The dermal clinician: Derya Koch, Victorian Dermal Group

I have been in the industry for the past 10 years and currently work at Victorian Dermal Group, a boutique clinic specialising in non-surgical cosmetic solutions. I hold a Bachelor of Health Science and Dermal Therapies from Victoria University, which took four years to complete. The course was very comprehensive. The university has its own teaching clinic with the latest in advanced laser technology for students to gain practical experience, which is paramount when performing cosmetic dermal treatments. I also hold a number of certificates for advanced paramedical short courses.

It is an exciting and rewarding career spent performing treatments to improve people’s appearance and confidence. Performing dermal treatments requires an abundance of knowledge and skill, so I would definitely recommend tertiary studies. Due to an unregulated industry, there’s no average time the courses need to be held, therefore the consumer needs to be aware of questions to ask regarding the clinician’s qualifications and the equipment used when seeking dermal services.

The people I treat are generally pleasant, although difficult clients are usually a result of misunderstanding and miscommunication. A thorough consultation is important to promote client compliance and realistic expectations. In my experience, honesty, ethics and professionalism will help you avoid difficult clients.

For anyone interested in entering the industry, I would recommend gaining as much hands-on experience as possible. Industry trends are forever evolving as technology and research advances, so it’s important to discover your area of interest early on.

The pay rate is at the discretion of your employer and is dependent on your qualification, further studies and experience. At the beginning of your career, you can expect to earn approximately $28 per hour. Once you’re established, the pay rate can range from $32 to $40 per hour depending on the clinic.