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Featured Topics:

Atypical Presentations of Melanoma
Untangling the Web of Skin Tension Lines
Reverse Engineering the Perfect Wound
The Quest for the Perfect Biopsy
Melanoma and Vitamin D
New Directions for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies
Complications in Wound Healing
Lentigo Maligna Update
Cryotherapy: Getting it Right

The Venue I The Star Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 

Join us for an event to remember at The Star Gold Coast – the new face of the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress. The Star is the ultimate destination, offering supreme comfort, glamour and state-of-the-art equipment. Situated among lush landscaped gardens on Broadbeach Island, this slice of paradise is the perfect place to combine relaxation and free-spirited fun. While here, you’ll also enjoy access to luxurious accommodation offering sweeping coastal or hinterland views, award-winning restaurants and thrilling nightlife. Prefer a slower pace? Simply kick back poolside and learn why Queensland is known as the sunshine state. Whatever your preference, The Star Gold Coast has got you covered! See you in 2018.

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Your Host I 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. We exist to nurture and support professionals in their efforts to combat skin cancer and save lives. Now in its seventh year, the Australasian Skin Cancer Congress is our signature event, best known for offering the perfect balance of practical information applicable to every-day-practice and contemporary research with the potential to change the future of skin cancer. Whether you are experienced in skin cancer medicine or new to the field – join us. We guarantee you’ll find sessions to enhance your knowledge and grow your skills.

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Congress Program


The 2018 Congress program promises to deliver what it’s famous for: Current, practical, real-world information for primary care skin cancer professionals.


Day 1: Program Highlights

Friday 25 May 2018 I 9:00am – 5:30pm

  • Launch of the new Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma*
  • New Zealand melanoma standards
  • Melanoma and me: A personal journey
  • The evidence for total body photography and serial imaging
  • Melanoma genetics and immunotherapy
  • Dermoscopy and imaging in Melanoma diagnosis and management
  • Atypical presentations of melanoma
  • Managing Melanoma after the primary diagnosis
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy update
  • Lentigo maligna update
  • Radiotherapy update


Day 2: Program Highlights

Saturday 26 May 2018 I 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Reverse engineering the perfect wound
  • Best lines for surgical excisions: Untangling the web of skin tension lines
  • Surgical reconstruction of the nose
  • The fascial release technique for lower limb closures
  • Skin cancer in Australia: The current state-of-play
  • Skin cancer in New Zealand: The current state-of-play
  • The quest for the perfect biopsy
  • Triaging skin lesions
  • Melanoma and vitamin D
  • Last man standing dermoscopy challenge!

Day 3: Program Highlights

Sunday 27 May 2018 I 9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Complications in wound healing: How to avoid making things worse
  • Practice design and the patient experience
  • Managing the anxious patient
  • Nerve blocks

Please note that this program is subject to change without notice.

*The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma are currently being developed by the Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia with financial support from the Skin Cancer College Australasia and Australasian College of Dermatologists. The Skin Cancer College Australasia is proud to be a key sponsor of this project as part of our commitment to education, research, advocacy and standards. 


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Pre-Congress Workshops


Explore our pre-conference workshops* and immerse yourself in topics relevant to your day-to-day practice.


Workshop 1: Skin Deep

Thursday 24 May 2018 I 9:00am – 5:00pm I AUD $895.00

Presented by Dr Franz Strydom, Dr Ian Katz and Professor Amanda Oakley this workshop will revisit the basics of skin anatomy, provide useful insights into dermatopathology and explore common non-cancerous skin conditions encountered in primary care.

  • Refresh your knowledge about the basics of skin anatomy and morphology
  • Learn about dermoscopic/histology correlation for beginners
  • Understand the role of dermoscopy in diagnosing non-skin cancer conditions
  • Learn how to optimise skin samples for pathology
  • Explore everyday skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and everything in-between


Workshop 2: Surgical Jewels

Thursday 24 May 2018 I 9:00am – 5:00pm I AUD $895.00

Presented by Dr Phil Hayden and accomplished plastic and reconstructive surgeon Associate Professor Felix Behan, this full day workshop offers an intensive and practical day of essential surgical tips and techniques for skin cancer doctors.

