The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc is a not-for-profit, DGR registered, organisation which provides specialist treatment, education and research for a wide variety of skin disorders, skin cancers and melanomas.
Established in 1987 by 38 professional dermatologists, the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has become Australia's centre of excellence in dermatology, and is at the forefront of delivering healthy skin by dermatologists.
Diseases of the skin are one of Australia's major public health problems. Every day, dermatologists see patients with a wide range of conditions; some debilitating that profoundly affect self-esteem, the ability to socialise and to work. The Skin & Cancer Foundation is proud to help these people achieve their full potential.
The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has three core activities:
- To provide patient-focused, world-class dermatological care
- To lead the promotion of skin health in the community through education in dermatology including dermatologists, registrars, GPs and other health care professionals; and
- To achieve global outcomes by conducting and contributing to world-class dermatology research
Over 25,000 patient services are provided each year by Foundation members, supported by plastic surgeons, an oral mucosal specialist, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, specialist nurses and other allied health care professionals. Much of the work by Foundation members is provided on a pro-bono basis.
Our facilities have ISO 9001 accreditation, and are fully certified under the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. We are also accredited by State and Federal authorities as a Day Procedure Centre.
As Australia's leading centre for skin disease research and treatment, we conduct clinical trials and world-class research that is published and presented internationally. Our ongoing trials enable us to make significant advancements in skin disease treatments and patient care. Our education arm reaches diverse groups of people including trainee dermatologists, ongoing updates for consultants and other specialists.
The Foundation houses the Australasian Psoriasis Registry and the specialist Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre (ODREC), the latter providing over two thirds of contact dermatitis patch testing in Australia.