College Advocates

Advocate Program

The College has appointed key people to represent the College as advocates. Advocates have a belief in the cause of raising the level of health literacy in the community regarding dermatology and dermatologists. They may also possess leadership skills and currently be involved with the local community.

Advocates are located in all state Faculties and assist College in the following manner:

  • By becoming an advocate for College in their state
  • Assisting the College with strategic initiatives
  • Engaging with their local community on health
  • Assisting College patient support groups
  • Responding to queries and disseminating information about the College to other Fellows in their state
  • Presenting at health industry conferences
  • Responding to media enquiries
  • Being active on social media
  • Providing feedback to the College on health.

If you have a question about College, please don’t hesitate to contact an advocate in your state.


Dr Pamela Brown

Dr Pamela Brown has practised dermatology in Mona Vale for almost 30 years and is currently the Supervisor of Training at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. She has also worked in New Zealand and the United States of America at Kaiser Permanente.

Dr Brown is involved with College on the A-Z of Skin Committee and the Choosing Wisely Program. She has served the Director of Training for New South Wales (NSW) and Chair of the NSW State Faculty and was previously a Director on the Board of College and the Dean of Education.

Dr Brown is a clinical dermatologist with a strong interest in registrar teaching, patient care delivery and the achievement of appropriate outcomes for each individual; believing patient education is integral to achieving this goal.

Dr Monisha Gupta

Dr Monisha Gupta has over 20 years of international experience as a dermatologist. She is currently the Head of the Dermatology Department at Liverpool Hospital and also works in private practices in Sydney.

Dr Gupta is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of New South Wales. She has been involved with the activities of the College in her roles as Supervisor of Training, State representative on the Teaching Learning and Curriculum Committee, Director of Training (New South Wales) and as a Co-Convenor for the Annual Scientific Meeting 2017.

Dr Gupta set up and supervises Australia’s first Pigmentary Disorders Clinic at The Skin Hospital in Darlinghurst. Teaching and training remain a passion with her and she believes that teaching is the best form of learning.

Dr Ritu Gupta

Dr Ritu Gupta is a specialist dermatologist with a broad range of skills encompassing medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

Her research into Vitamin D and the skin has led to the publication of local and international journal articles and conference presentations.

Dr Gupta’s special areas of interest are cosmetic dermatology, management of acne and scarring, skin cancer detection and treatment and medical and surgical dermatology. Her goal is to provide excellence in medical care combined with a caring and holistic approach to the patient and their healthcare.

Dr Ian Hamman

Dr Ian Hamman spent over 10 years working in rural general practice, before training to become a dermatologist in Sydney and Edinburgh. He currently practices in Port Macquarie and is the Visiting Medical Officer at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

Dr Hamann has served on College and New South Wales (NSW) Faculty rural committees and was previously a Secretary and Chair of the NSW Faculty.

He is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of New South Wales, teaching medical students from the Rural Medical School in Port Macquarie, and has been involved in rural private practice training for dermatology registrars. Dr Hamann has a special interest in the provision of dermatology services to rural and regional Australia.

Dr Anita Patel

Dr Anita Patel is currently working in a private dermatology practice and a predominantly tertiary referral cosmetic dermatology practice in Sydney.

Before commencing specialist dermatology training, she spent a year working in the Northern Territory. Dr Patel’s work there included communicable disease control with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/ Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) unit. After completing her dermatology training, she provided a fly-in consultative dermatology service to Darwin and Wagga Wagga.

Dr Patel’s interests include surgical and non-surgical skin cancer, treatment of sun damaged skin and acne scarring. She also enjoys paediatric and medical dermatology and has expertise in the use of laser treatments and other cosmetic modalities for the treatment of both skin disorders, skin deficit or skin enhancement.

