World Leading

Dermatology in Australia

The legacy of the 1997 World Congress of Dermatology has shaped the last

20 years of dermatology in Australia.

We used the proceeds of that event to create a 20 year trust that provided grants

to universities and other research bodies. This has helped fund ground breaking

work in dermatology, which has contributed to Australia’s reputation as home of

world class research.

We created pathways to make it easier for dermatologists from other
countries to come into Australia. As a result we have a greater breadth and
diversity of expertise. Our bid leader, Professor H. Peter Soyer, directly
benefited from this when he moved to Australia after the 1997 World Congress and
took up a post at The University of Queensland.

The World Congress led to the development of the Indigenous Dermatology Atlas,
which provides a full clinical guide on the dermatologic signs and symptoms
in the indigenous population. This was the first time this has been
documented and was a major breakthrough that secured backing from the
government at the time.

WORKING TOGETHER "We created pathways to make
it easier for dermatologists from other countries to come into Australia."

The Future

We have a new generation of dermatologists
who are thriving on their diversity.

The College’s membership now comprises
many nationalities, ranging from 25 to 75+
years old, with a mix of those residing in both
rural and metropolitan areas. The traditional
white male demographic now only represents
5% of members, in fact 80% of all trainees are
female. The diversity within the College reflects
the diversity of our country, where multiple
nationalities live and work side by side.

Our new generation of dermatologists draw
strength from their respective backgrounds,
approaches and experiences. They embrace
and value this diversity and recognise it as a
major advantage that Australia has.

Practising in a country as multicultural as
Australia, with the variety of climate we have
here, means they are also afforded the
opportunity to research, diagnose and treat
the full breadth of dermatological conditions.

We are shaping the future, while learning
from the past.

The last 20 years in dermatology has raised as
many questions as it has answered.

How big an impact can artificial intelligence
make? How can insights from big data help
create more patient-centred treatments? How
can we involve consumers and the wider
community in a way that will add value and
benefit patients? And where will
dermatologists of tomorrow fit within the
patient journey?

These questions, and many others, will shape
research and practice for the next generation of
dermatologists and beyond.

They can only be answered by engaging
government, industry, consumers and experts
from other areas of medicine that have faced
and tackled similar challenges themselves.
That is what the 2023 World Congress of

Dermatology in Sydney will do.

diversity “Our new generation of dermatologists draw strength
from their respective backgrounds and experiences. ”

Discover More

Partnership and collaboration

A Sydney World Congress of Dermatology

will be built around partnership and


Conversations and networking events at every
opportunity ahead of the Congress will help us
understand what challenges the global
community is seeing, and shape a program
around them. This co-creative approach will
give all delegates a sense of ownership and
ensure the event content resonates with as
many delegates as possible. This is their

Partnerships with industry will create an
invaluable dialogue between those researching
conditions and those developing treatments
and technologies to help manage them. Wider
engagement with the community will bring
vital insight from those whose lives have been
affected and make this a truly patient-centred
conference. While securing government
backing will ensure the conference is well
supported and has the right level of profile.

The event will be the most inclusive conference
ever held. Smaller Chinese and Japanese
language events before and after the
conference will give delegates from those
countries who are not confident English speakers
a chance to present their research in
their native language.

And by combining in person and online formats
we will create a much bigger global audience,
increase participation and add an even greater
diversity of perspectives to key discussions.

Building on the legacy of 1997 and driven by a new
generation who embrace diversity, the 2023 World Congress in
Sydney will bring together our global community to explore
the biggest challenges facing dermatologists today and
shape the future of dermatology for the next generation.

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Upcoming events

There are a lot of exciting events coming up, check back here for updates.

16 to 20 February 2018 – San Diego, USA
American Academy of Dematology Annual Meeting

ACD hosted networking function

12 to 14 April 2018 – Vina Del Mar, Chile
Chilean Society of Dermatology and Venereology Congress

Bid Vice-President Professor Pablo Fernandez-Penas in attendance

26 to 29 April 2018 – Singapore
Regional Scientific Meeting of Paediatric Dermatology and Dermatological Society of Singapore Annual Scientific Meeting

Bid President Professor H Peter Soyer and bid ambassador Associate Professor Marius Rademaker in attendance

16 to 19 May 2018 – Orlando, USA
International Investigative Dermatology

Bid Vice-Presidents Professor Dedee Murrell and Associate Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani; and bid ambassadors Associate Professor Helmut Schaider and Professor Nikolas Haass in attendance

19 to 22 May 2018 – Gold Coast, Australia
Australasian College of Dermatologists Annual Scientific Meeting

The whole bid committee and all of our bid ambassadors in attendance

22 to 26 May 2018 – Queretaro, Mexico
Mexican Congress of Dermatology

Bid ambassador Associate Professor Marius Rademaker in attendance

10 to 11 June 2018 – Vietnam
ILDS World Skin Summit

ACD display table

14 to 16 June 2018 – Thessaloniki, Greece
World Congress of Dermoscopy

Bid President Professor H Peter Soyer in attendance

23 to 25 June 2018 – Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Society of Dermatology and Venereology Annual Scientific Meeting

Bid ambassador Dr Erin McMeniman in attendance

25 to 26 June 2018 – London, UK
Royal College of Physicians Annual Conference

Bid ambassador Dr Claire Tait in attendance

3 to 5 July 2018 – Edinburgh, Scotland
Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists

Bid General Secretary Associate Professor Stephen Shumack, Bid Vice President Associate Professor Gayle Fischer and bid ambassador Dr Claire Tait in attendance

26 to 29 July 2018 – Chicago, USA
American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting

Bid Vice President Associate Professor Gayle Fischer in attendance

8 to 11 August 2018 – Surabaya, Indonesia
Regional Conference of Dermatology

Bid ambassador Dr Anousha Yazabadi in attendance

15 to 18 August 2018 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research and Sri Lankan College of Dermatologists

Bid ambassadors Professor Prasad Kumarasinghe and Professor Nikolas Haass in attendance

15 to 18 August 2018 – Sydney, Australia
World Congress on Cancers of the Skin

ACD exhibiting at booth number 36

17 to 19 August 2018 – Hawaii, USA
Hot Spots in Dermatology

Bid ambassador Associate Professor Marius Rademaker in attendance

12 to 16 September 2018 – Paris, France
European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology Congress

ACD exhibiting at booth number 205

5 to 6 October 2018 – Melbourne, Australia
Australasian Melanoma Conference

Bid ambassador Associate Professor Helmut Schaider in attendance

11 to 14 October 2018 – Arizona, USA
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting

Bid ambassador Associate Professor Gregory Goodman in attendance

18 to 20 October 2018 – Milan, Italy
European Society for Contact Dermatitis Congress

Bid ambassador Dr Adriene Lee in attendance

24 to 27 October 2018 – Manchester, UK
Society for Melanoma Research Annual Meeting

Bid ambassador Professor Nikolas Haass in attendance

16 to 18 November 2018 – Tapei, Taiwan
Taiwan Dermatology Meeting

Bid President, Professor H Peter Soyer and Vice-President Professor Dedee Murrell in attendance

14 to 17 November 2018 – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ibero – Latin American Congress of Dermatology

ACD hosted networking function

17 to 20 January 2019 – Bangalore, India
National Conference of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists

Bid President, Professor H Peter Soyer, Secretary General, Associate Professor Stephen Shumack and bid ambassador Professor Prasad Kumarasinghe in attendance

1 to 5 March 2019 – Washinton D.C, USA
American Academy of Dermatology

10 to 15 June 2019 – Milan, Italy
World Congress of Dermatology

ACD hosted networking function.