Do I need a referral to be seen by a Dermatologist?

It is preferable for you to have a referral, but it is not a necessity. If you do not have a valid referral, you will not be able to claim a Medicare rebate against the cost of your consultation. 

Why do you prefer a referral?

A referral benefits you, as a patient, in a number of ways

  • You are able to claim a medicare rebate for the consultation and associated procedures. We can process this on the day of your appointment in most cases
  • Your usual treating doctor (GP or specialist) will be able to summarise your current concerns, investigations and treatments to date
  • We can ensure that we have a current list of medications, allergies and past medical history 
  • The doctors can provide continuity of your care by liaising with your usual doctor and inform them of other investigations and treatment

What are your fees?

Initial consultation - $220 

Subsequent consultation - $150

Procedures attract additional fees


Do you bulk bill?

No, we are a private billing clinic for all patients. 


Private health funds do not cover any outpatients (as in outside of a hospital) appointments or procedures

Do you accept private health insurance?


Yes, both of our dermatologists, see and manage skin conditions in children

Do you treat children/babies?


Yes, for Gold Card & White card patients with dermatology approval, billing is sent straight to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Do you see Veteran Affairs Patients?


Due to the high demand for services, appointments are necessary. Please call the clinic on  07 5538 8966 to book an appointment

 

Do you accept Walk in patients?


Dr Samantha Davidson is available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. The times occasionally vary, but she works till 7pm on a Tuesday.

Dr John Auld is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 8.00am – 1.00pm

What hours do the doctors work?


Both of our dermatologists see and treat patients with hair loss. Dr John Auld has a special interest in conditions affecting the hair. 

Do you treat hair loss?


Please bring

  • your current referral
  • a list of medications and treatments you have tried or been prescribed
  • copies of any blood tests or investigations that are relevant to your current condition 

Remember to

  • remove fake tan
  • remove nail polish
  • wear no makeup
  • wear clothes that are easy to remove

These things are to make sure you can get the most out of your appointment and so that we can conduct a proper examination of your skin.

 

What should I do/bring for my appointment?


After the initial consultation, light therapy is bulk billed to Medicare. You will have no out of pocket expenses for ongoing light therapy as long as you have a valid referral. Review appointments are billed at our standard rate

 

I would like to start light therapy for my psoriasis, how much does light therapy cost?


A referral from a GP will last 12 months from the date of your initial consultation.

A referral from a specialist will last 3 months from the date of your initial consultation.

How long does a referral last for?