Home of skin cancer education

Directed by dermatologists & dermatopathologists

Sunset from the ACCO Centre, Melbourne CBD

The Australasian College of Cutaneous Oncology provides training and education to improve and certify competency in the management of skin cancer. Our policy is that no pharmaceutical company shall be permitted to sponsor or endorse any event, function or workshop in any manner.  This creates a truly unique and unbiased learning environment.


November 2016 - New skin excision item numbers

The Australian item numbers for skin lesion excision have been totally overhauled. ACCO has produced a 'ready reckoner'. We suggest you print out both page 1 and 2 in colour, laminate the two pages back to back and have this quick guide available in your procedure room and office. We have also updated our flap and graft guide to accommodate the new item number system.

ACCO 'ready reckoner' page 1 ACCO 'ready reckoner' page 2


November 2016 - The "melanoma blood test"

ACCO has been asked to explain the 'new' melanoma blood test that has been in the media. It is not the test that the media have depicted.

Find out the details here


 

July 2016

Draft Australasian guidelines on melanoma management are being produced. The draft guidelines on SLNB fall so short of a sound evidence based document with suitable recommendations as to be unacceptable. The ACCO board have reviewed the guidelines and have provided advice for SLNB guidelines


allmedic.org.au - Info on our Allmedic research here


The ACCO Mission


ACCO Certifications Pathway

Associate Fellow of ACCO
Fellow  of ACCO


RESEARCH 

In 2016 ACCO researchers published new research on the methods and outcomes of different methods of teaching skin cancer surgery.  ACCO published a perspective on sentinel node biopsy in the British J of Dermatology in 2016. 

FUNDING OUR RESEARCH

ACCO does not accept any funding from Governments, Universities or the Pharmaceutical industry. ACCO uses revenue from workshops to fund our ongoing research programs. Even our published drug trials were completed without drug company funding. ACCO regards true independence as critical. Even funding from Governments is tainted.. Governments have a vested interest in cheaper treatments or no treatments working as well as expensive methods. Without Government influence, ACCO research has often found that no treatment is superior to expensive treatments. 

NOT FOR PROFIT

ACCO does not pay any of its Directors. ACCO researchers volunteer their time and expertise. After costs are met for running ACCO events, research administration and programs, all profits are donated to independent medical research. 

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