FAQ'S

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE A DERMATOLOGIST AT CHROMA DERMATOLOGY?

Appointments are essential and private consultation fees apply. Please call Chroma Dermatology on (03) 8560 6946 to make an appointment.

As a courtesy to patients scheduled after you, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow time for the registration process.

DO I NEED A REFERRAL FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

Referrals are recommended if you wish to claim the Medicare rebate on your consultation and treatment (where applicable). However, if you do not wish to claim the Medicare rebate, no referral is required.

Medicare rebate on an initial consultation is approximately $73.00

DOES CHROMA DERMATOLOGY SEE AND TREAT ONLY PIGMENT PROBLEMS AND SKIN OF COLOUR?

The team at Chroma Dermatology are skilled in treating all problems with hair skin and nails in all skin types. We see and treat things like acne, eczema, hair loss, excessive sweating and rashes all the time!

DOES CHROMA DERMATOLOGY SEE AND TREAT CHILDREN?

Absolutely! All dermatologists are able to see and treat adults and children with skin, hair and nail problems. Dr. Rodrigues consults at the Royal Children’s Hospital Dermatology Clinic and also sees children in her private rooms.

IS A DERMATOLOGIST A MEDICAL DOCTOR?

Yes, all dermatologists are fully qualified medical doctors. They must successfully complete a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree and at least two years of full-time work in a tertiary referral hospital followed by a minimum of four years of full-time intensive training and work in dermatology through the Australasian College of Dermatologist’s training program. At the conclusion of this intensive training program, a series of examinations must be successfully passed to obtain the post-graduate dermatology qualification. More information.

WILL I BE ABLE TO HAVE LASER TREATMENT ON THE SAME DAY AS MY CONSULTATION?

The initial consultation will involve taking a detailed medical history, performing a thorough examination and formulating an individually-tailored management plan for your condition.

If laser surgery is deemed appropriate or necessary for your condition, the appointment will usually be made at a separate time. Exceptions can be made for those travelling from rural Victoria or interstate. Please call our friendly receptionists to find out how we can help you.

WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE IT TO MY APPOINTMENT?

As a courtesy, we would sincerely appreciate it if you can inform us at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time if you are unable to attend.

This will help us facilitate earlier appointments for those with urgent skin problems. Failing to attend your appointment without notice may incur a cancellation fee of $50.00.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DERMATOLOGIST AND ‘SKIN SPECIALIST,’ ‘SKIN CANCER SPECIALIST’ OR ‘COSMETIC DOCTOR’?

A dermatologist is a qualified medical doctor who undertakes at least an extra four years of full-time training through the Australasian College of Dermatologists after their medical degree. They must successfully complete exams in order to obtain their post-graduate qualifications in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in people of all ages. More information.

Some practitioners will use the terms “skin specialist,” “skin cancer specialist,” “skin cancer doctor,” “cosmetic physician/doctor” and so on but are not dermatologists. This may be because the person holds a diploma or membership of “practical” or “clinical dermatology” group but this is not equivalent to a specialist dermatology qualification.

If you want to know if your doctor is qualified dermatologist – look for the qualifications “FACD” (Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists) after their name. They will also be listed as a recognised dermatologist on the Australasian College of Dermatologists website

OTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have any other questions or would like more information, please contact our friendly staff: Call Chroma Dermatology

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202 JELLS ROAD,
WHEELERS HILL, VIC 3150
SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE

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