We care for people with biopsy proven melanoma.
What we do
The Melanoma Clinic is conducted by the Victorian Melanoma Service. We diagnose, treat and provide follow-up for people with biopsy proven melanoma.
Our clinic is patient-centred, which means you are fully informed through the process, and where possible, encouraged and supported to make your own decisions regarding management of your condition.
What to expect
Before you arrive
When you come for your appointment at the Melanoma Clinic, it is a good idea to arrive at the registration desk just prior to your appointment time. The registration desk is on the Level 1, The Alfred Centre. The Alfred Centre is the building on the corner of Punt Road and Commercial Road.
Once you arrive at The Alfred Centre, take the lift in the entrance foyer to Level 1 and follow the signs to the Specialist Consulting Clinics. You will then be registered and directed to the Melanoma Clinic. You should allow 3-5 hours for your clinic visit.
While you are here
Your visit may begin with meeting our clinic coordinator. You will be told what to expect during your visit and asked questions relating to your melanoma and relevant background. You will be invited to participate in research trials but you are under no obligation to be involved in research.
You will then be seen by a doctor who will ask for further detail about your melanoma, previous skin cancers, family history of skin cancer and your general health. Your skin will be examined thoroughly and your lymph nodes checked. There will be time for you to raise any concerns that you have at this stage. Your history and examination findings will then be presented to one of our senior consultants, who will examine you again, explain your situation, discuss the decisions that need to be made and answer any remaining questions that you may have.
If you need to have surgery you will be seen by a plastic surgeon and peri-operative coordinator who will organise a date for surgery. All patients needing surgery will be photographed before surgery, so that any suspicious lesions can be detected and we can take a biopsy.
Our specialist panel meets at midday. The panel comprises of experts in pathology (who present the review of your pathology slides), dermatology (who present the assessment of your skin), plastic surgery, surgical oncology, medical oncology and radiation oncology (all of whom deal with aspects of treatment). This panel formulates a treatment plan for you that will take into account your particular needs and preferences.
You may be asked to return to the clinic at 1.00pm to meet the specialist or specialists who will be most closely involved in your management.
When you leave
Your referring doctor will receive a letter detailing your plan of management.
Commonly asked questions
You are most welcome to bring a relative, partner or friend along with you when you attend the clinic and they may be present for as much of the consultation as you wish.
Need to know more about melanoma?
We have a range of information, resources and a melanoma risk calculator you can complete online to help you determine your risk of melanoma.
Find out more about melanoma.
How to access this clinic
Referral from your GP
You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you in clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
What to bring
Every time you come
- Medicare card
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
- Medicines you need to take while you are here
- List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
- Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame
For a clinic appointment
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)
- A/Prof Victoria Mar: Dermatology
- Prof John Kelly: Dermatology
- Dr Alexander Chamberlain: Dermatology
- Dr Yan Pan: Dermatology
- Dr Wenyuan Liu: Dermatology
- Dr Hugh Roberts: Dermatology
- Dr Cate Scarff: Dermatology