About ACD

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement

Our vision for reconciliation

The Australasian College of Dermatologists’ (ACD) vision for reconciliation is that dermatologists will work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards achieving equity in health and wellbeing. By listening and achieving
understanding, we will work on agreed solutions and turn intentions into actions.

Our partnerships and current activities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Graduates Training Position
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mentoring
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Student Annual Scientific Meeting Travelling Award
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee
  • Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
  • Education forFellows regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
    and Culture

Reconciliation Action Plan

The College has released its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. The plan outlines the steps that the ACD will make over the coming 12 months to work towards reconciliation and improved outcomes in skin health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Skin Like Country

Skin is like Country, it is who we are, it is our identity.

We are one with this Land, we are born from this earth and return to this Country.

All country is different, all skin is different – we must all look after it.

This artwork looks at the correlation between our skin which is our body’s largest organ and the Country or place were we are from, and how Country is a big part of our identity as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. We are connected as one, when land needs healing we have a duty to take care of it, the same way we need to take care of our skin.

Pathways lead from the outside toward the centre of the artwork, the country is very dry and arid as the viewer moves closer to the middle, the country whilst still challenging becomes more fertile and lush – water flows rejuvenating the land and enriching the country.

The central motif represents a meeting place of people coming together – the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the knowledge that is researched, shared and learnt, a place of Learning a place of Healing.

Artist: Riki Salam, Principal, Creative Director and artist of We are 27 Creative developed “Skin Like Country” for the Australasian College of Dermatologists’ first Reconciliation Action Plan.