Childhood Exanthems

Childhood exanthems present a quandary: how do you differentiate the rash of meningococcal septicaemia from the non-specific viral exanthem? What’s a Koplik spot and what about Forcheimer spots? And what about recognizing infections that can affect the foetus? Learn how to recognise childhood exanthems and enanthems with Professor John Su, a paediatrician and dermatologist.

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Associate Prof John Su


Associate Prof John Su is both a specialist dermatologist and paediatrician. He undertook medical training at the University of Melbourne, where he subsequently completed a master’s in epidemiology; he also holds master’s degrees from Cambridge and Durham universities. Following specialist training, he was awarded the Florence bequest for post-fellowship training at the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. He is head of dermatology at Eastern Health and consults at the children’s skin services of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Austin Health, Peninsula Health, Monash Health and Western Health. He holds adjunct positions at Monash University, Eastern Health and at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne.

Professor Su has been a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials and has published in diverse areas including atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, birthmarks (including haemangiomas), and genetic and systemic skin diseases. He also has a special interest in childrens’ quality of life.

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