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                                                ISSUE 128
                                               AUTUMN 2021
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From the editor

           ith 2021 now well and                emerging areas of opportunity                    strategy in the works, and the
           truly underway, we are               for College which are featured                   trainee programs successfully
           seeing more evidence of              in this issue such as the Clinical               operating under the same online
how our planning throughout 2020                Audit and Peer Review Program,                   structure as last year.
has enabled us to move forward                  the issues surrounding AI and our                  We continue to share stories
within the still unpredictable                  continued advocacy efforts to                    of your experiences, innovation
COVID-19 landscape.                             support rural and Aboriginal and                 and adaptability that are vitally
  Our first virtual ASM showcased               Torres Strait Islander health.                   important for the future direction
not only College’s adaptability, but              Our new President, Dr Clare Tait               of our profession. Thank you once
the adaptability of our members.                has a solid base from which to                   again to all contributors to this
We were very proud of the way our               continue our efforts in these areas.             issue. As ever, it is a wonderful
keynote speakers, presenters and                  The education program                          reflection of College’s dynamic and
attendees supported this event and              continues to move ahead under                    diverse membership.
we hope you found it as informative             the leadership of our new Dean,
and engaging as we did.                         Dr Catherine Drummond, with                      Associate Professor Anna Braue
  The ASM highlighted some                      the expansion of the GP training                 Honorary Secretary

EDITOR                                         EDITORIAL PERSONNEL
Associate Professor Anna Braue                 Anita Allen
Honorary Secretary                             Caroline Zoers
                                               Haley Bennett

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Contents                                                                            ISSUE 128
                                                                                   AUTUMN 2021


02   President’s report
03	CEO’s report
04   Introducing our new President


05   Measuring the intangible: our engagement challenge
07   Townsville – Building a workforce for the region
09   ASM patient support groups roundtable
11   Choosing wisely in dermatology                                         11

14   A farewell and welcome within College education
16   Introducing new Dean of Education – Dr Catherine Drummond
17   The Benefits of Being Involved with the GP Education Program
18   From the Faculties                                                                          20

20   Important changes in continuing professional development
23   Virtual ASM wrap-up – A new experience for everyone
28   Playing our part in environmental sustainability
30   Dermatologists do more
31   Obituary                                                               28

32   College Scientific Research Fund in action
35   The Australasian Journal of Dermatology – 2020: a year in review
36   Gaining a clearer IMAGE
38   Eczema Association of Australasia Inc. Research Grant available soon


     The Skin Hospital
     The Skin Health Institute

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                           President’s report

             hile the pandemic             of this year which is also online.      and support Fellows as they
             continues to be “the          We note that we missed seeing           navigate the pandemic is no mean
             gift that keeps giving” I     our colleagues face-to-face, as         feat. Your Board has given me
  reflect very positively on our recent    well as the ceremonial aspects of       expert counsel to achieve this.
  virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.       College’s annual meeting, including       To all the Fellows who chair and
  It was another new chapter in            graduating our new Fellows, and         serve on College committees,
  your College’s history and one           the presentation of awards which        thank you for your important
  of the major changes required to         are both highlights on the College      work that provides the Board
  support Fellows, trainees and other      calendar. Please let College know if    with appropriate knowledge to
  students of dermatology through          you have any further feedback           make decisions. Thanks also to
  these disrupted times.                   or suggestions after reflecting on      A/Prof Anna Braue, our Honorary
     I am sure you will agree the          the ASM.                                Secretary, who oversees the
  content of the meeting was                 Our Annual General Meeting            weekly newsletter that is vital in
  outstanding from both an academic        (AGM) was also held online this         communicating with Fellows and
  and management point of view,            month with the question and             trainees, as well as this publication.
  particularly our guest speaker           answer session very popular as            I have been lucky to be
  sessions and panel discussions.          usual. The AGM of course marked         surrounded by College staff of
  Congratulations and thanks go to         the transfer of College presidency      such high calibre. Led by Tim Wills
  all Fellows, College staff, speakers,    to Dr Clare Tait from Western           (CEO), Haley Bennett (Deputy
  and support staff, including our         Australia, who as President-elect       CEO), and Brett O’Neill (Education),
  conference organisers and platform       has assisted me greatly on the          College is well equipped for the
  providers, who engineered our            Board of Directors for the last         exciting path onward in our new
  meeting. Even more importantly,          few years. Clare has been a real        premises. I thank also the rest of
  a thank you to all those who by          contributor to College over a long      the employees at College, whose
  attending, albeit virtually, assured     period and I wish her well. Your        work in the background may go
  the success of the meeting.              College is fortunate to have such       unnoticed by Fellows, but has
  Support from our sponsors was            competent people to pilot us            given me a platform from which to
  essential to the new venture and I       forward. Dr Adriene Lee is the new      direct the show.
  thank them for their contribution.       President-elect to support Clare,         I am grateful to both my work
  The statistics from the meeting          having served as the Dean               colleagues and family for their
  show that it was incredibly well         of Education which was an               tolerance of time absent, and
  attended throughout with numbers         especially important job over the       especially to my wife for her
  often eclipsing our last face-to-face    last 12 months.                         support, as well as moving around
  meeting. While we look forward             It is an appropriate time for me to   so quietly off-screen!
  from a collegial point of view to        express my gratitude to your Board        It has been an honour to serve as
  our meeting in Adelaide next year        for the diligent and considered         President of a medical college that
  in whatever form it takes, we have       work that has helped College stay       is always looking to improve in its
  learnt multiple lessons that will take   on track and keep its head above        service to Fellows, trainees, their
  your College forward. This virtual       water during my term as College         patients and community. I leave
  meeting will prompt an interesting       President. To be able to continue       wishing you all good health and
  conversation in the future as to         to implement our strategic plan,        good luck!
  how our meetings run, as well as         continue training and graduating
  providing valuable experience for        dermatologists of a high standard,      Associate Professor
  our international meeting at the end     deal with financial risks to College,   David Francis

