Check Your Skin with Dr Nick Mouktaroudis at PartridgeGP

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis is a GP and co-owner at PartridgeGP. He’s  passionate about health education, has a special interest in Skin, and a lot of expertise to share when it comes to helping people cope with and improve Skin Conditions. Let’s hand over to Dr Nick!






What is a Skin Check?



A Skin Check is a Comprehensive Skin History and Examination which is done at PartridgeGP.


Your GP will ask you questions to assess the extent of Your risk/exposure to UV radiation and Your risk of solar related cancers.


They will examine you head to toe, examining the skin surface, focusing on any areas of concern (including the eyes, mouth, and anywhere else you may have noticed any spots, lumps, or bumps).




Are there any tools used for the Skin Check?



A proper examination needs proper equipment and we use handheld LED illumination with magnification as well as polarised light and clinical photography.


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A dermatoscope is used to examine specific skin lesions. This is a particular type of handheld magnifying device designed to allow the experienced examiner to further assess skin lesions and determine whether they are suspicious or not.




Who should have a Skin Check?


We encourage all Australians over the age of 40 to have a Skin Check annually. Australians have one of the highest rates of skin cancers in the world.


Australians who have above average risks should be having Skin Checks before the age of 40 and sometimes more than annually.


You should have a Skin Check at any age if You are concerned about Your skin or particular skin lesions/areas.





We ask You to identify any lesions of concern prior to the Skin Check wherever possible.


These may include new lesions that You have noticed or longstanding lesions that may be changing in some way or that You are concerned about. If You are worried – Ask!


Skin cancer check risk dr Nick Mouktaroudis

Risk factors for skin cancer




People at higher risk of skin cancer are those who:


have previously had a skin cancer and/or have a family history of skin cancer

have a large number of moles on their skin

have a skin type that is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and burns easily

have a history of severe/blistering sunburns

spend lots of time outdoors, unprotected, during their lifetime

actively tan or use solariums or sunlamps

work outdoors





Does My GP take photos of My Skin?




During a skin check at PartridgeGP, Your GP will ask Your Specific Consent to take photos if they are concerned or want to make note of a particular skin lesion.

Photographs are useful as an adjunct to description of the lesion and act as a reference to position and comparison if required.

The photos will be uploaded onto Your Private Medical Record at PartridgeGP.




What if My GP finds something?




This will depend on what Your GP has found.


If they are concerned about a particular skin lesion they may suggest a biopsy to clarify the diagnosis.


A biopsy is a surgical procedure during which they take an appropriate sample of tissue from the lesion of concern and send it to a pathologist for review.


Generally pigmented lesions (coloured spots), will be biopsied in their entirety whereas non pigmented skin lesions may be sampled partially if the lesion is too large to sample in its entirety.


The results of the pathology report will guide further treatment.


Your GP may elect to treat without a biopsy if they are confident of the diagnosis.


This may include freezing/cauterising a lesion, cutting it out (excising), or offering topical treatments such as creams.


Biopsies are scheduled in the PartridgeGP theatre and our Practice Nurse will assist Your GP.







What do I wear for a Skin Check?




Comfortable clothing.


Your GP will ask to examine you down to your underwear.


A sheet or towel will be provided for you to preserve your comfort and dignity.


A chaperone (Our Practice Nurse) is always offered.


Please avoid makeup or nail polish as the Skin Check involves the face and skin under the nails.





How long is a Skin Check?



Allow half an hour for Your GP to perform a thorough history and examination.





Do I need to see My GP or should I see a dermatologist?



GPs are Primary Care Physicians on the front line of Skin Cancer detection.

All GPs can check your skin, though not all GPs have formal training or a specific interest in skin cancer medicine and dermatoscopy.

Dr Nick Mouktaroudis has trained extensively in General Practice, Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, and has formal qualifications in Skin Cancer Medicine.

Dermatologists are sub-specialists in all skin conditions including Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery although some will focus on other skin conditions.





Can I do more than a Skin Check?




You can Reduce Your risk by:

Avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun

Wearing sunscreen regularly and on all sun exposed areas.

Wear Hats and Sunglasses when appropriate.

Be aware of Your skin – both You and Your partner can check at Home.








Book Your Skin Check Right Here.




Need more information? Leave a comment or see us in person. We’re Here to Help!







You can see any of our Great GPs right here:



Dr Gareth Boucher



Dr Penny Massy-Westropp



Dr Monika Moy



Dr Katherine Astill



Dr Nick Mouktaroudis



Dr Nick Tellis



Lemons and Lemonade

We live in an age of wonders. Generations past would be amazed by the ease of travel, free information, and the standard of living enjoyed by the majority of the Western world. One of these wonders is Modern Medicine and part of that is medications. We are privileged to live in a time when cancer can be cured, fatal diseases are controlled, and previously life curtailing conditions can be managed.



‘Nothing is all good and nothing is all bad’ is something I heard from a trusted friend. Does this apply to medications? General Practitioners are Your Specialist Generalists – we do a LOT more than just prescribe medications! Read on.





Lemon: This blockbuster drug was supposed to deliver us all from pandemic flu. The Australian government stockpiled it at a cost of many millions. It will expire before we do. It promised the world but perhaps shortened the duration of symptoms by not much.


Lemonade: Get a yearly influenza vaccine and if you’re unlucky enough to still get the flu – rest, fluids, paracetamol, and see Your GP if you’re not improving as you think you should.






