Spot Check Clinic is a private billing clinic. There is an out-of-pocket expense for most services.

COVID-19 update

Open for essential services: skin checks and mole mapping. Consultation hours are limited.

Cosmetic services such as mole removal, BBL/IPL and microneedling are not currently available. We hope to recommence these services for fully vaccinated patients only in late October or early November.

Please don't attend if you have respiratory symptoms or recent contact with someone with COVID.

Skin cancer and mole checks

A qualified skin cancer doctor or nurse systematically examines your skin and/or any spots or moles of concern. All skin examinations include dermoscopic photography of lesions of interest/concern.

Not sure what type of mole or skin check is right for you?

Full body skin check including total body mole mapping photography

$335

Standard fee:
$335

The standard fee incorporates a component for mole mapping/total body photography, plus a component for full body skin examination performed by the doctor.

Discount fee:
$265

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
$38 - 71

A Medicare rebate is payable for the consultation performed by the doctor, but not for the service of total body photography.

Private health insurance:

Skin cancer screening examination is covered by some private health insurers and clinical photography or "mole mapping" may also be covered. Insurers may require that the service is not covered by Medicare. Because there are so many variations in insurance policies, we cannot guarantee to have knowledge of the level of cover provided by your insurer. We recommend that you ask your insurer about their conditions before you attend for your appointment.

This service is a combination of:

  1. Full body skin check by an accredited skin cancer doctor, including dermoscopic photography of any skin lesions of interest or concern
  2. A series of up to 30 mole mapping photographs documenting almost all areas of the body. If you attend for follow-up mole mapping, these photos are compared with a previous set of mole mapping photos to assist in detection of new and changing skin lesions

If any suspicious or atypical lesions are detected during the examination, your doctor will be able to offer appropriate investigations or treatment - you won't need to seek follow-up elsewhere.

  • People with a history of any type of skin cancer or “pre-cancer”, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, solar keratoses and dysplastic moles,
  • People with a family history (parents, brothers, sisters or children) of melanoma,
  • People with multiple (more than) 100 moles,
  • People who wish to refer to a "baseline" set of images in case of noticing a new, changing or otherwise suspicious spot in future

Full body skin cancer check

$185

Standard fee:
$185
Discount fee:
$145

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
$38 - 71

Higher rebates are available if your skin check is complicated and you spend more than 45 minutes with the doctor.

Private health insurance:

Skin cancer screening examination is covered by some private health insurers and clinical photography or "mole mapping" may also be covered. Insurers may require that the service is not covered by Medicare. Because there are so many variations in insurance policies, we cannot guarantee to have knowledge of the level of cover provided by your insurer. We recommend that you ask your insurer about their conditions before you attend for your appointment.

Head to toe examination by an accredited skin cancer doctor with dermoscopic photography and digital analysis of any spots of concern, with limited body mapping photography (1 or 2 regions). You will have ongoing access to all photos, pathology results and information about your conditions and treatments via a shared medical record.

More information...

  • People with a history of any type of skin cancer or “pre-cancer”, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, solar keratoses and dysplastic moles,
  • People with medical conditions or medications that increase skin cancer risk (usually conditions or medications that affect the immune system),
  • People with a family history (parents, brothers, sisters or children) of melanoma,
  • People who have ever used a solarium (especially if more than ten times),
  • People with more than 100 moles,
  • People with fair/white skin who are aged 40 or over and live in Australia

Up to 3 spots check

$80 - 120

Standard fee:
$80 - 120

One spot only: $80

Two or three spots: $120

Examination of a selected body region, e.g. the back or face, is charged as for 2 or 3 "spots".

Discount fee:
$50 / $80

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
$21 - $38

If the consultation takes longer than 25 minutes, a higher rebate is payable. Most 1-2 spot appointments take 15 minutes or less.

Private health insurance:

Typically, a consultation for checking a spot or mole of concern would not be covered by most insurers. However, clinical photography may be covered. Insurers may require that the service is not covered by Medicare. Because there are so many variations in insurance policies, we cannot guarantee to have knowledge of the level of cover provided by your insurer. We recommend that you ask your insurer about their conditions before you attend for your appointment.

