Dr Roger Sexton is a highly experienced medical practitioner who delivers CHG’s Executive Health Evaluations to South Australian based corporate executives and senior leadership teams. He is also responsible for delivering skin screening services onsite to workers across South Australia.
Graduating from the University of Adelaide, Dr Sexton has 35 years of experience working in rural general practice. He is the Director of numerous medical committees and was a past Chairman for the Medical Board of South Australia.
Dr Sexton has a keen interest in men’s health, preventative health and dermatology. When he is not delivering onsite services to employers, Dr Sexton consults from CHG@103 in Mile End.
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Skin cancer is the progressive growth of abnormal tissue cells in the skin. It can present as moles, spots or lumps on the skin, and can be in the form of non-melanoma skin cancer or melanoma skin cancer – the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Skin cancer claims can be compensable when there is exposure to sun or ultraviolet (UV) light in the workplace (Cancer Council 2018). In the 2019FY, skin cancer workplace injury claims cost more than tripled, indicating an increase in skin cancer claim prevalence compared to the 2018FY (ReturnToWorkSA 2019).
Treatment for skin cancer almost always involves removal of the damaged tissue and sometimes the surrounding tissue. Early identification of skin cancer is a priority so that treatment can occur before the skin cancer cells spread.
There are several ways to reduce skin cancer risk in the workplace:
encourage workers to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen;
host sun safe awareness seminars at your workplace; and
facilitate onsite skin screening with a medical practitioner.
Individuals should check their own skin weekly for spots or moles and take note of any change in appearance. The table below details what to look for when checking a mole. If you notice any of these signs, contact a medical practitioner.
For more information on workplace skin cancer initiatives,contact CHG.
A job dictionary is an essential return to work injury prevention and management tool. It is a concise compendium of the physical demands of all jobs within an organisation. A job dictionary is created by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who performs an analysis of the physical demands of every job or task in a workplace.
Job dictionaries contain both a visual depiction of a job or task as well as a written description of the physical demands of that task. A job dictionary will describe each tasks:
manual handling demands;
environmental exposure; and
The musculoskeletal requirements for each task will be summarised and given an overall physical effort rating, to assist with identifying suitable duties for an injured worker.
Formulating a job dictionary is an investment for any employer as it is a quintessential tool for engaging with a treating medical practitioner and facilitating injured workers to stay at or return to work on suitable duties, preventing lost time injuries.
A skin screen is an effective way of reducing a worker’s skin cancer risk. Each year, CHG’s skin screen medical practitioners complete nearly 5,000 skin cancer screens across metropolitan and rural South Australia.
A CHG skin screen involves a suitably qualified medical practitioner attending onsite at a workplace and assessing a worker’s:
exposure to sun or UV light;
adherence to wearing protective clothing;
adherence to use of sunscreen; and
history of skin cancer.
The medical practitioner then performs a thorough assessment of the worker’s skin from head to toe. If a suspicious lesion is identified, the medical practitioner will make a referral on the spot for that worker to undergo further assessment. This early identification method has resulted in melanomas being successfully treated.
For more information on a CHG skin screening program, contact CHG.
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