[WEBINAR] Starting out in skin cancer work

In this webinar, Paul Elmslie, Founder and CEO of National Skin Cancer Centres and HealthCert, outlined the essential steps for starting out in skin cancer work, including room set-up, equipment, workflow, billing and management. Continue reading “[WEBINAR] Starting out in skin cancer work”

[8 min read] Decline in GP income calls for skills upgrade


There has been a decline in the average hourly income for general practitioners as other specialists see a healthy rise in theirs, highlighting the need for GPs to diversify their skills and seek a field of subspecialisation. Continue reading “[8 min read] Decline in GP income calls for skills upgrade”

[Review] Skin Cancer Summit & Masterclasses 2018


25 – 28 July 2018 | Brisbane 

The 10th Skin Cancer Summit & Masterclasses saw international thought leaders in skin cancer medicine converge in Brisbane to collaborate with GPs from across Australia. The 2018 program once again covered a broad range of topics relevant to doctors working in primary care skin cancer medicine. The Masterclasses focused on core day-to-day material, as a way to reinforce and extend knowledge. The two-day Summit opened up new areas of study, enquiry and interest.



Dermoscopy Masterclass: 25 July 2018

The first Masterclass focused on diagnosis through dermoscopy and was run by Prof Ash Marghoob (USA) and Dr Aimilios Lallas (Greece).

Dr Lallas used the concept of false positive and false negative diagnoses to reinforce our diagnostic accuracy. Clearly, as morphology overlaps the distinction between what is a cancer, and what is not, can provide confusion.

This broad concept was beautifully extended by Prof Marghoob through his presentation on difficult to diagnose melanomas. As we all know, the easy ones are easy. It is the hard-to-diagnose that we risk missing!

The session then moved into important body sites – the face and acral areas, which are important because the morphology of lesions on these sites is different from morphology on other sites. If we don’t understand this and know how the appearances differ, then we can’t accurately recognise cancers.

Our presenters then extended these important concepts to difficult to diagnose non-melanoma skin cancers, as it is not just melanomas that can be tricky. And, as always, we finished with a series of interactive cases.


Surgery Masterclass: 26 July 2018

The second Masterclass covered surgery of the ear. The ear, of course, is a common site for skin cancer because it is so exposed to solar damage. Ear surgery is important because cosmetic results are very visible to the patient and others. So, it is essential to get the surgery right, cure the cancer, and repair the defect as sympathetically as possible.

Dr Con Pappas and Dr Tony Azzi provided a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for and conduct surgery of the ear, across almost all imaginable lesions.


Summit: 27-28 July 2018


The Summit program is deliberately designed to be a mix of very practical, everyday material that supports our daily practice.

This year, key examples of these sessions were those on ‘effectiveness of dermoscopy’, ‘why we miss melanoma’, and ‘radiation oncology’. We also ran sessions that we hope will keep you and your patients safe, including ‘what interests the watchdog’ and ‘monitoring tips and traps’.


We deliberately moved into the future and sought to explore and speculate on what might be. It is clear that artificial intelligence is already with us, and yet most of us don’t really see what is happening and what might be coming. As educated and interested professionals, it is worth being aware of these trends.

We also like to keep you across what is happening outside clinical practice, in areas that are relevant to running your business. So, our sessions on how to run a successful business, and how others organise their own practices, are always very popular.


Skin Cancer Institute Gala Dinner

The Skin Cancer Summit closed with a Gala Dinner at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club. Hosted by the Skin Cancer Institute, the inaugural ‘White Out Skin Cancer’ Gala Dinner donated all proceeds to QIMR Berghofer. The delegates’ generosity and support will make a difference to many lives as we take a step closer to our vision of a world where nobody dies from skin cancer.


11th Skin Cancer Summit and Masterclasses 2019

Plans are well underway for the 11th Skin Cancer Summit & Masterclasses in 2019! Save the date for 21-24 August 2019 and learn more here.

Simple Explanation on the Recent Medicare Changes

If you struggle to understand the latest changes in Medicare billing for skin services, please view the short video below with Dr Tony Dicker. The experienced skin cancer doctor provides a simple explanation on the key Medicare changes you need to be aware of and what they mean for your skin cancer practice.

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Case discussion: How would you treat this patient? [24 October]

Another great case from Dr David Smith. An 80-year-old gentleman gave a history of a “mole” being present as long as he could remember but becoming more raised and irregular as an adolescent. The recent change was noticed by the patient’s wife and hairdresser.

What do you make of the history and the clinical image?
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Recommended reading: A Practical Guide to Skin Cancer in Primary Care by Professor David Wilkinson and Paul Elmslie

Skin Cancer in Primary Care Book“Well, here it is. After teaching my foundations of skin cancer course with HealthCert for 10 years, and with almost 3000 alumni, Paul and I have finally written the book! Many, many doctors ask me “which is the best book for me?”. Well, if you are a mainstream GP, this is it – in my view.

We wrote this because, as far as we could see, there is no such book on the market. And, most patients with skin cancer are treated by GPs. And, it is not easy. The book is simple and straightforward. All evidence based, clear and basic one to keep on your desk.

I hope you like it.”


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Skin Cancer Medicine – Epidemiology

If you regularly encounter skin cancer patients in your practice, you might be interested to watch a short video with Dr Hamilton Ayres, an experienced doctor in skin cancer medicine. The video is the first part of a webinar he hosted for the UQ Skin Cancer Medicine alumni and will give you valuable and simple tips on how to approach your patients and the steps to take when you spot a suspicious lesion. Continue reading “Skin Cancer Medicine – Epidemiology”

Campaign Against Government Pathology Fee Cuts


The government has announced further fee cuts for healthcare services, and on this occasion with regards to pathology bulk billing, effective 1 July 2016. Over the last few years, the primary health care industry has suffered by a decrease in real payments due to frozen consult rebates, and for pathology this amounts to over 40 percent since 2000. Now, the government is introducing harmful pathology fee cuts. Continue reading “Campaign Against Government Pathology Fee Cuts”