Scope of Practice

Dermal Clinicians are independent allied health practitioners; however, they often work in practices collaboratively with General Practitioners, Skin Cancer Medical Practitioners, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Physicians, Plastic Surgeons, Vascular Surgeons, and Oncology specialities among others. 

Dermal Clinicians can independently (within their scope of practice) provide therapeutic management of the skin using a variety of non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques.

You can find Dermal Clinicians in independent private practice, or working in community health settings, in medical speciality health services such as plastic surgery, skin cancer and vascular clinics or other outpatient hospital services.


Dermal Clinicians are patient centred and evidence based allied health professionals.  In providing skin management strategies they can employ a variety of techniques to suit client needs and preferences and take into account individual personal circumstances.  

Dermal Clinicians work on what is called an intervention ladder based on clinical need.  We provide a management plan that is most likely to address your needs that is supported by evidence, is cost and time effective and is the lowest risk possible to achieve the desired outcome.

This means that your Dermal Clinicians won't recommend therapies you don't need or are not right for your individual situation.

Dermal Clinicians work around the pillars of skin management, at the centre of all skin health management is client education and support.  Your Dermal Clinician may also use a variety of therapeutic interventions including skin care (topically applied), manual techniques or energy devices.

If you would like to know more about the pillars of skin management you can view the infographic below and contact for more detail

Scope of Practice & Education

The scope of practice of Dermal Clinicians is defined by their education and training.  The ASDC recognises that there are many professionals, with varying levels of education, knowledge and skill particularly within the non-surgical cosmetic industry providing treatments. There is also interchangeable use of titles “Dermal Therapist”, “Skin Therapist” or “Dermal Clinician” which can be misleading or confusing for consumers and colleagues in the industry.

For more information about the education of dermal clinicians, use of titles and what questions to ask you skin health professional before receiving skin health services see the links below.


Thinking of studying to become a Dermal Clinician?

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Professional Titles

What are the ASDC endorsed titles?

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What does a Dermal Clinician Do?

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Questions to ask your Dermal Clinician

Before receiving any skin therapy advice ask these quesitons

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