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CEO’s report
         utumn 2021 has seen College      Independent Directors, Mr Phillip         complacency. Change around us
         open some new chapters.          Hyde and Ms Genevieve Dolan               is constant. Our ability to foresee
         The Board has undergone          sought to have their term of 3 years      and react quickly remains highly
changes with the retirement from the      extended for a further 3 years, Philip    important.
presidency of A/Prof David Francis        last year and Genevieve this year.           Ahead of us, and at the start of
and the leadership baton passed to        The Nominations and Governance            a new President’s term there is
Dr Clare Tait at the AGM. College         Committee managed this process            opportunity, building on the many
HQ has moved from Rhodes to               and recommended re-appointment,           matters now underway. Aside from
St Leonards. Our first virtual ASM        which is not automatic. Both Philip       maintaining our Training Program and
was held in April and as David            and Genevieve have valued skills          managing 2021 exams, the big focal
has mentioned, this was by many           and strengths and now know our            points are:
measures very successful.                 College well. Their extension enables     • developing Member strategy
  Going forward, we are well placed to    continuity of strategy and issues         • CPD and our Professional
ensure we continue to deliver against     management and it provides an                 Performance Framework
our strategic plan by addressing the      important stabilising effect. So,             responses and CPD Home
issues brought about by changes to        for 2021 only one change occurs           • strengthen GP Education
our governance structure.                 to the personnel as Dr Catherine          • re-invest our Funds
  When the Constitution changed           Drummond joins as Dean and A/Prof         • continue to strengthen our College
in late 2015 we moved to a Board          David Francis leaves. Dr Adriene Lee          culture and government advocacy.
of seven. Six years on we have now        now wears a new hat as President-            Finally, we are confident that
experienced how this has served us.       elect. The Board is mindful that          we have the recipe to deliver a
A key issue with a smaller Board is       governance continuity is important        successful International Congress of
continuity.                               in turbulent times. As CEO I wish to      Dermatology in November. A face-to-
  Members would be aware that             express my thanks to David for his        face meeting is limited by the cost of
three positions are elected and four      leadership through these challenging      bringing experts onshore, but a virtual
are appointed. The Dean is elected        times, and for the support provided       conference and is not. The convenors
for 3 years, the President-elect for 2,   to me and to all staff.                   of ICD2021 are assembling a
and the President serves for 2 years.       College’s strategic plan endorsed       worldwide cast of leading speakers
All other appointed Directors serve 3     in early 2020, with a budget to assist,   for this virtual meeting. I encourage
year terms. If it happens that a Dean     was disrupted by the pandemic,            all members and trainees to register.
retires when a President does, as is      but despite the disruption, notable       This will be an outstanding learning
the case in 2021, the Board faces         headway was made. Members can             opportunity and there are special
a possible change of two Directors.       read the Board Report number 4.4          deals for ACD members so please
Plus, if any of the two appointed         from the May 2021 Board meeting to        get involved.
directors reach their term’s end,         get a feel for what was a remarkable
change could be larger.                   year. College is well positioned, but     Tim Wills
  It is therefore important that both     this is no time for assumptions or        Chief Executive Officer

                                           We have moved!                            our new mailing address is PO Box
                                           Following the end of the lease at         166 St Leonards 1590 so please
                                           Rhodes, College HQ has moved              update your records.
                                           to a new premises at Level 6, 33            Thank you to the office relocation
                                           Chandos Street St Leonards. The           team who ensured a smooth
                                           new space includes a training room        transition to our new premises. We
                                           and is only a three minute walk from      have settled into our new space and
                                           St Leonards train station. There          are now focusing on the finer details
                                           has been no change to telephone           of interior design – keep an eye on
                                           numbers or email addresses however        this space for future updates.
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                         Introducing new College
                         President – Dr Clare Tait

                        am a Western Australian based                 activities. Supporting academics and their
                        dermatologist incredibly fortunate to         research activities is vital to ensure optimal
                        have my dream job as visiting                 patient and community dermatological
                     dermatologist to the Kimberley health region     outcomes in the future. We are committed to
                     of Western Australia. My public experience       supporting our own journal.
                     includes 20 years at Royal Perth Hospital           Our engagement and advocacy
                     and I part-own a private practice with two       activities must align with the desire for
                     other Fellows. We are lucky enough to            our patients to have access to the highest
                     have five other dermatologists working           quality dermatology care and advice,
                     with us. Prior to becoming a dermatologist       particularly where it is most needed in our
                     I undertook my general physician’s training      outer metropolitan and rural and remote
                     in London and then worked as a rural             communities. In addition, we must continue
                     and remote area general practitioner for 5       to develop our profile as the expert peak
                     years in the south eastern part of Western       body in all matters relating to skin health
                     Australia, another exciting and sometimes        and disease management and develop
                     nerve-racking professional endeavour.            relationships with key organisations such as
                        My interest and participation in College      federal and state governments, other health
                     activities started in the education portfolios   care provider organisations, universities,
                     where I gained experience on a number of         local communities and the media.
                     committees. This led to my appointment              I wish to see a more evenly distributed
                     as Dean of Education in 2012, and it             delivery of expert dermatology services
                     was during this time that an interest in         across our country and this will be a key
                     governance began. In 2018 I was re-elected       focus over the next few years. We must
                     to the Board and as President-elect since        strive to protect and promote our high
                     2019 I have served on the Aboriginal and         standards whilst generously sharing our
                     Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee,        expertise.
                     the Representatives Committee and the               I am very sad to be saying farewell to
                     Nominations and Governance Committee             A/Prof David Francis. He has been such
                     and I chair the Audit and Risk Committee.        a calm and considerate leader who has
                     This latter appointment has been a particular    rallied and supported us all from the relative
                     challenge, as anyone who knows me well           discomfort of the Zoom meeting place
                     understands that finance and number              during a year of unprecedented upheaval
                     crunching are not my natural territory.          and change. Always available, a much
                     However, as with all my experiences with         valued sounding board and always with his
                     College work, I have had great guidance          sense of humour and sense of proportion
                     and support from other Fellows, our non          intact, it has been such a pleasure to work
                     dermatologist Board members, and our             alongside him. Thank you David, and to
                     much valued College executive and staff.         Linda, for your commitment, service and
                        Education at undergraduate and                friendship. North Stradbroke Island awaits
                     postgraduate levels, and for the wider           you both!
                     medical profession and for our communities
                     must remain the foundation of College            Dr Clare Tait

