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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.

Dr Edward Upjohn


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.

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.

Mr Miklos Pohl  oam

Board Member

Mr Pohl has extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery and has trained in this specialist area throughout in Australia, UK and Canada.

On his return he commenced practice as Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Hobart where he practiced for 20 years, then 4 years in London at St George's Hospital with a strong interest in melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer. He has been a valued member of the Institute since 2006.

Associate Professor Chris Baker

Board Member
Associate Professor (Clinical), University of Melbourne
Director of Dermatology, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia
Past President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists
Past President, Skin Health Institute.

A/Prof Chris Baker is a clinical dermatologist based in Melbourne and practicing general dermatology with interests in advanced psoriasis therapies, photodermatology, phototherapy, skin cancer and clinical trials. He is the director of the Department of Dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, past President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) and past president of the Skin Health Institute. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has served as terms as chief examiner and dean of education of the ACD.

A/Prof Baker, who is based in Melbourne, gained specialist qualification in dermatology after completing the Australasian College of Dermatologists training program in 1991. He was awarded a Florance bequest scholarship to undertake post graduate studies in photobiology at St Thomas’ Hospital London.  He established the first dedicated photodermatology and light testing facility in Australia.  He has been principal and co-investigator in numerous clinical trials for biologic therapies and conducts advanced psoriasis clinics at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Skin Health Institute. He was involved in implementation and development of local treatment protocols.   He was co-founder of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry, an online Australian and New Zealand registry established in 2008 for psoriasis patients on systemic and biologic therapies, which now has over 1,600 patients entered.  He has published over 40 papers in peer review journals and has authored papers on goals of care and quality of life studies in psoriasis.  He is currently the dermatology research lead at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne in a multicentre collaborative developing biofabrication and 3D printing of artificial skin.

Associate Professor Victoria Mar

Board Member

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.

Jim Power

Board Member

Registered Company Auditor, FCA, FFTA

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 Gregory Goodman

Board Adviser

Associate Professor Greg Goodman has been a practicing dermatologist for more than 20 years. His areas of specialty include skin cancers, Mohs' surgery, lasers in dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and the treatment of acne and post-acne scarring. He holds the position of Chief of Surgery at the Skin Health Institute and has an academic teaching position as Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University. 

He is a national trainer for numerous temporary dermal fillers and is a member of several international editorial boards and advisory committees. He has always had a keen interest in skin care and skin therapeutics, and has published extensively on acne and acne scarring and the use of muscle relaxant injections, dermal fillers and lasers.

His current research interest is skin ageing. He has lectured widely both in Australia and overseas on the nature of skin ageing and its treatment and has designed software applications to assess this and optimise treatment suggestions.

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.

Dr Damien Angus

Board Member

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


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).

  • Jane English, Director of Nursing
  • 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