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Skin Cancer Early Detection Service

Skin Cancer Early Detection Service

The Skin Cancer Early Detection Service aims to create fairer access to professional assessment and treatment of skin cancer for people who have a skin cancer risk.

Queensland has the highest rate of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers in the world.

Skin Cancer Early Detection (the Service) is a pilot Outreach service funded by the Queensland Government, delivered in priority Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) in Queensland.

The Service works closely with each HHS and other local stakeholders to deliver skin cancer services in rural, regional, and remote locations where such services are limited or non-existent.

The Service is one of three elements of a Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection initiative. Other elements are a multi-year state-wide social marketing campaign promoting sun-safe behaviours and local health promotion activities.

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Priority areas

The Service will be delivered in South West HHS, Central Queensland HHS, Mackay HHS, Townsville HHS and North West HHS.

The initiative will provide clinical services and information provision.

Skin cancer risk assessments

Clinical skin assessments (i.e. dermoscopy)

Treatment of skin cancers (i.e. cryotherapy, biopsy and excision)

Patient education on individual skin cancer risk and prevention.


The project’s objectives are to:

  • provide outreach health services focused on the early prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancers.
  • facilitate linkages and referral pathways for patients with skin cancer.
  • provide upskilling for the local workforce engaged through this program, to build ongoing capacity and expert knowledge of skin cancer in local health practitioners.

Funding eligibility

The Service funds outreach services provided by specialists and General Practitioners with evidence of training and/or experience in skin cancer early detection, including but not limited to relevant accreditations awarded by Skin Cancer College Australasia, Healthcert and/or mentorship.

Skin cancer clinical practice guidelines

The Australian Government Department of Health commissioned and funded Cancer Council Australia to undertake the current revision and update of the skin cancer clinical practice guidelines. You can access the current guidelines on the Cancer Council website.

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Additional resources

On advice from consumer representatives on the Advisory Committee for the Skin Cancer Early Detection outreach service, a Support Services information sheet has been developed for patients of the Queensland Government funded program. Developed in consultation with Melanoma Patients Australia and Cancer Council Queensland, this resource will be made available to those attending outreach clinics, together with the Cancer Council’s ‘Spot the Difference’ fact sheet and ‘Correct Sunscreen Application’ brochure.

Support services information sheet

Register now for the Skin Cancer Early Detection Upskilling Workshops

Are you a GP working in rural, regional, or remote QLD? Attend one of CheckUP’s FREE Skin Cancer Early Detection Upskilling Workshops in Mount Isa, Roma, Mackay, Rockhampton, or Townsville.

An introduction to practical skin cancer medicine and surgery, workshops will feature a core theory session followed by a hands-on practical session. Covering topics such as:

  • Basics of dermoscopy – diagnosing common skin lesions and sampling lesions effectively.
  • Practicing surgical procedures – including curettes, shave and punch biopsies, elliptical excision planning and closure, suturing: basic interrupted, deep dermal, pulley sutures and haemostatic stitch.
  • Case discussions – participants are welcome to bring their own cases to discuss.

Upon completion attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim CPD hours.

Workshops include complimentary lunch, morning tea, and afternoon tea.

Limited places available register now to secure your spot.

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