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Skin Health Institute

2019 Healthy Skin Awards

The 2019 Healthy Skin Awards were announced at a special awards night on Thursday, 29 August 2019. 

Now in its tenth year, the Healthy Skin Awards recognise individuals and organisations who support and encourage healthy skin practices in their workplace and the community.

From left to right: Chris Arnold AM, Cameron Chivers (Carlisle Homes), Alan Oppenheim (Ego Pharmaceuticals), Jay Allen, Simon Merrigan, Jessica Lightfoot, Sarah Jo Mason, (Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club), David Pinkus (Melbourne Pathology), Samantha Russell (Galderma). Not pictured: Lisa Patulny (Call Time On Melanoma). 

The awards are an intrinsic part of the Skin Health Institute's public education program, which raises the community’s awareness of the importance of skin health and how individuals and organisations can make a big difference in their own communities, whether they be a sporting group, a community organisation, improving the wellbeing of their staff, or advocating on behalf of a special interest group.

There are some who are making quite a considerable difference, and these Awards recognise those individuals and organisations.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Healthy Skin Awards!

From left to right: Chris Arnold AM (former Executive Director of the Skin Health Institute), Sarah Jo Mason, Simon Merrigan, Jessica Lightfoot (Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club), Mei Tam (President of the Skin Health Institute), Alan Oppenheim (Ego Pharmaceuticals). 

for excellence in the promotion of skin health in the community

Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club Inc. is an entirely voluntary organisation providing beach patrol and rescue services, first aid and lifesaving training at Point Leo Surf Beach and surrounds.

Point Leo Surf Life Saving Club have done an excellent job of promoting skin health to junior members through sun protection education and implementing the use of long sleeve rash vests for their Nipper program participants. They have also actively promoted sun protection to all their members by hosting SunSmart education days, and hope their actions will be replicated and enforced at a national level.

From left to right: Ailsa Sanders (Galderma), Lisa Patulny (Call Time On Melanoma), Samantha Russell (Galderma).

call time on melanoma
for excellence in the promotion of skin health in the community

A not-for-profit initiative primarily aimed at sun-smart women, Call Time On Melanoma was founded as a platform to educate and create awareness through social media about sun damage and sun smart behavior. They aim to educate a younger demographic on the realities of sun damage and living with cancer and have nearly 6,000 followers.  Call Time On Melanoma demonstrates an innovative shift in the way we can educate the public, through influencers and social media.

From left to right: Mei Tam (President of the Skin Health Institute), Jay Allen, David Pinkus (Melbourne Pathology), Chris Arnold AM (former Executive Director of the Skin Health Institute)

jay allen
for excellence in the promotion of skin health in the community

Jay Allen was just 32 years old when he was diagnosed with melanoma. Overnight he went from being a truck driver to a cancer patient. In the 11 years since, Jay has dedicated himself to raising awareness about sun damage, sun protection, skin cancer and melanoma.

This year, Jay completed a 2000 km walk from Adelaide to Sydney. He was joined by supporters, cancer suffers and family members along the way.  This tremendous effort was picked up by large and small media outlets, which resulted in a far reaching national message about skin cancer and melanoma.  Jay is a community organiser at Melanoma Institute Australia and works with schools, organisations and communities to spread the sun-safe message.  He also runs a site called the Melanoma Man, dedicated to honoring personal stories of melanoma patients and survivors.

From left to right: Chris Arnold AM (former Executive Director of the Skin Health Institute), Cameron Chivers, Charlton Cefai, John Doulgeridis (Carlisle Homes), Mei Tam (President of the Skin Health Institute)

carlisle homes
for excellence in the promotion of skin health in the workplace

Carlisle Homes is a large Victorian volume home builder. They employee over 450 people along with thousands of sub-contractors and suppliers. With construction teams working primarily outdoors, Carlisle Homes has implemented a multi-layered sun safe program to mitigate UV exposure and provide sun-protective working conditions. 

Carlisle Homes can be commended for their strategic approach to sun awareness and enforcing sun protection measures for its many employees. Carlisle Homes considers their approach to UV management as the point of difference with other building companies and, more importantly, it helps saves lives.

Awards Night

The Institute held the awards evening last night at an iconic Melbourne venue. It was a night to remember, with members of the Institute, leading skin specialists, and educators in skin health coming together to celebrate the achievements of the award winners.


The Healthy Skin Awards relies on the support of our sponsors, and we sincerely thank them for their tremendous support and assistance.

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