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Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon AM


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Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon AM qualified as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists in 1988, and has worked in general dermatology since then, always at East Melbourne Dermatology, which was located in Albert St for 30 years. She is additionally qualified in occupational medicine, and holds the distinction of being the only person to have Australian qualifications in both dermatology and occupational medicine.  She completed all her university degrees at Monash University and trained predominantly at Prince Henry’s Hospital and also at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

She was Unit Head, Dermatology at Monash Medical Centre from 1991 to 2001 and continued as Visiting Dermatologist at Southern Health until 2017. She visited Sale for bi-annual clinics from 1995 to 2017 and in Burnie since 2010. She started Australia’s first Occupational Dermatology Clinic in 1993.  In 2001, she established the Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre (ODREC), a small research group working in the area of occupational dermatology at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, which has recently been renamed the Skin Health Institute. The Skin Health Institute is a stand-alone, private, not for profit, dermatology sub-specialist outpatient centre in Carlton and truly serves as a home for dermatology in Melbourne.

Rosemary divides her time between the Occupational Dermatology Clinic at the Skin Health Institute, ODREC and her practice in general dermatology in Fitzroy.

She has published over 140 scientific papers, numerous book chapters and is a member of the prestigious International Contact Dermatitis Research Group, representing Australasia and is frequently invited to lecture overseas on contact dermatitis and occupational dermatology.

Her many roles for the Australasian College of Dermatologists have included Councilor 1997-2000;  member, Victorian Faculty Executive 1994-2013; examiner 2006-2011; Chair, Victorian Faculty 2011-2013 and currently spokesperson on contact dermatitis.  She has been a Board Member of the Skin and Cancer Foundation, now Skin Health Institute from 1989-2000 and from 2008 on and has recently commenced a term as President. 

In 2010, she was appointed Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Monash University and in 2012 she was appointed Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital.

In 2016 she was awarded the Members Special Recognition award of the Skin and Cancer Foundation and in 2017, she was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM). The citation read “For significant service to community health in the field of occupational dermatology, as an academic and researcher, and to professional standards”. In 2018 she received the highest award of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the Silver Medal.

Rosemary enjoys travelling and especially hiking, which she often combines with lecturing overseas. She has two adult daughters.

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