Do I need an appointment to consult with Dr. Rodrigues?
Appointments are essential and private consultation fees apply. Please call Wheelers Hill +61385606946, Box Hill +61398901844 or Frankston +61397709788 to make an appointment at a location close to you.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 with Dr. Rodrigues?
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 $72.75
On what days of the week can I consult with Dr. Rodrigues?
Dr. Rodrigues consults at:
Box Hill: Monday and Thursday 9am – 5pm
Frankston: Tuesday and Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Call Box Hill +61398901844 for appointment time
Call Frankston +61397709788 for appointment time
Does Dr. Rodrigues see and treat children?
Yes, all dermatologists are able to see and treat adults and children with skin, hair and nail problems. In addition to adult dermatology, Dr. Rodrigues consults at the Royal Children’s Hospital Dermatology Clinic and also sees children in her private rooms in both locations.
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 with Dr. Rodrigues will involve taking a medical history, performing an examination and formulating a 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 at the location closest to you 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 kindly 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. Cancellation with less than 24hours notice or failing to attend may incur a nominal cancellation fee of $35.00.
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.
Skin cancer clinics may be staffed by general practitioners, not dermatologists. 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 a real skin specialist – look for the qualifications “FACD” (Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists) after their name. They will be listed as a recognised dermatologist on the Australasian College of Dermatologists website.