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New Horizons

Join us 19 – 21 May 2023 as we look ahead to New Horizons in skin cancer medicine!

Hear from respected experts, emerging leaders and your peers at the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress 2023. Join us in May to discover what comes next in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Australasian Skin Cancer Congress will once again be a great time to connect with colleagues and check out the latest from our sponsors. Following the positive response last year, the Great Debate will also return to the Congress stage. Don’t miss a unique and fun way to look at a controversial topic!

Please note registrations are now closed for this event. Contact with any registration enquiries.

Venue & Accommodation

Meet our Speakers


2023 Sponsors

Welcome to The Star, Gold Coast

This stunning location, set among lush tropical gardens, is the home of the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress.

Special accommodation rates apply for Australasian Skin Cancer Congress delegates. Accommodation can be booked through the booking link below.

Book Accommodation Here

Alternatively, call the Reservations Team on 1800 074 344 and quote Australasian Skin Cancer Congress 2023 or “ASC180523”.

Please note venue parking charges have been introduced at The Star, Gold Coast. Delegates can choose from below:
   1. Book guaranteed car space with accommodation
   $35 per day
   2. Complimentary non-guaranteed car space on arrival
   No pre booking, subject to availability

Meet our Speakers


Prof Pascale Guitera


Pascale is Director of the Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Dermatology Department at Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA). She is also senior researcher at The University of Sydney.


Prof Peter Soyer


Peter has a dual academic/clinical role as the inaugural Chair and Director of the Dermatology Research Centre, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute & Director of the Dermatology Department at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.


A/Prof Alex Menzies

BSc(Med), MBBS(Hons), FRACP, PhD

Alex is a Medical Oncologist and Associate Professor of Melanoma Medical Oncology at Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), The University of Sydney, and Royal North Shore and Mater Hospitals.


Dr Sam Vohra


Sam is the founder and MD at Avion Medical as well as Medical Director at OncoBeta Australia.


Dr Keith Burgess


Keith is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia, a presenter for SCCA courses and runs his own skin cancer clinic in Perth, WA.


Dr Myn Lee

FRACGP, PG DipDerm (Cardiff), PG DipSurgAnat (Melb)

Myn is a General Practitioner who specialises in cosmetic medicine and skin cancer surgery.


Dr Jeremy Hay


Jeremy is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia, a presenter for SCCA courses and works exclusively in skin cancer medicine in Wellington, New Zealand.


Dr Lara Roeske


Dr Lara Roeske is a General Practitioner and became Chair of the RACGP Board of Directors in November 2022. Lara also holds the role of Chair of the Faculty of Specific Interests, in which she oversees a network of 35 specific interest areas of general practice and the faculty supports over 10,000 members across the 35 interest areas.


Dr Samantha Murton


Dr Samantha (Sam) Murton is the President of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, a working Wellington GP, and Senior Lecturer and Trainee Intern Co-Convenor at University of Otago, Wellington. Sam advocates for the profession at a national level, and she does this while maintaining practical experience that keeps her advice relevant and realistic.
In the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Sam was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to medical education, especially general practice.
She is willing and equipped to represent the challenges that face general practitioners and their patients, bring GPs together nationally, and champions the role of the expert general practitioner who works in the broader primary care team.

A/Prof Sid Baxi

A/Prof Sid Baxi is a Radiation Oncologist on the Gold Coast, and Director of Technology with GenesisCare Australia. He works within the cancer care network of specialists at John Flynn Hospital and Tweed Hospital. His academic links are with Griffith University and Menzies School of Health Research. Sid's most recent contribution to the field of radiation oncology has been a collaboration with Oncobeta to introduce a non-invasive, single-session treatment for skin cancer. He is committed to bringing a strategic and horizon view of healthcare, with the aim to provide dedicated, evidence-based care to his patients. Sid's clinical interests include brain, head and neck, upper and lower GI, skin, and thoracic malignancies, and haematology with Fellowships in head and neck cancer, lung and uro-oncology.

