Dermatology

The Dermatology Service provides diagnosis and treatment for babies, children and adolescents with skin, hair or nail conditions.

The most common conditions seen are:

  • eczema
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • rashes
  • skin infections
  • hair loss
  • birthmarks
  • blistering diseases
  • vitiligo
  • genetic skin conditions.

Our services are available across Queensland through:

  • Tele-dermatology (both face to face as well as image review)
  • outpatient clinics
  • inpatient care
  • urgent consultative services, both in hospital and to the broader Queensland medical community.

Clinics

Dermatology outpatient clinics operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment.

Dermatology Day Care for Eczema
The Dermatology Clinical Nurse provides comprehensive eczema education to families on the same day as their Dermatology outpatient appointment.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted for patients with any condition of the skin, hair or nails, aged from birth to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted for patients aged from birth to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Co-care with your General Practitioner

We prefer you have a recent review by your general practitioner (GP) so that we can best co-ordinate shared care. The goal being, to keep people closer to home for their medical needs. This has been shown to improve health outcomes.

Tele-Dermatology

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Dermatology Service provides a telehealth services to anywhere within Queensland.

Catchment area

This service is available to children living in Queensland.

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Dermatology Service provides a telehealth service to anywhere within Queensland and beyond. Telehealth appointments can be requested in your referral. This can be for an image review or a face to face appointment.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • doctors of any specialty
  • nurse practitioners in related fields
  • general practitioners (GPs) and paediatricians (under most circumstances).

Other referral information

Once your doctor has referred your child to the Dermatology Service, you will receive a letter notifying you of your appointment with a dermatologist. You do not need to bring the referral letter along.

Please bring any creams or medications you have already tried using to treat your child’s skin condition to your appointment.

If you are referred by your GP or nurse practitioner, your referral will be valid for one year. You will then need another referral.

A referral from a specialist doctor is valid for 3 months.

Your doctor may ask for photographs to keep on the computer or to send with the referral. Please consider whether you would prefer this NOT to be done.

Please allocate half a day for travel, parking, clinic time etc. We thank you for your patience.

Information for health professionals

Referral instructions

All referrals to the Dermatology Service are welcome by health professionals.

Please include the names of all topical and oral treatments already tried to treat the condition (if any) in your referral. It is important to include if they are creams or ointments as this can make a difference to treatment.

Referrals can be received by the online referral system, emailed or faxed.
e: CHQ-LCCH-REF@health.qld.gov.au
f: 07 3068 3339

Urgent referrals

For urgent referrals please contact the Dermatology Registrar on-call via the Lady Cilento Hospital switchboard.
t: 07 3068 1111

For Telehealth throughout Queensland, please indicate this on the referral.

Our team

Director

Dr David Levitt MBChB, DRCOG, FRACP

Acting head of department

Dr Tania Zappala BSc (Med) MBBS, MPHTM, FACD

Senior Medical Officer

Dr Amanda Dore MBBS (Hons), FACD

Useful links

Australian Alopecia Areata Foundation
Congenital Melanocytic Naevus Support
DermNet New Zealand
Eczema Association of Australia
Itchy Kids

This service is available at

Medical (3c)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Level 3
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

For all appointment enquiries, please call or email the Outpatient’s Call Centre.
t: 1300 762 831
e: LCCH-Outpatients@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Clinics are held 4 days per week.
A Dermatology Clinical Nurse is available Monday to Friday, 8am–4.30pm.
Dermatology Registrars can be contacted by health care professionals 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (as a consulting service only).
If hospital admission is required, then the treating team is General Paediatrics with Dermatology consulting.

Related services

Child Health Service
General Paediatrics and Babies
Queensland Paediatric Immunology and Allergy Service

Resources

Eczema fact sheet
Eczema – Bathing your child fact sheet
Eczema – How to use wet wraps fact sheet
View all dermatology fact sheets