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.

Dermatology offers such variety, spanning a range of acute and chronic skin diseases and using medical, surgical, and procedural techniques. Skin disease can alert the presence of underlying conditions, meaning that we are faced with tough clinical challenges – and given that many patients are suffering with visually confronting issues, improving their physical condition makes a huge positive impact on their overall wellbeing.


It is immensely satisfying to see that you can really make a difference. I highly recommend dermatology as a flexible, rewarding and challenging specialty.

Associate Professor David Francis

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 (2021)

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS (2021)

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

35% of 2022 workforce intend to retire by 2032

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

Proportion Female/Male trainees - QLD


2023 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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 to the total number of eligible applications.

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Length of Training

4 years full-time

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 aims to prepare trainees to become specialist dermatologists who integrate their knowledge of the relevant clinical and medical sciences with their mastery of procedural skills to deliver highly professional care to the wider community. 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, hold Australian permanent residency status and have completed at least PGY2.


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

Interrupted training

A trainee may be allowed 3, 6, 9 or 12 months of approved interrupted training after completing at least half their training rotation for training time to be counted (i.e. 3 months for a 6 month rotation). Note interrupted training contributes to overall duration of training.

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