Patch Test Training Fund
Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon AM has recently launched a new fundraising initiative to assist dermatologists from developing countries to train in patch testing.
Patch testing is a form of skin allergy testing required to make a diagnosis of allergic contact dermatitis. It requires considerable expertise and also materials.
The new fund will not only provide scholarships for dermatologists from those countries to train in contact dermatitis, principally at the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc, but also provide them with patch test supplies for use on their return home.
Allergic contact dermatitis is a common and often preventable skin condition. Common causes in developing countries include metals, especially nickel from piercings, chromate from cement and leather, fragrances, hair dye and preservatives. Occupational contact dermatitis, which may be allergic or irritant, is also prevalent in countries without established occupational health and safety cultures and workers compensation systems. Allergic contact dermatitis can only be diagnosed through patch testing.
Associate Professor Rosemary Nixon AM is a member of the peak international body for contact dermatitis, the International Contact Dermatitis Research and Education Group, which has representatives from 15 countries. She is also a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology group and is a mentor for the International Society of Dermatology. She has trained numerous dermatologists in contact dermatitis, from not only Australia but also from countries including Thailand, UK, Israel, the Philippines, Singapore, Canada, Fiji, Switzerland.