UPDATE 15/9/2020

Please accept our apologies that we are unable to see new patients because we have reached capacity.

We are looking for another skin cancer doctor and will update this page when we are ready for new patients.

Thank you for your understanding.

Our Skin Clinic

The features of our clinic:

  • Purpose-built Skin Cancer Clinic fitted out in 2018
  • Relaxing ambience
  • Set up for Privacy
  • Walk-around Mole Scanner
  • full online Booking
  • Results sent by SMS

Our Service

The aims of our service:

  • Expert Diagnosis of every skin lesion
  • We name every lesion you have!
  • Early Detection of skin cancer is our Forté.
  • Advise you about skin cancer prevention.
  • Minimise the rate of biopsy.
  • We are confident about our diagnostic skills and will therefore let you know the provisional diagnosis prior to any biopsy result.


Our Doctor:

  • Has three Skin diplomas, 2 distinctions, 1 prize, 1 Scholarship
  • Has worked in the field of skin cancer medicine for six years.
  • Refreshes and updates skills on a regular basis.
  • Audits his results through SNP Pathology.
  • Founded South East Skin Clinic.


A skin check requires the use of a specialised instrument called a Dermatoscope (mole scanner) that allows the doctor to detect skin cancers that are invisible to the naked eye. The most compelling reason to get a routine skin check is that 60% of skin cancers diagnosed after a routine skin check at our clinic were not flagged as a concern by the patient.

A small skin cancer is a good one. Catching skin cancer early leads to treatment that is generally quick, cheap, and cosmetically very acceptable.

Furthermore, regular skin examinations save lives. The SCREEN project in Germany involved just over 320,000 skin checks over a one year period. Death from skin cancer fell by half over a five year period. Skin cancer is far more common in South East Queensland where a routine skin check should be as routine as a visit to the dentist.


A full skin check will take 10-25 minutes depending on the complexity of your skin. Your privacy is assured throughout the skin examination with the use of a privacy curtain and drape.

The handheld device allows each lesion to be initially categorised as follows:

  • Harmless – move onto the next lesion.
  • Definitely a skin cancer – this will need treatment.
  • Might be a skin cancer – the doctor further examines with the ‘mole machine’ (digital dermoscopy).
  • Very unlikely to be skin cancer – the lesion may be re-photographed with digital dermoscopy a few months later.

A third of patients attending our clinic for a routine skin check require a biopsy, which s typically a small shave sample.

What is a Mole Scan?


Dermoscopy is medical parlance for ‘mole scanning.’ Australians are familiar with the small handheld device that looks like a magnifying glass with a light. The typical hand-held instrument uses polarised light, allowing the doctor to see into the skin and spot clues that may indicate skin cancer. Over a hundred different structures can be recognised.

A full skin examination is a high-tech game of ‘spot the difference’ where each mole is viewed individually and in comparison to  other moles.

We use three types of mole scanners – a handheld device, larger overview device, and a mole machine.


The D120 is a high-end Microderm mole scanner that offers the latest in mole scanning technology.

This device is the ‘Mole Machine‘ (digital dermoscopy) that you expect in a skin cancer clinic, and has these features:

  • Images appear on a live digital monitor, allowing for interactive discussion.
  • Magnification to at least 50 times through special lenses.
  • Links to computer analysis.
  • Mapping of the dermoscopy image to the standard photograph taken.
  • Follow up examination for any changes.
Overview Scanner Lumio


The Lumio Scanner provides 2 x magnification of the skin through polarised lenses. The 40 LEDs provide a very bright and crisp overview.

The skin check generally kicks off using This scanner to identify discrete lesions that require further examination with the larger Mole Machine.

An excellent device for finding sunspots.


You will probably recognise the hand-held mole scanner if you have had a full skin check.

The Schuco DL3 is a great little Dermatoscope that allows the doctor to quickly view a lesion of concern with either contact or non-contact dermoscopy.

The Schuco portable dermatoscope is used at the skin clinic for the initial examination of some lesions. Our Skin Cancer Doctor generally uses a combination of The Lumio device & VisioMed Mole Machine.

handheld mole device

Regular Checks & Spot Checks


There are over 50 skin cancer risk factors. You can still enjoy our fine SEQ weather but just be sun-sensible.

The strongest risks are:

  • Previous frequent sunburn
  • Skin that easily burns
  • Blue Eyes or Red Hair
  • A family history of skin cancer
  • Large number of moles
  • Previous skin cancer
  • Increasing Age


There are well known acronyms such as ABCDE.  Dr Beatty developed the HAND algorithm to emphasise the importance of Change:

  • Healing: Does not Heal within six weeks
  • Appearance: Change in Size, Shape or Colour
  • New: Most melanoma - and all other skin cancers - are new
  • Different look or feel, or stands out when compared to other lesions

There are over 2000 deaths from skin cancer each year in Australia

Over 800,000

Skin Cancer diagnoses in Australia every year.


Estimated number of New Cases of Melanoma in 2016


Author: Dr Richard Beatty

Last Modified:  15/9/2020

First published: 27/8/2014