The Australasian College of Dermatologists was established in 1967 as the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of medical practitioners in the speciality of dermatology.


Traditionally, dermatology was seen as a branch of general medicine and dermatological training had been undertaken mainly through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or through the United Kingdom equivalent. Increasingly, Australian dermatologists became aware of the need to establish their own training program.

In the early 1960s, a group of dermatologists in New South Wales and Victoria, and in particular led by Dr John Belisario, moved to establish their own college. This occurred officially in 1966, when the College was inaugurated in Sydney by H.E. the Governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler.

In May 1967, the first meeting of the College Council took place. The College was established as a national Australian and New Zealand association. While the New Zealand group broke away in the 1970s, the NZDS works closely with the College.