  • Refresh and refine your knowledge of trigeminal, ankle and wrist nerve blocks
  • Explore toenail surgery including nail plate biopsy, nail matrix and wedge excisions
  • Review excisions on the hand
  • Learn how to manage unexpected surgical complications
  • Watch expert surgical demonstrations and apply what you learn in hands-on practical sessions
  • Ask questions and get direct feedback and guidance 

*Please note that pre-congress workshops are not included as part of a Standard Congress Registration. Please see our Registration page for pricing.


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Social Program


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 25 May 2018
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


Can you guess the theme for the 2018 Congress dinner?



You guessed it. It’s:




From Micky and Minnie, to Elvis, to Marilyn Monroe – this is your time to shine and interpret your inner star however you choose! Join us for a night of music, dancing and mouthwatering cuisine.


Date: Saturday 26 May 2018
Time: 7:30pm till late
The Star Ballroom
Inclusions: Three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment
Entertainment: Live music by The Blue Wailers
Dress: Be a star!
Tickets: $155 per person (early bird rate)


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The 2018 Congress will feature a mix of local and international speakers leading the way in skin cancer medicine. Our plenary speakers include:


Professor Gerald Fogarty I BSc, MBBS (Hons), FRANZCR, PhD
Senior Radiation Oncologist, Melanoma Institute of Australia I Director of Radiation Oncology, St Vincent’s General Hospital (Sydney) I Director of the Mater Sydney Radiotherapy Centre

Join respected radiation oncologist Professor Gerald Fogarty and update your knowledge about the effectiveness of radiotherapy in the treatment of lentigo maligna.



Dr Mark Gittos I MB ChB, FRACS(plas), HB, ECFMG
Consultant Cosmetic (Plastic) Surgeon, New Zealand Plastic Surgeons Ltd, Spire Hartswood Hospital Essex

Skin surgery is an acquired skill that demands the best aesthetic outcomes – especially when you’re dealing with lesions on a patients’ face. Join leading cosmetic surgeon Mr Mark Gittos as he explores the intricacies of nasal reconstructive surgery that ensures optimal form and function.




Professor Keith Harding I CBE, FRCGP, FRCP, FRCS, FLSW
Dean of Clinical Innovation, Cardiff University I Medical Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre I Editor-in-Chief, International Wound Journal I First President, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel I First Recorder, European Wound Management Association I Past President, European Tissue Repair Society

From diagnosis, to treatment, to management, wound healing is at the heart of skin cancer medicine and critical to ensuring optimal outcomes for our patients. Join international wound expert Professor Keith Harding who will explore the ins and outs of wound care and share his insights into reverse engineering the perfect wound.


Dr Ian Katz  I MBChB, BSc (Med)(Hons), FRCPA
Dermatopathologist, Southern Sun Skin Cancer Clinic I Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland 

The quest for the perfect biopsy is every skin cancer doctors goal and essential to ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Learn how to avoid sub-optimal skin samples from leading dermatopathologist Dr Ian Katz, who will share his tips and tricks to achieving the perfect biopsy.




Professor Michael Kimlin  I BAppSc, MAppSc, GradDipEd (Further Education and Training), PhD USC/CCQ, Professor of Cancer Prevention Research
Executive Director, Health Research Institute I Chair, Queensland Skin Cancer Prevention Network I Professorial Chair of Cancer Prevention at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Join renowned skin cancer researcher Professor Michael Kimlin as he presents the risks and benefits of UV exposure based on his study of Vitamin D in Australian adults.  



Professor Georgina Long I BSc, PhD, MBBS, FRACP
Co-Medical Director, Melanoma Institute Australia I Chair of Melanoma Medical Oncology and Translational Research, MeIanoma Institute Australia and Royal North Shore Hospital, The University of Sydney  

Update your knowledge about melanoma genetics and immunotherapy in line with the revised Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma. 