Glenn Makowski

As Managing Director of a leading Cyber Security business Glenn is responsible for Cyber Security Strategy and Implementation. He is a firm believer that user education is key to good Cyber Security practices. He works with some of the world’s leading manufacturers such as Cisco and Palo Alto in order to blend technology with policy, process, and procedure to develop industry leading Cyber Security strategies.

A/Prof Sandra Krishnan


Dr Sandra Krishnan is a consultant breast and general surgeon, and a clinical senior lecturer at ANU (Australian National University). She has undertaken breast oncology fellowships at the Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital, and Breast and Endocrine Unit, Concord Hospital. She also specialises in melanotic and advanced non melanotic skin cancer surgery and is a member of the ANZ Melanoma Trials Group.

Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo


Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo trained as a genetic counsellor and now leads the group Integrating Genomics into Medicine (IGM) at the University of Queensland. Aideen has extensive experience in genomic education and currently chairs the HGSA accreditation committee for genetic counselling MSc programs. Her research program explores attitudes towards genetic testing together with the acceptability and efficacy of educational modalities for patients and clinicians alike. A particularly relevant area of focus is genetic testing for familial melanoma. Aideen has developed a program to upskill dermatologically trained clinicians to offer genetic testing for familial melanoma in practice.

Anne Gately

Anne has over 30 years’ marketing and advertising experience working for some of Australia’s largest corporates as well as international advertising agency networks. Having survived Melanoma twice, the most recent a Stage IV diagnosis, she is passionate about bringing about a change to our ‘sunburnt Aussie’ culture. She is actively advocating for changes to the marketing & advertising industry self-regulation system to recognise and include guidelines for sun protection.

Kirstie Fitzpatrick

Kirstie is a journalist and television presenter who was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer at age 19, requiring surgery and lymph node removal. Since then, Kirstie has had at least 15 major surgeries for atypical lesions. Her skin cancer history is now being used by New South Wales Health’s Cancer Institute as part of clinical research and investigations into skin cancer in young people.

Kirstie currently works as a weather presenter for the 7 Network and is excited to become an Ambassador for Skin Cancer College Australia!

Dr Fabrizio Spada


Dr. Fabrizio Spada is the Research and Development Manager at Ego Pharmaceuticals. With varying experience across scientific research, Dr Spada has had his studies published, his work awarded patents, and at one point even helped to produce materials that contributed to NASA. His work has taken him all over the world, from Italy to the US and now to Australia to develop new, innovative formulations for skin care products with Ego. His responsibilities focus on the development of new cosmetic and therapeutic dermatological products and he makes sure that all formulations are compliant with the current Australian and International laws so that Ego products can be sold both nationally and globally.

Dr Franz Strydom

MB ChB, BSc, HonBSc(Med Sci), MSc(Med Sci), FRNZCGP, FSCCA

Dr Strydom is the owner of Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic, now the largest skin cancer clinic in New Zealand. Franz is a general practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer and is a strong proponent of collegial collaboration for the benefit of patients and clinical staff. He has a special interest in skin cancer surgery and the effective use of topical field treatment of actinic skin damage. Franz plays an active role in the development of primary care skin cancer management in New Zealand.

Dr Bill Karabelas

Dr Bill Karabelas is a GP Skin Cancer Specialist. He was educated in his native Melbourne, completing his Medical Degree at Monash University.
After receiving a Masters Degree in Skin Cancer Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2012, he attained the Fellowship qualification with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia in 2016.
He has consulted and developed his expertise in Primary Care Skin Cancer Medicine for over 15 years and continues to be actively involved as a College Educator.

Dr Ivo Buters

Dr Ivo Buters has been a general practitioner for 35 years in Byford, 40 Km south of Perth in Western Australia. He is the principal of the Byford Medical Centre and Byford Skin Cancer Clinic. He has special interest in dermatology and skin cancer medicine. During his time as a practice owner, his business premises has been extended four times. Most recently in 2020 when he set up a skin cancer clinic after attaining his SCCA fellowship.

