To establish a mobile Skin Cancer Skin Check and Awareness Unit in Victoria and Southern New South Wales with related skin check facilities provided by accredited trained professional Dermoscopists and other appropriately qualified personnel.
Formed in 2019, the Lions V Districts Cancer Foundation seeks to take a leading role in improving skin cancer awareness through skin screenings and the provision of information and support.
Successful in gaining Charity Status in 2020, funds are being gathered to build, resource and operate a mobile Skin Check Unit.
The Districts of Lions International in Victoria and Southern New South Wales have identified a distinct need for a mobile skin cancer check and awareness unit to operate across Victoria and, in particular, in remote areas and towns and centres not serviced, or fully serviced, by dermatologists or other skin specialists.
Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. This is nothing to be proud of. With our love of the outdoors and our, at times, harsh climate, as a people we are often exposed to the dangers of excessive amounts of ultra violet radiation.
Despite many campaigns and promotions, people remain ambivalent to checking for possible lesions, and attitudes about sun protection and prevention remain mixed – with many people still not taking adequate measures to protect themselves.
Accessibility to skin checks and, in turn, to skin specialists is limited. GP’s with suitable vision magnification tools can help, but this method is not as accurate as the use of a dermoscope by a trained practitioner, and still presumes that people are requesting a check of their skin. People living in regional areas are more at risk, with mortality rates higher in those areas, which can be attributed to a higher proportion of outdoor workers, poor accessibility to dermatologists and inadequate approaches to sun protection.
PATRON AND AMBASSADOR
Patron: Mr Frank Costa AO (deceased)
We are proud that our inaugural patron was Mr Frank Costa AO. Frank was a well known community identity, who received numerous awards for his contributions to society. Frank was committed to our project and always keen to offer his full backing and support.
Ambassador: Mr David Mann AM
We welcome David Mann as an ambassador for he Foundation. David received a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community of Victoria, particularly through charitable organisations, to business and to the promotions and marketing sector. David’s broad networks and commitment to this cause will be huge assistance to its success.
Ambassador: Dr David Speakman OAM, FRACS
Dr David Speakman is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac), having held this position since 2013. He has previously held positions as the Executive Director Clinical Services and Director of the Melanoma and Skin Service both at Peter Mac. David was intimately involved in the conception, design and build of Peter Mac’s new facilities in Parkville, Victoria which delivered a purpose designed future proofed and patient centered facility for patients with cancer. David is also a practicing clinician working in both the Breast and Melanoma and Skin Units both at Peter Mac and in private. He has over 20 year’s sub-specialist experience in both these areas. David is the Chair of Breast Screen Victoria’s Quality and Accreditation Committee. David is a member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Council representing both melanoma and surgical oncology groups.
David’s support, guidance and backing has proved invaluable in the establishment of our Skin Check and Awareness Unit, and his ongoing support of the Board of Trustees in an advisory role, and our dermoscopists through the provision of post-training experience at Peter Mac, has been a professionally rewarding and highly beneficial.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chairperson: Mr Bruce Hudgson
A life member of Lions Clubs International and an Ambassador of Goodwill, Bruce is a past Council Chairman of Lions Australia and past District Governor of District V2. Bruce is currently serving as Chairperson of the ANZI-Pacific Area Forum Executive Standing Committee and has held many District and International portfolios. Following his retirement from the Australian Fertiliser Industry, he continues to support the industry by chairing the boards of two Companies.
Secretary: Delwyn Seebeck
Delwyn has been a member of the Lions Club of Forrest & District for 27 years, where she has taken an active role and has undertaken all executive roles over the years. Serving on District V2 Cabinet for 9 years, Delwyn was Cabinet Secretary for 2 terms, and is the District Governor Elect for 2020-2021. Delwyn’s service has been recognised with a number of awards, including a Melvin Jones Fellowship, 2 DG’s Star Awards, and IP Dr Naresh Aggarwal Distinguished Leadership Medal. As a retired dairy farmer, Delwyn has advocated for the industry over many years and continues to serve as a Board member of the Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Treasurer: Joanne McNammara
Joanne is a member of the Lions Club of Nillumbik. As a qualified bookkeeper, she previously served as Cabinet Treasurer for Lions District 201v5 for 5 years. Currently, she is the Treasurer for 4 community organisations. For her services to Lions she has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
Business Development: Phil Clinkaberry
A retired primary school principal, Phil is a grass roots Lions member. Currently he is first Vice President and Secretary for his local club, Taylors Lakes, and has also taken on the District role of Zone Chairperson, supporting seven clubs from Lions District V1-4. Phil’s service has been recognised with a James D Richardson Honour Award and Community Service Award.
