The Conference for
Skin Cancer Professionals

Join us for our 10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress where we will be"Leading The Wave in Skin Cancer Medicine". Enjoy current, practical, real-world information for primary care skin cancer professionals.

The Event

Leading the Wave in Skin Cancer Medicine

Latest on QSKIN
Lip surgery
Living with melanoma
Clinical Practice Guidelines for Keratinocyte cancer
Photodynamic therapy
Risk predictors
Pacemakers and electrosurgery
Merkel cell carcinoma

The Venue

The Star Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Join us for an event to remember at The Star Gold Coast – the ultimate Queensland event destination. Situated among landscaped gardens on Broadbeach Island, this is the perfect place to combine relaxation and a wonderful conference experience. You’ll enjoy access to sweeping views, award-winning restaurants and thrilling nightlife. Or kick back poolside and learn why Queensland is known as the sunshine state. Whatever your preference, The Star Gold Coast has you covered! See you in 2020.

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Your Host

Skin Cancer College Australasia

The Australasian Skin Cancer Congress is proudly presented by the Skin Cancer College Australasia – the non-profit peak body for primary care skin cancer professionals. Now in its 10th year, Congress is our signature event. It is best known for offering the perfect balance of practical information and contemporary research. Whether you are experienced in skin cancer medicine or new to the field you’ll find sessions to grow your skills – join us. 

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Join us in Leading the Wave in Skin Cancer Medicine as we delve into diverse and relevant topics ranging from lip surgery to photodynamic therapy, living with melanoma to new guidelines for keratinocyte cancer, electrosurgery to the latest treatment for merkel cell cancers. 

Find it all right here, delivered by leading expert speakers:


Professor Gerald Fogarty | BSc, MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRANZCR

Director of Radiation Oncology at the St Vincent’s Clinic, St Vincent’s General Hospital, Darlinghurst, and the Mater Hospital, North Sydney

Prof Fogarty is a recognised authority in the radiation treatment of skin cancer, with a PhD in modern radiation treatments of skin cancer. At Congress 2020 he will be presenting on New waves in the treatment of Merkel Cell cancer.

Professor David Whiteman I B Med Sc, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FAFPHM

Senior Scientist & Deputy Director, Cancer Control Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute I Chair, Barrett’s Neoplasia Guidelines Committee, Cancer Council Australia I Chair, Breast Cancer Risk Factors Working Group, Cancer Australia

Join renowned medical epidemiologist David Whiteman as he presents “Overdiagnosis in skin cancer: what is it, and does it matter?”


A/Prof Catherine Olsen I BSc, PhD, MPH

Senior Research Officer, Cancer Control Group, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

A/Prof Catherine Olsen, cancer epidemiologist from the Cancer Control Group of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, will be presenting on Global differences between male and female melanoma rates.

Leisa Renwick

SCCA Ambassador and Cancer Advocate.

Diagnosed with stage-four melanoma on Mother’s Day in 2015, doctors told Leisa she had weeks to live. You will not want to miss her story –  Living with melanoma after immunotherapy – a first-hand account.


Professor Michael Kimlin I BAppSc S.Qld., MAppSc Qld., GradDipEd (Further Education & Training) S.Qld., PhD S.Qld

Professor Kimlin is the Chair of the Queensland Skin Cancer Prevention Network and is the Cancer Council Queensland Foundation Professorial Chair of Cancer Prevention at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
He will be sharing his expertise on Hit or MIS? Controversies and future directions in MIS management.

Professor Monika Janda | PhD, M.Phil

Professor in Behavioural Science, Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine University of Queensland

Listen to Professor Janda discuss SCAN versus ABCDE – Catching the right wave to educate consumers. Prof Monika Janda is a behavioural scientist with 15 years of experience in cancer research.


Dr Franz Strydom | MBChB, BSc Hons, BSc, MSc, FRNZCGP FSCCA and Dr Richard Johns | MBBS,FRACGP, FSCCA, GAICD  

Don’t miss SCCA Fellows Dr Richard Johns and Dr Franz Strydom as they present the results of their collaboration to improve a key treatment modality for skin cancer Shining new light on Photodynamic Therapy.

Professor Peter Soyer | MD, FACD, FAHMS

Director Dermatology Research Centre, University of Qld. 

Professor Soyer is an academic dermatologist with over 30 years’ experience. He is a pioneer and world leader in the field of dermoscopy and at Congress 2020 he will be presenting on Australian Centre of Excellence for Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis (ACEMID): An update.



Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor

A/Prof Sussman is back by popular demand! At Congress 2020 he will be presenting on Wound management in skin cancer practice. He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research, clinical practice and teaching and has over 100 publications. He was awarded an OAM for his work in wound care as a researcher, educator and clinician.