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Measuring the intangible:
our engagement
    Several years ago it
    was recognised that a
    concerted effort was
    needed to put College
    at the front of mind
    of decision makers
    and the public, so that
    we can truly be the
    Representative Voice for
    skin health.

This takes a multi-faceted approach – combining advocacy to government,
working closely across the various levels of bureaucracy, building relationships
with organisations with complementary goals, actively profiling to media, and
engaging meaningfully with patient groups and the community.

      hroughout this process, both       that supervise them, and moving         the experience of patients and the
      the fundamental challenge          towards a less centralised training     community and can translate that
      and the core purpose of our        and service model that is sustainable   into informing good health policy.
advocacy efforts have become             and robust.                             Many of these types of engagement
abundantly clear – that there are          We are playing the long game and      ‘wins’ are difficult to quantify but are
too few dermatologists to meet           as a result we do not always see the    no less valuable.
the skin health care demands of          immediate fruits of our labour. With       One recent example was our
the Australian population and not        government we seem to take two          joint efforts in response to the
enough in the places where people        steps forward and one step back,        Federal Government’s draft National
are most in need. All of our efforts     and so the dance continues. The         Preventive Health Strategy. We
are pointed towards addressing           rewards are more apparent in our        joined forces with a range of
this challenge with the simple end       day-to-day policy and engagement        organisations including Cancer
solution of increased funding for        activities, all of which play a vital   Council Australia, the Skin Hospital,
registrars, as well as the consultants   part in ensuring we are reflecting      the Skin Health Institute, Melanoma

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  Another key initiative that
  continues to exercise us is the
  soon-to-be released National
  Medical Workforce Strategy.

                     Institute Australia, Victorian Melanoma            the health system were looming large, it is
                     Service and the Peter MacCallum Cancer             reassuring to see that the Federal Government
                     Centre. There has been a dwindling focus on        has not skimped. Continued investment in
                     preventive health over the last decade, with the   telehealth ($204.6 million to extend COVID-19
                     Australian National Preventive Health Agency       telehealth measures until the end of this year)
                     winding up in 2014 as a result of government       was expected, as were commitments to
                     rationalisation. It was excellent to see           regional and rural health. This includes $65.8
                     preventive health back on the Government’s         million over 4 years to increase bulk billing
                     agenda – but disheartening to see a complete       payments for rural and remote doctors. For
                     absence of skin cancer from the draft strategy.    College, we are particularly interested in the
                     Given that over 95% of skin cancers can            announcement of $29.5 million reinvested
                     be attributed to UV exposure – and that the        from the Specialist Training Program (STP) to
                     impact of modifiable sun protective behaviours     a new funding pool for specialist training from
                     on risk reduction is well known – this oversight   January 2022. What this means for us at this
                     was quite remarkable. However College’s joint      point is not known, but it certainly presents
                     advocacy to Minister Hunt had a successful         some excellent opportunities. Information
                     outcome, with skin cancer integrated into the      provided thus far indicates that the pool will
                     subsequent draft. There also now appears to        fund activities such as small-scale trials of
                     be some investment to support governance of        networked training models; expanded setting
                     the Preventative Health Strategy and we are        supervision; and support for junior specialists
                     pursuing upcoming opportunities.                   in training to transition to rural practice.
                        Another key initiative that continues to        There are many examples where this type of
                     exercise us is the soon-to-be released             funding scheme would be invaluable to many
                     National Medical Workforce Strategy. The           Fellows working across different settings. We
                     strategy has had several consultations and         eagerly await our upcoming meeting with the
                     iterations, with the medical colleges given        Department to find out more and importantly,
                     the opportunity to provide a final submission      if there are any implications on our existing
                     earlier in the year. The strategy covers the       STP funding.
                     full breadth of issues facing the medical             In the meantime, planning has begun for
                     workforce, including supply and demand             2021 World Skin Health Day (WSHD) to be
                     tensions, maldistribution of training and          held in October. As in previous years, we
                     services, career pipelines and bottlenecks,        use WSHD as an opportunity to bridge our
                     discohesive funding models, and the list goes      community engagement activities with a
                     on. What is unclear at this stage is how the       targeted government advocacy campaign,
                     strategy will be funded and implemented and        working with patients and support groups to
                     the ramifications to existing arrangements.        profile the issues that most matter to them. As
                        There were some hints to be gleaned             always, we need as many Fellows and trainees
                     from the Federal Budget 2021-22 which              as possible to get on board with our campaign.
                     was handed down on 11 May. With an                 If you are interested in this year’s World Skin
                     additional $5 billion, it was good news for        Health Day or would like information about any
                     Health. Reflecting to this time last year, where   of our policy or engagement activities, please
                     the potential implications of COVID-19 on          contact

