Where to get your skin checked

In deciding where to go for a skin check, it is important to find out about the services offered and the expertise of the staff. Your GP may be able to advise you.

There are four main points to consider when deciding where to have your skin checked:

1. The qualifications of staff
2.  Costs
3. Diagnosis and treatment
4. Information and follow-up provided.

General practitioners

If you think you have a suspicious spot or would like to have your skin checked, your first port of call should be your general practitioner (GP). Your GP knows your full history, can talk to you about risk factors, examine your skin and advise you about checking your own skin, treat some skin cancers and provide other appropriate care. They may check your skin themselves, refer you to a specialist, or recommend a particular skin clinic.


If you would like a second opinion, ask your GP to refer you to a specialist, such as a dermatologist ( a doctor who has completed additional training to specialise in diagnosing and treating skin disease, including skin cancer), a plastic surgeon or a general surgeon.

If you would like a consultation with a specialist, keep the following in mind:

  • You should have a referral from a GP.
  • Before the appointment, ask about the fees and what proportion of these are covered by Medicare.
  • There may be a long waiting list. If there is a spot of particular concern, your referring doctor should organise an early appointment.
  • If you live in regional NSW, there may not be a dermatologist based in the local area. However, many regional areas have visiting dermatologists. Your GP should be able to advise you.

Skin clinics

Many skin clinics operate in NSW and offer a variety of services and fee arrangements. Skin clinics are usually operated by GPs and some bulk-bill for at least some of their services.

If you decide to make an appointment with a skin clinic, it is important to ask:

  • About the qualifications, skills and experience of the person who will examine you, does this person have any extra training in skin examination?
  • Whether that person is a member or fellow of any professional association relevant to skin cancer (such as the Australasian College of Dermatologists)
  • What costs may be involved, not just for the initial consultation, but for any follow-up treatment you may require.

Many clinics offer the latest digital technology to assist in examining skin spots. It is important to remember that these are just tools that help the person examining your skin to make a diagnosis. The quality of that diagnosis still depends on the experience and skills of that person.

Please note, Cancer Council does not operate or endorse any particular skin clinic, general practitioner or skin specialist.


Some clinics bulk-bill for the initial consultation, while others require upfront payment. When making the appointment, always ask if the clinic bulk-bills and check if other costs might be involved. For example, if the doctor examining your skin believes you have a skin cancer, he or she may want to carry out a biopsy to test the spot or even remove the whole spot and have it sent for testing. These procedures may involve significant extra charges that may not be bulk-billed.

Before you proceed:

  • Ask how much each procedure will cost in full and how much is refundable through Medicare.
  • Clinics may use technology that involves computer-assisted scanning and store images of your spots for future comparison. Ask if there are additional costs or fees for storing the images and follow-up appoitments.

Information and follow-up

Once you have had your skin checked, the clinic should provide you with information about skin cancer prevention and any follow-up you may need.

Ask the clinic for:

  • Information about skin cancer, prevention and sun protection
  • Information about checking your own skin
  • A record of your diagnosis and treatment to be sent to your GP.
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Instructions for downloading and reading EPUB files

Apple devices

The iBooks application must be installed on your Apple device before you can read the EPUB.
Different ways to download an EPUB file to your Apple device:

  • email EPUB files to yourself and transfer the attachment to iBooks.
  • copy EPUB files into DropBox (or a similar service) and use the DropBox app to send them to iBooks.
  • open EPUB files directly from Mobile Safari and open them in iBooks, where they are saved automatically by downloading the EPUB from the website.

Need more help? Visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4059


To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
Need more information? Visit: http://www.kobo.com/help/koboaura/response/?id=3784&type=3

Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

Need more help? Visit: https://au.readerstore.sony.com/apps_and_devices/

Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200767340&qid=1395967989&sr=1-1
For more information on accessing a PDF on your Kindle™, visit www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle, log in to your account and click on Personal Document Settings.
Need more help? Visit https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630

Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.