24-26 MAY 2019

The Star Gold Coast QLD

The Australasian Skin Cancer Congress has concluded for 2019. Looking ahead to 2020, our 10th Annual Skin Cancer Congress promises to deliver more of what we are famous for – current, practical, real-world information for primary care skin cancer professionals.

Featured Topics:

Latest sunscreen policy
Acute and chronic wound care
Medical and radiation oncology for primary care
NMSC Clinical Guidelines update
2nd primary cancers after melanoma
Periocular surgery
Artificial intelligence
Skin grafts
Toenail surgery

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 2019.

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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 9th 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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The 2019 Congress promises to deliver what we are famous for – current, practical, real-world information for primary care skin cancer professionals.

If you’re looking for relevant topics, diverse speakers, fresh perspectives, and great networking, look no further. From sunscreen to early detection, patient consent to diagnosis, surgery to oncology, wound care to artificial intelligence, it’s all right here. 


Join us in welcoming a diverse mix of local and international speakers:


Associate Professor Geoff Sussman I OAM, JP, FPS, FACP, FAIPM, FAWMA, FRVAHJ

Associate Professor, Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University I Professor of wound care, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education I Board member WoundsAustralia, The International Wound Infection Institute

Learn the latest in wound management from respected expert Geoff Sussman, who has over 30 years of experience in wound management, including clinical research and clinical practice and teaching.  



Dr Maryam Sadeghi I BSc, PhD

CEO, MetaOptima I Member, MITACS Research Council

Learn about the latest developments in artificial intelligence and skin cancer medicine from Maryam Sadeghi, co-founder of MetaOptima Technology, where MoleScope and DermEngine were developed for intelligent skin analytics, imaging, and management. 



Professor Stephen Shumack I OAM, MBBS, FACD, FAICD

Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney I Senior Staff Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital I Chairman, Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia I  Chair, Cancer Council Australia Keratinocyte Cancer Guidelines Revision Committee

Join respected dermatologist Stephen Shumack for an update on the development of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Guidelines.



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 the latest research on sunscreens and their impact on public health.  



Associate Professor Rachel Neale I BVSc, PhD

Group Leader, Cancer Aetiology and Prevention, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute I Adjunct Associate Professor, QUT

Update your knowledge about sunscreen with Rachel Neale, who leads the world’s second-largest trial of high-dose vitamin D supplementation, the D-Health Trial. 



Associate Professor Cliff Rosendahl I MBBS, PhD

Associate Professor, The University of Queensland I Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran)

Join respected skin cancer doctor Cliff Rosendahl to learn about the latest advances in artificial intelligence, dermatoscopy and teledermatoscopy.




Dr Sarah Wallace I MBChB FRCPA

Dermatopathologist, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane Qld

You will have two opportunities to hear from leading Dermatopathologist, Dr Sarah Wallace, at this years Congress. 

Firstly, a valuable session to help improve your understanding of the language of histopathology. Then later in the Congress program, understanding the melanoma pathology report including recent changes to the AJCC staging.


Matt CarlinoA/Prof Matteo Carlino | BMedSc MBBS FRACP PhD

Medical Oncologist, Blacktown & Westmead Hospitals Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney Faculty member, Melanoma Institute Australia.

Hear about the evolving landscape of systemic therapy treated melanoma and the role of primary care from renowned expert, Matt Carlino.




Dr Thomas Hardy | MBBS, FRANZCO

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Ophthalmology Department of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Oculoplastics consultant, Ophthalmology Department of the Royal Children’s Hospital. 

Dr Thomas Hardy is an ophthalmologist specialising in treatment of disorders of the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal system. This is and excellent chance to update your knowledge on the diagnoses and management of periocular skin cancer.


Ms Tracy Pickett | BA, LLB

Medico-Legal Advisor, Avant, Senior Vice-President, Medico-Legal Society of Queensland, Director, Qld Doctors Health Program.

Tracy Pickett, Avant Lawyer will be presenting on the subject of “Recognise and treat early”. Throughout your career you may receive a complaint that claims you acted inappropriately. The way you manage this can make a significant difference to the outcomes.  Tracy will give you advice on managing a complaint.



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*Topics and speakers subject to change. 



Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Download Program PDF


Australasian Skin Cancer Congress

24 - 26 May 2019 | THE STAR - GOLD COAST

DAY 1 - Friday, 24 May 2019

SESSION 1 What's new under the sun
9.00 - 10.30amCongress opening - Master of Ceremonies, Mr Scott Williams
SCCA President Welcome - Dr Keith Monnington
Rising melanoma incidence – causes and solutions - Prof David Whiteman
Changed sunscreen policy for Australia and New Zealand - the rationale for daily sunscreen use - A/Prof Rachel Neale
10.30 - 11.00am Morning Tea
SESSION 2 Stream 2A

Look into my eyes
Stream 2B

Demystifying dermatopathology
Stream 2C

Wound Care Workshop - Smith & Nephew

(Max 50 participants)
11.00 - 12.30pmPeriocular skin cancer: diagnosis and management. - Dr Thomas HardyDermatopathology for skin cancer practitioners - Dr Chris WetherallAssessment and treatment of complex wounds: Application of the principals Wound Bed Preparation and time- Mr Geoff Duggan
Wrong end of the scalpel - Locally advanced skin cancer; a personal perspective - Dr Scott ArnoldUnderstanding the language of histopathology - Dr Sarah Wallace
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
SESSION 3Stream 3A