Professional Development: Pat Mills
A retired nurse, who continues to have a strong connection with community health, Pat is a Board member of Box Hill Lions, where she has assumed various executive roles since joining in 2007. Pat is past District Governor of District V5 and has undertaken many key roles in her District since 2008. Nationally, Pat is the current Diabetes Awareness Chairperson, having undertaken other national chairperson and committee roles since 2012. Pat’s service has been recognised with a range of awards at club, district and international level.
Trustee: Murray Baud
A Lion since 2010, Murray is a Past District Governor of District V1-4, and is currently the District Leadership Team Coordinator. Retiring to Inglewood after a long employment in telecommunications and mobile network engineering, he has participated in fundraising and driving community projects such as the Eucalyptus Distillery Museum and new Community Hub building. He occupies various roles for committees in the community and is current Board Chairman of the Inglewood Community Bank.
Trustee: Mark Henning
Mark Henning has been a Lion since 1986, starting with Preston Lions and transferring to Traralgon Lions, when he moved there in 1987. He has always been a very active member, performing a variety of roles within the club including President, Treasurer, membership chairman and publicity officer. Now semi retired after selling his pharmacy in 2021 after 35 years of ownership, he continues to practice part time, interspersed with travelling around this wide brown land. Sadly losing his wife of 34 years in 2017 after a tragic accident, he now enjoys travel around Australia with has a new partner, Rosemary. Mark hopes to utilise his medical knowledge and business experience in his role as a trustee of the V Districts Cancer Foundation.
Trustee: Paul Shortis
Paul has been in Lions for 10 years and is currently a member of the Lions Club of Wodonga. In his ten years in Lions, he has spent eight of those years on V6 District Cabinet and has fulfilled numerous roles including Victorian Co-Ordinator for the Emergency Medical Information Books, ALCCRF Trustee for V1-4 & V6 Districts, V6 Rep on the Hilltop Cancer Accommodation in Albury & V6 Disaster Chairman. He is also involved with community groups in his hometown.
Dermoscopists Coordinator: Julianne Clift
Julianne retired in 2019 from the position of Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery in Warrnambool. She is currently a member of a Health Service Board. Julianne was a charter member of the Lions Club of Cessnock Wine Country in NSW, and transferred to the Lions Club of Warrnambool in 2012. She has held Club roles of President and Secretary and as a Zone Chair. Julianne is a trained Dermoscopist and is proud of the skin screening service that we are providing to our Communities.
Host Clubs Coordinator: John Beggs
John joined St Arnaud Lions in 2019 and has since been President in 2021 and Secretary since 2022. With an extensive career in supply chain services in Australia and overseas, John brings strong administration, communication and logistics skills to the role of Host Clubs Coordinator.
Truck / Unit & Driver Coordinator: Mr David Underhay
Retired in 2015 after 30 years at the Geelong oil refinery David is a Fitter and Turner by trade, but also has many other interests and skills. He joined Lions as a charter member of Meredith and District Lions, as VP and Tail Twister, later becoming President and is now an active member of Bannockburn. David has also fulfilled other Lion roles, having been Zone chair for one term and currently a member of the Licola board of directors. David is excited and dedicated to his role with the Foundation.
WHAT we do
The mobile unit will travel around Victoria and into Southern New South Wales, conducting skin screenings for free. Trained dermoscopists, that is people trained in the skill of using a magnifying instrument specifically designed to get a close up view of the skin and skin lesions, will conduct the screenings and will determine if there are any suspect lesions. In the event that any skin lesions are identified that may require further attention, the dermoscopist provides the client with a referral. It is not their task to diagnose – simply to check and refer on.
Lions Clubs from across the V Dstricts (Victoria and Southern NSW) will be encouraged to book the mobile unit and will, when given a booking, assist the program by providing publicity, assisting with scheduling and prvoviding assitance and care for the volunteers operating the mobile unit. In effect, a visit by the van becomes a local service project for the club – and with logistics and planning being conducted in partnership with the mobile unit management.
skin cancer awareness
A very important element of this project is the enhancement of awareness of the general public to the dangers of excessive skin exposure and the important need to both engage in self checking of skin and seeking regular skin checks. Each visit to a town or area will be a focal point for positive publicity about avoiding skin cancer.