Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD)

Specialty Area


College Description

The ACD is the peak medical college accredited by the Australian Medical Council for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the specialty of dermatology. ACD provides authoritative information about dermatology to Government, the media, other health professionals and the general public.

Fellowship Name

Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)

Fellowship Description

The FACD is the admission to the specialty of Dermatology. Fellows of the College are recognised by Medicare Australia and the Medical Board of Australia as specialists in dermatology. Dermatologists maintain their professional standards and develop new skills through participation in the College’s continuing professional development (CPD) program.

Indigenous Entry Path



2a/9 Blaxland Road
Rhodes NSW 2138

Contact Information


Trainees in the program undertake four years of practical training in accredited clinical settings under the supervision of practicing dermatologists in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, VIC, NT and WA. Trainees are rotated through different positions in the course of the four years and have experience in city, rural, large and small hospital practice. There is the opportunity to apply to train overseas for one year. Trainees also have access to a range of other online resources which complement the training program. College holds an Annual Scientific Meeting. Trainees complete assessments on a regular basis with a Fellowship exam in 4th year.

Upon successful completion of the training course, graduands will receive their FACD at the conferring ceremony at the Annual Scientific Meeting. A majority of dermatologists work in private practice, but also provide their services to hospitals and volunteer in remote areas of Australia. A number continue in research and academia.


  1. Complete a university medical degree registerable in Australia
  2. Complete a minimum 2 years post university medical experience

Visit the website for more details.


Indigenous Entry Pathways Description

To help build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist dermatology workforce, the College offers a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dermatology training position for an applicant who meets the requirements of selection into the training program. This position, offered every two years, is funded by the Australian Government’s Specialist Training Program (STP) and is subject to availability. Applicants for the training position must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live.

Information available on the College website.

Key Dates

Applications: Usually open in March/April for the next year’s intake. Applications cost $1600. Fee relief may be available in some circumstances.

Fellowship Exams occur from June to August.

Training handbook details can be found on the website:

Placement Requirements

Trainees are required to complete 46 weeks per year for 4 years (or pro rata equivalent) in an accredited training position. This could be rural/regional/suburban sites in private or public settings. Clinical Training means time spent working in clinics and on the wards, with responsibility for patients and other Training Program activities as directed and expected by the Director of Training (DoT), Supervisors of Training (SoT) and Clinical Supervisors (CS).


Indigenous Mentoring Programs, networks, support programs etc

College has a mentoring program for all new trainees. College hopes to be able to provide mentoring to future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees once current trainees complete the course.

College also has information on the website about Indigenous engagement and a Reconciliation Action Plan.

College Scholarships

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has established an award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students/junior doctors to attend the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).  

Financial Assistance

College is exploring this area. College has current policies in place that deal with financial hardship for all trainees.

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