Health professionals

Cancer Council Victoria provides education, resources and support for health professionals based on the latest evidence-based cancer information.

The following educational tools and resources for health professionals are intended to provide consistent messages about skin cancer prevention, vitamin D and the early detection and management of skin cancer.

Education

Skin Cancer Prevention and Vitamin D online education is a one-hour online activity guiding GPs through the epidemiology of skin cancers in Australia, prevention and diagnosis of skin cancer and vitamin D management. This resource is suitable for Australian GPs and health professionals, and is accredited with RACGP (2 points) and ACRRM (1 point).

The Prevention and Early Detection of Skin Cancer in General Practice six-hour Active Learning Module will guide GPs through the epidemiology of skin cancers in Australia, skin cancer prevention, a balanced approach to UV, vitamin D awareness along with the diagnosis and management of skin cancers.

This education is also available as three separate two-hour activities:

Points: RACGP: 40 Category 1 CPD points, ACRRM: 30 PRPD points, RCNA: 6 CNE points (Six hours)

Resources

The following resources are intended to assist health professionals provide consistent messages about skin cancer, skin cancer prevention and vitamin D in the community. 

Clinical guidelines

Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma (and related lesions): a guide to clinical management in Australia
Guidelines providing evidence-based documentation to assist in sound decision making. Developed by the Australian Cancer Network in 2008.

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of melanoma in Australia and New Zealand
NHMRC guidelines developed in conjunction with the Australian Cancer Network. Endorsed in 2008. (Currently under review)

National clinical practice guidelines
A listing of cancer clinical practice guidelines on the NHMRC website.

Resources for your practice

Melanoma and other skin cancers: A guide for medical practitioners
A reference card providing information on skin cancer detection methods, treatment, prevention and Victorian melanoma services.

Optimal cancer care pathway for people with melanoma
A guide to the optimal care management of melanoma patients across Victoria.

Spot the difference poster
A3 poster. Information on early detection and prevention with images of skin spots and skin cancers, including nodular melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and solar keratosis.

Low vitamin D in Victoria
Key health messages for doctors, nurses and allied health

Position statement: Sun exposure and Vitamin D – Risks and benefits
Developed by Cancer Council Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, Osteoporosis Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologist in response to potential confusion over mixed messages about the risks and benefits of sun exposure.

NPS Medicine Wise Fact Sheet – Vitamin D tests

Cancer Council National GP Portal

Resources for patients

Understanding melanoma
This booklet has been prepared to help patients understand more about melanoma.

Understanding skin cancers
This booklet has been prepared to help you understand more about the two most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

Spot the difference skin cancer flyer
A5 flyer. Information on early detection and prevention with images of skin spots and skin cancers, including nodular melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and solar keratosis.

Vitamin D and UV in other languages
Listing of SunSmart UV and vitamin D information sheets in languages other than English.

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