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ASDC GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

The Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians Board members are all dedicated dermal health professionals with expertise in clinical practice, education, and research.  In accordance with the ASDC constitution and rules of the association, all members of 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 fulfill the mission and vision of the ASDC as well as the operational requirements of the association.

The board is supported by a collaborative professional community of practitioners, educators, researchers, and industry representatives in an 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 committees,s and working groups and committees that contribute to the current strategic goals and direction of the association. 

All board and committee members have expertise in skin health, and integrity as well as a special interest in the support and clinical management of those who experience skin conditions, disorders, and diseases.  Board and committee members as advocates for the ASDC endorse evidence-based, patient-centered 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 advocating 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 

Meet the General 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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Claire Coulstock

VICE PRESIDENT (CHAIRPERSON)

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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Melissa Lauricella

GENERAL SECRETARY

Melissa works as a Dermal Clinician whilst managing the operations of a medical aesthetic clinic in Malvern. She is also a sessional Clinical Supervisor at Victoria University. 
Melissa first joined the ASDC as a student member whilst studying her Bachelor of Health Science in Dermal Therapies at Victoria University. Melissa is passionate and committed to the industry and connecting with Dermal Clinicians and other allied health professionals.
Melissa has extensive experience in the administration, patient education, advocacy and management roles.

 

Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Therapies) Victoria University

•Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy

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Shantelle Quarelle

MEMBERSHIPS SECRETARY

Shantelle joins the board of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians for the current term in the role of Membership Secretary. Shantelle is a Dermal Clinician with over 15 years of experience in various roles throughout the industry. Shantelle has worked closely with patients, clinic operations, and clinical practice, supported business owners in her role as a business development manager, and most recently worked as a representative and clinical trainer for a laser and light-based distributor. Shantelle has many years of expertise to bring to the board and her network of Dermal Clinicians across Australia makes her the perfect board member to assist with onboarding new members and supporting our current members with their enquiries.

 

Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Therapies) Victoria University

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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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ELISE BIRCHALL

BOARD MEMBER

Elise is a Dermal Clinician, qualified Trainer and Assessor, and business owner.  She has previously worked as the Director for a registered training organisation, as well as worked with SkillsIQ in a consultation role for the beauty therapy industry.  With her background in the education space and government procedures she is bringing her experience and expertise to the policy writing and governance role within the ASDC.

 

Qualifications:

  • Professional Certificate of Integrated Health and Dermatology

  • Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

  • Bachelor of Applied Business (Management)

  • Advanced Diploma of Cosmetic Dermal Science

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James Vivian

BOARD MEMBER

James Vivian, director of James Vivian skin clinic is a well-known Dermal Clinician based in Melbourne, VIC. James's dedication, care, and innate understanding of the links between skin, mind, body, and environment flow through his clinic, making each visit for their patients an experience that goes far beyond skincare. James leads a team of Dermal Clinicians and Therapists, known for their impeccable service, exceptional knowledge, and results. James joins the board of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians in the role of education. Having an incredible passion for the progress and development of this industry, James is eager to share his unique skills and experiences to further develop the skills of those within our field and share his insights to drive our goals for the current term. 

 Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Therapies) Victoria University

 

Mala Mcalpin

Mala McAlpin

BOARD MEMBER

Mala joins the General Board of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians for the current term in the role of Education. Mala has previously supported the ASDC through her roles on the subcommittees as a student representative and media / marketing member. Mala has varied experience and expertise with backgrounds in clinical aesthetics, journalism, media, clinical development and training. Mala would love to see greater recognition of the incredible breadth of knowledge and skills held by Bachelor qualified dermal health professionals and increased differentiation in the skin health sector. We look forward to Mala’s insights to help support our community for the year ahead.

 

Qualifications:

•BA (Journalism) Co-majoring in public relations

•BAppHSc (Clinical Aesthetics) Australasian College of Health and Wellness

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Fiona Breitkreuz

BOARD MEMBER

Fiona is employed as a Dermal Clinician and Clinic Manager at Script Skincare, and a casual academic sessional at Victoria University
Fiona’s role at Script Skincare is to ensure that all staff get ongoing professional development.

 

Qualifications:

•BHSc (Dermal Science) Victoria University
•Clinical Supervision Certificate (Melbourne University)

SUBCOMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES

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