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Insightful skin care

Our mission is the early detection and treatment of skin cancers. Our experienced doctors are accredited by the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. 

The clinic is equipped with the latest technology in dermatoscopy and skin imaging for the early identification of suspect skin lesions. We aim to provide evidence based skin care and will guide you through all treatment options available.

 

Call Us Today (02) 6652 2277

 
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Our care

 At the initial skin consultation you can ask;

  •  for an assessment of a skin spot or
  •  have a full body skin check

A standard full examination can take 15 minutes or more depending on your skin type.

For a full skin check we will ask you to undress to your underwear or wear a swimming costume (bikini). Ladies please no make up or nail polish.

The primary tool of examination is a dermatoscope which is a handheld magnification device that is used to assess the pigment structure of the individual lesions.

Suspicious lesions may be photographed for documentation and to aid with detection of lesion changes over time (3-12 months).

If a lesion cannot be confidently identified as benign at the time of examination a biopsy could be recommended.

 

Services

Comprehensive skin examination
Head to toe skin examination with a dermatoscope

Lesion imaging and monitoring
Macroscopic and dermoscopic pictures area taken by high definition camera to record and store photo's of suspect lesions.

Biopsy 
A shave or punch sample is taken of suspicious skin and sent to pathology.

Cryotherapy
Freezing the lesion with liquid nitrogen.

Surgery
Simple excisions to flaps and skin grafts depending on the type, size and location of the lesion.

Non-surgical therapies
Topical creams can be used for certain superficial cancerous lesions.

Photodynamic Therapy

This therapy uses photosensitizing agents and light to creat photochemical reactions that selectively destroys skin cancer cells.

 

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Prevention

Protect your skin

Slip on some sun protective clothing - thick, tightly woven and darker coloured materials means better protection that covers as much skin as possible.

Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Remember to protect your lips with SPF lip balm.

Slap on a hat broad brimmed or a legionnaires cap – that protects your face, head, neck and ears

Seek shade-especially between 11 am and 3 pm. This is the time when the zenith angles of the sun is at its most intense as the path of the UV radiation is at its shortest through the ozone layer. Please note on cloudy days the UV radiation is just as intense but because of lower infrared radiation the heat is not as intense and thus can lead to overexposure to UV.

Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards. 

SunSmart UV Alert

The SunSmart UV Alert is reported in the weather section of daily newspapers and on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

The SunSmart UV Alert identifies the times during the day when sun protection will be needed.This is usually when the UV factor is 3 +.

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Dr Luke Bookallil

MBBS 1989-1994 Sydney University
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Training Program - Rural Stream (1996 - 2000)
Awarded Fellowships - FRACGP and FARGP 2000
Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DRANCOG 1999
Diploma in Child Health, DCH (Syd) 2000
Masters in Sports Medicine (UNSW) 2007
Diploma Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery 2012
Diploma Dermoscopy 2014
Fellowship Skin Cancer College Australasia 2016, awarded top mark

Dr Giovanni Urbani (Principal)

MBChB 1991-1997(UOVS)
Licenced by the Medical Council of Canada-2003
Certified by the Canadian College of Family Physicians-2006
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners-2007
Diploma of Dermatology (Australian Institute of Dermatology)-2011
Diploma of Dermoscopy-2013
Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) UQ-2015
Fellow of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia-2017

+ More About Dr Bookallil?

Dr Bookallil attended Sydney University for his medical undergraduate degree. He obtained significant experience in a variety of places throughout NSW during his hospital years and general practice training. He has always enjoyed consulting patients with skin conditions, including skin cancer. He first began some work at this Clinic in 2009, before returning on a more permanent basis in 2017. He thoroughly enjoys skin cancer medicine, including the patients and the challenges. Dr Bookallil has undertaken extensive training in the field of skin cancer medicine and has obtained the Fellowship Award from the Skin Cancer College Australasia. He has been a part time lecturer for the Universities of Newcastle and New England. Currently, he teaches dermoscopy for the Skin Cancer College Australasia, as well as skin cancer medicine and dermatology with GP Synergy in Armidale. Dr Bookallil is also involved in a research project with a team from the University of New England investigating skin cancers in farmers. He still consults at his old practice in Rusden Street Armidale.

+ More About Dr Urbani?

Dr Urbani obtained his undergraduate degree from the the University of the Orange Freestate in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Following his training and internship years in South Africa he worked in the UK for the NHS and doing RMO locums in private hospitals. In 2001 he left for Canada working as a GP in small rural towns of British Columbia and Alberta. He gained valuable experiences but the cold finally drove him to the beautiful shores of Western Australia. From 2006 to 2018 he worked in Perth as a GP and eventually concentrated solely on primary skin cancer medicine. Along with Dr Bookllil he is one of only 70 Fellows Of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. More importantly Dr Urbani is a big fan of Rugby Union and unlike his predecessor does not support the All Blacks but the Springboks instead. He also loves golf but is very average at it.

Billing and Fees

Coffs Coast Skin Cancer Clinic is a private billing practice. Our fees are determined by the Australian Medical Association recommended rates and the costs associated with a high quality medical practice. The costs of procedures varies with the type of the procedure and its complexity.

No referral is required.

A full skin check incurs a fee of $100. Medicare rebates apply.  

Aged Pensioners and concession card holders pay $85 and DVA card holders will be bulk billed  and in some instances an operating fee may be added which will incur an out of pocket expense. 

Children( 16 yrs and younger) $60

All spot checks $60- medicare rebates apply

All accounts are to be settled in full on the day of consultation.

 

Coffs Coast Skin Cancer Clinic

Address: 30A Orlando street, Coffs Harbour, 2450

Phone: (02) 6652 2277

Fax: (02) 66523011

Email: info@coffsskincancer.com.au

 

 

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