News and Events

Skin Lesions and Dermatoscopy Course: Goodfellow Symposium

22 October 2019

Conducted by Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Oakley, this one-day course will address clinical and dermatoscopic diagnosis of common benign and malignant skin lesions, particularly pigmented lesions.  All health professionals who undertake skin examinations are invited to attend, whether new to or experienced in dermatoscopy.

New skin cancer prevention resources for outdoor workers

6 October 2019

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has recently developed a new suite of resources for outdoor workers. These resources ‘bust’ commons myths regarding the sun and support employees and outdoor workers to be SunSmart this summer. 

78% of patients with advanced melanoma who elected to discontinue anti-PD-1 therapy remained progression-free 18 months after treatment cessation

6 October 2019

This recent study reported outcomes for real-world patients with advanced melanoma who had elected to discontinue anti-PD-1 therapy with pembrolizumab or nivolumab in the absence of disease progression or treatment-limiting toxicity. Results showed after a median of 18 months after treatment cessation, 78% of patients remained progression-free, and the median time to progression for those who progressed was 12 months. 

Dermoscopy influences registrars' diagnoses and increases diagnostic confidence

6 October 2019

This recent study conducted within Australia’s Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project sought to determine the prevalence of dermatoscope use by general practice registrars when performing skin or pigmented lesion checks. Results showed dermoscopy is performed by general practice registrars in a modest proportion of skin and pigmented lesion checks. Its use influences registrars’ diagnoses and increases their confidence in their diagnoses. 

Mohs surgery may be an alternative to wide margin excision for early-stage invasive melanoma

6 October 2019

This recent study compared the survival of patients undergoing excision of stage I melanoma with Mohs micrographic surgery with patients receiving traditional wide margin excision. It found treatment of early-stage invasive melanoma with Mohs micrographic surgery was associated with moderately improved overall survival compared with traditional wide margin excision.