COVID 19 has affected all ACCO programs in 2020 and 2021. Our August 2021 flap & graft workshop was unable to go ahead because of a snap Victoria Government lockdown.
Given uncertainty over repeated lock downs, ACCO has suspended all workshops and activity for the remainder of 2021. ACCO will enter a COVID based "hibernation" phase up until February 2022.
ACCO will resume full activities from February 2022
In the ACCO "hibernation", there will be no phone contact availability. Any enquiries please to [email protected]
Understand that all emails will receive a reply but that responses will take up to a week. Registrations on line are welcomed during the hibernation period.
The new ACCO workshop program for 2022 is as follows:
Essentials and dermoscopy workshops combined over the three days of March Sat 12 / Sun 13 / Mon 14 2022
Essentials workshop on Sat Mar 12 and Sun Mar 13
Dermoscopy workshop on Sun Mar 13 and Mon Mar 14
4 day Flap and graft over the Anzac weekend: Fri Apr 22 to Mon Apr 25 2022
This 4 day event is the same as the former 5 day event
1 face to face day is now replaced with zoom classes beforehand
These zoom sessions will be at 10:00 AM to Noon (AEST) on the 3 Saturdays prior to workshop; April 2, 9 and 16
Face and ear workshop over the three day long weekend (Vic) Fri Sep 30, Sat Oct 1 Sun Oct 2 2022
Dermatopathology workshop on Mon Oct 3, 2022
Register for workshop here
See all of the upcoming workshops here
COVID - 19 Do I need to alter my skin cancer management?
As of August, 2021, ACCO recommends:
- Limit skin cancer checks to patients with a past history of skin cancer or marked actinic damage.
- Using gloves and hand washing is essential before and after each skin check.
- Polarised dermoscopy allows no contact between patient and instrument. This can be an advantage in these situations.
- Delay procedures to manage minor lesions and indolent skin cancers including SCC in situ and superficial BCCs.
- Surgery for wide local excision of melanoma, invasive SCC, or other BCCs should not be delayed on this basis alone.
- Consider reception triaging patients need for skin checks. Low risk patients can be asked to book at a later date.
- 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.
Your ACCO academic team continue to publish research in skin cancer.
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.