[Podcast] The importance of skin cancer checks | Conversations with Prof David Wilkinson

Welcome to this podcast series, Conversations with Professor David Wilkinson! In this episode, Prof David Wilkinson (Chief Medical Officer, National Skin Cancer Centres) speaks with Dr John Hall (Past President, Rural Doctors Association of Australia) about the importance of getting a skin cancer check and the upcoming Australia’s National Skin Check Day.

For further information on this topic, you may be interested to learn more about the HealthCert Professional Diploma program in Skin Cancer Medicine.

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In this insightful podcast, Dr John Hall discusses his research into the early diagnosis of skin cancer in Queensland, and how this demonstrates the importance of regular skin cancer checks for all Australians.

Dr Hall speaks about the Mates Against Melanoma initiative Australia’s National Skin Check Day, upcoming on Thursday, 24 February 2022, which collaborates with general practices and skin cancer clinics to encourage all patients to get their skin checked.

The initiative aims to conduct 2,000 skin checks across Australia on the day, providing an essential service that strives for the early detection of potentially deadly skin cancers – saving lives and improving patient outcomes.

Further, Dr Hall talks about the importance of all doctors completing comprehensive skin cancer training to deal with the burden of skin cancer in Australia.

Hear all this and much more in the full podcast above.

Doctors can register themselves or their clinics for the Australia’s National Skin Check Day initiative here.

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Professor David Wilkinson is a registered general practitioner and public health medicine specialist. Prior to taking up the role as Chief Medical Officer with National Skin Cancer Centres, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Macquarie University for eight years, and before that was Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland (UQ) for nine years. Since 2004, David’s clinical work has focused on skin cancer medicine in primary care. He has published research papers on the topic, designed and led development of the only Master of Medicine degree in skin cancer, and helped develop and present a suite of skin cancer short courses delivered by HealthCert. He has taught almost 7,000 GPs the basics of skin cancer medicine in primary care.

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