Chroma Dermatology are committed to empowering others through education to improve health care outcomes and better care for those with pigment problems and skin of colour.
Dermatology is a medical specialty that was developed in Europe in reference to Caucasian skin. As a result of this, medical school and dermatology training has traditionally focused on this group of patients and has not given adequate attention to those with skin of colour.
Medical lectures, textbooks, online resources and conferences have generally not focused on the important differences in skin of colour. Skin of colour is biologically and functionally different to Caucasian skin, so conditions can look different, respond differently to therapy or require different treatment altogether and some conditions occur exclusively in those with skin of colour.To read more about skin of colour, click here
The founder of Chroma Dermatology, Dr. Rodrigues, published research in 2016 that demonstrated that the overwhelming majority of Aussie dermatologists and dermatology trainees don’t feel entirely confident diagnosing and treating certain conditions in those with skin of colour. Dr. Rodrigues has continued to lecture dermatologists locally and internationally about pigment problems and skin of colour and has extended the teaching to medical students, dermatology trainees, dermatology nurses, general practitioners and allied health professionals.
In 2019, Chroma Dermatology developed and ran the first dedicated “Skin of Colour” seminar for General Practitioners in the Asia-Pacific Region. This highly successful RACGP accredited event welcomed 43 delegates, 10 industry exhibitors and 6 lecturers – both local and international.
Chroma Dermatology look forward to continuing to lead education in the areas of pigment problems and skin of colour. We look forward to continuing education for
- Medical students and residents
- General practitioners
- Other medical professionals
- Allied health professionals
- Industry groups
- Government stakeholders
- The community