North South North West Statewide
THS - Southern Region - Note: No new referrals accepted.
When refer to a specialist:
- Severe inflammatory nodular acne
- Acne extending to the lower back
- Acne unresponsive to three to six months conventional multimodal treatment
- If significant scarring
- If significant emotional disturbance due to acne
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Dermatology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
Initially if mild, treat with topical agents (peeling agents, retinoids or topical antibiotics +/- benzoyl peroxide).
Then add in oral antibiotics (tetracyclines) for minimum of three months (usually nine to eighteen).
In female patients consider Diane-35 or Yasmin OCP.
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.