A dermal clinician is a university-qualified clinician who specialises in skin health.
What qualifies a dermal clinician?
Dermal clinicians must hold a Bachelor of Health Science (AQF Level 7) at minimum to be qualified for the ‘dermal clinician’ title. This qualification means they have expertise in both assessments of skin health and the management of skin diseases.
As part of their bachelor’s degree, dermal clinicians are trained in both theories and educated in managing the skin in health and diseases. During their training, they are also required to work inter-professionally and collaborate with other skin specialists.
What does a dermal clinician treat?
A dermal clinician studies the skin including injuries and conditions such as wound biology, dermatological conditions as well as practising management strategies.
They also undertake studies in sciences that include physics, psychology, chemistry, as well as general anatomy and physiology. This is partly due to the fact that the skin is the largest organ in the body, meaning some general health factors can greatly affect the health of the skin.
Where can I find a dermal clinician?
Dermal clinicians are generally independent practitioners. This means they may work out of private practices, medical specialty areas such as hospitals or corporations, and other community health environments.
All dermal clinicians are trained under the provision of up-to-date Australian skin health education and management options. The educational training for dermal clinicians also includes many supervised hours in a clinical setting, as well as other hours spent providing therapeutic management to patients with concerns relating to skin health and the appearance of skin.