The Graceville Skin Cancer Clinic Difference

Currently any Doctor in Australia can call themselves ‘Skin Doctors’ without having any additional training or expertise in this area. Our point of difference is that you are seeing a Qualified (Fracgp) GP who not only as more than 14 years Skin Cancer experience but who has additional formal Qualifications in Skin Cancer Medicine.

Sadly a good portion of our work comes from trying to help patients who have had poor experiences from GPs who go ahead and cut our ‘Skin Cancers’ on the ‘assumption’ this will be a cancer (also there is nothing governing this practice). This means patients often have to have a life long scar on their face or other parts of their body that simply did not need to be removed as Medicare often pay the Doctors a higher rebate (and the Doctor also then adds a private fee on top) especially for areas like the Face. Medicare allows this practice and GPs are paid a premium by medicare for this service. The sad fact is that this practice is perfectly legal as GPs are allowed to ‘remove a suspected skin cancer’ so Drs simply cut before finding out what they are actually cutting.

We have had hundreds of patients who have come to us devastated by the appearance of ugly scars on their face and body and once we receive their transfer of medical records discover that in most cases these moles were never cancerous and/or could have been managed by far more conservative approaches. At the Graceville Skin Cancer Clinic we will never cut anything out without confirmed Histology Reports proving it is cancer or pre-cancerous (and yes we are happy to show you a copy as proof).

We Biopsy, then get results and then we move to an excision. YES this process can take a few weeks from start to finish BUT we make sure that we are not causing you to undergo a painful and stressful skin cancer surgery which leaves scarring without their being a very valid reason to do so

DR WAYNE NORVAL

MBChB B.Sc DipACSCM FRACGP DipSkinCance CertCosmeticMed

Dr Wayne Norval has been Practicing Medicine for more than 24 years. Dr Norval is a Vocationally Registered (Specialist) General Practitioner and he has his Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Norval is the Practice Principle of Family First Medical Centre and The Graceville Skin Cancer Clinic. Dr Wayne Norval obtained his Diploma in Skin Cancer Surgery in 2013 through the Skin Cancer College of Australia and also holds his Advanced Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Advanced Certificate in Dermoscopy obtained through the same recognised body. In total Dr Norval has more than 14 years experience working as a Skin Cancer Doctor.

Having recently completed his Skin Cancer Fellowship exams Dr Norval is passionate about Skin Cancer Medicine and is fully proficient at completing Comprehensive Skin Cancer Skin Checks with the aid of a Mole Scanner, Biopsies, Skin Cancer Excisions including minor and major skin Grafts and Skin flaps. With additional specialised experience in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine Dr Norval also continues in his 10th year to be an accredited Supervisor for GP Registrars in training and has since 2018 been approved by AHPRA to be a Primary Supervisor to provide level 1 – 4 supervision for International Medical Graduates.

Currently due to Dr Norval only working as a Skin Cancer Doctor his GP Books are closed.

In his spare time Dr Norval loves spending time with his wife Carrie and their 3 Daughters and 4 Dogs. He is passionate about gardening and enjoys kayaking as well as scuba diving and travel when the opportunity presents. He also enjoys trying out the amazing food and drinks offered in the areas local cafes and restaurants.

CARRIE NORVAL

Practice Manager

Carrie Norval has worked in Medical Administration for the last 15 years and as a Practice Manager for 12 years. Carrie together with Wayne opened Family First Medical Centre and worked tirelessly to offer the Wide Bay area a superior service.

Carrie is passionate about creating a legacy in terms of offering a service that makes patients feel comfortable and having staff that become like family. Her goal is to ensure that patients leave with a smile to help with any queries or concerns patients may feel after their visit. In her spare time Carrie loves spending time with her Husband, 3 daughters and 4 dogs. She is passionate about food and loves nothing more than trying local treats from the many local coffee shops and restaurants with Wayne and their girls. When time allows Carrie also enjoys working as a freelance journalist for the Medical Republic.