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Skin Health Institute

Our People

Our Board


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.

Jim Power


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.

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.

Associate Professor Johannes Kern

Board Member

Vice President

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 Jennifer Cahill

Board Member

Dr Jennifer Cahill is a specialist dermatologist and fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD). She consults in the Occupational Dermatology clinic at the Skin Health Institute and has authored and co-authored multiple publications, particularly in the area of contact dermatitis.

She holds a clinical appointment at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne and also works in private practice.

Jennifer is a member and former chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee for the ACD and is a former supervisor of registrar training.


Board Member
Medical Director

Dr Patrick Mahar, MBBS (Hons) LLB (Hons) GDLP MBA PhD DMedSc GAICD FACLM FACD, 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.

Hamish Walton

Board Member

Company Secretary

Hamish Walton is a corporate partner in Dentons’ Melbourne office. Hamish has more than 25 years’ experience in advising clients on high profile complex corporate transactions in Australia and offshore across a range of industries including financial institutions, education, renewable energy, life sciences and health care, media, entertainment and sports, technology, automotive and real estate.

Hamish specialises in public and private M&A, private equity and joint ventures. He has detailed experience in assisting clients on major cross border M&A transactions.

Hamish also specialises in equity capital markets including initial public offerings, backdoor listings, rights issues and securities based employee incentives. His experience includes advising underwriters and issuers in connection with the IPO and rights issue process, GDR offerings, dual listings, bookbuilds, market stabilization and co-ordinating securities offering opinions across various jurisdictions.

Management Team


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 of 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 Intensive Care nurse, has a Master of Science (majoring in Research Methods) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Caroline has held several Board positions and is currently a Director at Sexual Health Victoria, where she is also a member of their Strategic Planning Committee. In her spare time, Caroline is a proud dragon boat paddler and is President of Dragons Abreast Melbourne (a cancer survivor dragon boat sporting club).

Janice Fernandes, Director of Clinical Services

Sarah Chivers, Director Clinical Research and Advanced Targeted Therapies Services

Martina Otten, Director Education and Engagement