diagnosis are exemplified through becoming one of very few doctors worldwide to score higher in accurate skin cancer diagnosis than the University of Vienna Dermachallenge artificial intelligence machine algorithm.
Dr Jeremy Hudson
MBChB, FRACGP, Advanced Certificate Skin Cancer Medicine & Surgery, Advanced Certificate Dermoscopy (Distinction), SCCA
Clinical Director, North Queensland Skin Center
Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
Dr Jeremy Hudson works full time in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery and has extensive qualifications in the field, performing regular skin checks and a wide range of treatments including non-surgical therapies, basic excisions and complex flap and graft surgery.
Dr Hudson also holds the position of Senior Lecturer at James Cook University, where he writes and teaches courses in skin cancer medicine, dermoscopy (skin cancer imaging), and advanced graft and flap surgery.
Dr Hudson is an active member of several other research and training organizations including the Dermatology Special Interests Group (RACGP), the Skin Cancer College of Australasia, and has assisted in research projects on surgical outcomes, histological sampling and tissue samples for cell line studies.
Dr Jenny Kimmins
MBBS, FRACGP, Dip. Derm
Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia
Aesthetic Medicine Physician and Medical Director at Southern Cosmetics, Victoria
HealthCert Course Chair for Aesthetic Medicine
Dr Jenny Kimmins spent many years in General Practice before developing an interest in management and treatment of skin conditions. She has over 10 years’ experience in cosmetic medicine, including the management of acne and rosacea, laser skin treatments, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. She is a lecturer and trainer in aesthetic medicine and injectable cosmetic treatments. Jenny completed a postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology with the Australian Institute of Dermatology and is a trained skin cancer physician with a special interest in sun-damaged skin. She was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia.
Dr Dianne King
B.Med Sci, MBBS, DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, DPD, MMed (Skin Cancer), Dip. Aesthetic Medicine
Skin Cancer Doctor at New Town Skin Cancer Centre
Dr Dianne King has been working as a family GP for over 20 years, a graduate from UTAS medical school in 1989.
She has had a keen interest in dermatology throughout this time and obtained her DPD in Cardiff while working in the UK during the early part of her career.
In the last 18 years, she has subspecialised in skin cancer medicine and surgery, obtaining her Masters of Medicine in Skin Cancer from UQ in 2010.
Di established one of the first standalone skin cancer clinics in Hobart with her business partners in 2009, and in recent years has undergone further training in aesthetic medicine. This has proven to be great adjunct to her skin cancer practice, evolving into a business model of the “one stop skin shop” where everything from skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, phototherapy for aesthetic and dermatological conditions, and various cosmetic treatments are available. Di has been actively involved as a guest lecturer for UTAS medical students in skin cancer for the past 10 years.
In her “spare” time, Di also lectures for HealthCert in the recently developed Aesthetic Medicine courses aimed at primary care and skin cancer physicians.
Dr Blake O'Brien is a consultant dermatopathologist based at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology's Bowen Hills laboratory. Blake graduated from The University of Queensland in 2005 with First Class Honours and his exceptional academic achievements saw him awarded The University Medal for Medicine, the Lillian Cooper Prize (for highest overall achievement in the four years of the MBBS program) and the William Nathaniel Robertson Medal (for highest mark in the final year OSCE).
Blake has a passion for education and is a skilled teacher and communicator. His research interests are melanoma and artificial intelligence.
Dr Andrew Potter
MBBS, BMedSc (Hons), FRANZCR
Lecturer, University of South Australia
Examiner, RANZCR Faculty of Radiation Oncology
Dr Andrew Potter studied at the University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) in 1998 and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 2000. He undertook his specialist training in Radiation Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, before working as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada, from 2008-2009 where he was awarded the RS Bush Award for Academic Excellence.
Dr Potter returned to Adelaide as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2009. There he worked in a multidisciplinary cancer centre, developing sub-specialty expertise in stereotactic radiotherapy, treatment of children and young adults with cancer, and disease sites including melanoma, sarcoma and malignancies involving the haematological and central nervous systems. He maintains a clinical interest in all diseases where radiation therapy can be applied, including breast, lung, prostate brachytherapy, skin, gynaecological, central nervous system, haematological cancers and stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy and radiosurgery.
Dr Potter is closely involved in education and training of radiation therapy students, medical students and radiation oncology registrars. He lectures at the University of South Australia and is an examiner for the RANZCR Faculty of Radiation Oncology.
