How to see a dermatologist

How do I see a dermatologist?

If you think you might need to see a dermatologist, speak to your GP (family doctor). Your GP will have an overarching view of your medical history, current treatments or conditions, as well as any other factors which may impact your health. GPs are able to diagnose and manage many skin conditions. If your skin condition is complex, high risk or requires specialist care, your GP will refer you to a dermatologist.

What is a referral?

A referral is a letter from one doctor or health practitioner to another. A referral to your dermatologist will allow:
    • Your dermatologist to get some background information about your symptoms
    • Your GP/referring doctor to be kept informed
    • You to claim a Medicare rebate for your appointment.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

No, but without a referral you may be unable to claim a Medicare rebate on your initial and subsequent consultation fees.

How do I make an appointment?

You will need to call the dermatology clinic or practice to make an appointment. Your GP or nurse can help you with this.