“No one should die of malignant melanoma” - A. Bernard Ackerman, 1985

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.



Cross-Disciplinary Coordination


  • 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.