Dr Philip Keith Monnington (President)
MB,ChB, FRNZCGP, MMed, MAICD
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 Damien Foong
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 Murray Govan (Treasurer)
MB, ChB, M.Med (UQ), FSSCA
Dr Murray Govan grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand and studied at the University of Otago, graduating in 1993. He moved to Australia 16 years ago and now lives and works in Coffs Harbour, NSW. He owns and works full time in the Coffs Coast Skin Cancer Clinic but also dedicates one week a month of his time in the ICU department at the Base hospital.
Murray is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College and is a tutor for the Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine & Surgery as well as a lecturer in the Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.
Dr Richard Johns
MBBS, FRACGP, FSCCA
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 Robert Pennisi (Vice President)
MBBS (UQ), M Phil (Medicine) (UQ), FRACGP, FRCPA, AFRCMA, Dip Practical Dermatology (UW) GAICD
Robert is the Vice President of the College and has experience in Medical Administration, Dermatopathology, General Practice, Clinical Dermatology and Dermatological Research. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the clinical governance sphere to the Board and is an experienced clinical manager and executive leader, with a track record of leading and re-shaping healthcare service.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Queensland and has gained a wide range of experiences working in several rural posts in Queensland Health, which included non-training registrar’s positions in Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He went on to join a general practice in Mackay and was heavily involved with providing skin cancer services to all patients. In 2000, Robert was awarded the FRACGP and passed the Part 1 from the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He continued to expand his clinical dermatology skills by completing the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from the University of Wales, which he honoured with Distinction in 2002. He was invited to do research in Dermatopathology at the University of Queensland, where Robert completed his thesis and was conferred Master of Philosophy (in the field of Medicine) in 2006. Robert completed his Anatomical Pathology training with Queensland Health. He has published several journal articles and regularly attends National and International meetings and conferences for General Practice, Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Medical Administration.
Aside from his professional interests, Robert is a dedicated family man with keen interests in comedic theatre and his family pets, particularly his show-award winning dog Outback Jack.
Dr Franz Strydom
MB ChB, BSc, HonBSc(Med Sci), MSc(Med Sci), FRNZCGP, FSCCA
After discovering my first melanoma as a 4th year medical student, I have been hooked on skin cancer ever since. Before doing medicine, I worked as a postgraduate researcher in medical physiology. I was fortunate to undertake my medical degree in South Africa. This allowed a wide spectrum of experience. After immigrating to New Zealand in 2000 I have lived and worked in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Keith Monnington and I worked together on the clinic committee for the Ministry of Health pilot project in skin cancer. This was a very successful project that was later devolved into primary care. I was also involved in a similar project with Southern Cross, the major health insurer in New Zealand.
I own Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic one of the largest primary care skin cancer clinics in New Zealand. This clinic has paved the way for nurses to work as nurse specialist dermoscopists in New Zealand. Academically, I have been a presenter at every SCCA Congress and symposium. I would like to see the academic structure of the college grow both in stature and academic recognition. I have been actively involved in the training and up-skilling of GPs interested in skin cancer throughout New Zealand. I have been a lecturer for the Advanced Clinical Certificate of Dermoscopy, the Certificate of Dermoscopy and the Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.
One of my goals is to facilitate transparency of the board functions, to all members. This, I believe is the only way that members can truly know if the board members they had voted for are acting responsibly. During the past 15 years I have worked towards accredited training and recognition of skin cancer by other colleges and medical councils. I see this as the main goal for the college to achieve in the near future.