DETERMINED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We seek to improve access to skin cancer diagnosis and treatment by teaching valuable skills, streamlining processes and challenging outdated attitudes in professions and the community
We are proud to take responsibility for our work, committed to achieving the best results and learning from setbacks to inspire innovative solutions.
We continuously strive for world-class excellence through innovation, professional development and the delivery of high-quality services.
We are a passionate and supportive team dedicated to reducing deaths through education and improved access to efficient diagnosis and treatment.
The National Skin Cancer Centres are Australia’s leading provider of skin cancer services, dedicated to delivering effective, quick and low-cost access to diagnosis and treatment. We place a strong emphasis on excellence in medical care, which is strengthened by our commitment to research and education.
Driven by a passion to make a difference and the vision of a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, the health and happiness of our patients are at the forefront of everything we do. We address skin concerns with expert consultations, accurate diagnoses and personalised treatments.
A world where nobody dies from skin cancer
To save lives through universal access to skin cancer diagnosis and treatment
Paul Elmslie recognised the need for innovation of the current skin cancer management method after the unnecessary death of a 31‐year‐old mother of two who died from an SCC on her lip while waiting for nine months to receive treatment at a public hospital. He subsequently pioneered in the development of the skin cancer clinic model in the late 1990s, and built 18 skin cancer clinics across Australia with Matt Woollard and Damien Peutherer.
Provide access to the best skin cancer doctors
We have a stringent process for choosing our teams and help to nurture skill development through our sister company, HealthCert. We look for doctors who are passionate about skin cancer, postgraduate trained in the field, clinically independent, and compassionate towards our patients.
Provide a trained support team
To ensure the best care, our practices have a dedicated team of nurses and administration staff with an exceptional ability to communicate and serve our patients with distinction. Our nurses go through specific training to ensure they can assist and deliver patient excellence.
Delight the patients in greatest need
To delight patients, each step of their skin check journey must exceed expectations. We have built systems to meet this goal, from getting to know our patients to measuring their happiness, educating them in skin cancer prevention and detection, and delivering excellent customer service.
The most experienced senior management in the industry
Our success has been a culmination of hundreds of medical and non-medical professionals’ inputs over 20 years. This channeling of collective intelligence has been to a leadership team regarded as the most experienced primary care skin cancer management team in the world.
Optimised systems throughout the network
We have built systems to ensure we deliver a service that is second to none, optimized to ensure our doctors and staff deliver the best possible skin cancer care and optimize productivity of all team members.
State of the art purpose build facilities
We provide the necessary facilities and tools to offer the highest standard in skin cancer care. It is important to have the latest, proven technology to help with accuracy and efficiency of diagnosis and management and create a point of difference from other service providers.
Making a difference
We are in the community raising skin cancer awareness and training hairdressers and allied health professionals to detect suspicious lesions. We provide GPs with a service for patients outside their scope of practice and contribute to the wider medical community through participating in vital research.
Ensuring our long-term future
We separate the clinical and operational sides of our business via our Clinical Advisory Board which helps make clinical decisions. We also measure success with key performance indicators.
In select locations, the skin cancer services are complemented by general dermatology and anti-ageing treatments, providing a comprehensive approach to looking after our patients' skin health. The team offers a one-stop destination for most medical and aesthetic skin needs, managing sun damage, ageing, rosacea, acne, scarring, and other skin conditions. Treatments include anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Vampire facial/Liquid-gold facelift therapy, Dermapen needling, medi-aesthetic peels, LED light therapy, and microdermabrasion.
The Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) serves the network of National Skin Cancer Centres (NSCC) across Australia. Each centre nominates one of their doctors to represent them on the CAB, which is chaired by Professor David Wilkinson.
David was Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland between 2004 and 2013, when he designed and developed the Masters of Medicine degree in Skin Cancer which led to the development of the HealthCert Education short courses. David has taught more than 6,000 GPs the basics of skin cancer through about 80 workshops delivered over 15 years.
The CAB serves to facilitate communication between doctors across the centres, to develop clinical practice guidelines and guidance, and to provide a vehicle for communication between doctors and NSCC management. CAB meets via video conferencing for one hour every two months, with a formal agenda and minutes. The agenda is created by the members of the CAB, and members then communicate the discussions at CAB to their colleagues in each centre.
The CAB has considered a wide range of topics since its inception. These range from the scope and form of doctors’ agreements / contracts, evidence base to support use of sterile or non-sterile gloves, and melanoma follow-up protocols, just by way of example.
CAB is a collegial body, run by doctors for doctors, and CAB does not make decisions for doctors. One of the real benefits of being part of NSCC for centres and doctors is to be an active and engaged part of a professional network. The CAB helps doctors learn from each other, and provides a mechanism for doctors to be supported and to support each other.
Professor David Wilkinson
Clinical Director / Head of Clinical Advisory Board
David is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Engagement at Macquarie University and former Dean of the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. He is a global leader who has authored multiple research papers in skin cancer medicine, designed and led the development of the world’s only Master of Medicine in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert Education.
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