Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of melanoma

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Please see here to access the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand (2008). Note this resource was developed, reviewed or revised more than five years ago. It no longer represents the National Health and Medical Research Council's position on the matters contained therein. An updated version of this guideline is in progress. This PDF has been made available for reference purposes only.

Note: These guidelines are undergoing a staged revision and updating process. As they are completed and ratified by the Working Party, finalised chapters are being published on this wiki site. Please see the list of clinical questions for the scope of the complete revision currently in progress.

Draft content for public consultation

The following draft content is available for public consultation from 15 September 2017 to 15 October 2017. Please see the instructions on how to provide feedback.

Please note the links in this box are the only questions open for review and public consultation. The questions on clinical features of melanoma, biopsy, sentinel node biopsy, definitive excision margins, diagnostic aids for melanoma, and treatment for macroscopic nodal metastasis (appearing outside of this orange box) have already undergone a public consultation process and are published.

Investigations and follow-up for melanoma patients:

Identification and management of high-risk individuals

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Clinical information




Summary of recommendations

Contents: Published questions

Note that this guidelines revision is being undertaken as a staged process. These questions have been finalised and are not open for review and public consultation.

What are the clinical features of melanoma and how do atypical melanomas present?

What type of biopsy should be performed for a suspicious pigmented skin lesion?

When is a sentinel node biopsy indicated?

What are the recommended definitive margins for excision of primary melanoma?

Diagnostic aids for melanoma

What is the appropriate treatment for macroscopic (i.e. detectable clinically or by ultrasound) nodal metastasis?


Guideline development process

Working party members and contributors

List of clinical questions (including other questions under development)

Conflict of interest register