There are many critical issues specific to dermatology, with implications for Australian health policy, service delivery and clinical practice. As the leading authority in dermatology, the College is in a unique position to advocate for patients, the community and the profession on skin health and health policy issues.

The College provides a source of expertise and advice to Federal and State/Territory governments, health departments and national regulatory authorities and agencies.

The College regularly provides advice and input to government via submissions to consultations and inquiries.

Many Fellows represent the College and the dermatology profession on government advisory committees and taskforces, providing policy advice to bodies such as the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Radiation and Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Medicare Benefits Schedule Review
  • Dermatology workforce and training
  • Rural health and teledermatology
  • Skin cancer – standards and models of care
  • Standards and regulation for lasers and cosmetic procedures
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Selected policy and parliamentary inquiry submissions

Here is a selection of the submissions made by the College.