Dr Robert Salmon

Dr Robert Salmon is the Principal and Director of Illawarra Dermatology + Laser Clinic in Wollongong, Visiting Medical Officer at Wollongong Hospital and accredited medical officer at Wollongong Day Surgery. He has also trained in Australia and the United States of America to become an accredited Mohs Surgeon and member of the American Dermatological Surgery Society.

Dr Salmon was the Head of Surgery at the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Australia in Darlinghurst and developed the first curriculum in dermatological surgery for College as a Member of the Council.

He has 25 years’ experience in office based procedural dermatology and has lectured both in Australia and overseas on various aspects of this subject.

Dr Jo-Ann See

Dr Jo-Ann See is a dermatologist in Sydney. She is a member of the College Public Affairs Committee.

Dr See is also a founder of the All About Acne website which provides patient information on acne and is ranked number 1 on Google. Acne and skin care are her main areas of speciality, but she also has an interest in skin cancer, pre cancer and photodynamic treatments.

Professor Stephen Shumack

Professor Stephen Shumack is a general clinical dermatologist who has 30 years’ experience in a broad range of dermatological conditions. He has private practices in Sydney and is a senior Staff Specialist at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

Prof Shumack is Chairman of the Board of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia and is on the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal of Dermatology. He was previously President of College.

Prof Shumack runs a clinical research arm under the umbrella of Probity Medical Research from Canada. He has published and spoken widely on many aspects of dermatological care including psoriasis, eczema and skin cancer diagnosis, management and research.

Dr Alexandra Varol

Dr Alexandra Varol is a skin specialist who currently works in private dermatology practice in Sydney. After working in general medicine for a number of years she developed an interest in dermatology and undertook a period of research on skin healing and rejuvenation in Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Dr Varol has published a number of research and clinical papers in peer-reviewed Australian and European Dermatology Journals.

She is skilled in a broad range of medical and surgical dermatology, laser treatments and skin care. Dr Varol has a keen interest in the art of cosmetic medicine and takes pride in achieving quality, precise aesthetic results for her cosmetic clients.


Associate Professor Christopher Baker

Associate Professor Christopher Baker is currently Director of Dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital and has private practices in Melbourne. He was previously President, Chief Examiner and Dean of Education with College.

A/Prof Baker was also President of the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc. where he was co-founder of the Australasian Psoriasis Registry, an online Australian and New Zealand registry established for psoriasis patients on systemic and biologic therapies.

He is a clinical dermatologist with interests in advanced psoriasis therapies, photodermatology, phototherapy, skin cancer and clinical trials. A/Prof Baker’s current research interests include goals of care and quality of life studies and he is involved in a collaborative projective developing biofabrication of skin and 3D printing.

Dr Joshua Elakis

Dr Joshua Elakis is currently undertaking specialist dermatology training in Melbourne. He has worked at the University Hospital Geelong for three years where he participated in basic physician training.

Dr Elakis has been published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology and has presented at the College Annual Scientific Meeting. He has also worked as a tutor at Deakin University Medical School and voluntarily presents at Avalon College in Geelong.

Dr Elakis is committed to helping raise awareness of dermatology and the profile of College in the medical profession, and wider community.

Dr Diana Norris

Dr Diana Norris is currently undertaking specialist dermatology training in Melbourne. She completed her resident training at St Vincent’s Hospital, before working in roles in dermatology research at Royal Melbourne Hospital and with the Victorian Melanoma Service at The Alfred Hospital.

Dr Norris is the current Victorian State Trainee Representative. She has been published in Australian and International journals and has participated in conferences in Vancouver and New Zealand. Dr Norris has also been a tutor at Monash University Medical School.

Dr Yan Pan

Dr Yan Pan is a consultant dermatologist at the Victorian Melanoma Service at The Alfred Hospital, Melanoma Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Department of Medicine.

Dr Pan has had a longstanding interest in melanoma, has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and presented papers, both locally and internationally.

His primary interests are in the early detection and management of melanoma in high-risk individuals, as well as oncodermatology.

