A dermatologist has a medical degree and four years of specialist training. The Australasian College of Dermatologists is the only government accredited provider of specialist training. Dermatologists specialise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin diseases and cancers.
Dermatologists are initially trained as doctors, undertaking six or more years of university study to gain their medical degree. This is followed by several years of full-time training and practice as a junior hospital doctor in an accredited teaching hospital. Subsequently specialist dermatology trainees undergo a rigorous four-year national training program with regular assessments and exit examinations conducted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists to maintain a high standard of specialists in Australia.
What do the qualifications mean?
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
This is a degree entitling one to practice as a medical doctor.
Fellowship of The Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)
This degree certifies a fully qualified, specialist Dermatologist.
What is the difference between a skin cancer clinic?
Skin cancer clinics are usually run by non-specialist doctors.
Dr. Dunn is a general dermatologist and able to provide consultations for most dermatological conditions including:
- Skin checks
- Skin cancer and skin cancer prevention
- Mole and melanoma surveillance
- Excessive sweating
- Urticaria (hives) and itching
- Paediatric dermatology
- Women’s dermatology including vulval skin disorders and rashes in pregnancy
- Hair disorders including hair loss
- Nail disorders
- Blistering conditions
- Infections of the skin
- Birth marks
- Medical illnesses affecting the skin i.e. lupus, diabetes, bowel disorders
A valid GP referral is recommended for several reasons:
- Allows you to claim from Medicare for some of the fees for your consultation, biopsies and procedures (non-cosmetic).
- Facilitates communication with your family doctor and maintains up-to-date medical history, medications and allergy information.
GP referrals usually last for 12 months.
Please call 98901644 (Box Hill) to book an appointment.
How long is the waiting list?
Usually an appointment will be available within 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Dunn is a private billing dermatologist reflected in the high standard of care.
Reduced fees are available for pensioners.
Please call 9890 1644 for further up to date billing information.
Can I claim Medicare?
If you have a valid Medicare card and a valid referral then you can claim a proportion of the fees from Medicare.
Overseas students or visitors without a Medicare card but covered by health insurance can usually claim an amount equivalent to the Medicare rebate.
Can I claim private health?
The current federal government legislation does not allow private health insurance providers to cover Australian residents for medical services performed outside of hospital.
Overseas visitors and students with private cover such as BUPA will usually be able to claim a similar amount to the medicare schedule fees.