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Dermatology is the medical science concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the skin, hair, and nails. There are various disorders, diseases, cancers, injuries, and cosmetic and ageing conditions that affect the skin, fat, hair, nails, and oral and genital membranes. Dermatology uses assessment, investigation, and testing techniques to diagnose these conditions. Treatments and therapies manage symptoms, reduce discomfort, and prevent further disease. They include topical and systemic medications, therapies, such as phototherapy, immunotherapy, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy and superficial radiotherapy, or procedural and cosmetic surgery.

Dermatology subspecialties include: Dermatopathology, Paediatric Dermatology, and Procedural Dermatology.

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Dermatologists are specialist doctors who have undertaken Advanced Training in Dermatology with RACP. This is a 4-year program including exams and other requirements. Once completed, these doctors are eligible to apply for Fellowship and Specialist registration with the Australian Medical Board (AHPRA). Dermatologists are physicians who treat disease and disorders of the hair, skin and nails and the adjacent mucous membranes in both children and adult patients. They can diagnose a range of disorders from skin cancers to infectious and inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. They use several non-invasive therapies to treat many skin conditions, such as prescribing topical ointments or medications, or performing laser therapy. They can perform skin biopsies and other more invasive tests and treatments, such as surgical procedures. Dermatologists can identify signs of other underlying health conditions and can make referrals for further care. They educate their patients to help them manage their symptoms and prevent further disease.

Registrars (Dermatology) are registered doctors who have completed their medical degree and pre-vocational training (internship and residency/PGY2-3). They have attained general registration with AHPRA and can now undertake specialist/or vocational training positions to broaden and refine their scope of practice and gain experience, skills and competency in their chosen area of medicine. Registrars are very important members of the integrated and multi-disciplinary health care team. They have increasing responsibility for patient care, oversee and support junior doctors and staff, participate in professional development activities and continue to receive important guidance, training, and support from senior staff. They work in a range of primary, secondary, tertiary, clinical, laboratory and acute care settings, in hospitals, private practices and community clinics. Registered doctors at this level can further their career as Hospital Doctors or Career Medical Officers or pursue a medical specialty with further training and specialist registration. Registrars who work in Dermatology are undertaking specialised advanced training in Dermatology and its clinical practice. They work under Dermatologists/specialist consultants and develop skills, clinical expertise, and valuable work experience in providing medical care, diagnosis and treatment for patients with dermatological and skin-related disorders.