Getting a professional skin check
If you are someone who has an increased risk of melanoma, including having had melanoma before, we encourage you to learn to recognise suspicious lesions and discuss skin monitoring with your doctor.
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Melanoma in Australia and New Zealand suggest being regularly checked by a clinician with a full body examination, supported by total body photography and dermoscopy as required.
Skin checks can be carried out by:
GPs who have a special interest in skin cancer and are trained in dermoscopy (the use of a special magnifying instrument called a dermatoscope to examine skin lesions).
Dermatologists (skin specialists). Your doctor can refer you or you can make an appointment directly.
Other skin specialists such as Surgeons.
Various mole or skin check services are available. Many use technologies such as whole body photography, digital dermoscopy and computer-based monitoring to track skin changes over time. We recommend you read skin check service websites or printed information, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about cost and what to expect.
Skin Check Provider List
Listed below are a selection of skin check providers that you can visit.*
*Melanoma New Zealand does not endorse the providers of skin check services listed on our website, including the views they express and the product / services they offer. The views and opinions of those skin check providers may not necessarily reflect those of Melanoma New Zealand.
Note: Molemap and The Skin Institute have clinics nationwide. Please refer to their websites for locations and contact details.
Upper North Island
The Skin Cancer Clinic
Dr Patti Piper
Dr Sejal Shah
Sunset Rd Family Dr's
Dr Chris Boberg
Dr Andrew MacGill
Dr Martin Denby
Skin Institute Ponsonby
Skin Institute Remuera
Dr. Anthony Tam
Molemap Auckland Central
Dr Elizabeth Baird
Skin Centre Remuera
New Zealand Plastic Surgeons Ltd
Dr Mark Gittos
Dr Angela Jakobsen, Dr Anthony Fraser,
Dr Karen Gray, Dr Lynette Henry
The Plastic Surgery Centre
Dr Cary G Mellow
Gavin Lobo Health
Dr Gavin Lobo
Dr John Chaplin
Central North Island
Hamilton Skin Cancer Centre
Dr Bert Rauber, Dr Joe Cornforth
Bay of Plenty
Bay Plastic Surgery
Da Vinci Clinic
Adam Bialostocki, Dr. Amy Stanway,
Mount Medical Centre
Dr Robert Hilligan
Papamoa Beach Family Practice
Dr William Moss & Dr Vishad Chathury
Skin Centre Rotorua
Lower North Island
Dr Angela Dowle, Dr Graeme Bishop,
Dr Nicki Hartland, Dr Sari Lester,
Dr Sean Thomson, Dr Susan Cornah
The Dermoscopy Centre
Dr Julia Racle
Dr Victoria Scott-Lang
Dr Ken Macdonald
Pegasus Skin Cancer Centre
Dr John Dehn
Dt Tom Middelburg
Dr Martin Keefe
The Chandler Clinic
Dr Tracy Chandler
Mohs and Skin Cancer Specialist Ltd
Dr Rebecca Ayers
Dr Rahul Prasad
Skin Institute Queenstown
Lakes Skin Cancer Clinic
Dr Greg Harmsworth
Other useful links:
Visit the Skin Cancer College Australasia for more skin check providers in New Zealand.
Or find a dermatologist through the NZ Dermatological Society.
How about skin check apps?
At Melanoma NZ we support technologies that promote early detection of melanoma.
There are two broad types of skin checks apps and as a consumer you can choose to receive reports on your moles either from a real doctor (“Doctor Report” or “Teledermoscopy” Apps) or from an automated computer-program (“Computer analysed or algorithm” apps).
A limitation of all skin check apps is that you only receive reports on those lesions selected by you.