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Skin Health Institute

Our People

Our Board


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ROSEMARY NIXON AM

President
Director, Occupational Dermatology Research Education Centre (ODREC)

Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon qualified as a dermatologist in 1988 and as an occupational physician in 1994, being the only person with Australian qualifications in both specialties. A/Prof Nixon started the Occupational Dermatology Clinic in 1993, initially at Monash Medical Centre where she was Head of the Dermatology Unit from 1991 to 2001, and then at the Skin Health Institute. A/Prof Nixon established the Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre, a small research group, at the Institute in 2001.

Following her return from the UK in 1989, A/Prof Nixon organised the monthly Update meetings for the Faculty until 2015, a period of 26 years. A/Prof Nixon has also served as Censor (examiner) for the Australasian College of Dermatologists for 5 years and as Chair of the Victorian Faculty for 2 years, in 2012. 

A/Prof Nixon holds the honorary positions of Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Monash University and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the peak international group for contact dermatitis, the International Contact Dermatitis Research Group and has published over 50 scientific papers.

A/Prof Nixon has served on the Board of the Institute from 1989 to 2001 and more recently since 2009. She was appointed President in 2020.  

In 2017 she was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia, and also the highest award of the College, The Silver Medal.

Associate Professor Victoria Mar

Vice-President

A/Prof Victoria Mar is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Director of the Victorian Melanoma Service at the Alfred Hospital.

She is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. A/Prof Mar completed her PhD at Monash University/VMS and Peter MacCallum entitled ‘Clinical and molecular characteristics of aggressive melanoma’ (2014).

A/Prof Mar is a board member of the Skin Health Institute and the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Group through which she is involved in a number of investigator led clinical trials. She has authored and co-authored a number of chapters for the Cancer Council Australia Melanoma Guidelines and is Clinical Lead for the Melanoma Clinical Outcomes Registry.


Dr Edward Upjohn

Company Secretary

Dr Edward Upjohn is a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon and consults in the Mohs Micrographic Surgery clinic at the Skin Health Institute. In addition he is a consultant dermatologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and is in private practice. He has been associated with the Skin Health Institute since 2003.


Jim Power

Treasurer

Chair of our Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Jim Power is a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over 30 years of professional services experience as an Auditor and advisor to clients in the financial services, retailing and manufacturing sectors. His experience includes time in Australia, Ireland and Asia.

Jim’s clients have included ASX listed entities, subsidiaries of global organisations, major superannuation funds, mutual organisations and the not-for-profit sector. He has significant experience in working closely with finance, audit and risk committees on governance and financial reporting matters.

Associate Professor Peter Foley

Board Member
Director of Research

Associate Professor Peter Foley is a clinical dermatologist, and has a wealth of experience in dermatology particularly in the treatment of psoriasis. He is Australia’s only councillor on the International Psoriasis Council and served on the steering committee of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).

A/Prof Foley currently holds the positions of Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Dermatology) at The University of Melbourne, Director of Research at the Skin Health Institute and Head, Dermatology Research, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He is a visiting dermatologist at the Photobiology, Phototherapy and Biologics Clinics at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and the Phototherapy and Biologics Clinics at the Skin Health Institute.

As the Director of Research, A/Prof Foley directs the Institute's rapidly expanding clinical trials program and is co-convenor of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry. To date he has been an author on well over 100 peer reviewed publications, including the reports of many of the pivotal trials of biologics in psoriasis and has been an investigator in over 100 clinical trials, many for new therapies for psoriasis. He is a world renowned expert on psoriasis and has been invited to speak at numerous meetings in all corners of the globe.

Margie Stewart

Board Member

Margie has enjoyed success in sales and marketing roles in the hospitality, tourism and professional services industries. She has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing strategies for new and existing businesses, and has an extensive network across a range of industries including, corporate, government, tourism, events and not-for-profit. Margie has also managed teams in both business and consumer environments with a specific focus on solution selling, customer service and building long-term strategic client relationships across multiple industry sectors.

Margie has previously chaired the Professional Development Committee for Meetings and Events Australia, the key industry body for the events industry.