Dr Phil Hayden | MB BS (Sydney), FACRRM, FACSCM, FSCCA and Dr Paul Belt | MA, BM, BCh (Oxon), FRCS (Eng), FRACS (Plast)

Join SCCA Fellow, Dr Phil Hayden, and Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Paul Belt as they outline and share their expertise in Surgery of the Lip.


Dr Blake O’Brien | MBBS (Hons 1st class), FRCPA, Cert Dermatoscopy

Dr Blake O’Brien is a consultant dermatopathologist based at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Bowen Hills.

He has particular interests in dermatopathology and teaching and you will not want to miss his Congress presentation on MIS…are we under or over-diagnosing?

Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Sinclair | MPPM, BEd(Sec), PGDipOrgBeh

One of Australia’s leading experts on skin cancer prevention, Mr Sinclair is the Director of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation and has particular expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and sun protection. He is an expert media commentator on a broad range of public health issues related to cancer prevention. 

At Congress 2020, A/Prof Sinclair will be sharing his expertise on Skin Cancer Prevention Education – what works, what doesn’t work, what are the priorities for policy makers.


Professor Ben Panizza | MBBS, MBA, FRACS, FACS

Prof Ben Panizza is the current Director of the Queensland Head and Neck Cancer Centre, a $15M research collaborative between the UQ Diamantina Institute/TRI, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital. He is currently serving a 9 year appointment as an examiner with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Join Prof Panizza’s session as he outlines Management of complex keratinocyte cancers.



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*Topics and speakers subject to change. 




Australasian Skin Cancer Congress

1 – 3 May 2020 | THE STAR – GOLD COAST

DAY 1 – Friday, 1st May 2020


Exhibition access

9.00am – 10.30am

Congress Opening – Master of Ceremonies

Plenary 1 Leading the Wave in Skin Cancer Medicine

Discover the trends in the occurrence and causes of skin cancer and find out how skin cancer prevention education is changing in the age of social media.

Professor David Whiteman, Associate Professor Craig Sinclair

11.00am – 12.30pm

SPLIT STREAMS – presentations include:

  • The new Clinical Practice Guidelines for Keratinocyte Cancer – Dr Helena Rosengren
  • Global differences between male & female melanoma incidence rates provide insights into the origins of melanoma – A/Prof Catherine Olsen
  • New waves in treatment for SCC – Prof Tarl Prow
  • Outcomes from the 2020 Sun Exposure Summit – A/Prof Rachel Neale
  • New waves in skin cancer education – Dr Ken Dutton-Regester

12.30pm – 1.30pm


1.30pm – 3.00pm 

SPLIT STREAMS – presentations include:

  • Management of complex keratinocyte cancers – Prof Ben Panizza
  • Shining new light on Photodynamic Therapy – Dr Franz Strydom & Dr Richard Johns
  • Shocking revelations! Pacemakers and electrosurgery – Mr Jason Riley

3.30pm – 5.30pm

Plenary 2 – Hit or MIS? Controversies and Future Directions in MIS Management

Join the debate as we examine controversies and future directions in MIS management including over vs under-diagnosis and the need for consistent patient monitoring guidelines.

Professor Michael Kimlin, Dr Blake O’Brien

Fellowship Presentation

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Welcome Drinks


DAY 2 – Saturday, 2nd May 2020

7.30am – 8.30am

Breakfast Seminar Hosted by Sun Doctors – Melanoma or Not?

Presented by Professor Ruth Salom, Dr Ian Katz and Dr Robert Pennisi
Join this expert panel as they present and discuss interesting and challenging whole slide cases. Attendees get the chance to review and diagnose sample cases for digital reporting in real time.

9.00am – 10.30am

Plenary 3 – Hurt and Healing

Managing physical wounds is a routine clinical challenge – find out the latest, plus gain an insight into living with melanoma after immunotherapy.

Associate Professor Geoff Sussman, Ms Leisa Renwick

11.00am – 12.30pm

SPLIT STREAMS – presentations include:

  • The true cost of skin cancer: economic, social and workforce impacts
  • New waves in the treatment of Merkel Cell Cancer – Professor Gerald Fogarty

12.30pm – 1.30pm


1.30pm – 3.00pm

Split streams

3.30pm – 5.00pm

Plenary 4 – Catching the Right Wave in Consumer Education

Educating the community about skin cancer early detection is vital. But what really works?

Professor Monika Janda

5.00pm – 6.00pm

College General Meeting

7.00pm – late

Congress Alfresco Dinner


DAY 3 – Sunday, 3rd May 2020

9.00am – 10.30am

Plenary 5 – Coming Waves in Technology

Whole body scanning, 3D imaging, teledermoscopy, artificial intelligence and more. 

