Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, with the 2016 Healthy Skin Awardees.
Victorian dermatologists turned out in force to celebrate the winners of the 2016 Healthy Skin Awards, on Thursday 14 April.
Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, joined leading dermatologists and other prominent medical practitioners, major sponsors, business and community leaders, patients and supporters of the Foundation at the special Awards evening, held at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Mr Wyatt emphasised the crucial role the Healthy Skin Awardees play in Australia’s fight against skin cancer and melanoma.
“They’ve shown a demonstrated commitment to educating their workforce, members, or the community by delivering skin health programs, educating or reporting,” Mr Wyatt said.
“I would like to commend all the nominees for the important work they are doing. We know Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.
Australians are two to three times more likely to get skin cancer than people living in Canada, the US, and the UK.”
The Healthy Skin Awards are presented to individuals and organisations who strive for excellence through the effective provision of skin health services and/or the promotion of skin health.
This is the seventh year that the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc has conducted the Awards, and this year's winners were:
- Community Chef - winner of the Healthy Skin Award, sponsored by Novartis
- Melbourne United - winner of the Healthy Skin Award, sponsored by Eli Lilly
- Solbari Sun Protection - winner of the Healthy Skin Award, sponsored by Ego Pharmaceuticals
- King & Wood Mallesons - winner of the Healthy Skin Award, sponsored by Galderma
- Macquarie Life - winner of the Healthy Skin Award, sponsored by Melbourne Skin Pathology
All five awardees have made significant contributions to the skin health of the community.
The annual Healthy Skin Awards night has become one of the most important events of the year for the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc, which has conducted the Awards for the last seven years.
President of the Foundation, Dr Michael Rich, said the annual presentation of the Healthy Skin Awards is now a very important event for everyone in dermatology in Australia.
“The Healthy Skin Awards have developed to become distinguished awards in the health sector,” Dr Rich said.
“They have become a key plank in our public education efforts to raise awareness of the importance of skin health across Australia.”
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THE 2016 HEALTHY SKIN AWARDEES
Community Chef is a Victorian local government-owned social enterprise that produces over 100,000 meals every month for society's most vulnerable people. That's over 1.2 million meals each year for those in aged care and the homeless, delivered from their sophisticated plant in Altona. Community Chef is focused on improving the healthy skin benefits of its meals and recently approached the Foundation for information on nutrition and healthy skin. Community Chef has the potential to have a significant social impact with a large and diverse group of Australians, and is a deserving recipient of a Healthy Skin Award.
National Basketball League team, Melbourne United, has an extensive community program, including their famous You Got Skoold program run in primary schools. The club works with primary schools across Victoria, to get more kids involved in basketball and physical activity. Melbourne United approached the Foundation last year for assistance on engaging with children and their parents about the importance of skin health. The introduction of the skin health component to Melbourne United's primary schools' program will raise awareness of the importance of skin health and sun protection amongst our younger generation. The club deserves to be commended on its initiative.
Solbari Sun Protection
Solbari Sun Protection, established by Johanna Young, is an Australian sun protective social enterprise. Solbari produce high quality, stylish sun protective clothing, swimwear and hats, and is on a mission to prevent skin cancer, melanoma, skin damage and premature skin ageing caused by the sun. Johanna regularly supports the Foundation's events, which include the Melanoma March Melbourne and Open Day at Government House, with a percentage of profits raised going towards research at the Foundation.
King & Wood Mallesons
A winner at the 2015 Healthy Skin Awards, King & Wood Mallesons again deserve to be recognised for their ongoing corporate skin check program. What has been most impressive and fascinating about this program, which has been in place for over 15 years, is the statistics it has provided. King & Wood Mallesons have provided 2,348 skin checks, of which 233 have been referred for further consultation. Over 75% of staff surveyed considered skin cancer screening to be one of the most valued and access benefits of the firm.
As part of their Evolve program, Macquarie Life created two information packs dealing with skin cancer and melanoma for their policy holders. Macquarie Life approached the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc to collaborate on the dveelopment of these packs to ensure credibility and authority. The program provides policy holders with detailed information about types of skin cancer, signs and symptoms, treatment, prevention, and tips to live a healthy lifestyle. The Foundation believes that this has been one of the most impressive programs by a majoy life insurer aimed at skin cancer awareness in Australia.
View all the photos from the 2016 Healthy Skin Awards