Every year, fourth-year dermal sciences students at Victoria University undertake a supervised project to develop research skills and specific knowledge in their chosen field of dermal science.

If you have been directed to this page to participate in a dermal research project, please see the list of projects below and choose the project you wish to join.

We welcome you to take part in any of the projects listed if you meet the eligibility criteria. To take part in a research project, please click on the join button associated with your project.

Dermal sciences research projects

Our students are trained to provide competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care in skin treatments, resurfacing and lymphatic procedures.

They have expertise in:

  •  wound healing
  • scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention
  • inflammatory conditions skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation
  • ageing or sun damaged skin
  • removal of excess hair, tattoos, skin tags and leg veins.

Our dermal research projects can involve these and many other areas. Our research always follows ethical guidelines, and where required, our research projects are approved by our Ethics committee before commencement.

Effects of masks on skin

Research title: A Qualitative Investigation into the Effects of Mask Wearing on the Skin and Related Behavioural Skin & Skincare Changes During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Description: An anonymous online survey on  mask wearing and its effects on the skin.

Time: Approx 15 mins

Who we want: Anyone over 18 who has been wearing masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join mask study

Social media & healthcare advice

Research title: The effects of social media on following healthcare advice Changes During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Description: Online or telephone interviews with people who use social media to check or follow healthcare information. By clicking the button, you can provide your contact details. An information pack will be emailed to you with further information about participation.

Time: 30-60 mins

Who we want: Anyone over 18 who uses social media

Join social media study

Cosmetic laser use risk knowledge

Research title: A Qualitative Investigation into the use of Personal Protective Equipment by operators of Laser and Intense Pulsed Light equipment and their knowledge of the associated health risks of laser plume.

Description: Participants are wanted to take part in a 20-30 minute interview asking about peoples experiences as laser/IPL operators and their experiences and opinions regarding laser plume. Please click on the link to email the researchers notifying them of your interest, and they will send you an information pack with further details

Who we want: Operators of cosmetic laser and IPL Devices

Time: 20-30 mins

[email protected]

Cosmetic laser injuries investigation

Research title: An Investigation into Cosmetic Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Injuries in Australia.

Description: An anonymous online survey investigating if there is a link between incidents of laser and IPL injuries and the qualifications of the operators.

Time: approximately 10 minutes

Who we want: Anyone over the age of 18 who has had an injury as the result of a laser treatment.

Take laser-injury survey


Contact us

If you are interested in conducting research related to the skin, please contact us.
Unit convenor: Frank Perri
Email[email protected]