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The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc is a not-for-profit, DGR registered organisation that delivers highly specialised treatment, education and research for skin diseases, skin cancers and melanoma. 

We are a fully accredited hospital that now cares for some 30,000 patients each year in our world-class clinical facilities.

The Foundation also delivers professional education for dermatologists and registrars, specialist training for visiting international medical graduates, workshops to upskill GPs and medical students, as well as public education programs aimed at improving skin health in the community.

We conduct clinical trials and world-class research projects that are published and presented internationally. The Foundation makes substantial contributions to the worldwide clinical care and management of skin diseases, skin cancer and melanoma.

Established in Melbourne by 37 dermatologists in 1987, the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has become Australia’s centre of excellence in skin health, and home for dermatology.

The Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has three core activities:

  1. To provide patient-focused, world-class dermatological care
  2. To lead the promotion of skin health in the community through education in dermatology including dermatologists, registrars, GPs and other health care professionals; and,
  3. To achieve global outcomes by conducting and contributing to world-class dermatology research 

Around 30,000 patient services are provided each year by over 50 dermatologists who work at the Foundation each month, supported by plastic surgeons, an oral mucosal specialist, a rheumatologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, specialist nurses and other allied health care professionals. Much of the work by Foundation members is provided on a pro-bono basis. 


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. 


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.

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.




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