Dr Robert Salmon
Principal and Director Illawarra Dermatology + Laser Clinic, Wollongong
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. In 1983 Dr Salmon obtained his Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) and the following year set up private and hospital practice in Wollongong. He established Illawarra Dermatology Associates in 1988, bringing visiting dermatologists to service the needs of the local community.
Dr Salmon also trained in Australia and the U.S. to become an accredited Mohs Surgeon and became a 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, serving three years on the College Council.
At present, Dr Salmon is a Visiting Medical Officer at Wollongong Hospital and also an accredited medical officer at Wollongong Day Surgery, 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 also expanding to cater to the cosmetic needs of patients. Having grown up on Coogee beach, Dr Salmon is well acquainted with the type of sun damage common to many Australians, and the best treatment options.
Dr Lizbeth Wheeler
BSc (hons) MD, FACD
Dr Wheeler (formerly Dr Intong) is a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. She completed her medical degree and initial dermatology training at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. She then completed a one-year fellowship at Changi General Hospital in Singapore, followed by a three-year fellowship in blistering disease, dermatopharmacology and clinical research at St. George Hospital in Sydney where she was involved in teaching medical students as a conjoint associate lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Following that, Dr Wheeler went on to do a two-year stint at St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia in Darlinghurst to fulfil requirements for Australian dermatology specialist recognition.
Dr Wheeler is a member of several international dermatology societies, has presented at a number of international conferences, and has authored several book chapters and journal articles in molecular biology, blistering diseases, and drug reactions in children. Her main areas of interest include blistering diseases, paediatric dermatology, psoriasis and skin cancers.
Dr Amy Kline
BSc (Med) MBBS FACD
Dr Kline completed her medical studies at the University of NSW graduating with honours in 2008. As a junior doctor, she trained at major teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as spending time in rural NSW and as a medical volunteer in Africa. Specific to dermatology she has previously worked at the Skin and Cancer foundation Darlinghurst, Sydney Children’s hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital and John Hunter hospital. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at the national dermatology conference. She enjoys the entire field of dermatology but has special interests in skin cancer management, paediatrics and psoriasis. Having grown up on the South Coast she has a particular affinity for its community and fantastic outdoor lifestyle.
Our Practicing GP’s
Dr Michael Charles
Dr Charles attended the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1987. 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 2008 and currently works one day per week. He is part of the first intake of doctors to complete 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.
With approximately 500 dermatologists in Australia, or one for every 66,000 people, the demand for dermatological services cannot adequately be met in regional NSW.
To address this problem, the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) 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), to up-skill general practitioners.
ID+LC is one of the practices training GPs in dermatology, and we’re proud to be participating in this program that will help make dermatological services accessible to everyone in our community.
Nursing support is vital for our doctors and patients. Our nursing support team play an integral role in the smooth operations of our practice and provide invaluable care and advice to our patients.