Frequently Asked Questions

An accredited Dermatologist in Australia is a Fellow of The Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD). This is the only formal Australian recognised provider of specialist medical and surgical care for skin diseases and cancers in Australia. Obtaining this accreditation involves a university medical degree (approximately 6 years), several further years of full time hospital work and training as a junior doctor, followed by 4 years of specialist Dermatology training with the Australasian College of Dermatologists. The latter specialist training involves regular clinical and academic assessments and several days of rigorous exit examinations, all of which ensure the highest level of specialist Dermatological care in Australia.

Importantly, many ‘skin cancer clinics’ in Australia are run by doctors who are not Dermatologists, but who may refer to themselves as ‘skin cancer’ / ‘skin’ specialists,  or similar.  It is important to realise that anyone can use such titles, despite having no formal accredited Dermatological training.

A/Prof Saracino is dually accredited and recognised as a Dermatologist in both Australia (FACD) and the UK (Royal College of Physicians); she is hence on the specialist register in both countries (AHPRA and GMC). She is also an International fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (IFAAD). You can therefore be assured that Amanda is able to provide you with expert care for all your skin concerns, with many years of formal Australian and Internationally accredited training and experience.

To find out more about Amanda’s specific training, qualifications and experience, click here.

Amanda usually runs to time (within 15mins), and works her schedule to maximise her ability to run to time and minimise delays for her patients. However, sometimes emergencies and other unexpected and unavoidable circumstances may occur.

The best thing you can do to help ensure Amanda is running on time, is be on time yourself. If a patient is late, it can then hold up all the following appointments booked in for the day.

It would also be greatly appreciated if you could arrive 5 minutes before your initial consultation, to fill out relevant ‘new patient’ paperwork.

Yes, A/Prof Saracino offers urgent appointments, and in appropriate circumstances she will try to see you within a week.  Please call Melbourne Dermatology Clinic directly to request an urgent appointment.

In appropriate circumstances, Amanda is happy to see you for a telehealth consultation. Generally speaking, telehealth is limited to patients with acne, and in circumstances where patients live a distance outside of Melbourne.

Overall, Amanda will be best placed to help you if she is able to see your skin ‘in person’, especially for your initial consultation. Face to face consultations therefore remain her preference to provide her specialist care to you.  Whilst photos are good, nothing beats seeing your skin in 3D!

Fees for Telehealth consultations are the same as face to face consultations

To inquire further please contact us.

A/Prof Saracino sees all patients with a Connective Tissue Disease (including morphoea, systemic sclerosis, lupus and others) for a double (30 minute) initial consultation.  To request a specialist CTD consultation with Amanda, please call Melbourne Dermatology Clinic , or book here. To receive the medicare rebate for your appointment, you will need a referral from your GP or Rheumatologist.