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A dermatologist is a qualified medical specialist who, through additional training, has obtained postgraduate qualifications to specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin disease and skin cancers.
One person in ten who consults a general practitioner will do so because of a skin complaint. The GP may decide to seek confirmation of a diagnosis or assistance with therapy. This is when the patient is referred to a dermatologist.
Dermatologists treat patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. Although diseases of the skin are many and varied, Australian dermatologists spend much of their time treating diseases caused by exposure to the sun. These include skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
APPLICATIONS FOR DERMATOLOGY TRAINING POSITIONS
Applications for dermatology training positions in 2015 have now closed.
DERMATOLOGICAL SURGERY AND PROCEDURES WORKSHOP, MELBOURNE 2014
The Dermatological Surgery and Procedures Workshop is now open for enrolment to all General Practitioners, GP registrars and registrars in the ACD training program who have completed an online education activity, Practical procedures in dermatology.
10 March 2014
COLLEGE'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Dermatologists who are recognised by Medicare Australia but are not Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologist may participate in the College’s Professional Development Program.
The current annual fee for participation in the program is $2,469.50 (plus GST).