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Townsville – Building a
workforce for the region
                                                                                   the pathology coming through the
Townsville... Remind me, where is it again? I ask                                  door. Every day brought a patient
Ruth (my partner), as we scout across the map of                                   with a case worthy of a clinical
                                                                                   meeting, and happily, I had a chance
Australia. “There it is.” she says, pointing to some                               to make life better for them. It was
of the larger letters up near the top right corner.                                precisely what I had come for.
                                                                                      Within three months we had
“Between Cairns and Mackay. I think it’s one of                                    bought a house, five minutes’ drive
the bigger places up there”, she adds.                                             from the hospital. With property
                                                                                   prices supremely affordable in
                                                                                   Townsville, we were able to buy
                                                                                   a place for a third of the price of

            e had never visited before,   ready to take the plunge. “I think we    our old place in Melbourne. We
            and up until this moment      should do it.” Ruth says. “You will      were quite happy with our buy, and
            around 2 years ago, our       be able to help a lot of people and      apparently so were a few of my
knowledge of Townsville was largely       the medicine up there will be really     patients. “You bought a house?
limited to crocodiles and jellyfish. We   interesting. Plus, you will have a       That’s a good sign. Perhaps you’ll
looked at the map again - it seemed       chance to do all the other things that   stick around for a while…” one
a long way from Melbourne’s coffee        you enjoy, like teaching, research       patient joked.
shops.                                    and business. You will love it”. She        A few weeks later, COVID-19 hit.
   Curious about the place, we            was right – it did sound good.           We heard stories of our friends doing
searched the internet for interesting       “It would be good for our girls,       it tough down south, but for us, life
facts. We discover that the               too…” I add, “… and a bit of an          went on largely unchanged. We
population is around 200,000 and          adventure – living in the tropics”.      suffered the same shortage of toilet
Townsville University Hospital is the       Not long after that, contracts were    paper as everyone else, but mostly
only tertiary hospital in northern        signed and by January 2020, we           struggled to believe our good luck.
Australia, with a broader catchment       had made the move.                          After a brief pause for COVID-19,
of 700,000. Ruth looks at me with           Day one on the job, I found myself     referrals flowed back into the service
eyebrows raised “Are you sure there       in a busy clinic. Word of my arrival     thick and fast. With the influx of
is only one dermatologist up there,       had spread, and many patients            new patients, we started to develop
and no one in the hospital?”              had been eagerly awaiting their          subspeciality clinics. First cab off the
   A few months later we are almost       appointment. I was taken aback by        rank was a Severe Psoriasis Clinic,
                                                                                   aiming to cater for all our biologic
                                                                                   naïve severe psoriatic patients. Next,
 Back row (left to right): Danielle                                                a clinic for Paediatric Dermatology.
 McGeachie (PHO), Frank Chiu (PHO),                                                More subspeciality clinics are
 Jacqueline Deen (Registrar).                                                      planned to start this year.
 Front row: Voleak La                                                                 Then came the “winter” months
 (Dermatology nurse),                                                              (the term “winter” doesn’t seem
 Aaron Boyce                                                                       quite right up here, but we go
 (Dermatologist).                                                                  along with it). From May through
                                                                                   to September, the weather was
                                                                                   absolutely perfect, and we began to
                                                                                   explore the region. With no shortage
                                                                                   of weekend destinations to choose
                                                                                   from, the pace of the weekends fast
                                                                                   resembled the busy week before it.
                                                                                      Relaxing on Magnetic Island soon
                                                                                   became a household favourite,
                                                                                   second only to cassowary spotting

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  at Mission Beach. Airlie Beach, is another great spot for
  a happy weekend away, a few hours’ drive south.                Training in Townsville –
    Following advocacy with College to Queensland Health,
  we were successful in securing a registrar position for        An Invaluable Experience
  Townsville Hospital this year for the first time in several
  years. Starting with a bang, our first registrar Dr Jacqui     DR JACQUI DEENDR JACQUI DEEN
  Deen, had an immediate, positive impact on our team.
  With an awesome registrar, a couple of great PHOs, an             I moved to Townsville as a newly accredited
  RMO and a nurse, things were starting to take shape. It        dermatology registrar for the first six months of
  was starting to feel like a bona fide dermatology team.        training this year. This has been a unique and
                                                                 invaluable opportunity because Townsville Hospital
                                                                 has not had an accredited dermatology registrar
  Of course, there is an elephant                                for several years. I have enjoyed working with
                                                                 dermatology consultant Dr Boyce and the expanding
  in the room. We need more                                      dermatology team, who have all been instrumental in
                                                                 establishing a fantastic and essential service for not
  consultants. Not just the                                      only Townsville but the greater community of North
  hospital, but the entire region.                                  The experience I have had at Townsville Hospital
                                                                 has been fantastic. I have had exposure to a broad
  But who will come? Where will                                  range of complex and extremely interesting medical
  they come from and when?                                       dermatologic cases, including paediatric and adult
                                                                 patients, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. A
                                                                 large number of patients are on systemic therapy and
                                                                 require regular monitoring, which has really helped
     Recognising the uncertainty surrounding these               to build my pharmacologic knowledge. I’ve also had
  questions, the path forward became abundantly clear.           experience managing conditions unique to North
  We need to inspire, support and train the best local talent    Queensland, including various tropical infections.
  to become dermatologists. At the same time, we need to            Townsville Hospital is the only regional tertiary
  make the unit at Townsville Hospital an amazing place to       centre in North Queensland and has a referral
  work. If we can get these two things right, we can help        catchment of almost 700 000 people, including
  build a workforce for the region that will last many years     patients from remote, very remote and Aboriginal
  into the future.                                               and Torres Strait Islander communities. I have
     To have the best chance of success, we need the help        enjoyed working with these patients and managing
  of other Fellows to join the team now. Even a small fly-in-    skin conditions more prevalent in this population, for
  fly-out involvement from a motivated person can make a         example cutaneous lupus.
  big difference. We have scope to create special-interest          I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Townsville. I
  clinics and have a strong research agenda planned for          have been fortunate to live near the Strand, which
  the coming years. To any Fellows who might want to be          is a nice place to relax on weekends. I have also
  a part of developing a service for the future, please get in   explored various local waterfalls and beaches.
  touch with me through College.                                 My trips to Magnetic Island and Airlie Beach have
     Coming to Townsville may be a road less travelled, but      definitely been highlights.
  it has been a happy move for me. There is a lot here for          I am very grateful for the opportunity to have
  dermatologists, both public and private, and plenty of great   worked and lived in Townsville this year and would
  things to do outside of work. I certainly recommend it!        highly recommend this to future trainees.

