Becoming a Dermatologist
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medical Graduates
The Australasian College of Dermatologists is committed to a unified, coherent approach to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequities.
The ACD acknowledges that as the peak professional and education body for dermatology in Australia, it has a responsibility to lead in working to close the gap in skin health outcomes.
The ACD also acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors face additional barriers to studying and working within their chosen field; and that we have a responsibility to act to open up new and sustainable opportunities for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors.
To help build the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist dermatology workforce, the College offers a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dermatology training position for an applicant who meets the other requirements of selection into the training program. The position is funded through the Specialist Training Program (STP), a Federal Government initiative to increase the number of training posts available for specialists-in-training outside traditional public teaching hospitals.
Applicants for the training position must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted as such by the community in which they live. Applicants are required to provide a copy of written Confirmation of Aboriginality, in accordance with documentation accepted by the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.
All details regarding all other conditions for entry into the dermatology training program can be found here.
Note on Confirmation of Aboriginality
The ACD has aligned Confirmation of Aboriginality requirements with those of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association. These are:
- a copy of written Confirmation of Aboriginality from an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, presented on official letterhead and signed by an authorised person. If a person is unable to provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality they may submit a letter of support from an Elder which includes Elder’s phone number and community which they are a recognised Elder.
- In extenuating circumstances such as (but not limited to) members or descendants of the Stolen Generation, documentation demonstrating such a claim is to be provided from a relevant organisation such as LinkUp, a relevant adoption agency or a relevant Government Department, on letterhead and signed by an authorised person.
Applicants who are unable to meet, or are experiencing difficulty in meeting, this requirement are encouraged to contact the College.