About

DermNet NZ has become a world renowned resource all about the skin. The website is owned by the DermNet New Zealand Trust. It has been HON (Health-on-The-Net) certified since 1996 and is in continuous development to provide information about the skin over any desktop or mobile web browser.

Our mission is to make authoritative information about the skin accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

Dr Amanda Oakley, DermNet's founder, was most recently honoured by being appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services and contribution to Dermatology. She was also awarded the Google Technology Service in the Charitable Sector's Lifetime Service Award at the New Zealand Charities Technology Awards in March 2017 and was a finalist in two categories the New Zealand Woman of Influence awards in June, 2017. Amanda and Emily Oakley, DermNet's Development Manager, were named a top SheEOs at the SheEO World Summit in Auckland, April 2018. 

 

Timeline

Since its launch in 1996 DermNet has been at the forefront of Internet Dermatology.

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Image: Timeline

 

The DermNet NZ Trust

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The DermNet New Zealand Trust is incorporated by New Zealand Companies Office, Certificate of Incorporation number 2591483. It is a registered charity, Registration Number CC50036. The affairs of the DermNet New Zealand Trust are run by its Trustees.

Do you love DermNet NZ? Please consider making a donation.

Our story

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Supported by the New Zealand Dermatological Society, DermNet New Zealand was launched over 20 years ago by Dr Amanda Oakley and a small team of New Zealand dermatologists.

In a world where Wikipedia and Google hadn’t yet been invented, the doctors pooled their resources to provide a completely free and trustworthy online dermatological library certified by Health on the Net.

In 1996, a summer student was employed to upload information sheets written for patients by DermNet's inaugural Chairperson, Dr Mark Duffill, and to scan hundreds of transparency slides. Over time, it became clear that DermNet NZ should also focus on health professionals, researchers and students looking for up-to-date summaries about skin conditions and treatments. 

20 years later, DermNet New Zealand is a Charitable Trust led by a Board of Trustees. Its website is the world's most popular dermatology resource, loved by dermatologists, primary care physicians, students and patients. Every day, the website hosts up to 80,000 visitors asking, What’s this rash? and How do I treat it? Google provides translations in over a hundred languages. Our thousands of clinical images appear worldwide in presentations, journal articles, posters, smartphone apps, websites and blogs. 

DermNet NZ has more than 2,300 topic pages and 25,000 clinical and dermatopathology images. More than 100 new topics and 500 clinical images are added every year. 

All pages are written and reviewed by dermatologists, other health professionals, medical writers and students. Many writers are based in New Zealand, but others have contributed from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. 

In mid-2016 the website was completely redeveloped by Room9 to provide a mobile responsive, content-management driven, optimised platform, using SilverStripe. This makes the editorial team's work easier, with a responsive system to please our mobile readers (and Google's algorithms). Technical development of DermNet NZ is now supported by Toast.

Social media has been enhanced on Twitter and Facebook, with the help of New Zealand dermatologist, Dr Victoria Scott-Lang.

Today DermNet NZ has a staff of 6, and regular contributors to content. The website is heavily reliant on volunteers to write up-to-date pages; and on corporate supporters to fund website hosting, development, writers, and editors. 

Volunteers and sponsors help to keep DermNet free and accessible by anyone with an internet connection. Do you want to help? 

Watch the history of DermNet NZ

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Dr Amanda Oakley presents The History Of DermNet NZ at The International Society Of Teledermatology. In this presentation, Dr Amanda Oakley talks about her incredible journey with DermNet NZ and how it started at a time before Google and Youtube existed – when computers were huge and the connection was dial-up. Produced by the International Society of Teledermatology at the World Congress of Teledermatology, 15 October 2016. Reproduced by DermNet New Zealand, with permission.

