Having a skin condition can be frustrating and uncomfortable, not to mention embarrassing. If you do have problem skin, you are not alone; it is estimated that one in ten visits to a GP are for a skin related concern. Most of the time your GP will be able to treat your condition, however for more complex issues you will be referred to a dermatologist.
Dermatologists are doctors who have undergone a further four years of training to specialise in the treatment of skin diseases and cancers.
Did you know the skin is the largest organ of the body and includes the hair and nails? Dermatologists see patients of all ages for a wide variety of conditions from acne to skin cancers. They are also able to provide professional application of cosmetic services. No wonder dermatologists are so busy and no wonder it can be hard to find a dermatologist.
What Makes a Good Dermatologist?
Lets take a look at some things to look out for.
- Up to date treatments. Dermatologists are constantly updating their knowledge and skills. Options may include surgical and laser treatments. New breakthroughs in treatments become available often so make sure you’re getting the best possible solution for your condition.
- Caring. Skin conditions can be chronic, some even lifelong. If this is the case for you it is important that your dermatologist has a caring and sympathetic approach that helps to ease any stress or anxiety you may be experiencing.
- Availability. As mentioned above, skin problems can require ongoing treatment so it’s vital that your dermatologist is available when you need them. Dermatologists are usually very busy; if you need ongoing treatment, check that they can manage a new patient. Keep in mind that dermatologists also work in hospital settings and you may be able to see them there.
- Patient Education. Managing skin conditions is a team effort between you and your dermatologist. Home management is an important part of a treatment plan. Your dermatologist should be able to provide you with knowledge of your condition as well as useful at-home instructions. With these tools you will feel more confident with your treatment plan.
The Top Three Dermatologists in Canberra
Here are our picks for the top three dermatologists in Canberra.
1. Dr Leona Yip
Dr Leona Yip is a Melbourne trained dermatologist who has been practicing in Canberra since 2014. She is a member of the Australian College of Dermatologists. With the assistance of two nurses Dr Yip offers the following services: general adult and pediatric dermatology, skin cancers and sun damaged skin, hair and scalp disorders, excessive sweating, medical laser treatments, Dermapen for scarring and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr Yip has many years of experience and is an active member and contributor to many professional bodies as well as being involved in training dermatology registrars and educating other health professionals. Her practice is open Tuesday to Friday from 8.30 to 5.
2. Dr Catherine Drummond
Dr Catherine Drummond runs her practice out of the McKay Gardens Professional Centre in Turner. She is also available for pediatric dermatology appointments at the Canberra Hospital.
As well as attending her busy practice, Dr Drummond is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School and an accredited NSW Workcover Assessor. She offers a range of dermatological services including general dermatology, pediatric dermatology, Teledermatology for rural or remote patients, patch testing and unbiased assessment of workers’ compensation and medicolegal claims.
3. Dr Mark Healsmith
Dr Mark Healsmith gets three mentions in the comments. Random reports, “A few family members have had good experiences with Dr. Mark Healsmith.” Holden Caufield says, “I’ve used him for other skin related issues and I always found him to be very good,” and sumarai concurs, “Try Dr Healsmith. Very good, been seeing him for 4 years though for skin cancers.”
There are plenty of recommendations for Dr Healsmith. His practice is centrally located on University Avenue in the city. Opening hours are 8.30 to 5 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8.30 to 1 Wednesday and Friday.
Your Experience with Dermatologists in Canberra
If you have been to any of these dermatologists or have experience with other dermatologists in Canberra we would love to hear from you. Just use the comment section below to tell us all about it.