Professor Peter Soyer

11.00am – 12.30pm

Plenary 6 – Optimising Lip Surgery

Don’t bite off more than you can chew! – Dr Paul Belt

Hints and tips for primary care lip surgery – Dr Phil Hayden

Congress Concludes


Grab n’ Go lunch

Program subject to change

Social Program

Our 10th Annual Congress social events provide a fabulous opportunity for our delegates to mingle with colleagues and enjoy the famous Queensland hospitality.


Cancer-biology themed Escape Room – ‘Makings of a Malignancy’

Grab a colleague and together unlock the challenges in this WORLD FIRST cancer-biology themed Escape Room! ‘Makings of a Malignancy’ is an immersive, interactive cancer puzzle room that we are thrilled to unveil at our 10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress. Leading the wave in skin cancer medicine….

Welcome Drinks

Join us in the exhibitor marquee for the opening social event of this year’s Congress and mix and mingle with your peers!

Date: Friday 1st May 2020
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Exhibitor marquee
Inclusions: Drinks and canapes
Dress: Smart casual
Tickets: One ticket included with every full registration. Additional tickets $60 per person (early bird rate).



Congress Dinner

Come along to the inaugural Congress Poolside Dinner! Enjoy a glorious Queensland evening catching up with friends and colleagues over alfresco drinks and mouth-watering food. 

Date: Saturday 2nd May 2020
Time: 7:00pm till late
Poolside at The Star
Inclusions: Extensive barbeque menu with a live chef, drinks, live ambient acoustic music
Dress: Smart casual, Queensland style
Tickets: $130 per person


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The Skin Cancer Congress is the leading event for primary care skin cancer professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Our milestone 10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress is expected to attract almost 500 delegates. Our attendees are GPs, nurses, researchers, regulators and clinicians. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to showcase your products and services, build brand awareness and forge valuable leads and contacts.  







Welcome to the Star Gold Coast. This stunning location, set among lush tropical gardens, is the home of the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress.

Location: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach Queensland 4218. View Map I Here

Website | The Star Gold Coast



Luxurious five-star accommodation, some of Australia’s finest restaurants, a cool selection of bars, The Star Gold Coast is the perfect Autumn escape. With a vast choice of luxury hotel rooms & suites, there’s something that’s perfect for you at The Star Gold Coast. The following accommodation rates have been secured by SCCA for our delegates who wish to stay at The Star.

Conference Room Rate | Superior Deluxe Room (single, double, twin)  from $269 room only. The Star Gold Coast is pleased to offer these rates for 3 days pre and 3 days post Congress subject to availability.

To Make a Booking | Contact Reservations direct on (07) 5592 8130 or 1800 074 344.  Delegates should state their unique booking code “SKI300420” to be eligible for the above rates.  Alternatively book directly using the link below using the unique booking code “SKI300420


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10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress – “Leading The Wave in Skin Cancer Medicine

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Early bird registration: 22nd November 2019 – 29th February 2020 
Standard registration: 1 March – 31st March 2020
Late registration: 1st April 2020 or later


Skin Cancer College Australasia members receive a $110 discount off their total registration. Join now and enjoy one of the many benefits of College membership.

Congress Rates* Early Bird Registration Standard Registration Late Registration
Doctor delegates AUD $1375.00 AUD $1495.00 AUD $1595.00
Nurse and GP Registrar** delegates AUD $850.00 AUD $950.00 AUD $1050.00
Student delegates AUD $595.00 AUD $695.00 AUD $795.00
Social Event Rates^ Early Bird Registration Standard Registration Late Registration
Welcome drinks AUD $60.00 AUD $65.00 AUD $65.00
Congress dinner AUD $130.00 AUD $130.00 AUD $130.00

*Congress Rates

Doctor delegates: Includes full registration for 2.5 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Nurse and GP Registrar** delegates: Includes full registration for 2.5 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
Student delegates: Full time medical or nursing undergraduate students. Includes full registration for 2.5 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

**NB- GP Registrar does not include SCCA Registrar

^Social Event Rates

Welcome Drinks: One ticket included with every full registration. Additional tickets available for purchase at the rates specified above. Event hosted Friday night.
Congress Dinner: Delegate and guests rates specified above. Please purchase tickets when booking your registration. Event hosted Saturday night.

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The 10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress is proudly hosted by the Skin Cancer College Australasia.

Level 8, East Wing
The Wesley Hospital
451 Coronation Drive
Auchenflower Qld 4068 Australia

Website I www.skincancercollege.org
Phone I 1300 SKINSMART (+ 61 1300 754 676)
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Fax I +61 7  3607 2255

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