Absolutely! In fact, a referral from a general practitioner is often the first step in addressing your skin concerns. With Instant Consult, you can easily get a dermatologist referral from a highly qualified GP right from the comfort of your home.

No need to step out for an appointment – just a few clicks on your device, and you’ll be connected with an AHPRA-registered Australian GP.

Whether it’s concerns about skin cancer, eczema, or psoriasis, our GPs are ready to assist. They can provide new referrals, repeat referrals, and even change specialist referrals if necessary. With these, you can access specialised dermatology care in Australia and may even qualify for Medicare rebates.

So, if you’re seeking top-notch dermatology care, let Instant Consult be your first stop. Just chat with our GP about your skin condition, and if deemed appropriate, you’ll have your referral letter delivered straight to your Instant Consult inbox immediately after the consultation. Managing your skin health has never been this easy!

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What is a Dermatologist Referral?

A dermatologist referral is a recommendation or instruction, typically from a GP or primary care doctor, to see a dermatologist. This is often necessary for patients who have skin conditions that require specialised care beyond what the general practitioner can provide. In some cases, having a valid referral can also fast-track the process of getting an appointment with a dermatologist.

Depending on your needs, our GPs can provide three types of dermatologist referrals:

  • New Referrals: This is the first step for patients who have never seen a dermatologist for their current skin condition. The GP assesses your skin concerns and medical history, then writes a referral to a dermatologist for a fresh evaluation and treatment plan.
  • Repeat Referrals: A typical referral is usually valid for up to 12 months only. If you’ve previously seen a dermatologist for a particular condition and need to revisit for the same issue, but your previous referral has expired, you’ll need a repeat referral.
  • Change of Dermatologist Referrals: Sometimes, you might need to switch to a different dermatologist, maybe due to relocation, availability, or seeking a second opinion. In this case, your GP will provide a referral to a new dermatologist. This ensures that your medical history and previous treatments are considered for continued and cohesive care.

Do I Need a Referral to See a Dermatologist?

Strictly speaking, a referral isn’t necessary to see a dermatologist in Australia. However, getting one can be beneficial in terms of:

  • Medicare Benefits: With a GP referral, your visit to the dermatologist may be partially covered by Medicare, offering you a rebate on consultation fees.
  • Coordinated Care: A referral ensures that your dermatologist is informed about your medical history and any previous treatments, allowing for more effective and coordinated care.
  • Diagnosis Confirmation: Your GP can provide an initial assessment of your skin condition and decide if specialist dermatological care is needed. This, in turn, helps in accurate diagnosis and treatment.

How to Get a Dermatologist Referral from Our GP

Ready to take the leap towards healthier skin? Getting a online dermatologist referral is easy and convenient with Instant Consult! Just follow these simple steps to book your video consultation, and you’re on your way:

  1. Sign Up or Log In to Instant Consult: Start by accessing Instant Consult on your device. If you’re on your phone or tablet, you can download the Instant Consult app from the App Store or PlayStore. Sign up for an account or log in if you’re a returning user.
  2. Request a Consultation: Click on the “Request a Consult” button on the app’s dashboard and follow the prompts. One of our GPs will connect with you in 15 minutes or less. No waiting in queues – it’s healthcare at your convenience!
  3. Jump on a Video Call: Once connected, talk to the GP about your skin issues. Whether it’s acne, eczema, or something else, they’re here to listen and help. Don’t forget to express your desire for a dermatologist referral. The GP will consider your medical history and current skin condition to determine if you need to see a skin specialist.
  4. Receive Your Referral: After your consultation, our GP will provide you with a referral to a dermatologist if necessary. It will be sent directly to your Instant Consult inbox. You can then use this to book an appointment with the recommended dermatologist.

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Are you too ill to come into work and need to give your boss a medical certificate? With Instant Consult you can chat with a doctor and get a medical certificate sent directly to your app’s inbox, all without getting out of bed!



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If you have a medical condition that needs treatment from a specialist, one of our GP’s can send a digital referral straight to your app’s inbox.


Pathology Requests

If you need a blood cell count or to check for STDs/STIs or need any other kind of bloodwork you can easily get a pathology request sent to your inbox by any of our fully licensed online GPs. You can then take the request to the clinic of your choice.


Radiology Requests

If you require any special kind of diagnostic imaging such as a CAT scan or an MRI you can get a request from one of our online GPs which you can then take to your preferred provider.

Skin Conditions That Typically Require a Dermatologist Referral

While our GPs can handle many minor skin issues, some conditions really benefit from a specialist’s touch. Here are common skin conditions that typically warrant a referral to a dermatologist:

  • Acne: Particularly stubborn or severe cases, which may require more than topical treatments.
  • Eczema and Dermatitis: When these conditions are chronic or severe, a dermatologist can offer specialised care, potentially involving immunosuppression therapies.
  • Psoriasis: This condition often needs tailored treatment plans that a dermatologist is best equipped to provide.
  • Skin Cancer Checks: For thorough skin checks, biopsies, and treatment of skin cancer, including melanoma, a dermatologist’s expertise is crucial especially if you’re high risk.
  • Suspicious Moles or Lesions: To evaluate and possibly remove moles or lesions that could be cancerous.
  • Severe or Unusual Rashes: Including drug eruptions, where a dermatologist’s input is vital for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
  • Rosacea: A chronic condition requiring specialised care to manage its symptoms effectively.

Note that while our online consultations are incredibly convenient, there are situations where they might not be appropriate. If your skin condition involves severe symptoms, requires immediate physical examination (like urgent skin checks for melanoma), or involves complex procedures (like biopsies or x-rays), face-to-face consultation with a clinician is still recommended.

Your Dermatologist Referral is a Few Clicks Away

Looking for a hassle-free way to see a dermatologist? With Instant Consult, getting your dermatologist referral is quick, easy, and convenient. Plus, for patients 12 months and under with a valid Medicare card, we offer bulk-billing options!

But that’s not all – Instant Consult is your go-to for a range of healthcare services. From general medical consultations, online prescriptions, and medical certificates to requests for and even interpreting the test results of X-rays and blood tests, we’ve got you covered. Your journey to better health is just a few clicks away. Request a consultation today!

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