An accredited skin cancer doctor examines spots or body areas of concern. Examination is conducted using a dermoscope, which magnified and lights the skin with a polarised light. This makes fine structures within the skin easier to see, and significantly improves diagnosis. Any spots of concern are photographed and stored in MoleScope, a shared medical record system. You will have access to these photos plus any notes the doctor makes about your spots and recommended treatments.

More information...

  • People concerned about a new or odd-looking spot
  • People who have noticed a spot of concern between their regular full-body skin cancer checks
  • People at very low risk of skin cancer (e.g. children) with a new or odd-looking spot

Clinical and dermoscopic photography

These services include photography of individual spots and/or body regions, but not examination or screening for skin cancer by a doctor or nurse.

Follow-up photography

$50 / $80

Standard fee:
$50 / $80

1 - 3 spots: $50

4 or more spots: $80

Discount fee:
$40 / $60

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
21
Private health insurance:

Skin cancer screening examination is covered by some private health insurers and clinical photography or "mole mapping" may also be covered. Insurers may require that the service is not covered by Medicare. Because there are so many variations in insurance policies, we cannot guarantee to have knowledge of the level of cover provided by your insurer. We recommend that you ask your insurer about their conditions before you attend for your appointment.

Follow-up photography, also known as serial dermoscopic photography, allows your doctor to monitor changes in skin lesions that look unusual, but are at low risk of being skin cancer.

  • If an atypical (odd-looking) spot shows no signs of change on follow-up photography, it is unlikely to be a skin cancer.
  • If an atypical spot changes on follow-up photography, this is sometimes an early warning sign of skin cancer which might otherwise have been undiagnosed until later.

Follow-up photography is useful for avoiding multiple and/or unnecessary biopsy procedures, especially in people with many atypical moles. The usual interval between initial examination of a skin lesion and follow-up photography is 3 months.

If you need follow-up photography, your doctor will recommend it when your mole or skin lesion is initially examined.

More information...

  • Previous patients of Spot Check Clinic with an atypical spot requiring review
  • Patients who have been requested by our doctor to return for follow-up examination of a spot of concern or interest

Mole mapping (photography only, no medical examination)

$150

Standard fee:
$150
Discount fee:
$120

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
Nil

There is no Medicare rebate for the service of mole mapping photography.

Private health insurance:

Some private health insurers pay for mole mapping as part of an extras package. We recommend that you check with your insurer as this varies widely according to the individual insurer and the policy.

Up to 30 photographs documenting moles and other spots over most of the body. This service consists of photography only. This service is not a substitute for a screening examination performed by a doctor or nurse. Your skin will not be examined for cancers by a doctor or nurse.

Photos are stored in MoleScope, a shared medical record which allows you to view and download your photos. Once your photos are in MoleScope, you can use the MoleScope app to take more photos, including your own mole mapping images.

  • People who have been examined by a skin cancer doctor or nurse who has recommended total body photography
  • People who prefer to check their own skin, and wish to use photographs as a reference for comparison

Procedures

Surgical and non-surgical treatments for skin cancers, moles and sun-damaged skin

Excision of skin lesion with stitches

$180 - 650

Standard fee:
$180 - 650

The fee is highly variable and is influenced by factors such as:

  • anatomical location
  • size of the lesion to be excised
  • histological diagnosis
  • amount of aftercare required
  • costs of consumables and equipment used

The fee is usually payable after you have been informed of your pathology results — usually 4-7 days after the procedure.

More information...

Discount fee:
No out of pocket expense

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
Variable. Approximately half of the total fee.

The Medicare is usually more than 50% of the total fee. The rebate is not known until after the pathology result is confirmed.

Private health insurance:

Private health insurance does not pay for excision procedures performed in a skin cancer clinic.

A doctor cuts around the skin lesion through the full thickness of the skin. The skin is removed and the resulting defect (hole) is closed with sutures (stitches).

More information about this procedure...

  • People with a skin lesion suspected of being skin cancer
  • People with a confirmed skin cancer, requiring wider re-excision

Punch or shave biopsy

$80

Standard fee:
$80
Discount fee:
$45.80

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Medicare rebate:
$45.80

If you have more than one biopsy performed, the Medicare rebate is halved for the second procedure and quartered for the third and subsequent procedures. IF you have two biopsies performed very close to each other, Medicare will pay for only one of the biopsies.