   View of Magnetic Island

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ASM patient

On 10 April 2021, College hosted a virtual roundtable with
representatives from patient support groups, facilitated by Gayle Murphy,
Chair of the ACD Community Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC).

                    he roundtable aimed to provide an            to improve access to dermatology care and
                    opportunity for patient support groups       outcomes for patients.
                    and ACD to come together to discuss             This year’s roundtable discussion included
              the practical ways support groups can not          suggestions for continued awareness raising
              only work individually with ACD, but together      on the psychosocial impacts of skin conditions
              as a community of stakeholders to build            and overcoming barriers for patients in getting
              our collective capacity, reach and impact          a timely referral to a dermatologist. The insights
              in supporting better outcomes for people           provided by patient support groups were well
              affected by skin, hair and nail conditions.        aligned with ACD focus areas of 2021, which
                This is the fourth year College has hosted       include:
              a roundtable with patient support groups.          • Raising the profile of dermatology by
              We have come a long way in building and                highlighting the psychosocial impacts of skin
              strengthening a bi-directional relationship that       conditions and the role dermatologists play
              focuses on collaboration.                              in improving quality of life for patients.
                These roundtables are a valuable opportunity     • Continued advocacy to federal, state
              to share thoughts and ideas for working                and territory governments to address the
              together to increase understanding of patient          dermatology workforce shortage especially
              needs, experiences and perspectives; raise             in regional and rural Australia by highlighting
              community awareness of skin conditions                 the importance of access to timely
              and their significant psychosocial impacts;            dermatological care to patient outcomes
              and influence policy and funding decisions             and quality of life.

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     College continues to work closely with representatives from
     dermatological patient support groups. Building strong relationships
     with these groups helps us gain a better understanding of patient
     need, not only the clinical challenges of treating dermatological
     conditions, but also their unique challenges in navigating the
     healthcare system, health literacy issues and the psychosocial
     impact of skin disease.

      Some of the ways ACD and patient support groups work together:
      College’s dedicated monthly newsletter for patient support groups and their networks
      keeps the communication channel active and patient support groups engaged. The
      newsletter provides an opportunity to update patient support groups with what is
      happening at College, and share other support group updates, new resources, research
      and networking opportunities that may be useful.

      The majority of patient support group engagement is achieved through social media
      and email. ACD maintains an active online presence across four social media platforms
      and we use it to promote patient support group awareness days, raise awareness about
      particular skin conditions and celebrate other news and information pertaining to the
      support groups.

      • College celebrates World Skin Health Day in collaboration with patient support
        groups to showcase the diversity of skin conditions in Australia and highlight the
        psychosocial impacts of living with skin, hair and nail conditions.
      • Patient support groups connect us with patients and their stories which are invaluable
        in supporting our media engagement and advocacy and keeping us focused on the
        very real challenges people face.
      • College connects patient support groups with Fellows as expert writers and reviewers
        for articles and resources, as speakers for webinars and virtual events, and to support
        their advocacy initiatives.
      • College works with patient support groups to administer research grants on their

     Patient support groups are instrumental in       skin, hair, and nail conditions. Many of these
  providing practical and emotional support to        support groups work very closely with Fellows
  help people, their carers and families suffering    who provide clinical input to resources and
  from chronic skin conditions and GPs and            communications and help advocate on behalf of
  dermatologists have an important role to play in    patients for the improvement of services.
  connecting patients and their families to support      If you work closely with any of the patient
  groups. We have various patient support groups      support groups, we would love to hear from
  listed on our website https://www.dermcoll.         you on what you and the support group(s) gain            from working together, and your ideas for ways
  offering services like news, research updates,      College can further support patient support
  newsletters, and information sessions for           groups.

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                                                  hoosing Wisely Australia® is an initiative
                                                  of NPS MedicineWise in partnership with
                                                  Australia’s health professional colleges,
                                          societies and associations. The campaign aims

                                          to enable clinicians, consumers and healthcare
                                          stakeholders to start important conversations
                                          about tests, treatments and procedures where
                                          evidence shows they provide no benefit, or in

wisely in
                                          some cases, lead to harm.
                                            Australia’s peak health professional colleges,
                                          societies and associations have developed lists
                                          of evidence-based recommendations of the

                                          tests, treatments, and procedures that healthcare
                                          providers and consumers should question.
                                            ACD launched its first five recommendations in
                                          2016 - on leg cellulitis, epidermal cysts, urticaria,
                                          distorted toenails and acne. Our three new
                                          recommendations, on systemic non-sedating
                                          antihistamines and topical corticosteroids for
In April 2021, ACD published              skin conditions, were developed by College’s
three new Choosing Wisely                 Expert Advisory Committee and then subject to
                                          review by the Choosing Wisely Representatives
recommendations – on systemic             Committee comprising other Choosing Wisely
non-sedating antihistamines and topical   members.
corticosteroids for skin conditions.      PUTTING CHOOSING WISELY INTO
                                            In 5 years, since its launch in 2015,
                                          Choosing Wisely Australia has grown from just
                                          6 health professional colleges publishing 26
                                          recommendations to a network of 97 health
                                          organisations with 207 recommendations and
                                          a range of implementation activities to put

