It is not a legal requirement to have a GP/specialist referral to see a dermatologist and anyone can book in to see a dermatologist. However, only patients who present with a current GP/specialist referral are eligible to receive a rebate from Medicare.
Simply call 08 8159 1378 to make an appointment. We endeavor to see all patients in a timely manner and make all efforts to assist in urgent situations. Please discuss with our receptionists if you have a particular urgency.
You will be sent a reminder SMS on your mobile phone a few days prior to your appointment time. Please contact us on 08 8159 1378 if you are unable to attend your appointment or need to reschedule your appointment. We also offer an SMS reminder service for 6 and 12 monthly appointments on request.
• Referral letter from GP, family physician or other doctor
• Medicare card, DVA card, pension card
• List of medication and allergies, photographs of the skin condition, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans etc., and any other relevant information
Your medical records are handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. All our staff are bound by strict confidentiality compliance. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical records without your consent.
Acne is most common during puberty but can also develop in adulthood. In teens, acne is the result of hormonal changes with puberty. The regions commonly affected include the face, shoulder, neck, chest, and the upper back. Acne is formed when the oil glands under the skin secrete excess oil, which, along with the dead skin cells clog the pores of your skin. Bacteria are trapped inside leading to redness and swelling.
No, many moles are inherited and develop at different stages of childhood and right up to around age 30. Development of new moles after age 30 can be concerning. 70% of Melanomas occur as new moles and not ‘changing’ moles.
Any mole that is changing in appearance, shape, colour, size and character should be assessed. The concerning features for melanoma are
A = asymmetry
B = irregular border
C = variance in colour
D = diameter > 6mm
E = evolving/growing or changing mole
Patients with lots of moles may have increased risk.
• Personal history/family history of melanoma
• Large numbers of moles
• Fair complexion
• Extensive sun exposure history
It is advisable to wear SPF 50+ sunscreen daily on the face, neck and décolletage area to reduce photoaging and the risk of development of skin cancer. To maintain Vitamin D levels, 10 minutes of sun exposure (before 9 am and after 4pm) three times weekly of the elbows to hands without sunscreen in Summer is sufficient to maintain normal levels of Vitamin D. In Winter, the recommendation is 30 minutes three times weekly of the same areas. Some people choose to take vitamin D supplementation during Winter if they are not achieving this and others will take Vitamin D supplementation year round.
Most sunscreens are a combination of a physical blocker (titanium dioxide and Zinc) which reflects UV rays and chemical absorbers which absorb the UV rays and change them into harmless wavelengths. Some people may be allergic to the chemicals in sunscreens and may be only able to use physical blockers.
It is wise to use appropriate clothing including wide brimmed hats, long sleeves and pants and gloves to assist in your sun protection. Tightly woven fabric offers more sun protection.
Sunlight is reflected off water and other surfaces, so sitting in the shade is not sufficient to protect from sunburn and photoaging.
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