Welcome to New Zealand Teledermatology

News: 1 November 2019

After conducting 3000 consultations with referrers throughout New Zealand, we regret to announce that New Zealand Teledermatology will be ceasing operations 31 December 2019 due to lack of resources.

What is New Zealand Teledermatology?

New Zealand Teledermatology provides dermatology services to health providers in New Zealand via a store-and-forward telemedicine network (Collegium Telemedicus).

Established in March 2015, New Zealand Teledermatology contracts with GP organisations, District Health Boards and other healthcare providers in New Zealand that require clinical advice from a dermatologist. For example:

  • For diagnosis where this is uncertain
  • For triage prior to referral to face-to-face service
  • For tips regarding investigations or management

The aims of New Zealand Teledermatology

The aims of New Zealand Teledermatology are:

  • To provide a clinical resource for General Practitioners and other health practitioners in New Zealand in support of diagnosis and management of skin diseases in their patients
  • To employ dermatologists and, as appropriate, other specialists that are vocationally registered by the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • To endeavour to promptly respond to requests for advice from our clients
  • To ensure confidentiality, privacy and security of consultations
  • To adhere to the recommendations of the Medical Council of New Zealand regarding telemedical activities
  • To adhere to other national or regional telehealth guidelines

We invite District Health Boards, PHOs, Integrated Health Centres, Elderly care organisations, institutions, and individual General Practitioners in New Zealand to contact us if they are interested in establishing a teledermatology contract.

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Please note, New Zealand Teledermatology does not provide a direct-to-patient consultation service. Please see your own General Practitioner or other healthcare professional to find out how you can access a dermatologist. New Zealand Dermatologists are listed on the New Zealand Dermatological Society's website.
For further information about skin diseases and their treatment, refer to DermNet New Zealand at www.dermnetnz.org.