Journal article

A casemix study of patients seen within an urban Aboriginal Health Service dermatology clinic over a five-year period

Crystal Williams, Jenny Hunt, Johannes S Kern, Rebecca Dunn



This is the largest study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dermatologic presentations to an urban specialist clinic within a community-controlled health organisation. It adds to our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dermatoepidemiology. Patient files were reviewed over the five-year audit period, with age, gender, Indigenous status, diagnosis, disease category, 'new' or 'review consultation' and 'did not attend' (DNA) data recorded. Our study shows that eczema and benign, pre-malignant or malignant neoplasms are the most common presentations for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Lupus erythematosus and cutaneous infections were less prominent ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Kaye Phillips and the team at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) for providing support critical for data collection as well as the Skin Health Institute and St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne for their support of this clinic.