     Encouraging                          recommendations into practice.
                                            94% of Australian health professional colleges
                                          are on board as members. The network of

     better                               Champion Health Services, currently at 42
                                          services continues to grow, driving reductions

                                          in unnecessary care across Australia by putting
                                          Choosing Wisely recommendations in practice.
                                            Choosing Wisely Australia has a strong focus

     about what                           on supporting implementation, and one way
                                          they do this is by providing toolkits and relevant

     care is truly                          Implementation resources include their Hospital
                                          Implementation Toolkit, the Choosing Wisely in
                                          General Practice Toolkit and Stewardship Toolkit

     needed.                              for Clinical Educators, available here.
                                            A number of member colleges, societies
                                          and associations have developed clinical case
                                          studies for use in clinical education programs.
                                          To do the same for some of our dermatology
                                          recommendations might be one means of
                                          enhancing dermatology teaching in medical
                                          schools. There is also an opportunity to integrate
                                          our Choosing Wisely recommendations into our
                                          education modules for GPs and other health

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     The Choosing Wisely ‘5 Questions to ask your doctor’ resource                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ACD’s Choosing Wisely
   helps guide consumers and carers towards useful questions they can
   ask their healthcare providers. This is available in multiple formats,
   including digital and printed formats, and as a downloadable poster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            View the full descriptions, supporting
   in English and 12 additional languages. ACD was able to promote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            resources and evidence here:
   these 5 questions as part of our Your dermatology telehealth
   appointment – A five step guide launched in 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Do not assume that bilateral redness
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   people to ask questions and the types of questions to ask for use in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to infection unless there is clinical
   waiting rooms/clinics. You can access them through the Choosing
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   Wisely website.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             fever and neutrophilia, plus an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               expanding area of redness or swelling
   Consumers at the centre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     over a period of hours to days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Do not routinely prescribe antibiotics
    Your dermatology                                       informing the community about dermatologists and
                                                           the conditions they treat. On World Skin Health Day
                                                                                                                                The new guide has been promoted via social
                                                                                                                                media by the ACD, Choosing Wisely Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for inflamed epidermoid cysts
    telehealth                                             in October 2020, the ACD launched a new guide
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                                                                                                                                and ACD’s broader network of stakeholders and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (formerly called sebaceous cysts) of
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   seeks to empower Australians to access specialist
   care when it is needed and is committed to
                                                           time as well as take notes during the consultation
                                                           and document next steps.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               likely trigger, further testing may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               warranted. If individual lesions (weals)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               persist for longer than 24 hours an
           Choosing Wisely Australia Annual Report – Principles into Practice 2020
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   “It was excellent to see [Choosing Wisely]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Do not prescribe topical or systemic
   projects sustained throughout the pandemic,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 anti-fungal medication for patients
   and particularly to see the strong consumer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with thickened, distorted toenails
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               unless mycological confirmation of
   focus of projects like the Australasian College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a dermatophyte infection has been
   of Dermatologists’ new Your dermatology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     obtained.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. Monotherapy for acne with either
   telehealth appointment – A five step guide…”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                topical or systemic antibiotics should
   Adj/A Prof Steve Morris, CEO NPS MedicineWise                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               be avoided.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6. Do not recommend that patients
   PROMOTING CHOOSING WISELY FOR DERMATOLOGICAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                take systemic non-sedating
   CONDITIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  antihistamine for itchy rashes, i.e.
     We are currently looking at how best to promote our new and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               eczema, psoriasis. Non-sedating
   existing Recommendations to the key target audiences of GPs and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             antihistamines can be prescribed
   pharmacists and updating College resources on these topics to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for urticaria according to the ASCIA
   support implementation. If you have any suggestions on how we                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               guidelines. NEW
   can help promote ACD’s recommendations, please email                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7. Do not routinely prescribe or
     This is an excellent means of demonstrating our professional                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              recommend topical steroids Class
   leadership to advance evidence-based, safe and sustainable                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  II and above on the face including
   healthcare as it relates to dermatology. We encourage you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   periorbital areas, or flexural areas of
   to consider how you could facilitate and contribute towards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 skin (axilla/groin and natal cleft). NEW
   implementing these or similar initiatives into practice in your own                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8. Review your diagnosis and/or
   health setting or situation, and among your networks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       treatment/adherence if patient has not
     The Choosing Wisely digital network continues to grow. To find out                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        responded to adequate prescribed
   more subscribe to the electronic newsletter at www.choosingwisely.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          topical steroids after two weeks. NEW and follow on Facebook @ChoosingWiselyAustralia,
   on Twitter @ChooseWiselyAU, on LinkedIn.

12 | THE MOLE | Autumn 2021

      Jonas Salk an
      American virologist
      and medical
      researcher who
                                                     A farewell
      developed one of the
      first successful polio                         and welcome
                                                     within College
      vaccines is quoted as
      saying: “The reward
      for work well done,
      is the opportunity to
      do more”.                                      education
    What a wonderfully true quote, and one that can often be seen applied to
    many areas of our lives. Trainees will no doubt feel this and Fellows who
    complete their training and then volunteer for more work at College are also
    aware of it. It is with this quote that I’d like to farewell and welcome.