Video: Video History of DermNet NZ 

Awards

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SheEO2HON 2019Clinicians Award3IntAlliance Award3ExperianHitwise 1Top10Hitwise2TUANZ Award4

Awards to Amanda Oakley for her work on DermNet New Zealand

QueensBirthdayHonourRCGPs2NZDSExcellenceAward2KudosAwardsWomenOfInfluenceCommunityWomenOfInfluenceInnovationAndScienceDennisPickupTechsoup Award3SkinCancerCollege Award 3WomensDermSociety2AADerm Award4ADAssocation9

Our values

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accessiblereliableuptodateauthoriative5userfriendlyfree

Our people

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Our People

Anthony Yung

Dr Anthony Yung
Board Chair

Dr Anthony Yung (1968-2018) was the Chairperson of DermNet NZ at the time of his untimely death on August 3rd, 2018. He was a consultant for the Waikato Hospital in private practice in Hamilton, New Zealand. He was also a member of the New Zealand Dermatological SocietyMore about Dr Yung.

Victoria ScottLang

Dr Victoria Scott Lang
Board Treasurer

Dr Victoria Scott Lang is the Treasurer of the DermNet Trust Board and the Social Media lead for DermNet. Victoria is a Consultant Dermatologist at KM Surgical, a private practice and state-of-the art dermatology clinic in Christchurch. Victoria is also on the executive committee of the New Zealand Dermatological SocietyMore about Dr Scott-Lang.

Steven lamb

Dr Steven Lamb
Board member

Dr Steven Lamb is a Dermatologist at the Auckland District Health Board as well as private practice. More about Dr Steven Lamb.

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Our Team

Amanda Oakley

A/Prof Amanda Oakley,
Founder and Chief Editor

Anita

Anita Esharaghi
Consultant Dermatologist

Tom Middelburg

Dr Tom Middleburg
Skin cancer and surgery Co-editor

Patrick Emanuel

Dr Patrick Emanuel
Dermatopathology Co-editor

Ben

Dr Ben Tallon
Dermatopathology Co-editor

Emily Oakley

Emily Oakley
Development Manager

Carolyn2

Carolyn Atkinson
Skin Image Technician

Naomi

Naomi Ashman
Skin Image Technician

Maria Macgivern

Maria McGivern
Copy Editor

Gus mitchell

Gus Mitchell
Assistant Editor

Noor Seyd

Noor Syed
Website Content Manager

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The future for DermNet NZ

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So what's next? Watch out for:

  • Research on artificial intelligence and big data
  • DermDiag, a differential diagnosis tool
  • A dermatoscopy atlas
  • An online image shop, to streamline purchases of thousands of unwatermarked clinical images at various resolutions.

Sadly, developing the site costs money. You may see from time-to-time donation drives—please give generously—and we'll be expanding our advertising portfolio. 

Editorial policy

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DermNet NZ aims:                                                      

  • To provide authoritative information about the skin
  • To have all content written or reviewed by dermatologists
  • To record dates of authorship and updates 
  • To be readily accessible and easy to navigate
  • To include low resolution images for fast downloads
  • To use uniform formatting throughout site
  • To minimise internal and external link errors and other miscoding
  • To write in plain English to accommodate a variety of health literacy levels
  • For its search facility to access the entire site (Google Custom Search)
  • To comply with the recommendations of:

We use a British English dictionary. Often, we add American spelling to key words and phrases for clarity.

Despite the best of intentions, we may include content that is incorrect, out of date, or inappropriate for the individual concerned. Our information should not be used to replace consultation with a dermatologist or other experienced health provider. We use Google's translation service to broaden access to non-English readers, but we are conscious that it's not always accurate.

For in-depth information about individual skin diseases, refer to Medscape Reference Dermatology Articles or one of the major conventional published references.

Funding

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DermNet NZ is funded by donationsadvertising, commercial sponsorship and image licensing.

Partners and sponsors

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DermNet NZ may access content from other organisations, when these are consistent with our editorial policy. Our major partners are:

For more about our partners and commercial sponsors and advertisers, visit our sponsors’ page. Or consider becoming a sponsor.

Images

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Images have been supplied by Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley, Waikato District Health Board, Dr Professor Raimo Suhonen (Finland), members of the NZDSI, or as otherwise noted.

Contact us if you would like to donate images.

 

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