Southern DHB Dermatology Services
Welcome to Dermatology at Southern DHB
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the skin, hair and nails.
The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease - infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.
What is a Dermatologist?
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in dermatology. Advanced training in dermatology involves at least four years of intensive study, research and practical experience in a variety of approved training centres across New Zealand and overseas. In total, your dermatologist will have a minimum of 13 years' training.
Dermatology at Southland and Dunedin Hospitals
Dermatology services are provided via outpatient clinics or by one of our consulting physicians through telemedicine.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Zealand. Skin cancer is largely preventable. Over 90% of all skin cancer is attributed to excess sun exposure. All New Zealanders are encouraged to be SunSmart and to “Slip, slop, slap and wrap”.
For more information about SunSmart or sun protection visit: https://otago-southland.cancernz.org.nz/
These websites offers a wealth of information about skin diseases, treatments, the latest news, and much more.
DermNet NZ: www.dermnetnz.org
New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated: https://www.nzdsi.org/index.aspx