         irstly, a farewell. Dr Adriene      Committee Chair (amongst other             successfully.
         Lee has completed her time          College activities). Her efforts in        TRAINING PROGRAM
         as College Dean of Education.       ensuring that the Fellowship Exams         SELECTION
   Adriene has done a fantastic job          ran successfully in 2020, while            The selection process is underway
   of steering the education direction       maintaining rigour of assessment           with College receiving over 100
   of the College through the murky          and process, highlights her ability        applications for 2022 entry. The CV
   waters of COVID-19, including a           to work with many moving parts             rubric has again undergone changes
   curriculum review, the growth and         and see beyond the immediate. We           and this year we will be introducing
   challenges of GP education as             are excited to have Catherine as           Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) as
   well as the many challenges faced         Dean and look forward to the ideas         part of the selection process during
   through the AMC process. Her              she will bring to the table. A more        the interview weekend. MMIs are
   ability to understand the situation       detailed Bio is included in this edition   well researched and provide an
   and remain calm and sagacious             of The Mole.                               opportunity to delve more deeply
   in all situations has enabled the           Thank you also to the many               into areas that the Selection
   College to move forward. Thank            chairs who comprise the Academic           Committee deem appropriate for
   you for your efforts as Dean and no       Standards Committee and ensure             incoming trainees.
   doubt the opportunity to do more          training and education continues.
   as President-elect is a true reflection   These include: Dr Brad Jones               TRAINING PROGRAM
   of the great work you have done           (NTC), Dr Daniel Hewitt (NExC),            CURRICULUM REVIEW
   and commitment to the College and         Dr Karyn Lun (NAccC), Professor            The Curriculum review is complete
   profession.                               Kiarash Khosrotehrani (ARC)                and will be progressing through
     Secondly, a welcome. Dr                 and Dr Anes Yang (RTC). Thank              the ASC and Board for review and
   Catherine Drummond enters the role        you also to the DOTs, SOTs and             approval.
   of Dean of Education after having         Supervisors who provide much of              This review, led by Dr Cate
   completed a stint as State Examiner       their time in education to ensure the      Scarff and supported by College’s
   and then National Examinations            Training Program continues to run          Wellbeing and Engagement Officer

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Ashleigh Thomas, has included
many dermatologists who have               TRAINING PROGRAM                            OTHER MATTERS
given their time to review and             FELLOWSHIP EXAMS                            AMC accreditation: College will
update the content as task force           Earlier this year a decision was made       undergo its 4-year AMC review
members or otherwise. Many thanks          to again run the Vivas using a State        this year. Proposed dates are
to our Fellows Dr Adriene Lee, Dr          based model. Given the ongoing risk         28-30 September. More on this
Russell Hills, Dr Genevieve Sadler,        of outbreaks and border closure,            in later editions.
Dr Matheen Mohamed, Dr Rowland             the NExC believes this is the best
                                                                                       Mental Health First Aid
Noakes, Dr Lisa Byrom, Dr Elizabeth        approach. Even though the 2020
                                                                                       (MHFA) course: Both College
Christou, Dr Anita Lasocki, Dr Sara        exams were highly successful, College
                                                                                       Wellbeing and Engagement
Tritton, Dr Karyn Lun, Dr Dana             will put into place learnings from
                                                                                       Officers Ashleigh Thomas and
Slape, Dr Anousha Yazdabadi, Dr            2020 and look to further improve the
                                                                                       Caterina De Meneghi have
Catherine Drummond, Dr Brad                examination process in 2021.
                                                                                       recently completed the MHFA
Jones, Dr Francis Lai, A/Prof Gill           The Written Examinations will take
                                                                                       course and are now certified to
Marshman, A/Prof Erin McMeniman,           place on 22 and 23 of June. This year
                                                                                       deliver the course. The Mental
Prof Gayle Fischer, and Prof Kiarash       candidates were given the option
                                                                                       Health First Aid is a global
Khosrotehrani. Thank you also to           to type or write their essays. A large
                                                                                       innovative program that has
Prof Wendy Hu as a member of the           majority chose to type, and College
                                                                                       been recognised with a number
ASC for her input.                         will be using a secure exam browser
                                                                                       of Australian and international
   Opinions on both the current            to enable this to occur. Vivas will occur
                                                                                       awards, including the THeMHS
curriculum and the future training         on 14 August and 28/29 of August.
                                                                                       Medal. We intend to deliver the
needs of dermatologists were               These will again be State based.
                                                                                       course to interested Fellows.
sought from a wide range of
                                                                                       Please contact Ashleigh or
stakeholders. These included               GP TRAINING
                                                                                       Caterina via College to find out
external groups such as medical            College has successfully launched
education providers, other medical         a Dermatology for General Practice
specialist colleges and medical            certificate in 2021. This complements       STP projects: College has
schools as well as departments of          the Skin Cancer Medicine for General        received approval for three STP
health and community, consumer             Practice certificate. These certificates    funded projects. These include:
groups, including patient support          are being well received by General          Supervisor Training, Improving
groups, in addition to the Trainee         Practitioners as they provide relevant      Dermatology Recruitment and
Representatives Committee,                 education material and assist in the        Succession in Regional Areas
Community Engagement Advisory              referral process to dermatologists. The     and Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Committee and Aboriginal and Torres        task force, chaired by Dr Margit Polcz      Islander Induction and Support
Strait Islander Affairs Committee. 74      has done a great job in managing this       Program.
responses were received.                   content. College is exploring ways to
                                                                                       Training room: College now
   While the task force will continue to   promote and market these courses
                                                                                       has a large training room
maintain the curriculum, work will also    using various methods.
                                                                                       for tutorials and education
take place this year with the relevant
                                                                                       sessions. We are still finalising
committees to review assessment and        If you have any education questions
                                                                                       the IT set up, but if you are
progress through the training program.     or wish to be involved with education
                                                                                       interested in using the room,
Please contact Dr Cate Scarff at           activities, you can contact me at
                                                                                       please let us know. if you are   or 02 8741
interested in being involved.              4199. I would love to hear from you.

Are you interested in mentoring Post-Training
Candidates and/or International Medical Graduates?
College is seeking prospective mentors for a new program to support Post
Training Candidates and/or International Medical Graduates. If you have
been practising as a dermatologist for at least 2 years and have an interest
in providing guidance and support to either of these groups, we want to
hear from you!
Please express your interest by using the QR code to access the contact
form. You will then receive an information pack about the program.

