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Nurse Dermoscopists
Nurse Dermoscopist - Skin Check Nurses


Introducing our highly experienced Nurse Dermoscopist Team who between them, have over 95 years of nursing experience and focused training in skin cancer detection.  New Zealand has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with over 80,000 kiwis diagnosed every year.  If you haven’t had your skin checked before, or it’s been a while since you have, a spot check for lesions of concern is the place to start.


Our Nurse Dermoscopists now provide an accessible option for your Skin Cancer concerns:

  • Full Skin Checks
  • FREE Spot Check for 1 – 2 moles/lesions of concern


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Early detection of Skin Cancer could save your life. To catch it as early as possible, have your skin checked on a regular basis and get anything worrisome checked immediately.

Nurse Dermoscopy Team
Book a skin cancer consultation

Book a skin cancer consultation with one of our team. You may be after a full body skin cancer assessment, or a consultation for a specific skin cancer concern. Whatever your need, we have doctors and nurses available to help.

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About Skin Institute

Trained in the management of skin cancer, we’re the only centre to offer everything from full body skin cancer assessments through to advanced surgery thanks to our team of qualified specialists, doctors and nurses.  Whether you’re trying to ensure you never have to go through skin cancer, or dealing with the consequences of younger years spent tanning, we’re here to help.

How much does a Full Body Skin Check cost?

A Full Body Skin Check with a Nurse Dermoscopist costs $125.

Please note; if you have health insurance, you will need to check with your insurer that you are covered for the consultation, as this provider is a Registered Nurse and may not be covered under your policy. The fees incurred will need to be paid by yourself immediately after your procedure.

Why should I have my skin checked?

The key fact about Skin Cancer is it always starts with a small spot (generally curable).  Anyone, of any age, can be affected by skin cancer and with our harsh New Zealand sun, almost 70,000 Kiwis are diagnosed every year.

Despite all the newly available apps on your smartphone that claim to detect skin cancer, the best way of detecting skin cancer is still by a trained doctor or nurse dermoscopist looking at your skin with a Dermoscopy technique (using a device that enables a trained eye to detect skin cancer and other types of skin conditions early).

What happens during my consultation?

At Skin Institute, only qualified doctors or nurse dermoscopists will carry out your consultation.

During a spot check, you will be asked to identify 1-2 lesions of concern or for a full body skin cancer assessment you will need to change down to your underwear – to allow the doctor/nurse to complete a thorough examination of your whole body.

What is a Nurse Dermoscopist?

A Nurse Dermoscopist is a Registered Nurse who has undergone additional training and holds specific qualifications in the area of Dermoscopy.

Our training pathway for Nurse Dermoscopists involves both theoretical and practical components including extensive experiential training with a Skin Specialist Doctor mentor.  The specific qualifications they gain are the Certificate in Dermoscopy and then the Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy.

What happens if the doctor/nurse finds something?
What happens if the doctor/nurse finds something?

Our multi-disciplinary clinics are experienced in skin cancer management, from assessment to diagnosis, through to treatment and post-treatment care.  If something is found during your consultation, the doctor/nurse will discuss the options available to you.  These could include:

There are different types of biopsies, but all include a small incision to remove tissue for further investigation.  You can read more about the different types of biopsies here.

Surgical removal
Our expert doctors and surgeons are able to perform a number of different types of surgical removals including highly specialised procedures.  You can read more about the different surgical removal options here.

Photograph and monitor
This means our doctors/nurses will photograph the spots of concern, and arrange a follow up appointment with you, to review and monitor for change.

How often should I get my skin checked?
We recommend a skin cancer consultation every 12 months. However, if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer, your doctor/nurse will recommend the regularity of your checks in this instance.

If you only have 1-2 spots that are concerning you, you can book a free Spot Check at any Skin Institute clinic.  Find out more about free Spot Checks here.

Why Skin Institute?

At Skin Institute, we understand that skin cancer can be an intimidating diagnosis to come to terms with. Our multidisciplinary clinics are thoroughly experienced with skin cancer management – and our team of highly-qualified specialists will guide you through from diagnosis to treatment to a healthier tomorrow. You can rely on us to be at your side through the whole process.

Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, and skin cancer treatments may be covered by medical insurance where medical necessity criteria apply.

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