5th Rural Dermatology Meeting


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


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



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

Community Physician, 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.

The hotel has offered an accommodation rate of $259 per room per night.  If you would like to book your accommodation, please contact the Mangrove Hotel directly.  The contact details are below:

Hayley Laritz
Assistant Front Office Manager
The Mangrove Resort Hotel

Telephone: (08) 9192 1303
Email: afom@mangrovehotel.com.au

Book early, as only limited rooms have been reserved for us.



The organising committee encourages Fellows and dermatology trainees to submit free papers and case presentations for this meeting. Please click here to submit your abstract a as Word document.  Abstracts must be received before 10 April 2017 for consideration.

The  structured abstracts  of  free  papers  should  be  less  than 200 words, under  the  following subheadings:

  • Title with authors’ names and affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Abstracts of case presentations should also be less than 200 words and include the following subheadings:

  • Title with authors’ names  and affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Report of case
  • Conclusions

Topics relevant to rural dermatology, infections and infestations will be given priority.

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

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