Atopic Dermatitis

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up


When to refer to a specialist:

  • Intensely pruritic widespread lesions complicated by persistent infections that have not responded to appropriate treatment
  • Presence of keratoconus, keratoconjunctivitis, anterior cataracts, eczema herpeticum, or eczema vaccinatum
  • Patients with more than 20% skin involvement (or 10% if involving eyelids, noses, hands, or intertriginous areas) that have not responded to first line therapy
  • Patients requiring ongoing or frequent treatment with high potency topical steroids or who have signs of excessive topical steroid use
  • Patients with significant disruption of their quality of life (missing work/school/sleep)

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Dermatology clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

See: NZ DermNet - Atopic dematitis/eczema Guidelines

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.