Dr Sharad Paul I MD, FSCCA
Adjunct Professor, Auckland University of Technology I Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland I Hon. Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland

Achieving tension-free, primary wound closure is the goal in any reconstructive surgical procedure. Join renowned skin MD Dr Sharad Paul as he untangles the web of skin tension lines and presents a new approach to identifying the best lines for surgical excisions. 




Professor Julie Quinlivan  I PhD, MBBS, FRANZCOG
Director, Australian Government Professional Services Review I Member, Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal I Adjunct Professor, The University of Notre Dame

Australia has a world-class health system that is envied by many. Join Professor Julie Quinlivan to learn about the regulatory role of the Professional Services Review (PSR) in protecting the integrity of Australia’s Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). 



Dr James Southwell-Keely I MBBS (Hons), MS (Plast), FRACS (Plast)  
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, St Vincent’s Private Hospital (Sydney) 

The surgical treatment of Lentigo Maligna requires great skill and precision because of its frequent presentation on the facial region. Join established plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr James Southwell-Keely as he shares his learnings in this space. 




Professor John Thompson I AO, MD, FRACS, FACS
Professor of Melanoma and Surgical Oncology, The University of Sydney I Past Director, Melanoma Institute Australia I Past Chairman, Australian and New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group

The 2018 Skin Cancer Congress is the launchpad for the revised Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma.* Learn what’s new from leading melanoma expert Professor John Thompson and familiarise yourself with this essential reference for skin cancer doctors.


Professor David Whiteman I B Med Sc, MBBS(Hons), PhD, FAFPHM
Deputy Director, QIMR Berghofer I Principal Research Fellow, NHMRC

Get an update on the latest developments in skin cancer research from renowned epidemiologist Professor David Whiteman, who is internationally acclaimed for his research into melanoma and skin cancer.



*The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Melanoma are currently being developed by the Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia with financial support from the Skin Cancer College Australasia and Australasian College of Dermatologists. The Skin Cancer College Australasia is proud to be a key sponsor of this project as part of our commitment to education, research, advocacy and standards. 


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


The Star’s newly renovated rooms offer sweeping coastal or hinterland views and start at AUD $259 per night for a Superior Deluxe Room. This special rate is only applicable to Congress delegates and available for three days pre and post Congress. Places are limited and tend to book out fast, so reserve your accommodation using the discount code SKI240518 today!


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The Star Gold Coast 
Broadbeach Island
Broadbeach QLD 4218


Website I www.star.com.au/goldcoast/hotel
Phone I +61 7 5592 8100
Email I stargc@star.com.au
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Looking for an opportunity to showcase your brand to a captive audience of skin cancer professionals? Look no further. We’ve got you covered.


The Skin Cancer Congress is the event for primary care skin cancer professionals, presenting a perfect mix of practical information and contemporary research that is directly applicable to every-day-practice. This year’s event is expected to attract over 400 delegates, which include GPs, skin cancer doctors and practice nurses, who will convene for three days of learning, sharing and fun.

If you’re a returning sponsor, we’re delighted to have you back and look forward to discussing this year’s partnership opportunities with you.

If you’re new to the College and our signature event, welcome! We’d love to learn more about you and explore whether or not this is a good fit for your brand.   

To learn more contact Farron Young on +61 7 3721 1766 or farron@skincancercollege.org 


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2018 Skin Cancer Congress Dates


Early bird registration: 1 November 2017 – 28 February 2018
Standard registration: 1 March – 30 April 2018
Late registration: 1 May 2018 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.



Please note that the 2018 Australasian Skin Cancer Congress program will be submitted for accreditation by RACGP, RNZCGP and ACRRM. Delegates may also apply for CPD points with other professional organisations.


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The 2018 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)
Email I info@skincancercollege.org
Fax I +61 7  3607 2255


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