Skin cancer rates in New Zealand are currently at epidemic levels
Traditionally, General Practitioners (GPs) have been the first ‘port of call’ for the management of skin cancer.
However with increasing demand for skin cancer care, a dedicated group of GPs has undergone significant additional specialist training to acquire advanced skills in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer, including surgical skills that require significant further education and training to acquire. These GPs are termed ‘Skin Cancer Doctors’ and possess a professional skill set that differentiates them from generalist GPs who have not completed advanced skin cancer training.
In New Zealand, no specific benchmark exists to define what constitutes a ‘Skin Cancer Doctor’ and this has led to confusion in the sector and lack of recognition by health insurers. A robust and clear standard is long overdue and as such this was one of the main drivers for the formation of the New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctor Society (NZSCD) in mid 2017, which has a clear mandate to achieve this. Another important focus for NZSCD is to enable collaboration, credentialing, on-going education and professional support for New Zealand Skin Cancer Doctors and Skin Cancer Professionals. NZSCD also aims to facilitate best practice skin cancer care through strong engagement with patients.
Meet our president
Dr Chris Boberg
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Our vision is simply to achieve best practice skin cancer care in New Zealand
Facilitate best practice skin cancer care through enabling collaboration, credentialing, education and professional support for NZSCD members
Establish robust and clear standards for what constitutes being recognised as a Skin Cancer Doctor in New Zealand
Improve access to best practice skin cancer care for all New Zealanders