Dr Helena Rosengren
MBChB, FRACGP, FACSCM, FSCCA, Master of Medicine, MPHTM, DRCOG
Skin Repair Cosmetic Clinic, Townsville, QLD, Australia
Dr Helena Rosengren is the director of Skin Repair Cosmetic Clinic. Skin Repair Cosmetic Clinic has evolved into a highly sophisticated, fully equipped practice offering state-of-the-art treatments. Helena pays meticulous attention to detail ensuring optimal cosmetic outcome and is assisted by trained, caring nursing staff who share her own high standards.
Dr Christopher M Ross
BSc (BiomedSc) (Hons), BMBS, FACD
Dermatologist at Adeliade Dermatology Associates and co-founder of Dermo Direct
Dr Christopher Ross is an Adelaide-based Dermatologist who completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with Honours at Adelaide University in 2004, before completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University in 2008.
Dermatology specialist training was conducted at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital; he was awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 2016. Dr Ross has published multiple articles in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has written and presented several courses in General Dermatology with HealthCert for teaching purposes.
Dr Ross has a keen interest in rural dermatology, providing outreach services to Darwin and rural South Australia. He also holds the position of Visiting Medical Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre, providing care and teaching to Dermatology registrars. Dr Ross has an interest in all general dermatology including acne, eczema, psoriasis and hair loss.
Dr Ross become a founding member of DermoDirect, which is an online teledermatology service that provides a valuable specialist service to rural areas of Australia. He also is a founder of Diagnode, the telehealth platform behind Dermodirect.
Dr Niyati Sharma
MBBS, MPH, FACD
Co-founder and Dermatologist at Inside Out Dermatology, MoleMap Australia Chief Medical Officer
Dr Niyati Sharma is a qualified Dermatologist and is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. She is also a consultant dermatologist at the Box Hill Hospital, and the Monash Medical Centre.
As part of her 4 year post graduate training, Dr Sharma spent one year in Singapore at the National Skin Centre learning the nuances of treating Asian skin and their diseases. After finishing her Dermatology fellowship exams (FACD), Dr Sharma undertook a sub-speciality fellowship at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in paediatric dermatology. This institution is a world leader in treating children’s skin diseases. Dr Sharma worked under the guidance of Professor Mancini and Professor Amy Paller, two prominent figures in dermatology.
Dr Sharma has also undertaken her Masters of Public Health (MPH), specialising in nutrition, policy and advocacy, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Dr Sharma opened Inside Out Dermatology to help patients approach their skin diseases in a wholistic manner.
Dr Sharma is a published author in international dermatology literature including the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has presented her research at dermatological conferences. She has also part of the expert group panel for the Dermatology Therapeutic Guidelines book.
Dr Francis Tan
MBBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FSCI, Certificate in Advanced Dermoscopy & Digital Imaging
Skin Cancer Doctor at Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre
Dr Francis Tan graduated from The University of New South Wales in 1986. He worked in a variety of general practice surgeries throughout Australia, including clinics in Sydney, Tweed Heads, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Cairns. He now practices at the Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre in Brisbane.
Francis obtained a Masters of Medicine from The University of Queensland in 2014 and holds an impressive portfolio of university-certified Professional Diplomas in Skin Cancer Medicine and related fields, including Fellowship with the Skin Cancer Institute.
Dr Stephen Wassall
MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, Masters in Medicine (Skin Cancer)
Skin Cancer and Aesthetic Medicine Doctor at Skin Integrity
Dr Stephen Wassall is a renowned skin cancer and aesthetic medicine doctor, having practised skin cancer medicine since 1997 and non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures since 2002. He was the first doctor on the Central Coast to use a Molemax machine for photographing suspicious moles for future comparison, and is the most experienced cosmetic injector on the Central Coast, having performed over 20,000 injectable procedures.
A graduate of The University of Sydney, Dr Wassall was an intern, resident and registrar at Gosford Hospital until 1993. He completed Specialist GP training in 1996 and completed a Masters in Skin Cancer Medicine with The University of Queensland in 2007.
He is extensively involved in teaching other GPs, presenting lectures on skin cancer surgery and demonstrating advanced skin cancer surgery and aesthetic procedures to doctors.
Dr Wassall is a Member of the Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ), the Australasian Society of Cosmetic Medicine (ASCM), and the International Dermoscopy Society. He is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds a Certificate of Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine (High Distinction) (SCCANZ).