Dr Philip Keith Monnington (President)


Dr Keith Monnington is the current President of SCCA. Keith graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1972. He moved to Australia in 1973 and held positions at Rockhampton and Ipswich Base Hospitals, which included some plastic surgical training. Keith entered general practice in Capalaba in 1976. Moving to New Zealand in 1991, he joined the Te Puke Medical Centre where he practised until October 2013, performing 60% of the skin cancer surgery in an eight doctor practice.

In 2007 he entered the University of Queensland Master of Medicine program graduating in 2009, and completed the Australian Diploma of Dermoscopy in 2009.

Keith works part time in a skin cancer clinic at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.  He is a tutor for the Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, and lectures at Certificate courses in Sydney and Auckland. Keith is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Current positions held.

  • President, Skin Cancer College Australasia.
  • Member of the Education and New Zealand Advisory Committees, SCCA
  • Triage and grading consultant for the minor skin surgery service, Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance, New Zealand.

Previous skin cancer related positions:

  • Board member, Bay of Plenty District Health Board GP triaged skin surgery pilot.
  • Triage and Grading person as above.
  • GPSI credentialed at advanced plus level, Western Bay of Plenty Minor Skin Surgery Service.
  • Member, establishment board and credentialing committee, Western Bay of Plenty Minor Skin Surgery Service.
  • Treasurer, Skin Cancer Collegiate Association of New Zealand.
  • Member of the Amalgamation Board for SCCA.

Dr Jonathan Bell (Treasurer)

MMed, FSCCA      

Dr Jonathan Bell is a full-time skin cancer practitioner and Practice Principal based in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He has been involved with SCCA since its inception, both as a board member (2014-2016) and as a medical educator—speaking at SCCA workshops and conferences, and tutoring SCCA Advanced Clinical Certificate students.

Jonathan is Chair of the College Standards Committee, overseeing the implementation of skin cancer practitioner accreditation, and the soon-to-be rolled out practice accreditation. He is a passionate supporter of the College, and is dedicated to positioning us as the world leader in skin cancer education, research, advocacy and standards.

Jonathan is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is currently undertaking the Company Directors Course (the AICD’s premier qualification in corporate governance). He is a SCCA Fellow and has completed the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland.

Dr David Bilbrough


Dr David Bilbrough has been a full time skin cancer practitioner for over ten years, practicing in a dedicated skin cancer clinic on the Darling Downs of Queensland. He is passionate about early skin cancer detection and treatment aimed at minimising risk, morbidity, and mortality.  He has been a member of SCCA since its inception, and more recently as an examiner. In the 20 years prior to becoming a skin cancer practitioner he held various hospital based clinical positions both in Queensland and the United Kingdom, and ran his own General Practice in Toowoomba for seven years. David sees the roll of the SCCA to lead the way in skin cancer education and training for all doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand and believes SCCA is currently well placed to achieve this goal.

Dr Peter Bourne


Dr. Peter Bourne has practised full time skin cancer medicine in Toowoomba for 11 years, previously working in general practice for 21 years. He started organising annual skin cancer conferences in 2003, bringing world experts from Europe and America.

From these meetings, the Skin Cancer Society of Australia evolved. He was President for several years and was involved in negotiations with the Federal Dept. of Health, the RACGP, the Colleges of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, research groups and other primary care skin cancer organisations. He co-wrote the initial “Skin Cancer Certificate” exam and was involved with the setting up of various dermoscopy and surgery certificate courses and advanced clinical certificates as well as lecturing and tutoring for these events.

Dr Damien Foong (Vice President)


Dr Damien Foong has been in full time skin cancer medicine for more than 10 years. Six of those years as Medical Director / CEO of the largest group of skin cancer clinics ASX listed within Australia. Damien’s vision and mission is to position SCCA as a vocal, strong and respected group within the medical, media, community and political arena.

Damien is active in research and is currently into novel techniques utilising confocal laser microscope; collaboration with international research groups. Damien is also actively engaged with politicians on a state and federal level plus their associated bureaucrats. One of Damien’s key achievements was successfully lobbying for new Medicare item numbers for skin cancer medicine.

Dr Richard Johns


Dr Richard Johns began his medical career as a GP and has been in full-time skin cancer practice for 10 years. His practice is located in Kenmore, Brisbane and provides a full range of services including PDT and total body photography. He is a foundation member and past President of the Skin Cancer Society Australia and the Skin Cancer College of Australia and New Zealand.

Richard has been actively involved over several years as a presenter and organiser for Skin Cancer Conferences, workshops and the highly regarded SCCANZ International Dermoscopy Masterclass.

Richard considers the following to be important areas of focus for the College:

  • To be a leading, financially independent college respected by professional peers
  • To be able to influence government and other industry stakeholders on behalf of members
  • To explore the frontiers of research and management of skin cancer
  • To provide world leading skin cancer education to doctors and general public

Dr Isabelle Jonsson-Lear


Dr Jonsson-Lear trained in South Africa and obtained MBChB in 1976. She emigrated to Australia in 1999 and has since acquired the following degrees: FRACGP, FACRRM, M.Med in Primary Skin Cancer Care and is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia.

Isabelle is a grass roots rural procedure GP currently located in Kingaroy, Queensland. She has many years of rural experience both here and in South Africa and understands the difficulties of being an OTD and the lack of access to a peer support group and assistance.

One of her aims is to empower GPs with procedural skills especially in skin cancer and to help train those who do not possess the necessary skills. She is devoted to education and is an established educator with University of QLD, Bond University and John Flynn Medical School.


(Updated April 2018)
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