Private health insurance:

A small sample of skin is either shave off or punched out from a lesion of concern. The specimen of skin is then sent to a laboratory for analysis by a skin pathologist. The procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes and no stitches are required.

Your pathology result will be available to you in writing in the MoleScope system, a shared medical record containing details of your moles and other spots, pathology results and educational information from your doctor.

  • People with skin lesions clinically resembling skin cancer
  • People with skin lesion suitable for cosmetic removal by shaving

Radiofrequency cosmetic mole and skin lesion removal

From $220

Standard fee:
From $220

Note that all fees refer to out-of-pocket expenses. If a medical consultation and/or biopsy is performed as part of your cosmetic mole removal procedure, there will be extra fee with a 100 per cent rebate from Medicare.

First lesion

Face: $330, body $220

Second lesion

Face: $220, body $110

Third, fourth and fifth lesions

Face: $110, body $82.50

All subsequent lesions

Face: $55, body: $44

Discount fee:
Medicare rebate:
No Medicare rebate payable for radiofrequency skin lesion removal.

Sometimes, the removed tissue is sent for histological examination by a skin pathologist. In these cases, we will charge a fee which is 100 per cent rebated by Medicare.

Private health insurance:

This procedure is not covered by private health insurers.

A doctor removes the skin lesion by burning it with radio waves. This technique minimises damage to surrounding tissues and has a relatively low rate of scarring compared with other skin lesion removal procedures.

More information...

  • Adults with moles, skin tags, seborrhoeic keratoses and/or other lesions suitable for radiofrequency removal

BBL (broadband light) / IPL (intense pulsed light)

From $200

Standard fee:
From $200

The minimum price ($200) applies for a singe treatment to one small area (e.g. back of hands or half face).

Pricing in general is variable and depends on

  • body region and size of area to be treated
  • type of treatment
  • number of treatment sessions required

Our cosmetic nurse or dermal therapist will discuss your objectives and develop a personalised treatment program and pricing.

Discount fee:
Medicare rebate:
No Medicare rebate payable
Private health insurance:

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a series of extremely bright flashes of light which target specific unwanted pigments and structures in the skin. It's highly effective in treating the freckles and blood vessels that appear in the skin after long term sun exposure. We use the new BBL-Hero form of intense pulsed light, which can offer faster treatments with less pain and downtime than traditional IPL.

More information...

  • People with sun-damaged skin
  • People with vascular lesions including angioma, telangiectasis, rosacea
  • People with superficial pigmented lesions including lentigines

Microneedling

$300

Standard fee:
$300

Pricing is variable depending on the area to be treated and the number of sessions.

Single treatment

  • Face: $300
  • Chest/decolletage: $150
  • Face and chest: $350
  • Face, neck, chest: $400

Course of three treatments

  • Face: $800
  • Chest/decolletage: $350
  • Face and chest: $900
  • Face, neck, chest: $1000
Discount fee:
Medicare rebate:

There is no Medicare rebate for this service

Private health insurance:

Microneedling is a treatment where an electronic device is used to make thousands of tiny holes in the skin. This damage to the skin has been shown to encourage collagen development, leading to smoother and fuller skin.

More information...

  • People with scars
  • People with wrinkles
  • People with sun-damaged skin

Electrosurgery of skin lesion

$80

Standard fee:
$80

The standard fee is for treatment of one skin lesion. If multiple lesions are to be treated, we will calculate a single fee for treatment of all lesions.

In some cases, electrosurgery is performed in conjunction with curettage for the treatment of skin cancer. In these cases, a higher fee applies.

Discount fee:
$50

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Discounts are not available for cosmetic procedures, e.g. removal of angioma or skin tag.

Medicare rebate:
No Medicare rebate is payable for this service.

This service was covered by Medicare item 30195, which was discontinued in 2018.

Private health insurance:

A doctor treats the skin lesion with an electric current, delivered via an electrode. This treatment generates heat, which burns and destroys tissue. The procedure is usually done in less than a minute. No stitches are required and there is minimal discomfort afterwards.

