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Welcome to
Occupational
Dermatology Research
and Education Centre

• About Occupational Dermatology


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About Occupational Dermatology

Background
The Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre (ODREC), was established at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Victoria in March 2001 by Dr Rosemary Nixon and Ms Kath Frowen. ODREC is self-funded and appreciative of assistance from the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Victoria, and various funding organisations, including Epiderm (The Australian Dermatology Research and Education Foundation) and the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

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Aims
The Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre aims to reduce the incidence and impact of OCD in Australia, through research and education about work related skin disease. This is aligned with one of the five priorities of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission's (now known as 'Safe Work Australia') National OHS Strategy 2002-2012, which is to prevent occupational disease more effectively. Understanding more about occupational contact dermatitis which constitutes over 90% of all cases of occupational skin disease, will assist in the prevention of this often debilitating condition.