Becoming a Dermatologist

Accreditation & Training Positions

ACD accredits training positions in dermatology and in Mohs surgery.
Training positions are accredited in order to:

  1. Ensure that all trainees/ candidates are provided with a learning environment which will educate and train competent dermatologists, as defined by the ACD curriculum, and/or competent Mohs specialists as defined by the Mohs surgery curriculum.
  2. Maintain a consistent level of education and training in every accredited post.
  3. Gather feedback from key stakeholders to continually improve all aspects of the training programs

The National Accreditation Committee is responsible for accrediting all training positions and consists of a Fellow from each State, including a Mohs Surgery Committee representative, and a member from the Trainee Representative committee.

All Training Positions are accredited in accordance with defined Standards and College regards these as important for the quality education and training of Trainees/Candidates.

All documentation in relation to the Standards, accreditation outcomes, applying and the application process can be found here:

DocumentDermatology Training PositionsMOHs Training Positions
Accreditation ProcessDownloadDownload
Guidelines/StandardsUpdated standardDownload
Application APPLY Online APPLY Online
Accreditation Timetable

Download Registrar Timetable

Download Training Faculty Network timetable

Timetable Template
Candidate Feedback FormN/ADownload
Sample Accreditation ReportDownloadDownload

The Accreditation Committee accredit College Training Positions according to a State-based five-yearly cycle.

The current timetable for the College’s State Training Structure Accreditation is as follows:

2020South Australian State Training Structure (includes Northern Territory)
2021Queensland State Training Structure
2022New South Wales State Training Structure (includes Australian Capital Territory)
2023Victorian State Training Structure (includes Tasmania)
2024Western Australia State Training Structure

Unscheduled state training structure accreditation

Unscheduled state training structure accreditations may also be carried out for the following reasons:

  1. If the College is advised that there have been significant changes to the structure or function of any particular training position, an accreditation site visit or review may be conducted in advance of the usual cycle.
  2. If a complaint from a Fellow or trainee/candidate is received, this will generate a review, and/or a visit to that training position/s.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has a number of accredited dermatology training positions and MOHs surgery training positions. The training positions are located both in Australia and overseas in the following Public Hospitals, Private Hospitals, Skin Health Institute and Private Practices, which all contribute to creating high standard Training Facility Networks:

QueenslandDermatologyRoyal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Princess Alexandra Hospital
The Mater Hospital
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Townsville University Hospital
Cairns Hospital
Sunshine Coast University Hospital
 MohsNorth West Private Hospital Everton Park
New South WalesDermatologyConcord Repatriation General Hospital
The Skin Hospital Darlinghurst
The Skin Hospital Westmead
Westmead Hospital
St Vincent’s Hospital
Liverpool Hospital
Orange Dermatology
Prince of Wales Hospital
Sydney Children’s Hospital
Royal Newcastle Centre/John Hunter Hospital
Royal North Shore Hospital
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Lotus Dermatology
Campbelltown Hospital
Kingsway Dermatology
Pinnacle Dermatology
Coastal Dermatology
 MohsThe Skin Hospital Darlinghurst & Westmead
ACTDermatologyRoyal Canberra Hospital
VictoriaDermatologyThe Alfred Hospital
Austin Health
Box Hill Hospital
Monash Medical Centre
Peter MacCallum Institute
Royal Children’s Hospital
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Skin Health Institute
St Vincent’s Hospital
Western Hospital
Sinclair Dermatology
Healesville Hospital
 MohsSkin Health Institute
Northern TerritoryDermatologyRoyal Darwin Hospital
South AustraliaDermatologyFlinders Medical Centre
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital/Women and Children’s Hospital
Western AustraliaDermatologyFiona Stanley Hospital
Royal Perth Hospital
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Perth Children’s Hospital
 MohsOxford Day Surgery & Dermatology, Mount Hawthorn
South Perth Specialist Skin Cancer Centre, South Perth
Overseas PositionsDermatologyNational Skin Centre, SINGAPORE
St George’s Hospital, London UK
The Churchill Hospital, Oxford UK
St Johns Institute, London UK
University College, London

The Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase the number of training posts available for specialists-in-training outside traditional public teaching hospitals, providing an annual salary of $107,000 per post. An additional $25,000 per annum pro rata of rural loading is also available for posts with rotations to training sites located in areas classified under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification-Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2-5.

The college administers 29 STP positions in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. All positions are accredited as per the college’s National Accreditation Standards.

STP funding is determined via application rounds by the Department of Health with assessment by the Department, the relevant specialist colleges and state/territory health jurisdictions. Only training facilities are eligible to apply for funding. There are no further application rounds scheduled at this time.

The training positions are to be in health care settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals that include:

  • Private hospitals
  • Specialists’ rooms
  • Clinics and day surgeries
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS)
  • Publicly funded health care facilities such as regional, rural and community health settings classified RA2-5
  • Non-clinical settings (such as simulated learning environments)

The aims of the project are to:

  • Increase the capacity within the health workforce to train Dermatologists
  • Better train specialists in dermatology, with education that matches the nature of demand and reflect the way health services are delivered
  • Increase the College’s capacity to make strategic decisions that increase trainees and specialist International Medical Graduates’ access to appropriate training and maximising their workforce contribution
  • Develop networked specialist training arrangements

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has been contracted by the Commonwealth to manage STP funding and all successful training facilities must enter into a contract with the College.

Additional funding is available for successful post if rotations include private setting via the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) funds. These funds are managed by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Up to $30,000 per annum is available for clinical supervision and private infrastructure.

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For more information on the background of STP, view the STP Operational Framework on the Department’s website.

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