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Description

A dermatologist is a medical professional who specialises in diagnosing, treating and preventing skin conditions. Common skin conditions treated by dermatologists include skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and warts.

Services provided

  • Diagnosis of skin disorders
  • Treatment options
  • Surgical procedures

Eligibility

You need a referral from a doctor to see a dermatologist.

How to access

Ask your doctor about how to make an appointment with your dermatologist.

Costs

Dermatologist services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Dermatologist fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.

Profile

Sector

Conventional healthcare

Regulation

Regulated by Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)

Registration

Dermatologists must be registered through the Australasian College of Dermatologists.Dermatologists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), with the Medical Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for a dermatologist is Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Tip

  • Take results of any tests with you (such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs).