Work Health Professionals provide onsite workplace skin cancer checks in Perth and WA. We are experienced at managing large skin screening programs for remote sites and regional WA. Our skin screening practitioners are all accredited with the Certificate of Dermoscopy. Any referral recommendations made during a skin check are personally followed up.
REALITY CHECK: In the last 6 months we have identified 59 employees who did not know they had a skin cancer lesion.
Onsite workplace skin checks
Your workplace skin checks will involve a thorough clinical assessment of your employees’ skin to ensure any suspicious spots are identified, documented and photographed. They will also receive personal advice on their specific skin type and how to monitor for any changes.
Onsite work skin cancer checks take 15 minutes per person.
Each skin check includes:
- A full body assessment using a Dermatoscope
- Mole mapping for suspicious lesions
- 1:1 education – how to check for and monitor moles,
- Advice specific to the individual’s skin type & skin cancer prevention
- Sun safety information including working safely outdoors
- Referral follow-up where required
All you need to do is provide a private room; we do the rest.
What if a suspicious spot is found?
During the onsite skin check if a lesion is found on an individual’s skin that requires referral, we will give the individual a time frame (based on severity of the lesion) in which they should see their Dr or specialist.
After that time frame expires our Nurse will follow up to make sure they have actioned their referral. Each individual also receives an email with any images that were taken during the skin screening appointment.
Online program management
Our online appointment booking system ensures easy program management. Email/SMS appointment reminders and follow-ups are sent to all participants
Company Skin Cancer Screening report
Your Company skin screening report allows you to best manage your workers’ sun exposure risks, identify areas for further education and to support your organisation’s ‘Duty of Care’ under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
As the Employer, you will receive a detailed company Skin Cancer Screening report outlining:
- employee compliance with sun safety measures and PPE
- the number of employees that have been referred
- the number and severity of lesions found.
For confidentiality, no names will be used in the report.
The Skin Screening Report is to help you, the employer, support your employees through education and awareness. It is a display of your Duty of Care, and can also provide a measure for this type of health promotion initiative. Outdoor workers should be taught to regularly look at their skin for suspicious spots. It is important that they know what their skin looks like normally so changes will be noticed. See more in the Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work – a Guide for Employers
Online booking system
We do all the back-end work, you just review the appointment lists!
- easy to use online booking system
- email and SMS reminders 24hrs prior to appts
- we can provide you with admin. access to monitor bookings, as required
Skin screening equipment
Our screening practitioners are all accredited with the Certificate of Dermoscopy. This enable them to expertly use a Dermatoscope and Dermoscopic Camera. As needed, they are able to upload digital images of suspicious lesions, and use specialist software to help identify if a mole or spot is harmless or at risk of being cancerous.
It is important to note that as this service is provided by Accredited Nurses, they legally cannot provide a diagnosis. Importantly we refer individuals with suspicious spots to a doctor who can make a diagnosis and begin management if required.
Any employees referred during their skin check will be followed up by the nurse at 2 and 4 weeks.
Skin checks around WA
We visit work sites, project camps, maintenance depots, workshops or offices around Perth, or on a FIFO basis around WA. In some cases, planning your skin screening in Perth to coincide with team meetings, conferences or workshops presents an ideal opportunity to pull together employees who work on the road or are more geographically dispersed.
Due to Melanoma being “Australia’s Cancer”, employee skin screening or workplace skin checks have become an important and popular Health and Wellbeing initiative for small and large organisations.
Outdoor workers are at increased risk from skin cancer and sun damage to the eyes. This is especially true for workers in Perth and WA.
A personal skin screening story
One of our Skin Screening experts, has 10 years experience in workplace health and safety. Her passion for early detection of Skin Cancer was further fueled by her own experience 2 years ago when she detected a Melanoma on her own back. Luckily it was early days and was categorised as Stage 0.
Our skin screening nurse trained with the Skin Cancer College of Australia and completed her Certificate of Dermoscopy. She had been working in the area of Corporate Skin Cancer Screenings in WA for 2 years before she detected her own melanoma. If she hadn’t been working in the area it may have been a different outcome. Since then she has been on a mission to help with early detection of skin cancer. She has inspired the growth of our skin screening services in WA. We are lucky to have her….you will benefit from her experience, expertise and fantastic education.
Did you know that melanoma of the skin is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in males (after prostate and bowel cancer) and females (after breast and bowel cancer) in Australia. In 2016, there was an estimated 13,280 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in Australia, killing approximately 1,770 people.
In 2018, a world-first study led by University of Sydney found that Australians aged 18-40 years who were regular users of sunscreen in childhood reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 40 percent, compared to those who rarely used sunscreen.
Melanoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men aged 25-49 years and second most common cancer in women aged 25-49 years, after breast cancer. Approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma or other types of skin cancer by the time they are 70 years old.
Cancer Council Australia have put together an excellent guide to Understanding Skin Cancer. This can be a useful resource for your Heath and Wellbeing tool kit.