Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) has launched a free e-learning portal to educate healthcare professionals.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with one Australian dying from melanoma every five hours. It is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians.

In recent years, scientific breakthroughs have seen a tripling of life expectancy for some patients with advanced melanoma.

The new online education portal is designed for healthcare professionals including specialists, dermatologists, GPs and nurses and provides accredited videos and comprehensive training modules relating to the rapidly changing melanoma diagnostic and treatment landscape.

Melanoma Institute Australia Conjoint Medical Director, Professor Georgina Long, said the e-learning portal would ultimately improve melanoma patient care and outcomes within Australia and internationally.

“Our new education portal will be practice changing for healthcare professionals, particularly those who do not normally specialise in diagnosing and treating melanoma,” Professor Long said.

“It gives them access to training modules covering best practice in diagnosing and managing melanoma, as well as translating world-leading research into clinical knowledge to ultimately improve patient outcomes.”

MIA Conjoint Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, added, “We’re excited to bring together the collective expertise from MIA, which is the world’s largest research and treatment institute with a single focus on melanoma”.

“The portal will ensure healthcare professionals have free 24/7 access to the latest advances in melanoma clinical practice and research, regardless of where they are located. This will benefit melanoma patients all over the world, and ultimately, save lives,” he said.

Healthcare professionals are invited to access the free site by registering here.