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, supported by Dr Clare Tait and Dr Bernadette Ricciardo 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, Professor Bart 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, he 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. Prof Currie 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. Prof Currie’s 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.

  • 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. She 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 week 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, Dr Scott particularly enjoys coordinating care for patients with infectious diseases, diabetes and rheumatological diseases. She 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

Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist, Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital

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. He has been the Head of Infectious Diseases at RPH since 1997. Dr Heath has extensive experience in a broad range of clinical and diagnostic laboratory activities including: clinical mycology, mycobacterial infections, infections in the immunocompromised host, tropical infectious diseases, hospital epidemiology and infection control programs, and the diagnosis and management of multi-resistant organisms. He is an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia, and has over 65 original peer-reviewed publications.

  • Dr Nola McPherson

Emergency medicine physician, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations)

Dr Nola McPherson is an emergency medicine physician with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Western Operations) based in Broome. She grew up in regional Western Australia (WA) and completed science and medical degrees at the University of Western Australia, with a year spent as a medical student at the Rural Clinical School in Port Hedland. Dr McPherson undertook her emergency medicine specialty training in Perth at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her experience is primarily in acute care medicine but she also has a passion for children’s and women’s health and holds postgraduate Diplomas in both these areas (PGDipOMG (NZ), DCH (WA)). After attaining her Fellowship Dr McPherson practiced at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department before more recently moving back to regional WA and taking up a position as staff specialist with the RFDS. She is now based in Broome working in aeromedical retrieval and looking forward to getting involved in teaching local medical students while flying around the spectacular landscape of the Kimberley.

  • Dr David Gaskell

Regional Medical Director, Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS)

A Scotsman, Dr David Gaskell has been a doctor for 29 years. He with his wife Andi came to Broome in 2013 to take up his role as Regional Medical Director – Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) Kimberley. With six grown-up children, they fully embrace all aspects of life in the Kimberley. Dr Gaskell is accredited in Medical Administration, Family Medicine and generalist Emergency Medicine. His specific interests include medical leadership, the delivery of healthcare in challenging environments, doctors’ mental health and pre-hospital emergency response. Dr Gaskell gained his medical degree with distinction at Edinburgh University in 1988. Higher training was undertaken in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Otago New Zealand. Away from clinical work, Dr Gaskell undertook a full-time a Masters of Arts in Theology and Ethics at Regent College, Vancouver. His diverse career with remote rural and global perspectives has been in three phases – as a Principal running a medical practice in the Scottish Highlands; then as the United Kingdom Regional Medical Adviser for Asia, working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, living in Bangladesh with responsibility for medical centres across the continent; and then coming to Australia in 2013 to be the Regional Medical Director for the Kimberley within WACHS. In Dr Gaskell’s roles as medical leader, executive administrator and practising clinician, his aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of Kimberley patients through collaboration and partnership, sharing vision and strategic direction, and collective effort.

  • Dr Casey Parker

General Practitioner, Broome

Dr Casey Parker is a General Practitioner (GP) by training, but has worked in hospital procedures in the Northwest of Western Australia since 2003. He currently practices in the Emergency Department, internal medicine, paediatrics, anaesthesia and whatever else is required in Broome. Dr Parker’s interests include point-of-care ultrasound, obstetric anaesthesia, evidence-based medicine and paediatrics. He has a passion for education both at the bedside and online. Dr Parker has been publishing the popular “Broomedocs” blog (broomedocs.com) and podcasts since 2011 as a free, open-access medical education resource (FOAMed). He and his wife also run a private GP clinic in Broome. Dr Parker can be contacted on Twitter @broomedocs.


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

Accommodation at the Mangrove Hotel 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 and authors have been notified of the outcome.


Online registrations have now closed for the Rural Dermatology Meeting. Delegates can register on site at the event for an additional fee of $55.00.

All fees and costs are in Australian dollars and include Australian Government Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%.


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).

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

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