S2.E2: SUN PROTECTION
This episode covers everything you need to know about how to protect yourself from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. We also dive into public health campaigns and their role in skin cancer, focusing on Australia’s world renowned SunSmart program. Associate Professor Alvin Chong and Dr Blake Mumford discuss the finer points of sunscreen use and debunk common myths with guest experts Associate Professor Peter Foley and Ms. Shannon Jones.
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.
Shannon is the Health Professionals Program Manager for SunSmart where she works with GPs and other Health Professionals in developing strategies to improve the early detection and prevention of skin cancer. Shannon has a background in corporate health, health promotion and education. Combined with over 15 years with SunSmart, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Shannon is passionate about making a difference to GPs and their patients in skin cancer early diagnosis and prevention. The successful development and rollout of the Dermoscopy for Victorian General Practice Program which has seen over 250 GPs provided with dermoscopy equipment and upskill in skin cancer is one of Shannon’s major achievements. Shannon studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) at Deakin University and has undertaken postgraduate studies towards a Masters’ in Public Health at Monash University.
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