Dr CHRIS Jalilian

Board Member

Dr Chris Jalilian is a dermatologist at Skin Health Institute, Monash Medical Centre Clayton and in private practice. Dr Jalilian has a background in Biomedical Science and completed his Honours thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University, Clayton. He graduated in Medicine from the Australian National University in 2007 and received his Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 2015.

Chris is drawn towards all aspects of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He has specific interests in the diagnosis and management of all forms of skin cancer and in the use of innovative technology in skin care and therapeutics in dermatology.

At the Skin Health Institute, Chris has been a consultant in the high risk melanoma clinic since 2015.

Associate Professor Johannes Kern

Board Member

A/Prof Johannes Kern MD, PhD, ICDP-UEMS (Dermpath), FEBDV, FACD trained as dermatologist and dermatopathologist, including skin surgery at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He successfully completed the Skin Health Institute’s Advanced Surgical Training Program and is accredited for advanced surgery. 

He has an interest in nail disease including surgery of the nail unit. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Head of Clinical Research Dermatology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Alvin Chong

Board Member

Associate Professor Alvin Chong graduated MBBS and obtained a Master of Medicine degree by Research from the University of Melbourne. In 2003 he became a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. He served on the Board of Examiners for the College of Dermatologists as Victorian Censor from 2016 to 2018.

Assoc. Professor Chong's public clinical appointments are Specialist Dermatologist and Director of Education at the Skin Health Institute and Director of Dermatology Education at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He is also the Head of the Transplant Dermatology Clinic at the Skin Health Institute. He has an appointment at the University of Melbourne as Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, where he has a profile as an international authority on skin cancers in immunosuppressed patients.

DR PATRICK MAHAR OAM

Board Member

Dr Patrick Mahar is a specialist dermatologist, who is educated and experienced in medicine, business and law. He is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery simultaneously with his Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He also completed his Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School, alongside a Doctor of Philosophy with Deakin University and a Doctor of Medical Science with The University of Melbourne whilst simultaneously specialty training in dermatology.

He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served as a board member for both the medical indemnity organisation MDA National as well as the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association. He is a former member of the managing committee for the Medicolegal Society of Victoria.

In 2014, whilst a dermatology trainee, he was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia in part for contributions to patient safety.

He has published in multiple medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Medical Journal of Australia. As well as private practice, Dr Mahar holds clinical appointments at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and the Skin Health Institute as part of the biologics team. He clinically specialises in adult and paediatric dermatology, with an interest in biological agents and novel medical therapies for inflammatory skin disease as well as burns scar reconstruction for paediatric burns patients.

Dr Damien Angus

Board Member, Chair of our Governance Committee

Damien is a Partner at Strategy&, the strategy consulting group of PwC.  He has 20 years of consulting experience across Australia, Asia and the USA.

Damien has a PhD in physiology and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Australians through driving transformation / reform in the healthcare system and by tackling the challenges of chronic disease

He has managed numerous growth strategy engagements and supported large change programs for major Australian clients in the health and insurance sectors.

Damien is also a board member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Management Team

CAROLINE MULCAHY

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining the Institute, Caroline was the National General Manager, Business Transformation, Strategy and Insights at the Heart Foundation, responsible for business improvement, strategy and performance, strategic projects and the transformation and transition of the Heart Foundation into one, unified organisation.

Prior to the Heart Foundation, Caroline was the CEO at Carers Victoria (2010-2017) and CEO at Melbourne IVF (2004-2009), leading both organisations through substantial growth and change. Caroline has more than 30 years health experience in clinical care, operational and strategic planning and senior management roles, and in recent years has helped organisations implement new governance and business development structures and processes. She originally trained as a Registered Nurse and a Neonatal lntensive Care nurse, has a Master of Science (majoring in Research Methods) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caroline is currently on the Boards of the Victorian Council of Social Service (Director), the Queen Elizabeth Centre (Director and Chair of the Quality Assurance & Risk Committee, Variety – the Children’s Charity (Director and VP) and is the President of DAM Busters (a Dragonboat sporting Club).



  • Victoria Cosgrove, Director of Development, Marketing and Communications
  • Uta Meyer, Director of Education Services
  • Catherine Bennett, Deputy Director of Nursing
  • Julianna Hays, Customer Services Manager
  • Sarah Chivers, Clinical Trials Manager
  • Michelle Karic, Financial Controller
  • Damien Harley, IT Manager


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