Lemon: Life expectancy increases every year and so do our expectations of our older age. This drug promised an end to Alzheimer’s, later downgraded to ‘it may delay the rate of the decline in your mental abilities’. How would we know if it worked? What would have the rate of decline been without this drug?


donepezil lemon


Lemonade: Save your money and try some alternatives without side effects. Keep your mind and body as healthy as possible for as long as possible with diet, exercise, rest, and the support of family, friends, and Your GP. Should age related decline set in, there are many supports you can access – check out My Aged Care. Medications can play a role – ask! Also, if you are on this medication, or considering it – have a look here…



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Lemon: This drug has been available over the counter at pharmacies for many years. Evidence shows that products with low dose codeine are no more effective than products without for pain relief and so the regulatory authorities have recommended it be rescheduled to prescription only from February 2018. This will be a big change for the community – some of whom will have been taking large amounts of this drug on a regular basis.



codeine lemon



Lemonade: Partridge Street General Practice is proud to be a low prescribing practice and especially of this drug. Our advice is to see us for advice on alternatives and non drug alternatives in particular.




Need more information? Have you any other lemonade thoughts? Leave a comment or see us in person. We’re Here to Help!







You can see any of our Great GPs right here:



Dr Gareth Boucher



Dr Penny Massy-Westropp



Dr Monika Moy



Dr Katherine Astill



Dr Nick Mouktaroudis



Dr Nick Tellis



The New Royal Adelaide, Ramping Up and Down, and Health Pathways PS: Where did the Repat go?

Hi from South Australia! Winter is here but change is coming. Our flagship hospital and one of the most expensive buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH), is about to come online in September after a 2 year wait.




Another big change to the South Australian Hospital System is that the Repatriation General Hospital is gone. Where did the subspeciality clinics go? See below!



Right Here!


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RGH Clinics – Quick Reference Guide as at November 2017




Bernie Cummins (see below) previously spoke to the Southern Regional GP Council about Outpatients Services in SA and she generously spoke to us again about how things will proceed over the coming months and years.




Here is some information she prepared.




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You can find further information right here.






The good GP has a stewardship role in the Australian medical system and part of this is referring to subspecialist and hospital care. This is an important role and we don’t take it lightly. We want to do our best for our patients and help them get the care they deserve. One of the challenges is referring to public hospitals, where our referrals sometimes get ‘bounced’ back to us. In private practice, for the patient to receive a (Federal) Medicare Benefit (like when you see Your GP), the GP referral must be to a named provider (Dr Smith, Dr Jones, for example). When referring to a public hospital, there has historically been no Medicare rebate for the patient – public hospitals are funded by the State Governments and Medicare is funded by the Federal Government, and care is free at the point of service. This is changed recently, and public hospitals are now using Medicare funds to run their services. Therefore they now seek named referrals. But to who? It’s very hard to find out exactly which doctor will be seeing you, and so it’s hard to do a named referral, which may delay you being seen.




So, as a public service, we’re Here to Help! Bernie Cummins (Director of Nursing Statewide Outpatient Reform) has provided the following documents to help GPs and patients navigate this system and avoid the ‘named referral bounce’.

















Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour!







You can see any of our Great GPs right here:



Dr Gareth Boucher



Dr Penny Massy-Westropp



Dr Monika Moy



Dr Katherine Astill



Dr Nick Mouktaroudis



Dr Nick Tellis



Welcoming Dr Penny Massy-Westropp to Partridge Street General Practice


Dr Penny undertook her medical training at the University of Adelaide prior to travelling to the UK to complete a Diploma in Anaesthetics. She then worked in WA & SA while completing Fellowship in General Practice. Bringing 21 years of GP experience to Partridge Street General Practice, she also has an ongoing commitment to Indigenous health with regular visits to remote NT communities.




She loves the local Glenelg area and is keen to hit the ground running with the rest of our Great Team here at Partridge Street!










We look forward to having Dr Penny Massy-Westropp as part of our growing Clinical Team and sharing her experience with us and our valued patients.








Professional. Comprehensive. Empowering.





See just how we do it here.



Dr Gareth Boucher



Dr Penny Massy-Westropp



Dr Monika Moy



Dr Katherine Astill



Dr Nick Mouktaroudis



Dr Nick Tellis


Welcoming Dr Monika Moy to Partridge Street General Practice


Dr Monika Moy graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1991 and after training in various Adelaide hospitals and general practices, completed her general practice qualification in 1996.



Dr Monika has particular interests in preventive health, women’s health and contraception and is trained to insert and remove the Implanon contraceptive device.



She is accredited for Obstetric Shared Care which involves providing part of a patient’s pregnancy care in conjunction with public hospitals and particularly enjoys this aspect of her practice.



Dr Monika is enthusiastic about explaining her patients’ conditions to them so that they have a better understanding of their health.




Special interests:


Women’s Health including contraception and menopause


Chronic disease management


Cardiovascular (heart disease) risk factor reduction





Dr Monika Moy






We are very excited to have Dr Monika Moy share her experience and skills with our valued patients as part of our growing Clinical Team!








Professional. Comprehensive. Empowering.



See just how we do it here.



Dr Gareth Boucher



Dr Penny Massy-Westropp



Dr Monika Moy



Dr Katherine Astill



Dr Nick Mouktaroudis



Dr Nick Tellis