Dr Leona Yip

Dr Leona Yip currently works in private practice in Canberra, and is honorary visiting dermatologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

She has completed subspecialty training in the management of hair and scalp disorders in England and Melbourne. Dr Yip sits on advisory committees for international hair research meetings and her work has been published widely and presented in national and international meetings. She regularly speaks at dermatology conferences and reviews articles for The Australasian Journal of Dermatology, The British Journal of Dermatology and Journal of The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Dr Yip remains heavily involved with the supervision and training of dermatology registrars and the education of general practitioners through invited lectures and clinical attachments.


Dr Benjamin Carew

Initially practising as a general practitioner, Dr Benjamin Carew is now a visiting dermatologist at the Mater Hospital where he supervises training dermatologists and junior doctors.

He has worked as a Medical Educator at the University of Queensland, as well as with Queensland Rural Medical Education and more recently with the Australian Skin Cancer Academy (ASCA). In his role with ASCA, Dr Carew has been involved in the development and delivery of the Practical Dermoscopy course for College.

He is a general dermatologist with a special interest in the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis and cutaneous malignancies, as well as medical education and teledermatology. Dr Carew also provides a range of laser and cosmetic treatments.

Dr Kathryn DeAmbrosis

Dr Kathryn DeAmbrosis owns a private practice in Brisbane and is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Mater Hospital in Brisbane.

Her research interests and publications are in the field of vulval malignancies and perineural invasion in non-melanoma skin cancer. Dr DeAmbrosis has a keen interest in vulval and pregnancy related dermatoses, as well as paediatric dermatology.

Dr Russell Hills

Dr Russell Hills is trained in Mohs Micrographic surgery and has completed his Preceptorship in Cosmetic Surgery.

He regularly lectures and gives presentations on Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Cancer Surgery to registrars and other specialists. Dr Hills also has many publications and attends national and international meetings to keep abreast of any new developments in Cosmetic Surgery and Skin cancer surgery.


Dr Rachel Manifold

Dr Rachel Manifold is a consultant dermatologist in private practice and a Visiting Medical Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. She is also an anatomical pathologist.

Dr Manifold is involved in teaching dermatology registrars, junior doctors and medical students.

Her interests are general dermatology, paediatric dermatology and surgical dermatology, and she is keen to bring a holistic approach to her work as a dermatologist.

Dr Catherine Reid

Dr Catherine Reid is a dermatologist in private practice in Adelaide. She trained in Oxford, London and Adelaide.

Dr Reid was previously Head of Dermatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Board member and Honorary Secretary of College. She has been the Principal Investigator on clinical trials on acne, psoriasis and skin cancer.


Dr Tony Caccetta

Dr Tony Caccetta is a procedural and general dermatologist working in both private and public practice in Western Australia.

He is the Secretary of the Western Australian Faculty at College and Medical Director of Perth Dermatology Clinic and Day Hospital. Dr Caccetta is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and Visiting Medical Specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He provides a visiting rural dermatology service to the Wheatbelt and is regularly involved in the teaching and supervision of dermatology registrars and providing educational updates for general practitioners.

Dr Caccetta has interests in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer and melanoma, the treatment of hyperhidrosis/excessive sweating, acne management and the biological treatment of psoriasis.

Dr Clare Tait

Dr Clare Tait trained in London before working in New Zealand and then moving to Western Australia as a rural and remote General Practitioner.

Following her dermatology training, she worked at Royal Perth Hospital, where she has been for nearly 20 years, and co-founded a large group private practice. Dr Tait has maintained her love of rural work and is the visiting dermatologist to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

She is currently on the Reconciliation Action Plan task force and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee at College. Dr Tait is also a past Dean of Education and Board member and has served on many of the education committees over the last 15 years.

She has a long held interest in education and is committed to teaching medical students, junior doctors, specialist trainees and General Practitioners. Dr Tait publishes regularly in peer review journals and is a reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.