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Nurse-led skin cancer detection pilot continues

8 Apr 2024

In December 2022, we spoke with Marion Eckert, Director of the Rosemary Bryant Research Centre (RBRC) Uni SA and her team about their new pilot program Project Check Mate – a collaboration with Skin Smart Australia and health promotion charity Skin Check Champions, taking a unique and sustainable approach to early skin cancer detection, by mobilising and upskilling region al nurses to assist local GPs in provision al diagnoses of skin cancer.

The pilot pro­gram has recent­ly received addi­tion­al fund­ing from Well­be­ing SA, Depart­ment of Health and now invites nurs­es work­ing in or near the Eyre Penin­su­la, and the Clare Val­ley dis­trict to be involved. 

RBRC is plan­ning to run two pop-up skin clin­ics at the fol­low­ing events, with the key ini­tia­tive to engage GPs and train local nurs­es to per­form skin checks:

  • SALT Fes­ti­val Eyre Penin­su­la, 19 – 28 April
  • Clare Val­ley SGA Gourmet Week, 17 – 26 May

The pro­gram strat­e­gy focus­es on the upskilling and edu­ca­tion of pri­ma­ry care nurs­es work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with GPs and der­ma­tol­o­gists to pro­vide best prac­tice, evi­dence-based, nurse-led skin checks to rur­al and region­al South Australians.

The approach is focused on nurs­ing clin­i­cians receiv­ing edu­ca­tion (approx­i­mate­ly sev­en weeks – 1.5 hours per week of inter­ac­tive train­ing) through Skin Smart Aus­tralia and the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia to expand their scope of prac­tice to under­take skin checks.

This will allow nurs­es to pro­vide the ini­tial engage­ment and assess­ment of high­er-risk pop­u­la­tions who have nev­er or rarely had a skin check by means of pop-up skin check clin­ics at large rur­al and region­al events. 

Nurs­es resid­ing in region­al South Aus­tralia, if you are inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing or would like fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Mar­i­on at Marion.​Eckert@​unisa.​edu.​au