Lynette Hunt

CEO of the Skin Cancer College Australasia (SCCA) since its inception in 2012, Lynette has overseen the growth of SCCA from start-up to respected peak body.
Lynette blends rich experience in senior management and not-for-profit governance with a flair for writing and presenting to be an effective and passionate advocate for primary care skin cancer practitioners.
She has a detailed knowledge of primary care skin cancer services in Australia and New Zealand and plays an active role in promoting early detection and the vital role of primary care in diagnosing and managing our most common cancer.

Dr Luke Bookallil

Adjunct Senior Lecturer University of New England, Armidale NSW
Medical Director SunDoctors

Dr Luke graduated from Sydney University in 1995, and previously practised the full gamut of rural general practice in Armidale NSW, including skin cancer medicine, visiting medical officer appointments and school doctor, making him one of Australia’s most experienced GP’s. He holds a Master of Sports Medicine and a Fellowship in Skin Cancer Medicine. Dr Luke primarily works as a GP specialising in Skin Cancer Medicine in regional NSW and Sydney, but also has several other interests including the gut microbiome. Dr Luke is actively engaged in presenting and teaching for Skin Cancer College Australasia across dermoscopy and surgery, as well as other bodies. He has recently commenced as Medical Director for Sundoctors Skin Cancer Clinics.

Dr Mohammad Hassani

MD, FRACGP, MMed (Skin Cancer)

Dr Hassani is a general practitioner, a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Master of Medicine in the field of Skin Cancer from the University of Queensland. He is also an Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor (ASCD) with the Skin Cancer College Australasia (SCCA). Dr Hassani has published the articles: “The UQ Flap: A Novel Modification of the Keystone Flap” for the surgeries on the legs; and “The Modified UQ Flap: An Alternative for Other Flaps” for the surgeries on other parts of the body.

Dr Nadeeja Jayasinghe


Dr Nadeeja Jayasinghe is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia, a blog author for the college, and a tutor for both the Advanced Clinical Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery as well as the Certificate of Dermoscopy. In addition to the academic and teaching accomplishments, Nadeeja is currently working as a full-time skin cancer GP, providing exceptional care to patients in the Melbourne area.

A/Prof Catherine Olsen

Senior Research Officer
Cancer Control Group, QIMR Berghofer

Associate Professor Catherine Olsen is a cancer epidemiologist with a science background. She is a Senior Research Officer in the Cancer Control Group and holds an adjunct appointment with the Fraser Institute, UQ. She has research interests in the causes and prevention of cancer particularly skin cancer. Current research activities encompass modifiable lifestyle risk factors and environmental exposures in disease aetiology as well as risk prediction for melanoma and keratinocyte cancer. She currently manages the QSkin study, a large prospective cohort of over 43,000 Queensland residents established in 2011 with the aim of defining the role of environmental and host/genetic factors in the development of melanoma and other cancers of the skin.

Shoni Philpot

BN, Grad Dip Paediatrics

Shoni Philpot is currently Senior Director, Cancer Alliance Queensland with a specific focus on clinician led service improvement, building innovative systems and tools to support multidisciplinary cancer care to improve the health and well-being of people with cancer. As a founding member of Cancer Alliance Queensland Shoni has developed strong skills in Healthcare Management, Cancer Data Leadership, Digital innovation, Service Improvement and Health Services Research over an 18 year period.

Dr Vin Rajeswaran

Dr Vin Rajeswaran studied medicine in India and completed surgical training in both the UK and Australia. Vin became a Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2014 and is a passionate educator and advocate of mentorship in skin cancer medicine.
Vin owns and runs one of the largest AGPAL accredited teaching skin cancer clinics in Australia. This practice is leading the way in AI and full body mapping of skin lesions with the most up to date technology available.
Vin is the current Vice President of SCCA and brings his valuable experience guiding skin cancer clinics to run profitably and efficiently. He is passionate about facilitating skin cancer clinic accreditation, skin cancer business mentorship and Clinical Attachments for Doctors doing advanced clinical certificates.