Melanoma Update
Stream 3B

Adding value through dermoscopy & different models of care
Stream 3C

PDT & Topical Treatments
1.30 - 3.00pmRisk of second primary cancers after in situ melanoma - Prof Michael KimlinDermoscopy Nurses: Their unique role in the team - Ms Trish MetcalfePDT Basics & Improving the outcome of topical treatments- Dr Franz Strydom
Nurses & dermoscopy in a variety of settings- Ms Katy Doherty
Interpreting the melanoma report including pathological staging - Dr Sarah WallaceDermoscopists and the pursuit of excellence - Ms Clare Gunn
Skin cancer nursing: A collaborative
approach - Ms Sue Dixon
3.00 - 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
SESSION 4 Artificial intelligence & skin cancer practice
3.30 - 5.30pmArtificial intelligence and the future of dermatology and skin cancer management - Dr Maryam Sadeghi
Artificial Intelligence trained on images from primary care outperforms dermatologists: Where is this heading? - A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl
Panel Discussion
Presentation of new SCCA Fellows - Ms Lynette Hunt
5.30 - 7.00pm Welcome Drinks

Program subject to change


Australasian Skin Cancer Congress

24 - 26 May 2019 | THE STAR - GOLD COAST

DAY 2 - Saturday, 25 May 2019

7.30 - 8.30am Breakfast Seminar sponsored by GenesisCare- Modern Radiotherapy for NMSC: Why, How and Who?
Arrival tea and coffee
SESSION 5 Making the cut: Literally and metaphorically
9.00 - 10.30am Wound management in skin cancer practice - A/ Prof Geoff Sussman
Quality, standards, accreditation and credentialing - the outlook for skin cancer practitioners - Ms Lynette Hunt
10.30 - 11.00am Morning tea
SESSION 6 Stream 6A

Potentially litigious patients - are you managing the risk?
Stream 6B

Oncology: What General Practitioners need to know
Stream 6C

Wound Care Workshop -

(Max 50 participants)
11.00 - 12.30pm De-escalating the patient complaint: Litigation avoidance & protecting yourself - Dr Bill AnselineRadiation Oncology: The nuts and bolts; and the horizon -Dr Sid BaxiAssessment and treatment of complex wounds: Application of the principals of Wound Bed Preparation and TIME-Mr Geoff Duggan
Prevention is better than cure - Ms Marianna Kelly
Recognise and treat early - Ms Tracy PickettThe evolution in the management of advanced melanoma and significant improvement in survival - Dr Sumit Lumba
12.30 - 1.30 pm Lunch
SESSION 7 Stream 7A

Pathological problems
Stream 7B

Wound management in a multidisciplinary centre
Stream 7C

PDT & Cryotherapy
1.30 - 3.00pm Should pathologists be better at reporting melanocytic lesions? - Dr Blake O'BrienAn interactive session examining case studies and the importance of a team approach - Dr Chris Wetherall & RN's Mary Lynch, Alex Wilson, Heather Lambert & Bridie KeownPDT Evolution & Cryotherapy - getting it right- Dr Franz Strydom
Borderline lesions or borderline pathologists - Dr Ian Katz
3.00 - 3.30pm Afternoon tea
SESSION 8 Look, learn and LOL!
3.30 - 4.45pm'Last dermoscopist standing' dermoscopy challenge - Dr Alan Cameron
Blog Awards - Ms Lynette Hunt
"Well, I didn't know that!" A look at some of the most interesting things you probably didn't know - Mr Scott Williams
5:00 - 6:00pm Skin Cancer College Australasia - General Meeting
6.45pmPre-dinner drinks
7.30pm Congress Dinner

Program subject to change


Australasian Skin Cancer Congress

24 - 26 May 2019 | THE STAR - GOLD COAST

DAY 3 - Sunday, 26 May 2019

SESSION 9 Focus on the future
9.00 - 10.30am NMSC Clinical guidelines: the long awaited revision is coming - A/Prof Stephen Shumack
The Clinical Placement Program in Cancer Survivorship: improving provider knowledge and confidence to deliver survivorship care - Ms Leisa Leon
The evolving landscape of systemic therapy treated melanoma and the role of primary care A/Prof Matt Carlino
10.30 - 11.00am Morning Tea
SESSION 10 Surgical essentials
11.00 - 12.30pm Skin grafting for skin cancer surgery: A plastic surgeon's perspective - Dr Mark Gittos
Nail Unit Surgery - Dr Phil Hayden
Congress Official Close
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch

Program subject to change

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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 24 May 2019
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

If you’ve never attended our Congress Dinner make this the year you do! 

Date: Saturday 25 May 2019
Time: 7:30pm till late
The Star Ballroom
Inclusions: Three-course dinner, drinks, entertainment and live music
Dress: The Great Gatsby (or smart casual)
Tickets: $155 per person (early bird rate)



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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.


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.


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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 450 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.   


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Yes, we are already taking expressions of interest for sponsors/exhibitors for the 2020 10th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress!

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your brand at the largest skin cancer event in Australasia. Add your details to our wait-list here…





9th Australasian Skin Cancer Congress

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Early bird registration: 1 December 2018 – 28 February 2019
Standard registration: 1 March – 30 April 2019
Late registration: 1 May 2019 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.

RACGP 30 Cat 2 Points. ACRRM 15 Core Points.


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The 9th 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)
Email I info@skincancercollege.org
Fax I +61 7  3607 2255

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