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The Australasian College of Cutaneous Oncology provides practical and theory-based training and education to improve and certify competency in the management of skin cancer. Our policy is that no pharmaceutical company shall be permitted to sponsor or endorse any event, function or workshop in any manner.  This creates a truly unique and unbiased learning environment.

Workshops

COVID-19 - ACCO suspends programs for 2020

    • All ACCO programs including workshops scheduled for April and July 2020 have been postponed until 2021.
    • The Essentials workshop will now take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April 2021 
    • The Dermoscopy workshop will now take place on Sunday 25 and Monday 26 April 2021
    • The Combined Essentials and Dermoscopy workshops can be completed back to back on April 24 / 25 / 26 2021
    • The Flap and Graft workshop will now take place over the five days: June 11-15th 2021 (including Queens Birthday weekend) 
    • The Face and Ear Reconstruction workshop will now take place 30 October to 1 November 2021
    • The 1-Day Dermatopathology workshop will now take place Tuesday 2 November 2021. 

ACCO will provide full refunds to all registrants who were hoping to attend our workshops in 2020. 

You may also choose to defer your course fee to 2021. 

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

COVID - 19 Do I need to alter my skin cancer management?

As of May 20, 2020, ACCO recommends: 

    1. Limit skin cancer checks to patients with a past history of skin cancer or marked actinic damage.
    2. Using gloves and hand washing is essential before and after each skin check.
    3. Polarised dermoscopy allows no contact between patient and instrument. This can be an advantage in these situations.
    4. Delay procedures to manage minor lesions and indolent skin cancers including SCC in situ and superficial BCCs.
    5. Surgery for wide local excision of melanoma, invasive SCC, or other BCCs should not be delayed on this basis alone.
    6. Consider reception triaging patients need for skin checks. Low risk patients can be asked to book at a later date.
    7. Any patient unwell with upper respiratory symptoms and / or fever should have a skin check deferred and should be advised to contact their local GP for advice on COVID testing, as guidelines vary between states.

ACCO understands that COVID 19 has affected all our programs in 2020. The impact in 2021 is unknown. At this stage, We plan to run all events as per normal. If COVID interferes, all registrants will receive a full refund of any registrations paid.

ACCO CRITICAL OF DRAFT WIKI GUIDELINES ON BCC & SCC

The ACCO Mission

The Australian Journal of General Practice inappropriately retracts two ACCO publications on melanoma commissioned by the journal's Editor in Chief.

Details here   

Read our full rebuttal to the manuscript retractions here.

RESEARCH
Your ACCO academic team continue to publish research in skin cancer.<br> Recent publications from the ACCO team are as follows :Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon J, et al. Merkel cell carcinoma update: the case for two tumours. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2020:34:1425-1431 Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon A, Melanoma Extravascular Migratory Metastasis: An Important Underrecognized Phenomenon. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2020 Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon J, et al. Merkel cell carcinoma update: the case for two tumours. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2019. Dixon AJ, Dixon ZL, Anderson S, et al. Management of invasive melanoma. Aust J Gen Pract 2019;48:368-372. Dixon AJ, Anderson S, Dixon JB, et al. Cutaneous melanoma: Latest developments. Aust J Gen Pract 2019;48:348-353.View more >>
RESEARCH

Your ACCO academic team continue to publish research in skin cancer.
Recent publications from the ACCO team are as follows :

  1. Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon J, et al. Merkel cell carcinoma update: the case for two tumours. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2020:34:1425-1431
  2. Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon A, Melanoma Extravascular Migratory Metastasis: An Important Underrecognized Phenomenon. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2020
  3. Nirenberg A, Steinman H, Dixon J, et al. Merkel cell carcinoma update: the case for two tumours. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2019.
  4. Dixon AJ, Dixon ZL, Anderson S, et al. Management of invasive melanoma. Aust J Gen Pract 2019;48:368-372.
  5. Dixon AJ, Anderson S, Dixon JB, et al. Cutaneous melanoma: Latest developments. Aust J Gen Pract 2019;48:348-353.

View more >>

FUNDING OUR RESEARCH
ACCO does not accept any funding from Governments, Universities or the Pharmaceutical industry. ACCO uses revenue from workshops to fund our ongoing research programs. Even our published drug trials were completed without drug company funding. ACCO regards true independence as critical. Even funding from Governments is tainted. Governments have a vested interest in cheaper treatments or no treatments working as well as expensive methods. Without Government influence, ACCO research has often found that no treatment is superior to expensive treatments.© ACCO All rights retained - Founded in Victoria in 2006

Our Team

SAM – College Secretary

Sam Schneider is responsible for the day to day running of ACCO. She will be your first point of contact. Sam can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (61) 416 816 417

Sam’s background is in skin cancer nursing. She is familiar with the range of tumour types and common management choices. Sam has expertise in dressings following skin surgery as well as post-operative care.

EMMA - Program Manager

Emma has degrees in both law and commerce. She is responsible for the monthly communication with members via our newsletter. Emma is also the College's Education Activity Representative (EAR) as certified through the RACGP.

Contact Emma at [email protected]

ZOE – Events Coordinator

Zoe is an occupational therapist. She has expertise in the workplace, recreation and leisure aspects of prevention and management of patients with skin cancer.

At the face-to-face workshops, Zoe is the front-line person managing events. She will be present to answer all your concerns during these events. Contact Zoe at [email protected]

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