Dermatologists diagnose, treat and care for patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. A significant focus of practice for Dermatologists is devoted to treating diseases caused by sun exposure, including sunspots and skin cancers, requiring Dermatologists to undertake advanced skill training in melanoma diagnosis and treatment. Dermatologists also diagnose, treat and manage a variety of other skin conditions, including; acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections and conditions affecting hair and nails.

Clinical Practice

A large proportion of the dermatology workforce work in private practice, however many conduct outpatient clinics in public hospitals, and are involved in the training of dermatology registrars in public health services. Many Dermatologists also provide outreach services to regional, rural and remote areas on a regular basis.

Dermatology – Information

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

35% of 2019 workforce intend to retire by 2029

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

2021 QLD Training Program Selections (First Year)

Eligible Applications Received
Applicants Selected

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2021 to the total number of eligible applications*

The data was sourced from the relevant medical specialist college, or from selection committees coordinated by a Queensland Health pathway/network, or an individual facility.


This data reflects a point in time figure for the selection of applicants commencing the first year of an accredited training program in the 2021 clinical year.

* eligible applications are determined by selection committees according to the eligibility criteria and required documentation prescribed by the relevant medical specialist college.

The data on this page compares the number of applicants that were selected to commence their first year of training in Queensland in 2021 to the total number of eligible applications.

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PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

4 years full-time (2 years basic training, 2 years advanced training)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

Applicants will need to firstly register as an applicant on the ACD website in order to submit an application. Applicants interviewed for each State Faculty location will be ranked according to their performance on a national selection process. The ranked list is matched against applicants' preferences. State Faculty representatives then consider the applicants for their State Faculty location for training. For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, pleace contact ACD.

Training program overview

Dermatology training consists of supervised clinics across all aspects of dermatology, including dermatological medicine and procedural dermatology and incorporates basic teacher training in preparation for their future role as supervisors. Trainees progress through two sequential stages, basic and advanced training which facilitate the progressive and cumulative acquisition of knowledge and skills in the specialty. Upon completing all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have permanent residency status or are permitted to remain in Australia indefinitely and have completed or be likely to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 2 years of acceptable postgraduate training in a teaching hospital by the time of commencing the training program. Acceptable training is defined as accredited PGY1 and PGY2 years with a broad exposure to a variety of disciplines, preferably including terms in general medicine and general surgery.


Minimum 50% of full-time commitment which must be for 2 consecutive years. Training must be completed within 10 years.

Interrupted training

A trainee may be allowed 6 or 12 months of approved interrupted training.

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