ASDC Governance Framework

The Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians Board members are all dedicated Dermal Clinicians with expertise in clinical practice, education and research.  In accordance with the ASDC constitution and rules of the association all members on the general board are required to be full members of the association and to have a directors identification number.  All members are passionate and dedicated volunteers, with a strong desire to contribute to the profession working towards strategic objectives to fulfil the mission and vision of the ASDC as well as operational requirements of the association.

The board is supported by a collaborative professional community of practitioners, educators, researchers and industry representatives in advisory to the general board.  Our full, associate, industry and student members are encouraged to participate and contribute to shaping the future direction of the profession and association through engagement with various supporting committees and working groups.  These include industry and consumer advisory boards, student committee and working groups and committees that contribute to the current strategic goals and direction of the association. 

All board and committee members members have expertise in skin health, integrity as well as a special interest in the support and clinical management of those that experience skin conditions, disorders and disease.  Board and committee members as advocates for the ASDC endorse evidence based, patient centred care in order to empower those with skin concerns and improve their overall health and well-being.  Board and committee members must also be committed to advocate on behalf of our members, industry representatives, and consumers in maintaining standards of safety and ethical practice.

 

For current opportunities or to express interest in engaging with our working groups please contact info@dermalclinicians.com.au 

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MEET THE ASDC BOARD

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Jennifer Byrne

PRESIDENT (CHAIRPERSON)

Jennifer is a lecturer and the clinical coordinator for the Dermal Science and Therapy Discipline for the College of Health & Biomedicine at Victoria University (Melbourne). 

 Jennifer’s teaching and research interest areas focus on the clinical and an interdisciplinary approach to Dermal Therapy. Expertise includes clinical governance, standardising practice, Skin integrity and health, wound/scar and oedema management associated with ageing, chronic health problems and disease. 

Jennifer also undertakes consultancy work in the areas of education and benchmarking, working with TEQSA as an expert advisor since 2016 in the review and accreditation of dermal therapy and cosmetic medicine/dermatology programs.

 Qualifications 

•Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) Deakin University 2000

•Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Dermal Therapies) Victoria University 2006

•Post Graduate Diploma of Wound Care Monash University 2013

•Post Graduate Certificate Tertiary Education (Victoria University) 2013

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Samantha Allen

VICE PRESIDENT (CHARIPERSON)

Samantha Allen is a dermal clinician (BHSc DTh) with over 25 years experience in the aesthetic industry, in both clinical and educational roles.

Samantha delivered undergraduate and post graduate vocational education to the beauty therapy sector before completing her dermal therapies degree at Victoria University, where she was awarded both Outstanding First Year and Graduate Student, granting her membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Her clinical skills were enhanced by working for several years as a dermal clinician with a leading Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. During this time, she participated in TGA mandated clinical trials which fostered her interest in further research opportunities.

Samantha’s additional interest for empowering others to develop confidence and expertise in the field lead her to most recent role as Education Coordinator for Advanced Skin Technology. This role required her to develop educational tools and protocols relevant for today’s learners and industry standards, while supporting and mentoring the clinical education team.

Qualifications:

•Bachelor of Health Science, Dermal Therapies (2018) 

•Diploma of Beauty Therapy (1993)

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Vera Koslova-Fu

TREASURER

Vera currently works in clinical development, education and training within the private sector for medical aesthetic equipment companies.  She has a wealth of experience with a career that has spanned over 20 years as a Dermal Clinician. 

In that time, Vera has had roles in development and teaching in both Vocational Education (Beauty Therapy) and Higher Education (Dermal Science and Therapy). She is also the co-director of a successful Dermal Therapy clinic in bayside Melbourne.  In these roles Vera has guided and mentored those within the industry, particularly in her areas of expertise; including standardisation and regulation as well as best practice management utilising laser and light therapies. 

This expertise has also seen Vera as a part of the ARPANSA working party and as an expert for consultation regarding insurance or legal cases relating to safe use of lasers.

Qualifications

•Graduate Diploma in Education, Monash University (2008)

•Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Dermal Therapies), Victoria University (2001)

•Certificate in Micro-pigmentation,  Camelot Academy (2000)

•Certificate IV in Workplace Learning & Assessment (1998)

•Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy (enrolled)

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Mariana Vukic

SECRETARY

Mariana has thoroughly enjoyed working as a Dermal Clinician across different states of Australia. Her experience working within multidisciplinary teams has made her quite interested in overall skin health, holistic approaches to treatment, and treating multiple skin conditions using current evidence-based practice. 

Mariana is happy to be a part of an ever-evolving industry, especially with the education, technology, and products available to date. Mariana believes the tools we have available to us can definitely improve an individual's quality of life- if done well. Hence, why she continually undertakes or attends personal development courses and conferences, as well as performing hands-on treatments in clinic to build on her knowledge.

Qualifications:

•Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy (2018) 

•Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy (2017)

•Bachelor of Health Science, Dermal Therapies (2017) 

•Certificate III in Information Technology & Library Studies (2014)

•Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (2011)

•Diploma of Beauty Therapy (2006)

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Caylynn Jagga

BOARD MEMBER

Caylynn has been working across various aspects within the Health industry.  Caylynn has since worked across Plastic Surgery, a Boutique Skin Clinic, Dermatology and Dermoscopy. She is also involved with Victoria University as a sessional employee assisting with the Bachelor of Health Science content delivery. Caylynn has a huge passion for raising awareness for Dermal Clinicians, Skin Cancer and industry education. Caylynn endeavours to uphold industry standards and work collaboratively within multidisciplinary practices. 

 Qualifications:

•DipBT

•ITEC

•BHScDT (Bachelor of Health Science, Dermal Therapies)

•Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy

•Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy

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Claire Coulstock

BOARD MEMBER

Claire is an academic and clinical educator with the Dermal Science and Therapy discipline at Victoria University.  Claire also works in private practice within Melbourne clinics.  Claire's speciality and passion is for multi-modal and wholistic client centered care plans, particularly combining laser and other therapies for management of dermatological conditions and scar minimisation.  Claire's other passion is for continuing education, professional development and networking opportunities.  Within the university she organises industry networking and educational events for students and employer groups to increase engagement and raise the profile and awareness of the Dermal Clinicians scope of practice.  Claire brings this expertise to the education portfolio and will be concentrating on the networking and professional development activities for the ASDC

Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Therapies) Victoria University

•Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy (enrolled)

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Derya Koch

BOARD MEMBER

Derya Koch, Director of Victorian Dermal Group, has 15 years of industry experience. During this time, Derya has worked with multiple industry-renowned specialists and performs non-surgical cosmetic skin treatments as a dermal clinician.

 

Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Therapies) Victoria University

•Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy (2018) 

•Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy (2017

STUDENT BOARD MEMBERS

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Mala Mcalpin

Media & Marketing

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Kristina Mazzone

Media & Marketing

Victoria University

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Kayla Trussel

Australasian College of Health & Wellness

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Phoebe Pickering

Torrens University

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Taneesa Williamson

Australian Dermal Science Institute

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