Dr Visalini Nair Shalliker

Dr Visalini Nair-Shalliker is a Senior Research Fellow at the Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between the University of Sydney and the Cancer Council NSW. She is also an Adjunct Senior lecturer at Macquarie University. She has a basic training in basic science and completed a PhD in Molecular Epidemiology which examined the relationship between sun exposure, vitamin D and development of prostate cancer.
Her research focuses on identifying environmental, lifestyle and molecular risk factors of prostate cancer, to improve our understanding on the interactions between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, using large datasets. She is currently involved in a randomised control trial of vitamin D supplementation in men with clinically significant prostate cancer.

Dr Charles Ayesa


Dr Charles Ayesa graduated with honours from the University of Tasmania before moving to Sydney. He completed his training in Western Sydney before becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

His interest in skin cancer medicine began during his GP training. Charles is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia and works exclusively in skin cancer medicine in Sydney, NSW. He is the SCCA Australian deputy censor as well as an SCCA course presenter, tutor and blog author as well as a senior lecturer with the UQ Master of Medicine - Skin Cancer program.

Karen Van Gorp

Senior Policy Adviser with the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karen also volunteers, advocating for people with lived experience of cancer. She sits as Board Director, Melanoma Patients Australia, Chair, MPA Consumer Advisory Group and Chair, Cancer Voices SA.
Diagnosed in 2013 with stage IV melanoma following surgery and radiotherapy, forced to research clinical trials, she discovered the phase III MK3475-006/Keynote-006 trial. Karen responded well and, in gratitude, took up the facilitator role for MPA in South Australia. Karen provided a consumer voice to PBAC and Keytruda was subsidised under the PBS within a record time. A diagnosis and successful treatment of choroid melanoma in 2021 led Karen to again support submissions to PBAC regarding a new treatment.
Returning to work, caring for her family, and increasing her advocacy activity, Karen has been involved as a lived experience expert in many roles including scientific meetings, research and policy development.

Prof Monika Janda


Professor Monika Janda is the Director, Centre for Health Services Research, and Professor in Behavioural Science, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, and a recent NHMRC Translational Research Fellow (2018-20). Professor Janda leads the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Skin Imaging and Precision Diagnosis (2021-2025) and a NHMRC funded Synergy Program of Research (2022-2026). She is a health psychologist with a research background in cancer prevention and quality of life research, with strong clinical collaborations, and a passion for consumer-centred digital interventions that make self-management of health-related issues easier and better for people. Her work focuses on applied health and clinical research problems, making a difference to cancer prevention, early detection and treatment outcomes.


Dr Chris Wetherall


GenesisCare Breakfast Seminar Presenter.
Chris is a Fellow of the Skin Cancer College Australasia and works exclusively in skin cancer medicine. He is a Clinical Coordinator and presenter for SCCA courses as well as a lecturer with the UQ School of Medicine, the University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine and the University Centre of Rural Health in Murwillumbah.


Dr Maree Sexton


GenesisCare Breakfast Seminar Presenter.
Maree is a Radiation Oncologist who joined GenesisCare over 12 years ago. Dr Sexton consults and treats patients at the GenesisCare centre in Frankston in Victoria.


Dr Hayden Christie

B. Biomed. Sc., MBBS., FRACP

GenesisCare Breakfast Seminar Presenter.
Hayden is a Medical Oncologist working at Hervey Bay Hospital and Clinical Director of the Cancer Care Service Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.


A/Prof Michael Freeman


GenesisCare Breakfast Seminar Presenter.
Michael is the founding Dermatologist at The Skin Centre in QLD, specialising in cosmetic and laser dermatology.


Ms Patricia Terrill


GenesisCare Breakfast Seminar Presenter.
Patricia is the Head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Unit at Peninsula Health (Frankston Hospital). She also works at Peninsula Private Hospital and consults in private practice.

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