About Adelaide Dermatology Associates
Dr Annette Pearce (BMBS FACD GAICD) is the founder of Adelaide Dermatology Associates which opened doors at Western Hospital in April 2015. Prior to that, Dr Pearce worked at ‘Dermatology on Ward’ in North Adelaide for seven years.
Dr Pearce currently holds a VMO position in Dermatology (surgery and outpatient clinics) at the RAH which commenced in 2008. She is also a senior clinical lecturer at the Adelaide University and teaches medical students from 4th year through to 6th year in addition to her teaching roles for the dermatology registrars.
Dr Pearce’s interests include skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, as well as all other aspects of dermatology including inflammatory dermatology (acne, eczema and psoriasis), autoimmune dermatology, infective dermatology, drug eruptions (including oncology), paediatric dermatology as well as conditions of hair and nails.
Dr Christopher Ross (BMBS, DXc(BiomedSc) (Hons), FACD) is a graduate of Flinders Medical Centre, and trained in Dermatology in South Australia with experience in all major dermatology specialist units. He commenced work with Adelaide Dermatology Associates at Henley Beach in March 2016.
Dr Ross’s interests include general dermatology (eczema, acne, psoriasis, inflammatory dermatology), as well as drug eruptions, infections, paediatric dermatology, hair and nail disorders and skin cancer medicine.
Dr Ross visits multiple rural locations in South Australia such as Keith and The Clare Valley in addition to the Northern Territory , with the hope to extend specialist care and improve dermatology training to rural medical students.
Adelaide Dermatology Associates is committed to providing uncompromised, excellent patient care. We are based at Western hospital, Henley Beach and also offer rural outreach services in Keith.
What is a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist has a medical degree and four years of specialist training. The Australasian College of Dermatologists is the only government accredited provider of specialist training. Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and cancers.
Dermatologists are initially trained as doctors, undertaking six or more years of university study to gain their medical degree. This is followed by several years of full-time training and practice as a junior hospital doctor in an accredited teaching hospital. Only then can application be made to enter the four-year national dermatology training program. Regular assessments of trainees are conducted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) to ensure that high standards of specialists are produced. Trainees must complete their training and then pass both written and clinical examinations held by the Australasian College of Dermatologists to be awarded as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dermatologists look after patients of all ages, from babies and children to adolescents and adults. On a typical workday, the dermatologist deals with a wide variety of disorders. However given our climate, Australian dermatologists spend a lot of time treating diseases caused by sun exposure. These include sunspots and skin cancers. As dermatologists have a wide variety of treatments at their disposal (creams, liquid nitrogen, various types of surgery), they are able to deliver specific treatment for skin cancers.
Other typical skin consultations include acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, skin infections such as warts, mole surveillance, melasma and occupational dermatitis
Skin also includes hair, nails and the wet areas of the mouth and genitalia. Dermatologists are experts in the diagnosis and management of disorders affecting these areas.
Given their intimate skin knowledge and medical science training, dermatologists are uniquely placed to deliver effective and safe cosmetic services (e.g. laser therapy, muscle relaxants, fillers).
Do I need a referral to see a Dermatologist?
It is not a legal requirement to have a GP/specialist referral to see a dermatologist and anyone can book in to see a dermatologist. However, only patients who present with a current GP/specialist referral are eligible to receive a rebate from Medicare.