Areas of Focus
The Skin Cancer Institute operates in four main areas of focus.
- Develop and implement standards for:
- The certiﬁcation of industry providers of primary care skin cancer services;
- The certiﬁcation of skin cancer doctors (general practitioners with a special interest in skin cancer);
- The accreditation of skin cancer education courses for medical practitioners.
- Increase community awareness of skin cancer to understand the principles of prevention and to correctly identify suspicious skin lesions.
- Provide relevant best-practice information to medical professionals (eg. PCPs, pathologists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses, pharmacists) about skin cancers.
- Increase the ability of non-medical professionals involved in personal grooming (e.g. hairdressers, tattoo artists, masseurs, beauticians) to accurately identify potential skin cancers.
- Ensure all Primary Care Providers (PCPs) can competently conduct full-body skin examinations with dermatoscopy in order to accurately diagnose skin cancers.
- Optimise the capacity of the medical workforce to reduce the time between initial discovery and deﬁnitive treatment.
- Explore methods to encourage cross-discipline communication to coordinate optimal care for the patient.
- Reduce the ﬁnancial burden on patients, governments and insurers.
- Provide funding support to research projects on the prevention, screening, diagnosis and management of skin cancer.