More information...

  • People with skin cancers suitable for electrosurgical treatment
  • People with angiomas, seborrhoeic keratoses, skin tags and other skin lesions suitable for electrosurgical cosmetic treatment

Low level light therapy (Healite II)

$90

Standard fee:
$90

Pricing is based on a session duration of 15 minutes.

The fee is variable depending on the number of treatment sessions and whether LLLT is administered in conjunction with other treatments.

Add-on to procedure

In conjunction with a surgical excision procedure or microneedling: $90

  • 1 x pre-procedure session
  • 1 x session immediately following procedure
  • 1 x post-procedure session

Stand-alone treatments

  • single session $50
  • course of 3 treatments: $120
Discount fee:
Medicare rebate:
No rebate payable
Private health insurance:

Low level light therapy (LLLT) is treatment of the skin is treated with concentrated light at either 633 or 830 nm wavelength from a specialised device, the Healite II, for approximately 15 minutes. This treatment promotes wound healing, settles pain and inflammation and reduces the risk of scarring after procedures.

Best results are achieved if there is a course of 3-5 treatments commencing 1-2 days before a procedure and continuing for 1-2 weeks afterward.

More information...

  • People undergoing surgical procedures for skin cancers or moles
  • People who have had microneedling or broadband light therapy and wish to recover sooner
  • People with overgrown or discoloured scars
  • People wanting skin rejuvenation treatment

Photodynamic therapy

From $600

Standard fee:
From $600

The fee is variable and depends on the following:

  • amount of ALA cream to be used (extra $100 if more than 10g used)
  • whether the skin is prepared using microneedling before application of ALA (extra $100)
  • whether the doctor needs to perform a de-bulking procedure to make the skin cancer flatter prior to treatment (extra $200)
  • whether the ALA is activated using low level light therapy or intense pulsed light (extra $200)
  • This fee applies to initial treatment of a maximum area of 25cm² or one anatomical area (e.g. face). If further treatments are required, we offer a discount.
Discount fee:
From $480

The discount fee is offered to:

  • children under 18
  • pensioners
  • Health Care Card holders

Note: You must present a current and valid Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card when you attend for your appointment.

Discounts are offered at our discretion and may be withheld for patients who have previously missed appointments or cancelled at late notice.

Discounts are not available for cosmetic procedures.

Medicare rebate:
No rebate payable
Private health insurance:

Some private health insurers pay a rebate for photodynamic therapy. We are unable to provide details of which insurers cover this service.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a combination treatment involving multiple stages over several hours:

  • Skin preparation and cleansing
  • Microneedling (in some cases)
  • Application of ALA cream
  • Incubation of cream
  • Activation of ALA using LED low level light therapy (sometimes in combination with intense pulsed light)

More information...

  • People with suitable skin cancers (thin BCC and SCC) where non-surgical treatment with good cosmetic result is desired
  • People with multiple solar keratoses resistant to other treatments

Remote and online services

If you can't come to our clinic in the Melbourne CBD, we can provide online services to check moles and other spots of concern.

Online consulting

$40

Standard fee:
$40

The fee is for examination of photos and providing an opinion for one spot only. If you wish to have more than one spot assessed, please contact us so we can arrange a fee for assessing multiple spots.

Please ensure that you send a good-quality, in-focus photo. We strongly recommend that you use a magnifying device. If your photo is not of sufficient quality for the doctor to assess it, you will be charged regardless.

More information...

Discount fee:
Not applicable

A discount is not available for this service.

Medicare rebate:
Nil

Medicare does not pay a rebate for this service.

Private health insurance:

Obtain a magnifying device, which attaches to your phone. Photograph your spot and upload it to us using the MoleScope app. An accredited skin cancer doctor will examine your photos and provide an opinion, usually within 2 working days.

Note: If you send a poor-quality or out-of-focus image, the doctor will not be able to provide an accurate opinion.

  • People with a new or changing spot of concern who are unable to easily visit a skin cancer doctor or clinic
  • Patients of Spot Check Clinic who have been requested to rephotograph a previously-examined spot
  • People with, at high risk of, or quarantined due to COVID-19