There are approximately 300 dermatologists in Australia, which is one dermatologist for every 66,000 people. In regional NSW the demand for dermatological services cannot be adequately met. The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) has recognised this problem and to upskill general practitioners has introduced an accredited course in association with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Our practice is proud to be participating in the training of these doctors to make dermatological services more accessible to our community.
Principal and Director Illawarra Dermatology + Laser Clinic
Dr Robert Salmon studied medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating with honours in 1975. He worked and travelled in Australia and overseas before training as a specialist dermatologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 1983 and set up private and hospital practice in Wollongong in 1984. Dr. Salmon established Illawarra Dermatology Associates in 1988, bringing visiting Dermatologists to service the needs of the local community.
Dr. Salmon trained in both Australia and the U.S.A to become an accredited Mohs Surgeon and member of the American Dermatological Surgery Society. He served for several years as the Head of Surgery at the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Australia, Darlinghurst branch. He developed the first curriculum in Dermatological Surgery for the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and served for three years on the College Council. At present he is part of the College Taskforce that is developing an internet based Certificate in Dermatology for General Practitioners.
Currently he is a Visiting Medical Officer at Wollongong Hospital and also an accredited medical officer of Figtree Private Hospital, where he performs skin cancer surgery. He has 25 years experience in office based procedural dermatology and has lectured both in Australia and overseas on various aspects of that subject.
Dr. Salmon’s practice in Wollongong has continued to evolve and remains at the forefront of developments in dermatology. With the assistance of highly trained professional staff and the latest technological equipment the practice is expanding to cater to the cosmetic needs of patients. Dr. Salmon having grown up on Coogee beach is well acquainted with what damage the sun can cause and the best treatment options.
Dr. Michael Charles attended the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1987. After graduation he worked in a variety of medical officer roles both in Australia (Wollongong) and the United Kingdom before joining a general practice in Crows Nest, Sydney, where he practiced for nearly ten years. Dr. Charles returned to Wollongong in 2002 having completed his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr. Charles joined ID+LC in March 2008 and currently works two days per week. He is part of the first intake of doctors completing a Certificate in Dermatology with the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Dr. Charles’ other roles have included Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, and Examiner with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr. Dai Tran BSC(med) MBBS FRACGP has extensive experience in dermatology and consults at ID+LC on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Tran completed his medical degree at the University of NSW, training at both St. Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst and Nepean Hospital Penrith. He then spent several years as a Resident doctor with the Illawarra Area Health service. Dr. Tran furthered his qualifications by completing a Certificate in dermatology from Monash University, a Certificate in primary care skin cancer management from RACGP & ACD, and the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University in the UK. Dr Tran continues to further his knowledge by writing articles for scientific journals and conducting research.
Our team of specially trained Registered Nurses are all members of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association (ADNA). They regularly participate in professional education and development in both dermatology and cosmetic nursing. They have a combined experience in dermatology nursing of over 20 years and provide a professional and caring service to all our patients as well as assisting and supporting our doctors.