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                        Introducing new Dean of Education
                        – Dr Catherine Drummond

                            ollege is pleased to welcome Dr            and maintaining the high standards expected
                            Catherine Drummond to the role of Dean     by dermatologists themselves, accreditation
                            of Education. Dr Drummond has been         organisations and the general community”.
                    heavily involved with College since starting as      Moving to a more collaborative approach is
                    NSW Faculty Secretary in 2007, a role she held     at the heart of Dr Drummond’s plans.
                    until 2009. She served as the Supervisor of
                    Training at Canberra Hospital from 2012-2014
                    and has represented College on a number of         “We should work
                    committees, most recently holding the position
                    of Chief Examiner and Chair of the National
                                                                       collaboratively with our
                    Examination Committee from 2018 – 2020.            trainees, who are our
                       Dr Drummond brings a wealth of clinical
                    experience to the role. She runs a solo private    colleagues from the time
                    practice in Canberra, with an outreach clinic
                    on the NSW South Coast at Moruya. With
                                                                       they are accepted on to
                    a special interest in paediatric and vulval        the training program. The
                    dermatology, Dr Drummond is part of the
                    Vulval clinic at The Skin Hospital Darlinghurst,   purpose of the training
                    a VMO at Canberra Hospital with clinics in
                    paediatric and vulval dermatology, and runs
                                                                       program is not only to
                    clinics at Winnunga Nimmityah Aboriginal           produce competent
                    Health Service and Companion House
                    (refugee health). She is also a Clinical Senior    dermatologists, who are
                    Lecturer at the Australian National University.
                       Whatever spare time she has left is filled
                                                                       safe for independent
                    with gardening and playing golf in Canberra,       practice, but also to
                    exploring the bush and beach at Guerilla Bay,
                    supplemented with episodes of inner city           produce graduates who
                    urban culture in Surry Hills.
                       Taking on the role of Dean in the wake of
                                                                       have a commitment to
                    disruptions brought about by the COVID-19          ongoing learning, and who
                    pandemic means that Dr Drummond
                    has her sights set on learning from what           want to make a worthwhile
                    the pandemic has taught us and the
                    opportunities it has identified for College:
                                                                       contribution to College
                       “The move to competency-based                   activities.”
                    assessment and the disruption to traditional
                    methods of delivering examinations caused            “I am looking forward to the appropriate
                    by the COVID-19 pandemic has given                 evolution of the training program and
                    College the opportunity to adapt our training      Fellowship Examination so that College
                    and assessment methods so that they                continues to graduate high calibre
                    are fit for purpose, and ‘best practice’ for       dermatologists who make a worthwhile
                    dermatology in the contemporary world. We          contribution to our society, and of whom we
                    can achieve this by using rigorous methods         can all be proud”.

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A collaborative approach
– The benefits of being involved
with the GP education program
College’s GP education courses are proving to be incredibly valuable not only for the
GPs who participate, but also for Fellows who teach them. FACD Dr Jim Muir has
been involved with GP education since its inception and answers some questions on
his experiences:
1. What have you enjoyed most about teaching the                 different perspective and this leads to a better outcome
   GP Courses?                                                   for the patient.
   The participants are very engaged, interested in the              There are various levels of involvement, from running
topics and ask lots of great questions. At our face-to-face      workshops or online activities, preparing cases, marking,
workshops they come ready to learn making it a rewarding         holding live webinars or even having GPs sit in with you
experience to teach. The online interaction also provides        during some consults. Personally, I really enjoy having the
invaluable opportunities for GPs to ask questions of us          GPs sit in as the patients like it, the GP gets to share the
directly and learn practical skills to benefit dermatologists,   experience and it tests my knowledge and skills. It is also
doctors, and their patients.                                     great PR for both you and your practice.
   Our GPs advise us that what sets us apart is the
practical advice offered in our courses and the opportunity      4. Do you see this as a way of becoming more
to get a dermatologists’ perspective. From our students’            involved in the broader community?
feedback other courses rely heavily on textbooks and                It is an important way of supporting the broader
guidelines whereas we can offer the opportunity to discuss       community. By providing educational opportunities and
the variations that are seen in day-to-day practice.             educational experiences in suburban and rural areas,
                                                                 we can offer readily accessible, high level education
2. What benefits do you see for the dermatologists               that participants can utilise straight away. As we offer
   teaching the courses?                                         online practical workshops and tutorials, we can provide
   There are three major benefits to teaching our courses:      training to those in rural practice without the GP having
    • From a practice point of view, we often get improved      to leave the community.
       referrals from participants.
   • From a professional point of view, participants ring       5. Has teaching the courses lead to further
       to ask advice which is rewarding. They also regularly         involvement with the College?
       change their practices following our courses as the           I have always been involved but if you have not, it is
       approaches taught are both flexible and easy to           a fantastic way to see how College operates. College
       incorporate.                                              abounds with many opportunities and GP education
   • Teaching these courses helps cement our standing           offers an easy way to work with colleagues from
       as specialists in the field. Dermatologists are the       interstate and develop relationships further afield. College
       experts and if we do not continue to teach our            staff handle all the logistics and administrative support so
       colleagues, long term this could contribute to losing     all I have to focus on is the actual teaching.
       our standing as the authority in skin health across
       Australia.                                                6. How do you think the GP’s have responded to the
3. Do you see this as a way of becoming more                        When we first started discussing these programs a
   involved in College activities?                               decade ago, there was a perception that once GPs had
   I recommend everyone with an interest in teaching             done the course, they would be labelling themselves as
becomes involved. This is an easy and rewarding way              dermatologists. This simply has not happened. What has
to help and it is not very time-consuming. Many hands            happened is that relationships between dermatologists
make light work and the more dermatologists we have              and GPs have become more collaborative and this has
involved in GP education the better as everyone brings a         led to better outcomes for patients.

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