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Founded in 1987 by a group of visionary dermatologists, the Skin Health Institute is a unique organisation providing the very best in diagnosis, treatment and patient care; education and skin health advocacy; and research and trials that help shape clinical practice around the world.

The Institute is the only centre in Victoria dedicated to furthering the three pillars of skin treatment, education and research. We work closely with the Australasian College of Dermatologists to provide world-class education to local, national and international audiences comprising medical, nursing and allied health staff. We embrace a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach with a multi-skilled team to provide excellence in our core areas.

Currently, there are dermatologists, plastic surgeons, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a podiatrist, a rheumatologist, an oral mucosal specialist, specialist nurses, and other allied health care professionals, all working together to deliver the highest quality support and care to our patients.

In all our work, we aim to improve skin health and awareness for all Australians, and every day, we work to advance treatments in dermatology.

Benefits of working at Skin Health Institute

Staff at SHI enjoy the benefits of working within a highly specialised supportive team environment with access to training and development opportunities. We offer:

  • Subsidised car parking and located close to public transport
  • Generous not for profit salary packaging up to $15,900 plus $2650 meal/entertainment
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program
  • Regular staff forums and social events
  • Training opportunities and supportive team.


We currently do not have any vacancies available at the Skin Health Institute. 

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about working at the Institute, please contact: Michelle Murphy | [email protected]


The following Research Fellow positions are open for 2025.

These positions are funded by Melbourne Pathology and called Melbourne Pathology Research Fellows.

Please send your application as one document (CV and cover letter combined into one document, labelled with your first and last name) to [email protected].

Applications are assessed on medical experience, academic record and higher degrees, presentations and publications, interest in dermatology, leadership and volunteering, and rural engagement. 

Applications are due by midnight Sunday 4 August. 

Interviews for selected candidates will be held on the evening of Wednesday 14 August via Zoom. 

This is our only full-time position. The successful applicant is based in the Trials Department and is involved with the day-to-day running of clinical trials. This position involves: 

  • assessing patients’ suitability for trials
  • clinical consultations
  • assessing response to treatment
  • dealing with side effects or complications of therapy.

The position is supervised by A/Prof Peter Foley. It may involve participating in (paid) overseas investigator meetings with pharmaceutical companies. In past years, those selected for this role have also been thought to have a good chance of obtaining a dermatology job.


The Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre (ODREC) was established in 2001 at the Skin Health Institute; our interest lies in occupational contact dermatitis. A/Prof Rosemary Nixon AM, Director of ODREC, has mentored a number of research fellows, starting in 2000 at Monash Medical Centre.

The successful applicant will attend the Occupational Dermatology Clinic, a patch testing clinic held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings of the same week. The clinic is held approximately monthly and is usually staffed by A/Prof Nixon and/or dermatologists Dr Jenny Cahill and/or Dr Adriene Lee. Research fellows will be involved in following up details of exposures from workplaces, particularly tracking down material safety data sheets and obtaining information from workplaces. When no clinics are being held, research fellows participate in research projects. Amanda Palmer is our clinic nurse co-coordinator and the instigator of our web-based database Patchcams, which has all our clinic data from 1993 and is very useful for research projects.

Ultimately, we prefer people who like medical dermatology and who think they may be interested in this area. Surgical-leaning people should not apply! Some people come and visit a clinic beforehand to see exactly what we do, but this is not always possible to arrange, especially with large numbers of overseas dermatologists/interstate registrars and elective students all wanting to visit the clinic.


The Transplant Clinic Research Fellow works closely with A/Prof Alvin Chong, whose area of interest is skin cancers in immunosuppressed transplant patients. He is also very interested in dermatology education and has established a very successful and innovative podcast, Spot Diagnosis. The Transplant team runs a clinic on Wednesday mornings and also has a database, facilitating publications. Other responsibilities of this position include assisting with GP workshops and contributing to a Skin Education Library by creating videos of surgical techniques, etc. There is also the opportunity of publishing with A/Prof Chong and with some of the other dermatologists at the SHI, including the ODREC team and A/Prof Peter Foley.

There is the potential to assist with other research projects: these may or may not be funded. It may be possible for instance, to attend the Institute for one half day a week, perhaps to work in a particular clinic. It may be possible that other dermatologists at SHI have projects for supervision. There are many sub-specialty clinics at SHI. More information will be available by the time of the interviews.

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