Friday 11 August to Sunday 13 August 2017
Mangrove Hotel, Broome, Western Australia


Program | Invited Speakers | Venue and Accommodation | Call for abstracts | Sponsorship | Registration



The Convenor of the meeting is Associate Professor Prasad Kumarasinghe (WA), supported by Dr Clare Tait and Dr Bernadette Ricciardo also from the Western Australian Faculty and the Rural Services and Indigenous Affairs Committees of College.

We invite all College members to join us for:

  • A memorable meeting with ample time for discussions in a relaxed environment
  • Presentations on rural workforce issues
  • Rare dermatological cases from rural Australia
  • Presentations on infections and  infestations
  • Discussion on practice problems in rural and remote areas
  • Presentations on dermatological problems in Indigenous populations
  • Thought provoking presentations by other medical specialists
  • Conference Dinner at the Cable Beach Resort and Spa
  • Optional visits to a Pearl Farm and camel rides on the beach.



The College is honoured that the following local, distinguished specialists, have agreed to participate in the conference:

Keynote speaker

  • Professor Bart Currie

Global and Tropical Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research

Infectious Diseases Department, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

On moving to Darwin more than 25 years ago, Prof. Currie was initially head of the Menzies Clinical Division and now leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team within the Global and Tropical Health Division. Concurrently, Prof. Currie is also an infectious diseases physician at the Royal Darwin Hospital and since 2000 Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University. He is also Adjunct Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University and Adjunct Professor, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University. In late 2012 he took over as director of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia, based at Menzies.  His collaborations across Central and Northern Australia and with clinical and scientific colleagues elsewhere in Australia and overseas have resulted in over 500 peer-reviewed publications.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr Lydia Scott

General Medical Consultant – WA Country Health Service, Kimberley, Western Australia

Dr Lydia Scott is a general medical consultant with the Kimberley Regional Physician Team. Lydia completed her physician training in South Australia with rotations in the Kimberley and Alice Springs, and moved back to the region to start in this role in 2015.  The team employs four consultants on fractional appointments, and each work there is a consultant based at Broome Hospital and another on the road doing clinics throughout the region. There are also two registrar positions for advanced trainees to work with the team. Although everyone on the team works across the broad range of medical problems in the region, Lydia particularly enjoys coordinating care for patients with infectious diseases, diabetes and rheumatological diseases. Lydia also has a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and enjoys teaching medical students with the local University of Western Australia/Notre Dame Rural Clinical School.

  • Dr Christopher Heath

Dr Heath is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist (PathWest Laboratory Medicine) at both Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. Dr Heath has been the Head of Infectious Diseases at RPH since 1997. He has extensive experience in a broad range of clinical and diagnostic laboratory activities (plus, co-linked research interests) including: clinical mycology, mycobacterial infections (including Hansen’s disease), infections in the immunocompromised host, tropical infectious diseases, hospital epidemiology and infection control programs, and the diagnosis and management of multi-resistant organisms. Dr Heath is an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, and he has over 65 original peer-reviewed publications.


The Mangrove Hotel is in the heart of Broome with swaying palm trees and sea views.

Accommodation at the Mangrove is booked out at the time of the event, so we have provided some alternative hotel options below.



Moonlight Bay Suite – directly next door

The Mecure Broome – 5 minute walk

The Oaks Broome – 15 minute walk

These hotels are located on the Roebuck Bay side of Broome and are the closest to the Mangrove Hotel. Most other hotels are located around Cable Beach and would be a 10-15 minute taxi ride.



Abstract submission has now closed. The corresponding authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by 15 May 2017 if they have been successful in securing a presentation slot.



The Australasian College of Dermatologists invites you to be involved as a sponsor for this meeting.  The College invites sponsorship assistance to help defray the costs of its meetings.  Sponsorship is a practical means by which companies providing products and services to dermatologists can partner with the College in the promotion of dermatology and the dermatological profession.


  • Acknowledgement in the program to be given to all delegates; on signage in the venue; and by the chair at the opening of the meeting.
  • Presence in the venue: this will be in the foyer outside the hall where the scientific program will be presented and will comprise of a table and chairs.
  • Opportunity to be able to attend all aspects of the program, both scientific and social. The latter includes the welcome cocktail party on Friday evening and the conference dinner on Saturday night.
  • Representatives will be able to mingle with and meet the College members attending the conference.
  • Acknowledgement in a report of the meeting to be included in the College’s newsmagazine, The Mole.
  • One full registration.

Cost of sponsorship: $4000 plus GST



Should you have any queries regarding the online registration process or would like to complete registration over the phone please contact the Secretariat.

 All fees and costs are in Australian dollars and include Australian Government Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%. A tax invoice/receipt will be forwarded on completion of a registration.

Cancellations must be notified in writing before 11 July 2017. A cancellation fee of $110 will apply to registrations to cover costs incurred in relation to your registration. No refunds will be made after this date.


The meeting is open to all College members and trainees and also to general practitioners, other specialists, interns, resident medical officers, registrars (non ACD) and medical students with an interest in dermatology, particularly in a rural setting.

Partners and families are particularly welcome as accompanying persons.

For accompanying persons and for children under 14 years of age, there is a nominal registration fee to cover the cost of the cocktail party and conference dinner.


The meeting registration includes attendance for one person at the Welcome Cocktail Party on Friday 11 August and the Conference Dinner on Saturday 12 August 2017 (except for ACD Retired Fellows, Retired Associate Members and Honorary Members, ADNA Nurses, Non ADNA Nurses, Interns/Resident Medical Officers/Registrars (non ACD) and Medical Students).

11 JULY 2017
12 JULY 2017
ACD Fellows and Associate Members $700.00 $800.00
ACD Retired Fellows, Retired Associate Members and Honorary Members $0.00 $0.00
Vocational Trainees in Dermatology $500.00 $600.00
International Dermatologists (non ACD) $900.00 $1,000.00
Dermatologists registered in Australia who are not Fellows of College $900.00 $1,000.00
Medical Specialists $900.00 $1,000.00
Members of the RACGP / ACRRM $900.00 $1,000.00
Members of the Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association (ADNA) $500.00 $600.00
Nurses not members of ADNA $600.00 $700.00
Interns/Resident Medical Officers/Registrars (non ACD) $500.00 $600.00
Medical Students $385.00 $485.00
Sponsors’ representative (included in sponsorship) NIL NIL
Sponsors’ representative $500.00 $600.00
Accompanying person/s $275.00 $275.00
Accompanying children – under 14 years of age $110.00 $110.00
Accompanying children – under 5 years of age NIL NIL

Registrations will not be accepted after 4 August 2017.  If you wish to register after this date, you must register onsite at the meeting. A fee will apply (see below)


  • Additional fee for onsite registrations – $55.00
  • Cancellation fee (no refunds will be made after 11 July 2017) – $110.00

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